Even in the technology business where everything is mostly online and even with all the modern communication capabilities we enjoy, the old adage…location, location, location…still holds true.
Where you live can be a huge advantage when it comes to access to resources, opportunities, and inspiration.
I was thinking about this yesterday while attending Amazon’s AWSome Day in Atlanta at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead. This was an all day training session by one of Amazons technical trainers provided free of charge. It was a first class event with all the perks that make going to an all day lecture fun and something you might not expect even at a paid training class…great lunch, free drinks, and hors d’oeuvres. A very good experience overall…not just for all the new knowledge gained but also for a memorable and fun day.
It’s not just the raw knowledge you pick up at these events but also the inspiration that comes from the feeling of being part of a group of so many other like minded technology enthusiasts. Something you just can’t get in isolation.
But in order to have this experience…you have to live within driving distance of Atlanta (or one of the other cities on the AWSome tour)…or pay to travel.
I was just thinking that if I still lived back in my home town in Arkansas I would never experience events like this one…and that would be a huge disadvantage for sure.
And it’s not just events by Amazon it’s also Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, IBM, and on and on. Not to mention the dozens of technology meetups held every month somewhere around the metro area. Yesterday after AWSome Day ended I walked across the street to the Hilton and spent some time at a Salesforce event that happened to be going on at the same time. It’s really non stop and it’s all freely available.
There’s another Amazon Web Services tour, AWS Big Data Solutions, starting later this year. Is your city on the list?
I was excited when earlier this year I noticed the announcement of AWSome Day coming to Atlanta. We don’t get many events from Amazon in Atlanta…or at least not to my knowledge we haven’t…and so this one was a must attend for me. And I have to say that after attending yesterday, on the 2nd of April, I was definitely not disappointed!
It was a full day of lecture by Nathan Hast (), a technical trainer at Amazon, covering all the basics of Amazon Web Services. While I’ve been using Amazon Web Services for storage now for many years and I’ve experimented with EC2, I really didn’t know much about all the other services so hearing them all explained over the course of the day was very helpful and provided me with a much better insight into how both large and small technology solutions can and should be architected on the AWS platform.
The event was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead…starting at 9am and ending at 3:45. Afterwards there were really nice all you could eat hors d’oeuvres and a happy hour with free drinks on the hotel patio. Lunch was also awesome with tomato basil soup and three kinds of gourmet pizza. This was a first class event much appreciated by everyone I talked to.
I’m not sure how many people attended but it looked like hundreds. They were virtually all men by the way. I don’t think I saw more than a dozen women at the event. We’ve really got to get more women into technology!
At the end they announced another AWS event coming to Atlanta on June 9th…AWS Big Data Solutions Day…also being held at the Intercontinental Hotel. I’ve already signed up!
Amazon just released a major enhancement to their EC2 (Elastic Cloud Computing) platform with the addition of Elastic Block Storage which provides a persistent storage volume (think virtual hard drives) for use with Amazon EC2 instances. Previously one big downside to using AWS/EC2 for application hosting was lack of permanent dynamic storage capable of hosting a mysql database for example. So if your app needed a backend database you had to host that database someplace else (outside the Amazon cloud). And because they’re virtual you can clone them, snapshot them and benefit from automatic replication.
Eric Hammond has already written an article giving step-by-step on how to setup a mysql database on EBS.