I'm back at re:Invent 3 years after the inaugural conference and I'm keen to know what changed, not in the offering of the platform but more about what people are doing with it and what other technology trends there are concerning the cloud.
As we turn up to the partner keynote (the day before the main conference starts,) the first thing that is apparent is the sheer scale of the event. Last time around the partner keynote was in a smallish room with a few hundred people. This year there are 6,000 partners in the room - as many people as attended the whole conference in 2012.
We were lucky enough to get an invite to the Google Cloud Live conference this year. Being a private, invite-only event it was difficult to know what to expect, but when you hear Google and Cloud Computing in the same sentence you can't help but get excited.
As we queued outside the small-looking building in downtown San Francisco the first thing of note was that this was by no means a massive conference - probably less than 500 attendees. With the attendees being a mix of press, partners and developers, I heard one attendee describe it as a “who’s who of cloud computing”.
I was lucky enough to be one of the 6,000 cloud geeks that descended on Vegas last week to attend AWS re:Invent 2012. This inaugural AWS developer conference was broken into 3 days. The first day was a bit of a warm-up day, with technical workshops and a AWS partner day. The two subsequent days had keynotes and deep-dive sessions covering all elements of the AWS ecosystem. In this post I'll cover what I saw during the three days I was there, and what had the biggest impact on me.