AWS User Group UK meetup #9 – 28 May

By | June 2, 2014
Setting up for the AWS User Group UK

Set up for AWS User Group UK at Net a Porter HQ

I went along to another great Meetup of the AWS User Group UK in London on Wednesday evening last week. This time around the group was hosted in the very very stylish offices of Net a Porter in the Westfield Centre in West London.

As you might guess, there are genuine issues with finding venues that are large enough to host the group now that there are 800 people in the Meetup group. So, if you work for an organisation that might be able to host a meetup, or know of anyone that might be interested in sponsoring or hosting the group, please let me or the group organisers, Norm and Ijaz know.

Before the guest presenters spoke on Wednesday, Norm made a quick announcement about scheduling for the group in the future, which I thought I would quickly recap here as it’s pretty important if you’re interested in attending future meetups. The announcement was that the meetups of the AWS User Group UK will be moving to a more regular schedule and will be fixed to the last Wednesday of every second month, starting from the 23rd of July. Following that there will be further meetups on the 24th of September and the 26th of November. Please mark these dates in your diary if you’re interested in sponsoring, attending or speaking at a future meetup and, of course, join the group on

Luis Buriola from hosts, Net a Porter

Luis Buriola from hosts, Net a Porter

I also stood up at this point and quickly mentioned the upcoming AWS Roadshows that will be taking place in Dublin and around the UK over the next few weeks. If you’re interested in attending one of these introductory sessions, you can find all the locations, dates and register here. We’ll be in Dublin, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Manchester and Bristol on a series of dates between the June 11th and July 10th.

Following these quick announcements we got started on the main topic for the group this time around, which was the use of AWS in the Enterprises and said hello to the three guest presenters that were speaking on this topic.

First up was Luis Buriola from the hosts, Net a Porter, with a talk about how Net a Porter uses AWS in conjunction with their existing infrastructure to support their online fashion retail business. Here are the slides from the talk that Luis gave.


Next we had a talk from Ric Harvey from AWS partner Intechnica, who explained how to use ADFS to integrate Active Directory with the the Amazon Web Services IAM Service. This allows you to use AD groups to control the permissions that your administrators have in the AWS Console.

The last talk was from another AWS partner, Orange Digital. Alastair Nash and Neil Jennings came along from Orange Digital to talk about their experience in migrating and operating existing enterprise applications on AWS. The slides from their talk are here.

That concluded the talks for the evening and we broke up for networking and an attempt to finish off the beer and pizza that was very kindly provided by our hosts at Net a Porter.

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