Amazon Web Services has been around for years. Unfortunately for me, I did not pay much attention due to the lack of a good use case. However, things started to get interesting when I get to use some of their services actively in work recently, which is also why I attended AWS Summit Kuala Lumpur held at One World Hotel in Selangor.
Official Presence in Malaysia
The opening keynote was delivered by none other than the Chief Technology Officer of Amazon.com - Dr. Werner Vogels. The speech was great, he explained how cloud computing can help scale businesses across a variety of industries. Also, there was one much anticipated announcement - AWS now has official presence in Malaysia; probably a good boost of confidence in the cloud platform for potential adopters.
This year’s Summit consists of multiple tracks dedicated to different groups of audience. Sadly though, the developer session that I’m interested in gets a small hall which could only fit approximately 100 persons. Mind you, there were about 2000 attendees and this hall was the only one with people queuing outside waiting for their turn to get in. The first session that I managed to get in was Twitch-Ready 3D-games development with Amazon Lumberyard and GameLift by Olivier Klein. The duo were launched earlier this year - Lumberyard is a free, cross-platform game engine with an emphasize on Twitch integration while GameLift is a service focused on scaling multiplayer games in the cloud.
In between those, I joined track 3 - a talk on AWS Lambda by Markku Lepisto, there was an showcase of implementing real time monitoring on tweets mentioning “Bieber” and “Miley”, laughters assured. In case anyone is not aware, AWS Lambda is a service for serverless computing - essentially you push your code and it is ready to be executed (think PHP sans the language and the need to manage any server, thus the term serverless).
Closing with Prizes
The closing was accompanied by lucky draws which many were waiting for, there were prizes like iPad Pro, Amazon Fire HD and even drones if I remembered correctly. All in all, the event was good, the talks given were, pun intended, AWSome. The developer session needs a little bit more love though. I’ll be looking forward a better organized Summit next year with Amazon’s official presence in the country.