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December 2, 2016updated 13 Jan 2017 11:57am

Amazon Web Services flexes its muscles but stays true to developers

Protection against DDoS attacks, containers, and an open source project were the big announcements.

By James Nunns

With more announcements than you can shake a stick at, Amazon Web Services took a developer focused approach to the second day keynote.

Delivered by Werner Vogels, CTO,, a decidedly technical flavour was felt throughout as the CTO continued to showcase AWS as the most innovative of the cloud vendors.

With 10 announcements made for new products and services, it would fall short of the 14 from the first day, but still an impressive number when typically conferences I’ve attended tend to be light on news after the first day.

Along with a lot of talk about DevOps, and a dash of containers, Vogels focused on security, data analytics and a new open source project.

While plenty of attention can and will be paid to the various new releases from AWS, the messaging was clear in that the company was remaining true to its core.

Developers are the life blood of any successful cloud platform, without them and it’s very unlikely that any longevity will be achieved. Which is why the whole AWS event has a much more developer feel to it than other big conferences.

Often the conferences are salesmen in suits, AWS feels more like an OpenStack conference where jeans and t-shirts are plentiful and many of the announcements are aimed at pleasing them.

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Amazon Web Services made a big open source announcement.

Amazon Web Services made a big open source announcement.

On the developer focused announcement front AWS revealed its Personal Health Dashboard, a way to give developers a personalised view of services health. Basically, developers will be able to see data that informs them about the health of their infrastructure.


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