AWS Podcast

AWS Podcast
The AWS Podcast is the definitive cloud platform podcast for developers, dev ops, and cloud professionals seeking the latest news and trends in storage, security, infrastructure, serverless, and more. Join Simon Elisha and Jeff Barr for regular updates, deep dives and interviews. Whether you’re building machine learning and AI models, open source projects, or hybrid cloud solutions, the AWS Podcast has something for you.
#309: Black Belt Tips and Amazon QuickSight ML Insights
Apr 21 • 9 min
In this episode Simon gives you some Black Belt tips around managing you CloudFormation stacks and how to use AWS Organizations to control access to AWS resources. He also gives you a look at Amazon QuickSight ML Insights.…
#308: April 2019 Update Show
Apr 14 • 35 min
Simon and Nicki cover almost 100 updates! Check out the chapter timings to see where things of interest to you might be. Infrastructure 00:42 Storage 1:17 Databases 4:14 Analytics 8:28 Compute 9:52 IoT 15:17 End User Computing 17:40 Machine Learning 19:10…
#307: The AWS Developer Experience - AWS App Mesh and AWS Cloud Development Kit
Apr 7 • 20 min
How do you build applications that are loosely coupled but reliable? How can you take an even more abstracted view of cloud infrastructure? Simon is joined by Adam Larter (Principal Solutions Architect, AWS) to discuss options available to developers…
#306: [Provable Security Podcast Series Episode #1]: Automated Reasoning’s Past, Present, and Future with Moshe Vardi
Apr 3 • 43 min
Provable Security: Conversations on Next Gen Security. We published a podcast ( on provable security ( last fall, and, due to high customer interest, we…
#305: Saving Money with EC2 Spot
Mar 31 • 11 min
Did you know you can save 70-90% on compute costs easier than ever? Or that you can get more work done for the same spend? EC2 Spot is more powerful and easier to use than ever; Simon takes you through some of the new capabilities and benefits that you…
#304: March Update Show Part 2
Mar 24 • 17 min
Simon and Nicki run through some interesting new AWS capabilities for customers as well as a look at the upcoming re:MARS conference ( 0:29 - Databases 1:20 - Analytics 1:52 - Compute 3:22 - IoT 4:05 - Customer Engagement 5:07…
#303: Are You Well-Architected?
Mar 17 • 22 min
How do you know if you have built your system the best way possible? How can you track this over time, and see and share improvements with others? The AWS Well-Architected Framework now has a customer-accessible tool - free to use! Simon speaks with…
#302: March 2019 Update Show Part One
Mar 10 • 38 min
Simon is joined by new update co-host Nicki Klein (Senior Technical Evangelist, AWS) to discuss all the latest features and capabilities available to AWS customers! Chapters 1:57 Mobile 5:21 Solutions & Quickstarts 7:53 Database 13:51 Storage 17:46…
#301: Getting the most out of the AWS Developer Experience
Mar 3 • 47 min
What does a modern software development look like? What are some of the optimised approaches you can use? What is the state of play when it comes to developer tooling and the cloud? Simon is joined by Adam Larter (Principal Solutions Architect, AWS) to…
#300: Amazon ElasticSearch Update
Feb 24 • 25 min
Do you have lots of data to search, analyze and visualize? The Amazon ElasticSearch service is used by customers large and small to do just that! Simon speaks with Jon Handler (Principal Solutions Architect, AWS) about some exciting new capabilities and…
#299: February 2019 Updates
Feb 17 • 30 min
Simon guides you through lots of new features, services and capabilities that you can take advantage of. Including the new AWS Backup service, more powerful GPU capabilities, new SLAs and much, much more! Chapters: Service Level Agreements 0:17 Storage…
#298: [Public Sector Special Series #6] - Bringing the White House to the World
Feb 13 • 16 min
Dr. Stephanie Tuszynski (Director of the Digital Library - White House Historical Association) speaks about how they used AWS to bring the experience of the White House to the world.
#297: Reinforcement Learning with AWS DeepRacer
Feb 10 • 28 min
How are ML Models Trained? How can developers learn different approaches to solving business problems? How can we race model cars on a global scale? Todd Escalona (Solutions Architect Evangelist, AWS) joins Simon to dive into reinforcement learning and…
#296: [Public Sector Special Series #5] - Creating Better Educational Outcomes Using AWS
Feb 6 • 16 min
Cesar Wedemann (QEDU) talks to Simon about how they gather Education data and provide this data to teachers and public schools to improve education in Brazil. They developed a free-access portal that offers easy visualization of brazilian Education open…
#295: Creating a DevOps Workflow for Machine Learning Models
Feb 2 • 18 min
Training your ML model is just one part of the puzzle; retaining it and deploying into production on a regular basis is key for great business outcomes. Simon speaks with John Calhoun (Machine Learning Specialist, AWS) about how to implement this in your…
#294: [Public Sector Special Series #4] - Using AI to make Content Available for Students at Imperial College of London
Jan 30 • 13 min
How do you train the next generation of Digital leaders? How do you provide them with a modern educational experience? Can you do it without technical expertise? Hear how Ruth Black (Teaching Fellow at the Digital Academy) applied Amazon Transcribe to…
#293: Diving into Data with Amazon Athena
Jan 27 • 13 min
Do you have lots of data to analyze? Is writing SQL a skill you have? Would you like to analyze massive amounts of data at low cost without capacity planning? In this episode, Simon shares how Amazon Athena can give you options you may not have considered…
#292: [Public Sector Special Series #3] - Moving to Microservices from an Organisational Standpoint
Jan 23 • 23 min
Jeff Olson (VP & Chief Data Officer at College Board) talks about his experiences in fostering change from an organisational standpoint whilst moving to a microservices architecture.
#291: January 2019 Update
Jan 20 • 14 min
Simon takes you through a nice mix of updates and new things to take advantage of - even a price drop! Chapters: Service Level Agreements 00:19 Price Reduction 1:15 Databases 2:09 Service Region Expansion 3:52 Analytics 5:23 Machine Learning 7:13 Compute…
#290: [Public Sector Special Series #2] - Using AWS to Power Research with the University of Liverpool and Alces Flight
Jan 16 • 21 min
Cliff Addison (University of Liverpool) joins with Will Mayers and Cristin Merritt (Alces Flight) to talk about High Performance Computing in the cloud and meeting the needs of researchers.
#289: A Look at Amazon FSx For Windows File Server
Jan 13 • 20 min
Simon speaks with Andrew Crudge (Senior Product Manager, FSx) about this newly released service, capabilities available to customers and how to make the best use of it in your environment.
#288: [Public Sector Special Series #1] - Tackling Culture Change when Moving to the Cloud
Jan 9 • 15 min
Sherry Stevens (National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)) talks about the cultural changes and lessons learned on their journey to the cloud.
#287: Log Diving with Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights
Jan 6 • 8 min
Did you know you can work through Terabytes of log data in seconds with zero setup? Simon takes you through the capabilities of Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights and how you can use it to resolve issues faster. Documentation:…
#286: December 2018 Update Show
Dec 30, 2018 • 32 min
Simon takes you through the December updates to finish up 2018! Shownotes: Topic || Customer Engagement 0:23 Amazon Pinpoint Announces Event-Based Campaigns, Driving Personalization and Engagement |…
#285: New Runtime Experiences in AWS Lambda
Dec 23, 2018 • 27 min
Simon speaks with three Software Development Engineers (SDEs) from Amazon who worked on various aspects of the new AWS Lambda runtime capabilities. He is joined by Alex Wood, Bryan Moffatt and Marco Magdy who discuss the Layers experience, Ruby support,…
#284: A Look at Some Useful Resources
Dec 16, 2018 • 14 min
What are some handy resources for AWS Customers? Simon takes you on a tour of a few handy ones - and even sneaks in a black-belt tip! Shownotes: Centralized Logging – AWS Answers | AWS Developer…
#283: [AWS Security and Compliance Special #2] Answering Compliance and Data Privacy Questions
Dec 12, 2018 • 17 min
In the latest AWS Security & Compliance Podcast, we sit down with VP of Security Chad Woolf, who answers your compliance and data privacy questions. Including one of the most frequently asked questions from customers around the world, which is: how many…
#282: Diving Into the AWS Global Accelerator
Dec 9, 2018 • 13 min
At re:Invent 2018, the AWS Global Accelerator was launched, enabling customers to improve the availability and performance of the applications with a global user base. Simon speaks with Divya Sreekumar (Senior Product Manager AWS) about the benefits to…
#281: re:Invent 2018 Thursday Updates
Nov 30, 2018 • 18 min
Simon covers all the updates from Thursday as well as a special Partner interview ( and behind the scenes look at This is My Architecture ( Shownotes: New AWS Toolkits |…
#280: re:Invent 2018 Keynote and Wednesday Updates
Nov 29, 2018 • 30 min
Simon takes you through the updates of the day, and Andy Jassy's keynote - as well as a walk around the Expo Floor! Shownotes: Topic || Security AWS Security Hub |…
#279: re:Invent Tuesday Night Update - LIVE Audience!
Nov 28, 2018 • 31 min
Simon & Jeff are joined by a live audience for the first time! Listen to some great updates and fun laughs. Shownotes: EFS Infrequent Access: S3…
#278: Live From re:Invent Midnight Madness 2018
Nov 26, 2018 • 53 min
Simon and Jeff record live from AWS re:Invent 2018 Midnight Madness!
#277: November 2018 Update Show
Nov 18, 2018 • 35 min
Simon takes you through lots of great new features and capabilities for customers, and also a special call out for listeners attending AWS re:Invent to get some AWS Podcast swag! Shownotes with timestamps: 1:42 Compute In the Works – AWS Region in Milan,…
#276: [Workforce Development Using AWS Educate#4] Re-Skilling Adult Learners
Nov 14, 2018 • 13 min
Singapore's National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) Learning Hub works with AWS Educate to reach a different audience — adult learners. Spearheading a global movement, the NTUC intends to train and re-skill 20,000 Singaporeans to build cloud computing skills…
#275: Using Technology To Help Children in Hospitals; Interview with ZOTT
Nov 11, 2018 • 34 min
How can the hospital experience be made a little easier for children suffering chronic illness and their caregivers? Simon speaks with Jon Shipman (CTO & Co-Founder) and Michael Powell (VP Marketing ) from ZOTT about their approach to the challenge.…
#274: [AWS Security and Compliance Special#1] Diving into the Security Track at re:Invent 2018
Nov 8, 2018 • 13 min
This is a Special Series from AWS Security & Compliance. In this podcast, we’re previewing the security track at re:Invent. Staffers developing security track content offer their advice for navigating the learning conference that is expected to draw…
#273: [Workforce Development Using AWS Educate#3] Designing a Cloud Course to Scale
Nov 7, 2018 • 14 min
The California Cloud Workforce Project (“CA Cloud”), a consortium of 19 LA County community colleges and their sister high schools, designed a Cloud Computing Certificate in collaboration with faculty at Santa Monica College and AWS Educate. Intended to…
#272: Refactoring in the Cloud
Nov 4, 2018 • 37 min
Once an application is in the Cloud - are you done? In this episode, Simon & Glenn Gore (Lead Architect, AWS Solutions Architecture) revisit an architecture they deployed back in 2014 on AWS and refactor it "on the fly"! Shownotes: Original Sentimentizer…
#271: [Workforce Development Using AWS Educate#2] Launching a Cloud Associate Degree
Oct 31, 2018 • 16 min
Cloud computing has been highlighted by LinkedIn as the #1 in-demand global skill for the past three years in a row, with Northern Virginia housing one of the largest concentrations of IT jobs in the nation. Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and…
#270: AWS Quest 2018
Oct 28, 2018 • 22 min
Do you like puzzles? Ozz the robot is travelling to AWS re:Invent 2018, but he needs a little help! This is your chance to work individually or with people around the world to solve cool puzzles. Simon and Jeff speak with Mike Selinker (President of…
#269: [Workforce Development Using AWS Educate#1] Igniting a Passion for Cloud Computing
Oct 24, 2018 • 14 min
This is a Special Series about Workforce Development Using AWS Educate. AWS Educate launches the AWS Siklab Pilipinas in Manila, Philippines. The Siklab — a Tagalog word that translates to a flame and spark — provided cloud essentials training and a job…
#268: October 2018 Update Show
Oct 22, 2018 • 51 min
Simon shares a great list of new capabilities for customers! Chapters: 00:00- 00:08 Opening 00:09 - 10:50 Compute 10:51 - 25:50 Database and Storage 25:51 - 28:25 Network 28:26 - 35:01 Development 35:09 - 39:03 AI/ML 39:04 - 45:04 System Management and…
#267: An Old Story
Oct 14, 2018 • 23 min
Behind technology is people! In a non-technically focussed episode Simon has a wide-ranging conversation with Allison Gumahad (International Proposal Manager, AWS) and Mike Gilmore (Senior Proposal Manager, AWS) about the affect of age and experience on…
#266: Next Generation Security with Automated Reasoning, an Artificial Intelligence Technology
Oct 7, 2018 • 27 min
AWS is implementing next generation security technology backed by automated reasoning, which uses mathematical logic to provide higher levels of security assurance. Automated reasoning automates the detection of entire classes of misconfigurations that…
#265: The State of Containers on AWS
Sep 30, 2018 • 30 min
Customers are using containers for all types of workloads. How can you best run them on AWS? Simon speaks with Arun Gupta (Principal Open Source Technologist, AWS) about different options and approaches that customers can use. They also discuss the…
#264: How to re:Invent
Sep 23, 2018 • 25 min
Each year, we’re excited to bring our customers together to network, engage, and learn more about AWS at the largest gathering of the cloud computing community - AWS re:Invent. With so much to explore and learn, Simon is joined by Annie Hancock and Jill…
#263: September Update Show
Sep 15, 2018 • 33 min
Simon walks you through some great new things you can use on your projects today! Shownotes: Amazon Lightsail Announces 50% Price Drop and Two New Instance Sizes |…
#262: Using the AWS SDK for Ruby
Sep 9, 2018 • 23 min
Do you like to develop in Ruby? There are a raft of awesome features in the AWS SDK for Ruby that you might not be aware of! Simon is joined by Alex Wood to discuss all the goodies customers have access to. Shownotes: Getting Started Workshop:…
#261: EC2 Compute Instances for AWS Snowball Edge
Sep 2, 2018 • 25 min
Do you need to run compute remotely? Perhaps you need to provide IT shipboard? Or in the battlefield? Simon speaks with Ian Perez-Ponce all about this new capability. Shownotes: Jeff Barr’s Blog Post:…
#260: A Deep Dive Into Amazon Simple Storage Service
Aug 26, 2018 • 44 min
S3 is at the heart of many customer solutions today. It has come a long way since launch in 2006! Simon is joined by Alastair Cousins (Senior Solutions Architect, AWS) to explore both basic and advanced capabilities that you can take advantage of.…
#259: August Service Update Show
Aug 19, 2018 • 45 min
Simon takes you through a great list of new services, functions and capabilities - hopefully something for everyone! Shownotes: AWS Global Infrastructure: Amazon EFS Now Supports Provisioned…
#258: Automating Things the NoOps way with AWS Partner Cognizant
Aug 12, 2018 • 15 min
What kinds of things can you automate with AWS Lambda to operate a 'NoOps' style? Simon is joined by Paras (AWS) and Raghu (Conizant) to discuss what they have done. Shownotes:…
#257: An Introduction to AWS PrivateLink
Aug 5, 2018 • 4 min
Did you know that AWS PrivateLink provides private connectivity between VPCs, AWS services, and on-premises applications, securely on the Amazon network? Learn how in this episode!
#256: Using IoT For Smart Cities
Jul 29, 2018 • 14 min
How do Smart Cities actually work? Simon speaks with Craig Lawton (AWS IoT Specialist Solutions Architect) all about it!
#255: Building Deployment Pipelines - Interview with LEAP Dev
Jul 22, 2018 • 19 min
Simon speaks with Gavin Smith (IT Manager) and Saman Tabatabaeian (Senior Cloud Engineer) from LEAP Dev about how they built an automated build pipeline that deploys containers to up to 10 AWS Regions at a time! Shownotes:…
#254: Understanding Amazon Comprehend
Jul 15, 2018 • 14 min
Do you want to unlock the meaning in text files? Have you wanted to understand and act upon customer sentiment from comments, reviews or even call-centre recordings? Simon is joined by Sireesha Muppala (AWS Solutions Architect) to show you how. Shownotes:…
#253: July Update Show
Jul 8, 2018 • 27 min
Simon takes you through another BIG set of updates - what will catch your imagination? Shownotes: AWS re:Invent 2018: AWS Public Sector Summit Canberra: Amazon…
#252: Amazon Elasticsearch Service Updates
Jul 1, 2018 • 22 min
Simon chats with Jon Handler (AWS Principal Solutions Architect) about a raft of useful updates and new capabilities of the Amazon Elasticsearch Service. Shownotes: VPC Support:…
#251: [Security and Compliance: GDPR Special#2] - Amazon GuardDuty
Jun 26, 2018 • 28 min
Amazon GuardDuty can be turned on with a single click and it doesn’t require deployment of software or security infrastructure. The service uses machine learning to monitor metadata for access activity, such as unusual API calls. GuardDuty also has threat…
#250: Making the Best Use of AWS Regions, Availability Zones and More
Jun 24, 2018 • 17 min
This week Simon takes you into the world of AWS Infrastructure. Regions. Availability Zones, Edge locations and more! Great for a refresher or to pick up new tips! Shownotes: AWS Infrastructure Map:…
#249: Diving into Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Jun 17, 2018 • 12 min
Simon is joined by Chris Checco (Business Development Manager, AI/ML, AWS) to talk about how customers can best start their AI/ML journey. Including key tips and pitfalls to avoid. Shownotes: Machine Learning on AWS:…
#248: [Security and Compliance: GDPR Special#1] - AWS Key Management Service
Jun 12, 2018 • 19 min
AWS Key Management Service (KMS) makes it easy to create and control encryption keys, which could be used to meet encryption and deletion requirements like those associated with GDPR. Cryptographic deletion is the idea is that you can delete a relatively…
#247: Diving Into AWS AppSync
Jun 10, 2018 • 17 min
Simon speaks with Ed Lima (AWS Solutions Architect) about AWS AppSync. What you can do with it, how it works and how to get started. Do you write mobile apps? Do you want data syncing? Do you need to integrate with a complex back-end? This is the episode…
#246: Service Update Mega-Show!
Jun 3, 2018 • 39 min
This week Simon takes you though an extensive set of things new and interesting - hopefully something for everyone! Shownotes: Amazon Aurora Backtrack – Turn Back Time - AWS News Blog |…
#245: Cost Optimization For EC2
May 27, 2018 • 12 min
How do you approach cost optimisation for EC2? Peter Shi and Spencer Marley (Commercial Architects) speak with Simon about some of the most common techniques customers can use. Cost Optimisation:
#244: Building Your Own Q & A Bot
May 20, 2018 • 14 min
Building Your Own Q & A Bot Do your customers have questions they need answered 24/7? Ever wanted to build your own Q & A Bot? John Calhoun, AWS Solutions Architect, joins Simon to show you how! Shownotes: Q & A Bot Building Blog:…
#243: Have You Heard of the Essential 8?
May 13, 2018 • 11 min
Customers around the world strive to maintain a high security posture. But how is this best achieved? The Australian Signals Directorate recommends the “Essential 8” mitigation strategies that organisations should apply. Simon is joined by John…
#242: Using Built-in Algos with Amazon SageMaker
May 6, 2018 • 19 min
Did you know there are more than 10 built-in ML algos you can use when doing Machine Learning with Amazon SageMaker? Simon is joined by Julien Simon (Principal AI//ML Evangelist, AWS EMEA) to discuss how to use them best! Shownotes: Amazon SageMaker:…
#241: Service Update Show
Apr 29, 2018 • 32 min
Another big round up of useful new capabilities for customers! Shownotes: Announcing S3 One Zone-Infrequent Access, a New Amazon S3 Storage Class |…
#240: AWS Answers for Log Centralization and Game Analytics
Apr 22, 2018 • 16 min
Call in the Solutions Builders! In this episode Simon speaks with Garvit Singh and Tom Horton from the AWS Solutions Builder team about the solutions for Centralised Logging and Game Analytics. Centralised Logging Solution:…
#239: Tales of Public Sector Customers Moving to the Cloud
Apr 15, 2018 • 22 min
How can Government Agencies take advantage of the cloud to deliver better citizen services? Mark Ryland (Director of Solutions Architecture, AWS) chats with Simon about customer experiences in this sector, and what he has seen work. Shownotes Addressing…
#238: Chaos Engineering and Architecture with Adrian Cockcroft
Apr 8, 2018 • 27 min
Simon speaks with Adrian Cockcroft (VP of Cloud Architecture Strategy, AWS) about the domain of Chaos Engineering and Architecture. They also discuss AWS activity in the Open Source community. Shownotes: Adrian’s 2017 re:Invent Presentation:…
#237: Improving Lives of People With Special Needs
Apr 1, 2018 • 10 min
Technology can enable people with Special Needs to access more services than ever before, and improve their quality of life. In this episode Simon speaks with Robin Dautricourt, Product Manager for Amazon Polly about some of the things people are doing…
#236: Service Update Show
Mar 25, 2018 • 29 min
It is update time! Simon shares a great selection of new things for customers - what will be your favourite? Shownotes: Amazon Polly Gives WordPress a Voice! - AWS Machine Learning Blog |…
#235: Elections on AWS
Mar 18, 2018 • 23 min
Elections and their associated campaigns are important, complex and an great example of a “spikey one shot deal workload”. Simon speaks with Michael Jackson (Strategy Lead, State & Local Government, AWS) and Leo Zhadanovsky (Principal Solutions…
#234: A History of the AWS Blog
Mar 6, 2018 • 23 min
Simon is joined by Jeff Barr, Ana Visneski & Daniel Westermann-Clark to discuss why the AWS Blog exists, how it gets produced and a few other interesting things you might want to hear about!! The AWS Blog:
#233: Integrating SFTP and Enterprise Challenges with Thorn Technologies
Mar 4, 2018 • 21 min
Do you have SFTP in your environment? How about need to do a lift-and-shift of a high volume system? Simon speaks with Jeff Thorn, CEO of Thorn Technologies about how they have helped customer overcome these and other challenges using AWS. Shownotes: SFTP…
#232: Diving Into AWS WAF
Feb 25, 2018 • 14 min
What is a WAF and why would you use it? Simon speaks with Sundar Jayashenkar (Senior Product Manager, AWS) to get into some detail.
#231: Lessons From a New Amazonian
Feb 18, 2018 • 22 min
Simon chats with Sandy Carter (AWS VP of Enterprise Workloads) about her blog post where she discusses her experiences joining Amazon. Blog post:
#230: Service Update Show
Feb 11, 2018 • 37 min
Simon & Jeff get together to review a raft of updates large and small! Shownotes: Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now Allows Customers to Tag Their Elastic IP Addresses |…
#229: Redefining Edge Computing
Feb 4, 2018 • 21 min
With the GA launch of AWS Greengrass and bundled support for embedded Lambda Compute in Snowball Edge appliances, AWS is broadening the scope of opportunity for customers with varying edge computing needs. Simon speaks with Todd Varland and Ian Perez…
#228: Deep Dive into AWS Service Catalog
Jan 28, 2018 • 20 min
How do you manage fast time to market whilst maintaining governance in a large Enterprise? AWS Service Catalog can help! Simon speaks with Clive D’Souza (Global Head of Business Development for AWS Service Catalog) about how customers are modernising…
#227: Migrating from the AWS CLI to Windows PowerShell
Jan 21, 2018 • 17 min
Simon speaks with Trevor Sullivan (Solutions Architect, AWS) about the capabilities of AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell. Are you an AWS CLI fan? Are you a PowerShell guru? This episode is for you! Shownotes:
#226: Service Update Show
Jan 14, 2018 • 22 min
Simon reviews some of the updates to AWS services, a new Alexa Skill, a repository of all AWS re:Invent 2017 content as well as a black-belt tip! Shownotes: Amazon Route 53 Releases Auto Naming API for Service Name Management and Discovery |…
#225: Building Your Data Lake Foundation
Jan 7, 2018 • 15 min
Simon speaks with Carla Cole (Vice President, Sales) and Mick Bass (Senior Vice President, Big Data Practice) at 47Lining about an AWS Quick Start available to get your Data Lake up and running fast!…
#224: Serverless IoT Workloads at the Edge
Dec 31, 2017 • 17 min
How can you manage preventative maintenance without having to learn low level SCADA languages? Simon speaks with Shane Baldacchino (Solutions Architect, AWS) about applying AWS Greengrass, AWS Step Functions and AWS [email protected] Watch Shane’s AWS DevDay…
#223: Bringing Characters to Life with Amazon Polly Text-to-Speech
Dec 24, 2017 • 10 min
Gaming, media and entertainment have never been bigger business. Amazon Polly makes it easy to add voice for both static and dynamic content; developers can animate avatars and highlight text as it is currently spoken in mobile apps and video games, or…
#222: Getting AWS Answers
Dec 17, 2017 • 16 min
You have AWS questions? We have answers! Simon speaks with Garvit Singh (Solutions Builder) and John Stamper (Principal Solutions Builder) about solutions that have been built for use by AWS customers. These are fully deployable via AWS CloudFormation and…
#221: So What Does a Technical Account Manager Do These Days?
Dec 10, 2017 • 24 min
Simon speaks with Jenny Davies and Marc Napoli (both Technical Account Managers at AWS) to learn more about what the role entails and how they help customers. Shownotes: Interested in a TAM Role? visit and search for “TAM” AWS…
#220: AWS re:Invent 2017 Day 2 Update
Dec 1, 2017 • 16 min
Simon takes you through even more news from re:Invent 2017! Shownotes: Announcing Alexa for Business: Using Amazon Alexa’s Voice Enabled Devices for Workplaces - AWS News Blog |…
#219: AWS re:Invent 2017 Day 1 Update
Nov 29, 2017 • 37 min
Simon covers a raft of the announcements made at the re:Invent Keynote and other announcements of note! Shownotes: New- AWS IoT Device Management - AWS News Blog | Presenting AWS IoT Analytics:…
#218: Mega-Update Special
Nov 26, 2017 • 42 min
Simon takes you through a “Mega” set of updates and new things. Grab a coffee (he makes a recommendation!) and hopefully there will be at least one update that makes you smile! Links: How to Prepare for AWS’s Move to Its Own Certificate Authority:…
#217: Learning More with AWS Educate
Nov 19, 2017 • 18 min
Simon speaks with Ken Eisner, Senior Manager of Worldwide AWS Education Programs about AWS Educate. Are you an educator looking for up-to-date content for your curriculum? Are you a student wanting to get modern, relevant qualifications? Do you want to…
#216: Improving your Mobile Engagement with Amazon Pinpoint
Nov 12, 2017 • 10 min
App developers spend incredible time, resources, and effort to grow their app audiences, but once you’ve acquired a user, it’s easier and cheaper to retain and engage them via messaging and notifications. In this podcast we introduce AWS Pinpoint for…
#215: Look Who’s Talking? – Building Text-to-Speech Applications
Nov 5, 2017 • 13 min
Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech, making it easy to develop applications that use high-quality speech to increase engagement and accessibility. In this episode Simon speaks with Robin Dautricourt, Product Manager for Amazon…
#214: VMware Cloud on AWS
Oct 30, 2017 • 15 min
VMware Cloud on AWS is now available to customers. Simon speaks with Andy Reedy, Manager of Solutions Architecture at AWS, about how it works and what customers can do with this capability.
#213: Diving into Amazon AppStream 2.0
Oct 23, 2017 • 15 min
Amazon AppStream 2.0 is a fully managed, secure application streaming service that allows you to stream desktop applications from AWS to any device running a web browser, without rewriting them. Simon speaks with Deepak Suryanarayanan, Senior Product…
#212: A Big Round of Updates
Oct 16, 2017 • 20 min
Simon takes a walk through LOTS of the updates that have been happening for AWS Customers. Shownotes New – Per-Second Billing for EC2 Instances and EBS Volumes - AWS Blog |…
#211: Data Warehouse Modernization
Oct 8, 2017 • 19 min
In this episode Simon speaks with Carla Cole (Vice President, Sales) and Mick Bass (Senior Vice President, Big Data Practice) at 47Lining along with Chris Perkins (AWS) about the AWS Quick Start for Data Warehouse Modernization and how you can get the…
#210: Fast Cars and Software with TRD
Oct 1, 2017 • 23 min
Simon speaks with Chris Andronaco Manager of Technology TRD about agile, developing software and what it takes to support high-performance car racing teams. TRD:
#209: A Look at Amazon Cognito
Sep 24, 2017 • 13 min
One of the biggest problems in the mobile application industry is optimizing the user on-boarding process. For most applications, you can’t really monetize your app until a user has signed up. But implementing and managing all of the complex machinery…
#208: It is Update Time!
Sep 17, 2017 • 15 min
Simon takes you through a set of service updates large and small! Shownotes: AWS CloudFormation and DAX: VPC Endpoints for DynamoDB:…
#207: Alfresco AWS Quick Start
Sep 10, 2017 • 20 min
Did you want to get Alfresco up and running fast, securely and reliably on AWS? Listen to how Alfresco (Toni de la Fuente, Cloud Architect and Leader of Security Operations, Alfresco) and AWS (Santiago Cardenas, Partner Solutions Architect, AWS) created a…
#206: Diving into AWS Device Farm
Sep 3, 2017 • 14 min
One of the biggest problems for mobile app developers is delivering quality applications that get high ratings and reviews in the app store. All it takes is a few bad ratings, and users will be unlikely to even download your application. One of the keys…
#205: More and More Updates
Aug 27, 2017 • 13 min
This episode takes you through a collection of handy updates to existing services, and a new Security whitepaper. Shownotes: AWS CodePipeline:…
#204: Lots of New Things!
Aug 21, 2017 • 16 min
In this episode Simon gets you caught up on some useful new services including those to help you with ETL, Migration and Data Leakage protection! Shownotes: AWS Glue: AWS CloudHSM:…
#203: Diving Into Parameter Store
Jul 31, 2017 • 8 min
Where do you store your sensitive config info and passwords for your applications? In this episode Simon dives into the Parameter Store and how you can use it to protect and access your sensitive data. Shownotes: EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store:…
#202: The AWS Well-Architected Framework
Jul 23, 2017 • 13 min
Simon speaks with Philip “Fitz” Fitzsimons, Global Well-Architected Lead, and Herman Coomans, Senior Solutions Architect, all about the AWS Well Architected framework. They discuss what it consists of, how customers can apply it, and what they have…
#201: A Raft of Updates
Jul 10, 2017 • 13 min
It is time again to catch up on a raft of updates for customers! This week’s updates include: AWS Trusted Advisor, Amazon Workspaces, AWS IoT Button, AWS Mobile Hub, Amazon ECS and Amazon DynamoDB just to name a few!
#200: Introduction to Apache MXNet on AWS
Jul 2, 2017 • 23 min
In this episode Simon talks about Apache MXNet on AWS with Julien Simon, Principal Technical Evangelist AWS. They discuss what it is and how to get started. Apache MXNet on AWS: Amazon EC2 P2 Instances:…
#199: Innovation with Windows on AWS
Jun 25, 2017 • 14 min
In this episode Simon chats with Sandy Carter, Amazon VP of Windows & Enterprise Workloads, about the type of innovation companies can undertake, and how the Windows ecosystem on AWS fits into this. Links: Windows on AWS:…
#198 [Startup Stories Special #6] - Hiring for startups
Jun 23, 2017 • 30 min
In the early stages, hiring the right people can be as critical as an original great idea. In this episode we’re joined by Andrew Thompson, ex-VP of Engineering at Yoyo Wallet and Will Bentinck, Head of Careers at Makers Academy who talk about their views…
#197: Changing your Business with Amazon Kinesis
Jun 18, 2017 • 23 min
Simon speaks with Roger Barga, General Manager for Amazon Kinesis, about how streaming is changing the way organisations are building systems and creating modern, responsive interactions with their customers. Useful Links: Amazon Kinesis:…
#196 [Startup Stories Special #5] - Going global with a startup
Jun 15, 2017 • 20 min
Having a scalable idea is a dream of any startup founder. But with multiple markets and countries to consider, putting that idea into action is a whole new ballgame. Hear how AWS customer and startup success Once, a dating app with a unique approach,…
#195: Mapping Services to Regions and Lots of Updates
Jun 11, 2017 • 10 min
In this episode Simon discusses how to see which services are available in each AWS Region, gives you the long list of AWS Direct Connect locations plus a raft of other updates. Region Table:…
#194 [Startup Stories Special #4] - Starting a challenger bank from scratch
Jun 8, 2017 • 18 min
This week in the AWS Startup Stories special, Darren talks to Anne Boden, CEO & founder of Starling Bank, about her experience on building a mobile only bank from scratch, dealing with regulators, and launching a public API Marketplace. Enjoy! AWS Startup…
193: Amazon EC2 Container Service Update
Jun 4, 2017 • 11 min
This week Simon recaps what has been happening in the Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) world and how customers are taking advantage of some of the new capabilities.…
#192: [Startup Stories Special #3] - Securing VC backing
Jun 1, 2017 • 22 min
In this episode of Startup Stories we cover VC funding and how to build longlasting relationships with investors. You will hear both sides of the story from Robin Klein, General Partner at VC fund Local Globe on what he looks for when making investments,…
#191: New EBS Snapshot Cost Allocation plus AWS Training and Certification Portal
May 28, 2017 • 5 min
In a shorter episode, Simon takes you through the new Cost Allocation for EBS Snapshots and the new AWS Training & Certification Portal. AWS re:Invent 2016: Cost Optimizing Your Architecture: Practical Design Steps For Savings (ARC310):…
#190: [Startup Stories Special #2] - Crowdfunding for startups
May 25, 2017 • 26 min
In the second episode of the AWS Startup Stories special, Darren talks to two special guests innovating on AWS in the fintech space. Tom Blomfield, CEO and founder of Monzo, mobile-only bank, and Darren Westlake, CEO and co-founder of Crowdcube, the…
#189: Removing What is Not Needed and Some Service Updates
May 22, 2017 • 18 min
In this episode Simon discusses the importance of re-visiting Services to ensure you reduce the amount of undifferentiated heavy lifting you have in your architecture. Then he covers a raft of updates big and small. Shownotes: AWS and Ionic:…
#188: [Startup Stories Special #1] - OLIO – How a social startup took off
May 18, 2017 • 33 min
In this first episode of the AWS Startup Stories special, Darren Mowry, Head of Startup Business Development and Venture Capital at AWS EMEA, talks to Tessa Cook, co-founder and CEO of food sharing app and AWS startup customer OLIO, about growing a social…
#187: Data Lakes & IoT
May 14, 2017 • 23 min
Simon interviews Sri Elapolu, Senior Manager IoT Public Sector Practice, about Data Lakes, IoT and what customers are doing with the technology now and into the future. Shownotes: Smart Cities: City on a Cloud:…
#186: A Bumper Collection of Updates
May 8, 2017 • 37 min
This episode covers a bumper collection of things new and updated! Price reductions, new services, AI, ML, Big Data, FPGAs, Databases and more! The bumper list of shownotes:…
#185: Updates and Services Working Better Together
Apr 30, 2017 • 10 min
Simon discusses a variety of updates and some great Services that now work even better together! City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge: EC2 Run Command as a target for Amazon CloudWatch Events:…
#184: Updates to Make Your Day
Apr 23, 2017 • 11 min
In this episode Simon catches you up on some new features and capabilities that just might make your day! AWS Resource Tagging API: Tag EC2 Instances & EBS Volumes on Create:…
#183: Lots of Updates
Apr 16, 2017 • 11 min
Simon covers a raft of changes, big and small, across a wide variety of services for customers. City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge: New Amazon Aurora instance type support:…
#182: Start-up Interview - Turbot
Apr 9, 2017 • 12 min
In this episode Simon interviews Nathan Wallace, Founder & CEO at Turbot, about using AWS in large Enterprises with Software Defined Operations.
#181: Amazon Connect
Apr 2, 2017 • 9 min
In this episode Simon gives you an introduction to a new Customer Contact Centre in the cloud - called Amazon Connect.
#180: Amazon Lightsail
Mar 26, 2017 • 12 min
In this episode Simon talks about Amazon Lightsail with Emily Kruger, Product Manager for Amazon Lightsail. They discuss what it can be used for, and where customers get the most benefit.
#179: AWS Database Migration Service
Mar 19, 2017 • 15 min
Simon speaks with Paras Bhuva, AWS Partner Solutions Architect, all about the AWS Database Migration Service and Schema Migration Tool. Where it is used and what customers need to know.
#178: Security in Serverless Architectures
Mar 9, 2017 • 29 min
In this special episode, Bryan Liston, Developer Advocate for AWS Serverless, speaks with Mark Nunnikhoven, Vice President, Cloud Research, TrendMicro and Adam Johnson, Cofounder at IOpipes. The discuss considerations for security in serverless…
#177: Even More Services Updates
Mar 2, 2017 • 14 min
Lots of updates this week as Simon does a “lightning look” as some interesting updates - with a special emphasis on getting data insights with very little work! Shownotes: Kinesis Firehose with Lambda -…
#176: Lots of Service Updates & a Black Belt Tip
Feb 26, 2017 • 16 min
This week Simon takes you through a selection of more recent Service updates as well as a black belt tip! Shownotes: Attach IAM Role to Running EC2 Instance:…
#175: Artificial Intelligence with Dr. Matt Wood
Feb 17, 2017 • 25 min
Simon sits down with Dr Matt Wood, GM of Artificial Intelligence at AWS, to talk about the emerging world of AI. They also do a little reminiscing of days gone by! Shownotes: Amazon Lex: Amazon Polly:…
#174: Amazon Elastic File System
Feb 12, 2017 • 13 min
In this episode Simon chats with Drew Meyer, Head of Product Marketing for AWS Storage Services all about the Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)
#173: AWS OpsWorks
Feb 5, 2017 • 13 min
In this episode Simon discusses AWS OpsWorks with Amir Golan, Senior Product Manager. They discuss what it can do, how customers use it - and its strengths in fleet management.
#172: Startup-Interview - Beme
Jan 26, 2017 • 13 min
In this episode Simon chats with Matt Hackett, CTO at Beme (now acquired by CNN), all about how Beme was built and some of the challenges of building video-related apps today vs in the “old days” at his time at Tumblr. This Startup Spotlight is brought to…
#171: Serverless Special
Jan 22, 2017 • 52 min
A special extended episode this week discussing Serverless. Bryan Liston, Developer Advocate for AWS Serverless, speaks with Matt Weagle, Ant Stanley & Ben Kehoe. They discuss serverless architectures, testing and other fun topics! Shownotes: AWS…
#170: Scale & Security with Amazon ElasticSearch
Jan 15, 2017 • 20 min
In this episode Simon chats with Jon Handler, Principal Solutions Architect, about scaling and securing the Amazon ElasticSearch Service with some deeper-dive examples of what to do.
#169 - Backup Options in the Cloud
Jan 8, 2017 • 16 min
In this episode Simon chats with Drew Meyer, Head of Product Marketing for AWS Storage Services all about backup options to the cloud. They cover connector technologies, tiering and other considerations.…
#168 - Start-Up Interview - Prevoty
Dec 21, 2016 • 19 min
In this episode Simon has a wide-ranging chat with Kunal Anand, CTO & Co-Founder of Prevoty, about building their product on AWS, the challenges of scale and the future of software architectures. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS…
#167 - AWS Server Migration Service
Dec 18, 2016 • 12 min
In this episode Simon sits down with Shane Baldacchino, AWS Solutions Architect, to walk through the new AWS Server Migration Service.
#166 - Start-up Interview - Splash
Dec 13, 2016 • 19 min
Simon has a conversation with Conrad Rushing, VP Engineering at Splash. They discuss Docker, Continuous Deployment, Team Structure and lots of other goodies. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS.
#165 - Startup Interview - Bustle
Dec 11, 2016 • 12 min
In This Episode Simon chats with Steve Faulkner, Director of Engineering at Bustle about moving to a serverless architecture, and their open-source project called “Shep”. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS. Links:…
#164 - Re:Invent Announcements Day 2
Dec 2, 2016 • 14 min
All the news from AWS Re:Invent 2016 - Day 2!
#163 - Re:Invent 2016 Day 1 Announcements
Dec 1, 2016 • 23 min
In this special episode Simon summarises all the announcements from Re:Invent 2016 - Day 1! Lots to cover - lots of exciting things to build with!
#162 Extra Pre Re:Invent Updates
Nov 30, 2016 • 7 min
A quick update from Las Vegas with some great announcements prior to the Keynotes. Shownotes: AWS Organisations: AWS Storage Gateway Update:…
#161 - Pre Re:Invent Updates
Nov 26, 2016 • 12 min
Recorded live in Las Vegas! Simon covers some AWS updates prior to a BIG week at AWS Re:Invent. Including ALB, S3, Glacier, IoT, Aurora and more! Shownotes: ALB/ELB:…
#160 - When to use Object, Block or File Storage
Nov 20, 2016 • 11 min
In this episode Simon chats with Drew Meyer, Head of Product Marketing for AWS Storage Services all about the choice between Block, Object and File storage - and when to use each!
#159 - Start-up Interview - CareCloud
Nov 16, 2016 • 15 min
In this episode Simon chats with Josh Siegel, CTO at Care Cloud. They talk about building HIPPA-compliant software, moving fast and DevOps. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS. CareCloud: Architecting for HIPAA Security…
#158 - Start-up Interview - Kit
Nov 15, 2016 • 12 min
In this episode Simon has a discussion with Will Chiong, Software Engineer at They discuss building systems from scratch, monolith vs micro services, using Alexa and other architectural decisions made on the way. This Startup Spotlight is…
#157 - Start-up Interview - Betterment
Nov 13, 2016 • 14 min
Simon has a chat with Dustin Lucien, COO at Betterment. They discuss moving from hosting to the cloud. Building agile teams and how to handle scale and growth. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS Betterment:
#156 - Lots and Lots of Service Updates
Nov 6, 2016 • 18 min
In this episode Simon catches up on a whole raft of different service updates. New instance types, updates for developers, IPv6 support, Amazon Linux in containers & Windows 2016 support just to name a few!
AWS Podcast Episode 155
Oct 30, 2016 • 12 min
In this episode Simon discusses AWS Quick Starts with Santiago Cardenas, Partner Solution Architect. They talk about how customers can launch meaningful workloads with just the click of a button and build upon them. Links:…
AWS Podcast Episode 154
Oct 24, 2016 • 19 min
In this episode Simon is joined by Dean Samuels and they talk about not one, not two, but THREE black belt tips!
AWS Podcast Episode 153
Oct 20, 2016 • 13 min
In this episode Simon speaks with Willem Sundblad, CEO & Founder at Oden Technologies. They discuss the use of IoT in the manufacturing world, and how that is actually applied. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS. Oden Technologoes:…
AWS Podcast Episode 152
Oct 18, 2016 • 14 min
In this episode Simon chats with Anthony Johnson, CTO at Giphy ( They discuss moving from a monolith to micro services, changing team structure and the pronunciation of “GIF”. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS.
AWS Podcast Episode 151
Oct 16, 2016 • 10 min
In this episode Simon chats with Avi Wilensky, Founder & Full Stack Developer, from Uphail. They discuss deployment approaches, scaling and automation. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS. Shownotes:
AWS Podcast Episode 150
Oct 9, 2016 • 19 min
In this episode Simon & Jeff discuss the new way the AWS Week in Review is created - using input from people like you! A new, open, collaborative approach based right here:
AWS Podcast Episode 149
Oct 2, 2016 • 22 min
In this Episode Simon covers a vast array of updates - something for everyone! Plus a security-related Black-Belt Tip! Links: RDS for PostgreSQL:…
AWS Podcast Episode 148
Sep 25, 2016 • 15 min
In this episode Simon has a conversation with Abby Fuller from Start-Up She shares fascinating details about their architecture, the way they scale, and the challenges of working with low latency applications.
AWS Podcast Episode 147
Sep 19, 2016 • 17 min
In this episode Simon chats with Andrew Kiggins, Security Solutions Architect, about best practices for DDoS Resiliency and a new white paper that is available with actionable steps for AWS customers.…
AWS Podcast Episode 146
Sep 12, 2016 • 18 min
In this episode Simon covers a raft of updates that have happened in the last few weeks - hopefully something for everyone! AWS CodeDeploy with Amazon CloudWatch Events:…
AWS Podcast Episode 145
Sep 4, 2016 • 21 min
This week Simon interviews Jon Handler, Principal Solution Architect, about the Amazon ElasticSearch service. We discuss use cases, tips and tricks and how to best size and scale for different kinds of workloads.…
AWS Podcast Episode 144
Aug 28, 2016 • 20 min
In this episode Simon talks about in-memory databases with Darin Briskman, Developer Outreach at AWS. They discuss these types of database in general and, in particular, using Redis to make your system faster, some of the choices you need to make, and how…
AWS Podcast Episode 143
Aug 21, 2016 • 14 min
Simon recaps a raft of updates you might have missed including some major updates to EMR, as well as a host of nifty changes in Amazon Machine Learning, AWS IoT and VPC just to name a few! Shownote Links:…
AWS Podcast Episode 142
Aug 15, 2016 • 23 min
This week Simon explores a raft of new features in services including S3, Kinesis, EBS, KMS to name a few, plus the new Application Load Balancer. Also a nifty set of “black belt” tips when using Node.js with Lambda. Shownote Links:…
AWS Podcast Episode 141
Aug 7, 2016 • 16 min
In this episode Simon has a conversation with Vibhor Rastogi who is an Investment Director at Intel Capital. Often there are questions as to what VCs are looking for in Startups, and conversely, what Startups should be looking for in VCs. Many startups…
AWS Podcast Episode 140
Jul 24, 2016 • 13 min
In this week’s episode, Simon wants to save you money! You might have heard about Amazon EC2 Spot Instances in the past. Maybe you even played with them a little. The capability has come a LONG way with new and interesting features that let customers…
AWS Podcast Episode 139
Jul 17, 2016 • 9 min
Keeping your systems secure is a constant effort, and should be a key focus. Fortunately we have more and more automation available at all points of the system development and deployment lifecycle. In this episode we take a look at the Amazon Inspector…
AWS Podcast Episode 138
Jul 11, 2016 • 23 min
The world of Scientific Computing has been revolutionised by the Cloud. This week Simon speaks with Adrian White from the Scientific Computing team about how HPC and Scientific Computing has been transformed. Lots more information at…
AWS Podcast Episode 137
Jul 4, 2016 • 12 min
This week we explore the new Amazon Elastic File System and Elastic Network Adaptor. There is also a tip on some great free security-related training as well as some very cool updates to Amazon SNS!
AWS Podcast Episode 136
Jun 27, 2016 • 13 min
In this episode we look again at EC2 instance types, and how by reviewing your application metrics and uses against the latest-generation instances available, you can save money and improve performance.
AWS Podcast Episode 135
Jun 21, 2016 • 12 min
Security in the cloud is something everyone needs to be considerate of. AWS CloudTrail provides customers with a powerful capability to understand what is happening in their account, and to take action as appropriate.
AWS Podcast Episode 0
Jun 2, 2016 • 0 min
Jeff Barr & Simon Elisha discuss various aspects of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) offering. Each podcast include AWS news, tech tips, and interviews with startups, AWS partners, and AWS employees.