AWS User Group UK meetup #11 – 24 September

By | October 3, 2014

Firstly, sorry for the delay in getting this post written and posted.

The eleventh meetup of the AWS User Group UK took place in London last Wednesday evening, the 24th of September.

Matt Bishop from QA

Matt Bishop from QA

This time around the meetup was sponsored by QA Training and took place at one of their training facilities in central London, close to Farringdon station. As usual, I need to say a big thank you to the event sponsor, QA on this occasion. This user group is very large now and getting access to good quality locations that can host events big enough for everyone that wants to attend isn’t an easy task. If you or your organisation is interested in sponsoring an event, you can contact the organisers of the User Group via the page, which you can find here.


Norm Driskell Opens

In familiar fashion, the event was opened by group organiser Norm Driskell (@N0rm) with a few announcements. These included the date of the next meetup, an AWS re:Invent special, which will be Thursday 27 November. The venue will be announced shortly and RVSPs will open on the page once the venue is confirmed so keep an eye on the Meetup page as it’s likely to fill up fast. There’s also a call for speakers for this event, so if you’re heading to Las Vegas for re:Invent from 11th-14th November and you’re interested in talking about your experiences there once you’re back and recovered from your jet lag, please let the group organisers know. I plan to host a social event for AWS User Group UK members that are in Las Vegas too and I will post the details of this on the group once everything is confirmed.


Nicola Salvo from Cloudreach

After Norm had introduced the evening, we moved onto the first speaker of the night, which was Matt Bishop from QA Training, our hosts and sponsors. Matt gave a very quick overview of AWS training offerings, which QA are the authorised delivery partner for here in the UK. Having just taken (and thankfully passed) my AWS Certified Architecture Professional exam this was a refresher for me, but if you’re new to AWS training or you’re interested in validating your AWS expertise though the certification program you can find the slides from Matt’s talk below and you might also want to check out the training section on the AWS website.

Next up was Nicola Salvo from AWS Consulting Partner Cloudreach. Nicola gave a talk about how he used AWS Cloudformation to automate deployment and management of AWS stacks. You can find his slides here:

This talk had some common areas with a Cloudformation Masterclass webinar that I delivered earlier this year. If you’re interested in this, you can check it out on the AWS EMEA Webinar Channel on Brighttalk here.

Rachel Evans from BBC Media Services

Rachel Evans from BBC Media Services

The last talk of the evening was something very special. Rachel Evans of BBC Media Services gave a talk explaining the role that AWS Services play in the BBC’s delivery of the iPlayer service. For those of your outside the UK who might not be familiar with this. This is the BBC’s on-demand video and audio catchup service, which allows you to watch pretty much and and all BBC content that has been broadcast in the last seven days.

Rachel explained how the BBC Media Services team have built a service called Video Factory that transcodes video content in a pipeline that takes video from live broadcast to availability on the iPlayer service on a variety of mobile platforms, smart TVs, set top boxes and, of course, the web. There were some great metrics in her talk, one of the most impressive of which was the 21TB of content that the service creates each day, all of which is stored using Amazon S3.

This concluded the sessions from this meetup of the AWS User Group London.

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