Amazon AWS Summit in NYC

Amazon hosted an AWS Summit at the Jacob Javits Center in NY today.  If you weren’t able to attend or watch along, I highly recommend keeping an eye out for video of the conference, which I imagine they will make available in the coming days.  The official site is here.

If you haven’t taken the time to catch up on recent developments in the AWS ecosystem I strongly recommend spending an afternoon catching up with everything on http://aws.amazon.com/.  Some highlights from the event:

  • DynamoDB is a relatively new offering providing a NoSQL solution in an RDS-like way, meaning it scales infinitely and involves almost no hardware or software management.  It’s a key-value database, meaning it’s more like Redis than Mongodb.
  • Architecture Center gives helpful reference architectures for common design patterns.
  • Elastic Beanstalk now supports both Java and PHP.  Users can autodeploy PHP code into a black box AWS environment with a git push, similar in spirit to Heroku.  It’s a very easy way to get started if you have a standard stack
  • Simple Notification Service allows you to send various types of notifications, most notably SMS messges.
  • CloudFront and Live Streaming – drop dead simple way to provide scalable live streaming of video
  • Direct Connect – allows you to set up a high speed, dedicated, secure pipe from your infrastructure to Amazon’s cloud.
  • Cloud Search – a cloud version of software like Lucene, although it wasn’t clear if it’s actually a cloud implementation of Lucene itself; search as a service.
  • AWS Marketplace – finally, a place to find and purchase apps that run on AWS.

The AWS ecosystem is truly mindboggling.  Of course there are compelling alternatives like Microsoft Azure and Rackspace OpenStack, but one could argue Amazon has a commanding lead based on the size of the community, the use cases, and the completeness of their offering.