What Happens at re:Invent: A Quick Guide

November 8, 2017

It’s Time for AWS re:Invent

The countdown to AWS re:Invent is ticking and it’s less than a month until the Instana team packs their bags and heads to Las Vegas!

AWS re:Invent has exploded, literally. With over 40,000 attendees and taking over the strip at multiple venues, this is going to be the biggest re:Invent ever and we’re excited to be a part of it. While we’re planning for our second trip to re:Invent, we’ve decided to share some tips and tricks we’ve learned along the way.

1. Don’t Forget to Pre-Book Your re:Invent Sessions!

Planning early is vital! Sessions are first come, first served and will book up quickly, so if you wait too long you might just miss out on your favorite session! If you’re a re:Invent newbie, here are a few tips from a grizzled veteran on planning your schedule (and getting around the strip, of course).

Check the agenda to build out your schedule

There are over 1000 breakout sessions to choose from this year. While that might be overwhelming, you can always take a look at the 20+ tracks to narrow it down. I’ve seen sessions fill up a month in advance before, so it’s better to look and book now instead of waiting.. There is nothing fun about searching for a session to attend while standing in a crowd of 40,000 people!

When planning your calendar and reserving your spot in the sessions, keep in mind that:

  • 75% of each room will be available for reserved seating.
  • 25% of each room will be saved for walk-up attendees.

The easiest way to reserve a seat in the breakout sessions, workshops, and other events is to use the re:Invent registration portal, but you can also use the re:Invent mobile app for scheduling on the go.

Oh yeah, there is one back-up plan for you – you can always watch a recording on YouTube later (don’t tell your boss).

AWS re:invent campus map

2. The Shuttle Drivers are your New Best Friends

Give your feet a break and use the shuttles to get around. Shuttles run continuously between the venues all across the strip. Check out the event map, shuttle schedule, locations, and walking times here.

3. Stan’s Pick: Best Sessions to Attend

Here at Instana, we are passionate about containers and microservices. If you need some help deciding which sessions to attend, here are some fantastic hand-picked sessions:

Containers on AWS – State of the Union

Deepak Singh, the General Manager of Amazon Container Services will cover the state of containerized application development and deployment trends, new container capabilities on AWS, options for running containerized applications on AWS, and how AWS customers successfully run container workloads in production.

Digital Transformation: Adapt or Perish

Our friends at Red Hat OpenShift are presenting the best practices on successfully designing, implementing, and managing distributed microservice applications at any scale. They’ll also explore innovative strategies, including integrated analytic techniques to anticipate and predict scaling operations to allow infrastructures to scale elastically on-demand.

From Monolithic to Microservices: Evolving Architecture Patterns in the Cloud

Adrian Trenaman, SVP of Engineering at Gilt will share Gilt’s experiences and lessons learned during their evolution from a single monolithic Rails application in a traditional data center to more that 300 Scala/Java microservices deployed in the cloud. Derek Chiles, AWS Solutions Architect will review current best practices and recommended architectures for deploying microservices on AWS.

Achieving DevOps with Microservices-Based Architectures

Asif Khan, Technical Business Development Manager of AWS will introduce the concept of microservices and discuss ways in which to leverage Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) best practices for microservices architectures in your organization.

4. Don’t Miss Out on Booth 2110

Your trip to re:Invent won’t be complete without a stop at Booth 2110 to talk with Instana. We’re right up front, so you won’t have to go far to see us.

We’ll have plenty of Squeezy Stans to give out. More importantly, you can get a demo of our next-generation APM solution for monitoring cloud, container and microservice applications.

Finally, we will be sharing the latest news about Instana and our solutions, so stay tuned.

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