The New York AWS Summit took place on August 14. The Thorn Tech team went to the Big Apple to attend, learn, and have a great time!

More than 7,000 cloud-minded people attended the New York event, making it the second largest AWS Summit this year.

Over the course of the day AWS hosted over 40 sessions, announced some great new services, and even offered AWS Certification exams.

We even ran into Ryan Kroonenburg, the founder of A Cloud Guru. A few of us got our AWS Certifications with his help, so we were excited when he agreed to take a picture with us!

Thorn Technologies at AWS Summit 2017

Over 90 sponsors were in attendance, handing out promotional t-shirts, fidget spinners, notebooks, and even socks. We were pleasantly surprised to see SparkPost sponsoring the event, since they have an office a stone’s throw away from us on Guilford Road.

It was great to see what other companies are doing with AWS services, and it was really surprising to see so many security and analytics businesses this year.

Most importantly, Amazon revealed some new services at the event, and we’re excited to say the least. Here are some of the key products they launched.

 

AWS Glue

AWS Glue is a fully managed ETL (extract, transform, & load) service. This is a big win for Big Data, because now transferring data between data stores is simple and serverless. We’re especially excited about this service, because now we don’t need to worry about third party ETL products and dedicated hosts just to run these jobs.

Amazon Macie

Amazon Macie is an exciting new security service that uses machine learning to automatically discover and classify sensitive data stored on AWS. This will be great for helping users discover potentially unprotected PII on the cloud.

SAM Local

One topic that was drawing crowds in the workshop and expo floor was AWS SAM Local. SAM is similar to the Serverless Framework, and with SAM Local, you can now deploy your deploy your Lambda locally as you develop. Just a few weeks ago at our AWS Meetup on SAM, we were wondering how to develop locally with SAM. Problem solved, thanks AWS!

 

After spending the day at the summit, we were exhausted. We headed to an afterparty along with some other companies to relax for a bit, and we finished our evening with a delicious Mexican meal at Tacuba.

All together, the New York Summit was a great experience with great people. We’ve already started working with AWS Glue, and we can’t wait to try out the other new services. We look forward to next year’s event, and hopefully the entire Thorn Technology team can attend!