AWS Operational Excellence - re:Invent 2016

AWS Operational Excellence - re:Invent 2016

re:Invent 2016 was an amazing experience, the scale of the conference is hard to comprehend until you see it with your own eyes.
One of the key messages I learnt from Werner Vogels during the Day 2 re:Invent keynote is that when AWS are planning and prioritising new services, AWS always work backwards from the customer, meaning they listen to what customers want and focus on those areas. It was interesting to find out that AWS create the new service briefing communication and faq’s for the service ahead of commencing development so that everyone is clear on what they will be producing.

There were many new services released at re:Invent, of particular note is the AWS well architected framework has been expanded to include more content and now has a 5th pillar, Operational Excellence. As the CMD team assist clients to operationalise their AWS platforms, we were excited to hear about the interesting services released on Day 2 of re:Invent. These included:

  • AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate
  • AWS EC2 systems manager
  • AWS Code build
  • AWS X-Ray application monitoring
  • AWS Personal Health Dashboard
  • AWS Shield DDOS protection

The big talking point for me was AWS EC2 Systems manager, it will simplify the process of maintaining system image consistency and keeping systems up to date with patching cycles. In turn this will greatly reduce risks associated with software vulnerabilities and configuration drift. Patching compliance has long been a bug bear of many organisations and now AWS has made it a little bit easier to maintain compliance and reduce risk. We’ve already started building this into our toolkit, get in touch if you’d like to learn more about the new AWS services.

Andre Morgan

written by Andre Morgan andre.morgan@cmdsolutions.com.au

Andre Morgan is a co-director and co-founder of CMD Solutions, a Cloud and Infrastructure consulting organisation focused on using innovative Cloud technology and methods to dynamically meet our clients business demands. Andre’s IT career spans more than 15 years, he has held a variety of senior management positions in strategic Infrastructure and Information Management roles.