AWS Analysis with Corey Quinn

Amazon Web Services changed how software engineers work. Before AWS, it was common for startups to purchase their own physical servers. AWS made server resources as accessible as an API request, and has gone on to create higher-level abstractions for building applications.

For the first few years of AWS, the abstractions were familiar. S3 provided distributed, reliable object storage. Elastic MapReduce provided a managed Hadoop system. Kinesis provided a scalable queue. Amazon provided developers with managed alternatives to complicated open source software.

More recently, AWS has started to release products that are unlike anything else. A perfect example is AWS Lambda, the first function-as-a-service platform. Other newer AWS products include Ground Station, a service for processing satellite data and AWS DeepRacer, a miniature race car for developers to build and test machine learning algorithms on.

As AWS has grown into new categories, the blog announcements of new services and features have started coming so frequently that it is hard to keep track of it all. Corey Quinn is the author of “Last Week in AWS”, a popular newsletter about what is changing across Amazon Web Services.

Corey joins the show to give his perspective on the growing, shifting behemoth that is Amazon Web Services–as well as the other major cloud providers that have risen to prominence. He’s also the host of the Screaming in the Cloud podcast, which you should check out if you like this episode.

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