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AWS Turns 15

I know it seems almost impossible that it really could be 15 years but AWS launched its first service on Pi day March 14 2006 — making AWS 15 years old next week. On that fateful Pi day, Amazon launched their S3 cloud storage service which could be considered the birth of the cloud as we know it today.

As most people know, Amazon S3 has virtually unlimited storage scalability and high availability as well as enterprise-class security and performance. To commemorate the event Amazon has planned AWS Pi Week 2021 for March 15-18 2021.

AWS Pi Week is a 4-day live free virtual event hosted on the AWS channel on Twitch. AWS Pi Week consists of four half days of presentations that last from 9:00 AM PST – 1:00 PM PST (12:00 PM EST – 4:00 PM EST). The overall agenda for the event consists of:

  • March 15th, 2021: Amazon S3 origins – foundations of cloud infrastructure
  • March 16th, 2021: Achieving unparalleled scale and accelerating data movement
  • March 17th, 2021: Security is job zero – Amazon S3 security framework and best practices
  • March 18th, 2021: Building an evolvable system – supporting rapid growth and change

Each day kicks off with an introduction by Werner Vogels, VP & CTO for, along a different co-presenter followed by a group of more in-depth sessions. Some of the topics covered include the history of S3, best practices for S3 data security, how S3 and other AWS services are architected for availability, and different strategies for moving data into and out of the AWS Cloud.

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You can see the full agenda and register for the AWS Pi Week 2021 event at The Birth of the AWS Cloud.


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Michael Otey is president of TECA, a technical content production, consulting and software development company in Portland,