AWS re:Invent 2020: The Sessions and Activities We Can’t Wait to See

AWS ReInvent 2020: What We're Looking Forward To

Needless to say, 2020 has been a year to remember. So it goes without saying that re:Invent 2020 will be unforgettable as well, but this time, in a good way.

For starters, instead of hopping on a plane and spending four days in Las Vegas, we get three weeks of it from the comfort of our home offices.

As usual, the event will be jam-packed with speakers, presentations, hands-on learning sessions. They’ll be helmed by experts in the cloud computing, DevOps, and the open source community.

There’s a ton to learn, new products to see, and a mix of gamified jam sessions.

So what are we looking forward to most? Check out our highlights below:

What do 1,000 people say about open source observability?

While there are many sessions to look forward to this year, we can’t help but be a little partial. CTO Jonah Kowall’s talk on observability trends will consider the results of our report, DevOps Pulse 2020.

Jonah will explore the tools and best practices that communities are using for implementing and scaling open source observability. He’ll share insights based on the feedback of 1,000+ engineers and provide examples of which observability strategies modern teams should use for complex, modern architectures. 

This talk will take place on Tuesday December 15, at 12:45 PM. Don’t miss it!

Werner Vogels’s Keynote

Every year at AWS re:Invent, the Vice President and CTO of Amazon, Werner Vogels, has a keynote announcing new AWS technologies as well as providing insights into how some of them operate. Last year, he took a deep dive into AWS Nitro, Firecracker, AWS Fargate, Amazon EBS, and more.

We’re excited to see what he shows us this year. Tune on December 14 at 8:00-9:30 AM PST to check it out!

Serverless by David Richardson

Cloud-native technologies like serverless architecture are dominating the way we create and build software. But as we found in this year’s DevOps Pulse, it can also raise observability challenges.

We’re looking forward to hearing David Richardson, Vice President of Serverless at AWS, discuss how he views serverless and how he sees the technology adapting in the future. 

Check out his talk on December 16 at 10:30AM – 11:30AM PST.

Jam Session with Jonah Kowall

At this year’s re:Invent, there will be a variety of fun and interesting interactive jam sessions to participate in, including one from our CTO, Jonah Kowall.

This session will give participants 45 minutes to find both operational and security issues using dashboards and searches in Kibana, our AI/ML-powered Insights, and more.

Join the challenge on November 30 and see if you can resolve these issues faster than the rest!

Experience Distributed Tracing

We recently announced Distributed Tracing, which will be generally available to all at re:Invent!

The Distributed Tracing solution complements the ELK-based Log Management and Prometheus-based Infrastructure Monitoring offerings to provide engineers with an easy-to-use, fully managed and integrated platform. Distributed Tracing is completely cloud-based, easy to deploy and onboard. You can use Distributed Tracing to gain a system-wide view of your architecture, stay alerted on failed or high latency requests, and quickly drill into end-to-end call sequences of selected requests of intercommunicating microservices. You can also reduce time to detect and time to resolve by navigating between traces, logs and metrics.

Key benefits of Distributed Tracing include:

  • Unification with Log Management and Infrastructure Monitoring
    Engineers can monitor and analyze logs, metrics, and traces based on ELK, Prometheus, and Jaeger on one unified platform. Jaeger, along with’s offering, adheres to the open source projects OpenTracing and OpenTelemetry and guarantees that application instrumentation and trace data will remain relevant across frameworks now and into the future.
  • Open Source + Advanced Analytics
    Distributed Tracing enables seamless alerting and correlation between logs and traces. This workflow unifies monitoring and troubleshooting to facilitate faster root cause analysis.
  • Ease of Use and Cost Efficiency
    The solution supports the rich ecosystem of instrumented tracing frameworks, databases and programming languages. Engineers can easily deploy Distributed Tracing and avoid the steep costs of leading proprietary APM-based solutions, and the overhead of managing open source components at scale.

We’ll be showing off Distributed Tracing throughout the event, so feel free to take it for a spin!

While you’re there, don’t forget to try other new capabilities we recently released such as Smart Tiering, Alerts Correlation, and more. 

Stay tuned for even more exciting product announcements to come at the event!

So while 2020 has moved everything to a virtual format, it doesn’t mean there’s any less fun or excitement at this year’s re:Invent. We can’t wait to see you there and hopefully meet up in person at re:Invent 2021.

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