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A guide to storage and compute talks at AWS re:Invent

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Every year our global team meets up in Vegas excited to meet the greatest cloud community there is. But besides the nonstop distractions, there is always an incredible amount to learn. This year, although AWS re:Invent is a (tiny bit) different, it looks like there are even more rock star speakers and fascinating subjects that we are really excited to sit in on.

In our recommendations, we’ve focused mainly on storage and compute talks and will add to our recs as the conference progresses throughout the three weeks. Whether you are an Solutions Architect, Backup Engineer or just interested in storage innovations and out-of-the-box use cases, put on your comfy slippers and grab a front row seat at these top picks for AWS reInvent 2020.

Week 1

AWS Partner Keynote – LIVE

Why you should attend: Dave McCann, VP of AWS Marketplace will be announcing some exciting news on how partners and AWS are working together to modernize their businesses. Some very special N2WS announcements will be made in this keynote, so this one is not to miss! (Hint — Codename: PoleStar is a brand new integration with AWS License Manager and N2WS is now a featured AWS Outpost ready partner.)

When to block off the calendar: DEC 3, 2020 | 10:45 AM PST with a pre-show performance at 7:45 AM PST

Session STG202: Now is the time: Move your workloads to AWS storage ( Robbie Wright, AWS Storage)

Why you should attend: This is a great session to truly understand the benefits of data lifecycle management and business value of moving your data and workloads to Amazon S3, Amazon EBS, Amazon FSx, or Amazon EFS.

When to block off the calendar: DEC 1, 2020 | 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM EST

Session STG201: What’s new with Amazon S3 (Christoph Bartenstein, Amazon S3)

Why you should attend: Amazon S3 one of AWS’ oldest services is constantly evolving. Learn about new features like Amazon Access Points, Amazon S3 Batch Operations and Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive – features that will enhance your data availability, scalability and optimize your costs even more.

When to block off the calendar: DEC 1, 2020 | 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM EST

Session STG205: Amazon S3 foundations: Best practices for Amazon S3 (Bijeta Chakraborty, Amazon S3)

Why you should attend: Even if you know the many added benefits of object storage such as Amazon S3 and Amazon S3 Glacier, you’ll want to see these case studies in action. Tech giant Airbnb, for example, uses the services for significant cost saving and optimization and data management.

When to block off the calendar: DEC 2, 2020 | 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST

Week 2

Session STG214: Supercharge your compute workloads: Deep dive on Amazon FSx for Lustre + S3 (Darryl Osborne, AWS Storage)

Why you should attend: FSx for Lustre is a fairly new fully managed service that not only provide submillisecond latencies, but also peak performance and a reduction in costs. The shared file system is optimal for compute-intensive workloads and in this session, you’ll learn best practices on how to avoid common storage challenges while saving on costs.

When to block off the calendar: DEC 8, 2020 | 5:15 PM – 5:45 PM EST

Session: What’s new with Amazon EBS?

Why you should attend: For all up-t0-date AWS EBS storage innovations, this is the session to attend. Just in the last week at re:Invent, Amazon has announced numberous new storage options that provide added performance and resiliency such EBS io2 Block Express volumes and Amazon EBS Gp3 volumes.

When to block off the calendar: DEC 8, 2020 | 10:15 AM ET

Session: Optimize your data migration with AWS Snowcone and AWS Snowball Edge?

Why you should attend: Whatever size migration you are planning, the Snow Family has it all. AWS Snowcone is the smallest and built for durability and harsh conditions. AWS Snowball Edge is for larger migrations with edge computing workload capabilities. This session will provide best practices and key methodologies to effectively and quickly transfer and migrate your data.

When to block off the calendar: DEC 8, 2020 | 10:30 AM ET

Session: What’s new with Amazon EFS?

Why you should attend: This is a great prep course for Amazon EFS as next week there will be further deep dives and security sessions for the regional service storing data service. Being serverless, elastic and cost optimized, it’s no wonder Amazon EFS popularity has grown enormously. This session will talk about all new Amazon EFS features and provide actionable takeaways on how to maximize both your costs and performance.

When to block off the calendar: DEC 8, 2020 | 10:30 AM ET

Week 3

Session: AWS Outposts: Bringing the AWS experience on premises

Why you should attend: For those customers looking to automate their hybrid cloud, this is a must-attend session to find out how AWS Outpost works. And as N2WS recently achieved AWS Outposts Ready designation and is part of the AWS Service Ready Program, customers can now backup and recover their on-premise data for a truly consistent hybrid experience.

When to block off the calendar: DEC 15, 2020 | 10:30 PM EST

Session: Architecting for High Availability on Amazon S3

Why you should attend: Amazon S3  is one of the first services Amazon ever introduced, and is one of the reasons the AWS cloud has been so successful. But just because Amazon S3 delivers high durability and availability, doesn’t mean your system is architected as such. You’ll get tips on how to reduce downtime and respond quickly to disruptions. Here’s more on Amazon S3 use cases.

When to block off the calendar: DEC 15, 2020 | 3:15 PM EST

Session: Data Lake Security in Amazon S3: Perimeters and Fine Grained controls

Why you should attend: While a data lake may sound messy, it’s anything but. It’s a centralized data repository where you can store all of your data whether it be structured or unstructured and security within this data lake is essential. It’s an extremely flexible and useful tool but you’ll need actionable take aways on how to authenticate, encrypt and maintain strong guardrails around your data lake. Join this session to get them.

When to block off the calendar: DEC 16, 2020 | 7:30 AM IST

Don’t forget to stop by the N2WS Booth, where you can learn more about automatic backup, recovery, storage options and to enter our Ultimate #AWSreInvent Attendee Giveaway

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