AWS Summit Berlin 2019

My thoughts on the Berlin AWS Summit 2019

What is an AWS Summit?

AWS Summits are small, free events that happen in various cities around the world. They are a “satellite” event of the re:Invent which takes place in Las Vegas every year in November. If you cannot attend re:Invent, you should definately try to attend an AWS Summit.

Berlin AWS Summit

I have had the pleasure of attending the Berlin AWS Summit for 4 years in a row.

Werner Vogels

The event was a 2 day event held on 26-27 of February 2019 in Berlin. The first day was more focused for management or new cloud users and the second day had more deep-dive technical sessions. The event started with a keynote held by Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon. This year the Berlin AWS Summit seemed to be very focused on topics around Machine Learning and AI. Also I think this year there were more people attending compared to 2018 or 2017.

You will always find other sessions that are interesting to you, even if ML&AI are currently not on your radar. For example I attended the session about “Observability for Modern Applications” that showed how to use AWS X-Ray and App Mesh to monitor and control large scale microservices running in AWS EKS or similar. App Mesh is currently in public preview and it looks very interesting!

The partners

Every year there are a lot of stands by various partners showcasing their products to the passers by. You can also participate in raffles with the cost of your email address (and obvious marketing emails that will ensue). Most of them will also hand out free swag, stickers or pens etc.

stands 1Stands 2Stands 3

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Differences to previous years

This year there was no AWS Certified lounge which was a surprise to me. It is a restricted area for people who have an active AWS Certification where they can network with other certified people. I hope it will return next year again.


Thank you for the event!

Thank you and goodbye

Choosing provider for cloud

Sticking with your old habits and misconceptions is dangerous, choosing cloud partner is something that should be done with care.

There is nowadays a plethora of cloud operators to choose from and almost everyone has their favourite. AWS is the oldest and probably has the most features and services, Azure is go to place when running Microsoft-related applications or workloads and if you are looking into using AI or ML you go with Google. This has been a common misconception.

In reality choosing your cloud is not so black and white. Providers who came into the game a bit later than Amazon have been investing heavily on the development and are fast catching up. Amazon haven’t been resting on AI or ML front either. And there is also Alibaba, the Amazon of China, who is also pushing hard on the west now and seems to have focus on AI and ML.

Relying on this kind of categorising is dangerous as cloud operator strengths could change quite quickly and it might limit your capability to operate efficiently.

This is where you need to focus. Map your main goals when using the cloud. Check the options available by yourself if your skillset is up to date with all the options. This might be almost impossible as cloud providers are pushing new services almost daily. So I highly recommend that you move to the most important step and choose a partner to help you.

Choosing your partner right can make some serious cost saving and accelerate your development. Do your homework and spend some time benchmarking potential partners. Make sure your partner has enough real life experience on running and building to cloud.