By on November 21, 2019

5 Sessions to Add to Your AWS re:Invent 2019 Schedule

AWS re:Invent is an annual cloud computing conference hosted by Amazon Web Services that attracts tens of thousands of AWS staff, partners and users from all over the world. This year, Kong is proud to be attending as a Gold Sponsor, and we are gearing up for a full week of all things software infrastructure in Las Vegas on December 2-6.

Meet us at booth #2525 in the Exhibitors Hall for a chance to win a variety of prizes while learning about how Kong Enterprise can connect your development teams, partners and customers with a unified platform.

With access to more than 2,000 technical sessions, keynotes and certification opportunities, planning out your week along the Vegas Strip can feel downright daunting. Below, we’ve highlighted five sessions to help get you started:


1. Optimizing Microservices for Scale: Deploying Kong in ECS 

Thursday, December 5, 2:50 PM – 3:30 PM

Startup Central Stage, Expo Hall

You’ve made the big leap to microservices, but what strategies do you need to scale your services effectively? Marco Palladino, CTO and co-founder of Kong, will explore ways organizations can leverage the Kong API gateway in Amazon ECS to simplify cluster management and enable serverless functions in Lambda. He will discuss the journey to microservices, strategies for operating microservices at scale, deploying Kong using Amazon ECS, Amazon ElasticCache for Redis and Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility, as well as best practices for using Kong to secure, authorize and monitor microservices traffic.


2. Why observability requires the marriage of AI, metrics, and logs

Thursday, December 5, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

MGM, Level 1, Grand Ballroom 124

The new digital world presents a great opportunity as workloads move to the cloud and containers and companies benefit from serverless computing and an agile application delivery chain. However, these opportunities come with significant challenges. Site reliability engineers have been tasked with knitting together disparate platforms to build an observable stack, which is imperative for early detection of service degradation issues. We demonstrate a novel alternative that combines metrics, logs, and alerts into a comprehensive AIOps approach. Learn how to deliver an AI-enabled service that provides instant observability of your cloud application stack and how to combine logs and metrics into a single pane of glass. This presentation is brought to you by Moogsoft, an APN Partner.


3. Decoupled microservices: Building scalable applications

Monday, December 2, 1:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Aria, Level 1 East, Joshua 6

Often, when the microservices architecture style is applied, much of the communication between components is done over the network. In order to achieve the promises of microservices, this communication needs to happen in a loosely coupled manner. One frequently used option is to have all services expose an API following the REST architectural style. However, there is another option that provides even looser coupling: asynchronous messaging. In this workshop, you learn how to use AWS messaging services to build decoupled microservices architectures to achieve massive scale.


4. How Ticketmaster runs Kubernetes for 80% less without managing VMs

Wednesday, December 4, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Aria, Level 1 East, Joshua 9

Serverless containers are the future of containers infrastructure. Matching and scaling the right infrastructure resource to ever-changing microservices deployments is a challenge. In this talk, the Ticketmaster engineering team reviews the evolution of containers deployments and the automatic scaling of infrastructure in Kubernetes. They discuss the tradeoffs and introduce a new approach to deploying serverless containers using Spotinst Ocean. Join this session to learn how Ticketmaster was able to run 100 percent of its Amazon EC2 on Spot Instances with programmatic fallback to On-Demand Instances or Reserved Instances across multiple AWS accounts. This presentation is brought to you by Spotinst, an APN Partner.


5. Tale of two cities: Goldman Sachs’s hybrid migration approach

Wednesday, December 4, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Venetian, Level 3, Murano 3203

Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research division provides investment insights and ideas to clients around the world on a 24/7 basis, which requires a highly secure, scalable, and resilient environment. To re-architect its critical research platform to become a cloud-native application, the team developed a hybrid, container-based migration approach using AWS Fargate, Amazon API Gateway, Amazon MSK, and AWS Lambda that is underpinned by a secure sandboxed environment called SkyLab. In this session, learn how Goldman Sachs rapidly scaled its use of containers, changed its culture to embrace experimentation and fast failure, and adopted DevOps capabilities, including infrastructure as code, canary deployment, and zero-production access