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AWS APN Ambassador Global Summit Day 2

Amazon Web Services invited me for a two day AWS APN Ambassador Global Summit in Seattle. Two days of workshops, presentations and interactions with the principal architects, networking with other ambassadors and sightseeing around Seattle. This post contains a summary of day 2.

Disclaimer: all the content discussed in the workshops and presentation are under NDA, so I can't go into any detail. However, I'm allowed to describe the topics and the speakers, and any content that is publicly available.

09:00 - 10:00 AWS Backup Deep Dive

The day kicked off with a session by Nancy Wang, Head of Product and Chris Schilling, Senior Technical Product Manager for AWS Backup.

They described how the service works, how you can leverage it for your customers and environments, and we talked a lot about the roadmap. This is a service I will also dive deeper in, and see what value it can add for Sentia and its customers.

AWS Backup

10:00 - 10:35 Partner Training Opportunities

Phoebe Truong, Partner Training Program Manager described what services AWS offers its partners for training.

10:45 - 12:00 Amazon Culture of Innovation

This was an awesome session by Dave Brown, Worldwide Lead, Culture of Innovation. He explained all the processes and mechanisms Amazon has in place to allow everybody to innovate. Very educational, and lots of ideas I can't wait to work out.

13:00 - 14:00 AWS Outposts Deep Dive

Sebastian Dreisch, Principal Business Development Manager and Meena Gowdar, Senior Product Manager Tech, EC2 went out of their way to explain AWS Outposts.

I think it's a very powerful product aimed at reducing latency for use cases like live events, high frequency trading, or IOT, where the roundtrip time to an AWS region might simply be too high.

Outposts offers a solution by bringing the hardware for AWS Services on-premises, allowing you to use the services you're familiar with, but with the lowest latency possible.

AWS Outposts

14:00 - 14:45 Roundtable with our AWS Partner Leaders

This session, which became very lively, was a great opportunity for partners to communicate their suggestions for the partner program directly to the leaders.

Jarrod Buckley, Director, AWS Global Partner Programs, Darci Kleindl, North America Partner Business Leader and Vikram Garlapati, Head of Americas PSA Team we're very receptive to the feedback and discussed some great followup plans.

15:15 - 16:15 Chaos Engineering

Adrian Cockcroft, VP Cloud Architecture Strategy, and one of the heroes of cloud computing, cloud native design and global-scale application, gave a presentation about the principles of failures; everything will fail, the question is 'when', not 'if'.

He showed the design principles that allow you to catch these failures in time, and to reduce their impact and blast radius.

He also shared his book list, which is publicly available at

16:15 - 17:15 AWS Control Tower Deep Dive

The last session of the summit was hosted by Kalyan Ghatak - Senior Manager Product for Control Tower and Sandeep Kashyap, Senior Business Development Manager.

There were a lot of questions from the audience, and some good answers by the product team. It gave us a good insight into the design choices and future road map of Control Tower, allowing us to make a good estimation of its usefulness and applicability for our customers.

AWS Control Tower

18:30 - 23:00 Games, Food, and Drinks

After two intensive days, Amazon took us to the Garage in Capitol Hill, where we had another awesome night of chatting, bowling, eating, drinking and playing pool. It was a great closing event for an awesome summit.

Thanks so much to everybody involved, and to Sentia for supporting me as an ambassador.

— Luc

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