re:Invent Guide: DevOps


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We built this guide for re:Invent attendees who are applying DevOps practices in their day-to-day jobs. Some people call them DevOps engineers, site reliability engineers, or system admins. We believe that DevOps is a team job, not a job title. And it is definitely not just about tooling. AWS defines it as a combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increase an organization’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity. As businesses move toward the cloud, they realize that it is a shared responsibility, and DevOps is essential to reaping the benefits.

In this guide, you’ll find talks that are related to all three aspects of DevOps, categorized as cultural philosophies, practices, and tools. Under these three categories, there are talks about automation, continuous delivery, incident response, chaos engineering, security, and (of course) culture. However, as we’ll repeat in the closing section, re:Invent is not just about talks or workshops; it is about us as the AWS community learning from each other (the true spirit of DevOps!). Many people come to Vegas from a long way away, like us (Serhat from İstanbul and Francisco from Dublin). Use this chance to meet up and talk about DevOps with builders from all around the world!

Recommended Sessions

Cultural philosophies


Amazon's approach to chaos engineering ›

We don’t see real-life examples of chaos engineering very often. Adrian Hornsby showing how to do this is a must attend for chaos enthusiasts.


Building a culture of observability ›

Are you still having problems debugging incidents? Maybe it’s not just about the tooling. This talk looks at the culture aspect of observability.


Atlassian’s journey to cloud-native architecture ›

This session about a huge real-life microservices transition story that took about two years will help DevOps folks learn some tips and tricks.


Leadership session: AWS security ›

Interested in AWS security? The speaker for this session is Stephen Schmidt, chief information security officer for AWS. Go watch it.


Building a DevSecOps culture ›

During this session, Tim Anderson (technical industry specialist) analyzes some common success patterns of DevSecOps adoption and mechanisms for culture change, and he discusses how to reinforce that culture.


Driving change and building a high-performance DevOps culture ›

If you're starting a DevOps transformation in your company, join Mark Schwartz in this session. Mark is an enterprise strategist at AWS and the author of The Art of Business Value and A Seat at the Table: IT Leadership in the Age of Agility.


Amazon’s approach to failing successfully ›

Werner Vogels (Amazon CTO) once said that "Everything fails all the time.” This session covers how to learn from failures and explores Amazon’s favorite techniques for defining and reviewing metrics.



Automate everything: Options and best practices ›

Managing a whole bunch of resources for a bunch of teams can be quite complex. This talk shows you that it doesn’t have to be that way!


How to audit and remediate your resource misconfigurations ›

Resource and configuration compliance? Let AWS handle a bunch of it for you.


Cloud operations engineer: A day in the life ›

Even though we often forget to talk about them, complex hybrid enterprise environments exist. In this talk, the speakers promise to teach some serious skills to ops folks.


DevOps essentials: Introductory workshop on CI/CD practices ›

If you're starting in the world of CI/CD, this workshop is for you. Attend this workshop to get a better knowledge of tools like AWS CodeDeploy, AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodePipeline, and more.


Monitoring modern apps: Containers, microservices, and more ›

It doesn’t matter which tool you use to run your applications, Amazon CloudWatch is always there. This talk helps everyone interested in DevOps learn some real tricks for a must-use tool.


DevSecOps: Integrating security into pipelines ›

At this point, you’ve got some knowledge on CI/CD and DevSecOps culture. How about adding some security to your pipeline? Join Nathan in this workshop, and find out more about topics and tools to achieve security.



Deep dive into AWS Cloud Development Kit ›

You must have heard about the new AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK). It’s the new, shiny tool to define reusable components using familiar programming languages. But you probably need to dig a little deeper. So attend this talk!


Deploying Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling in your CI/CD pipeline ›

A CI/CD pipeline with AWS CodeDeploy and AWS CodePipeline sounds like a pretty interesting DevOps topic, especially if Auto Scaling is involved for cost savings.


Shared VPC: Simplify your AWS Cloud scale network with VPC sharing ›

VPC doesn’t cover much news, but it is a fundamental tool for everything we do on AWS. Especially for big enterprises, multi-account Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) management is a must-know topic.


Netflix’s application deployment at scale ›

It wouldn’t be re:Invent without some Netflix wisdom and open-source tools!


Automate the infrastructure for a multi-tier application with CloudFormation ›

Join this builders session to get some hands-on experience on AWS CloudFormation deployment. As it's a small session, you'd better run!


Operational automation: Set it and forget it ›

During this workshop, Brian and Aaron (AWS solutions architects) guide you through management and governance services. Using AWS CloudFormation, AWS Systems Manager, AWS Config, and more, you'll find out how to automate your operations.


Continuous Security Monitoring and Threat Detection with AWS ›

How about some security automation as well? Check out this session, and learn about threat-detection capabilities from tools like Amazon GuardDuty, Amazon Macie, and AWS Config, and learn about your options for remediation.


As we close the DevOps guide for re:Invent, we’d like to make a few important suggestions for our fellow builders:
• Get hands-on training by attending at least one workshop. You can watch most sessions online later, but you can’t attend the workshops after the fact.
• Use chalk talks as a way of exchanging ideas and connecting with the community.
• Wear comfortable shoes (we know you’ve heard this before, but we can’t say this enough!).
• Talk with each other, and enjoy Vegas!

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