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Gordon Ramsays Fish and Chips

Gordon Ramsay’s Fish and Chips were the perfect fuel to power 29,448 steps in my first day at AWS re:Invent 2022. This is my first time attending re:Invent, though many of my coworkers were veterans who gave me lots of tips.

  • Wear comfy shoes.
  • Hydrate.
  • Take breaks when you need to.

I thought I knew what to expect, but boy, was it bigger than anything I anticipated.

Pluralsight Booth at AWS Re:Invent 2022

I landed Monday and walked the floor early to check it out. My employer Pluralsight sent me there, but I wasn’t doing booth duty at this show. However, I wanted to see the booth and check it out. Very cool. Some hands-on labs and a custom game created by David Neal made for a pretty awesome experience.

So what were some of the highlights of AWS re:Invent 2022?

Keynote from Adam Selipsky

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Since I missed the Peter DeSantis keynote, this was the first one I caught. The overall theme of this keynote is reducing complexity. Also, Amazon datacenters strive to be water positive by 2030 and use 100% renewable energy by 2025. These are ambitious goals, but how close are they now? AWS is 85% there. Impressive.

There were some significant announcements, such as

  • Serverless OpenSearch (Preview)
  • Zero ETL Solutions
  • Amazon Data Zone
  • Amazon QuickSight
  • Guard Duty EKS
  • AWS Security Lake
  • Graviton 3 Processors
  • AWS SimSpace Weaver

And more. It was a fantastic keynote and an exciting kickoff for the show.

Watch Our discussion of this Keynote here:

Watch the Keynote Here

Swami Sivasubramanian’s Keynote

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This keynote was by far my favorite. “Data beats intuition” was the theme of this keynote. It focused heavily on data and how it will change the world. I liked the focus on “why.” It wasn’t all about the technology and bells and whistles as much as what it will enable us to do. It was powerful and fun.

One part that stood out to me was Kumar Chellapilla’s talk about geospatial machine learning for disaster response. As a first responder, I can appreciate what some of these tools will do to save people’s lives. These are things we dreamt about not so long ago.

Some other announcements:

  • Amazon DevOps Guru for RDS
  • Database Migration Service Fleet Advisor
  • Lots of SageMaker Updates
  • DynamoDB Standard-Infrequent Access Table Class
  • Amazon Kendra Experience Builder
  • Amazon Lex Automated Chatbot Designer

And many more. I am not a big data or machine learning expert, so I didn’t think I would get much from this keynote. I was pleasantly surprised, and it was my favorite one of all.

Watch Our discussion of this Keynote here:

Watch the Keynote Here

Day Three: Werner Vogels Keynote

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“The world is asynchronous.”

I’m an absolute fanboy of Werner Vogels. I’m not alone. This wasn’t my first time watching one of his talks, so I knew what to expect. I was not disappointed. What I wasn’t expecting was how abstract this particular talk would be. It’s not a bad thing. He talked about the AWS vision and how things have progressed since his Distributed Computing Manifesto until now. He laid out the reasoning behind the high-level design of AWS down to the micro level. He explained the vision and the drive toward the future they’re working on. Nothing I can say will do it justice, so you can watch it here.

He also announced some new products.

  • Amazon EventBridge Pipes
  • AWS Step Functions Distributed Map
  • AWS Application Composer
  • Amazon Code Catalyst
  • AWS Ambit Scenario Designer

It was a great talk and well worth a watch. I’ve traditionally been an Azure-centered guy, but AWS is doing a great job of winning my heart.

Watch Our discussion of this Keynote here:

So Cool!!

Hanging out with Geeks

AWS Re:Invent 2022

I was incredibly busy during the show but did meet a few people and connect with some of my friends. This is one of the best parts of my current job. I get paid to talk geek with people. It was fun!

AWS Re:Invent 2022

I also spent a lot of time behind the scenes creating cool content for Pluralsight. I work with passionate and talented people, so it’s always cool to work with them while in their element.

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My coworkers are always fun to hang out with. They’re as silly as I am or more so, and so passionate about teaching and getting people into tech. Totally fun.

Certification

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

So before the show, I had to get an AWS Certification. After all, it’s a part of our Cloud Happy Challenge where Pluralsight/A Cloud Guru is giving out free certification training. I took that training and got my AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner.

AWS really takes care of certified folks at the show. There was an awesome certification lounge:

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And a kickass certification party that was a total blast. They even made special cookies.

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It was fun catching up with friends and hanging out for hours.

Summary

AWS Re:Invent 2022

I had an absolute blast at re:Invent and was glad I went. I was energized and inspired, and I had a great time hanging out with people. I must thank my employer Pluralsight, for sending me there. That company has done so much for my career and personal life, and this is one of the many cool things they’ve done for me.

Questions, comments? Yell at me!!




Published: Dec 5, 2022 by Jeremy Morgan. Contact me before republishing this content.