AWS re:Invent 2016 – Day 2 Summary

December 1, 2016 |
What about for Exabytes

Day 2 of the AWS conference wrapped up yesterday. 32,000+ people on hand to see and hear all about the AWS cloud. Here’s some of the highlights from the second full day.

Lots of New Instances: The AWS keynote was an event, as usual.  AWS CEO Andy Jassy did a fantastic job, and shared the AWS roadmap about creating new instances to meet almost any type of compute demands. You can find additional information about all of them here. With these new instances, AWS is really trying to get away from the “one-size-fits-all” approach to cloud computing (something that many techies – including myself – have always criticized them for). By no means is this the end of that, but you can see that AWS is taking those concerns very seriously by trying to meet the workloads and needs of their customers.

Exabyte in a Box (Semi): Not even kidding – Jassy ended his keynote yesterday by rolling out an Exabyte of data. For those that may not have heard of an Exabyte – an Exabyte is 1,000,000 terabytes or 1,000,000,000 gigabytes.

At re:Invent last year, AWS released a portable storage system called snowballs to migrate large amounts of data to the AWS cloud. Very cool product. But sometimes, the snowballs were not big enough (I guess). Introducing the Snowmobile:

Semitruck at AWS

Yes, the Snowmobile is an Exabyte of data storage, and comes with its own semi-truck for good measure.  Folks – that’s A LOT of data.

Expo Floor: If you can brave the crowds, there are a lot of really interesting things going on with the various vendors on the show floor.  Lots of great traffic at the Cryptzone booth yesterday, and we are finding that compliance concerns are still way up on the list of challenges that Cryptzone can help a customer solve. Also interesting: if you have multiple AWS accounts, and you need to link them (tie them) together for access, the only way usually available to you is to establish VPN links between all of them.  Cryptzone has a different and better solution. Stop by Booth 1918 and learn more about it!

Great to visit with so many excited and dedicated IT professionals at this conference! I am looking forward to spending the last day of the conference meeting more! Please find me, follow me on Twitter – @CloudSecChris – or stop by the Cryptzone booth to see me!

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Chris Steffen

Christopher Steffen joined Cryptzone in October 2016 as the Technical Director to educate and promote information security and regulatory compliance as it relates to network access management and cloud computing solutions. Before joining the team at Cryptzone, Chris served as the Chief Evangelist – Cloud Security for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). He has also served in executive roles as the Director of Information Technology at Magpul Industries (a plastics manufacturing company) and as the Principal Technical Architect for Kroll Factual Data (a credit service provider). Steffen has presented at numerous conferences and has been interviewed by multiple online and print media sources. Steffen holds several technical certifications, including CISSP and CISA.

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