Introduction to Amazon Web Services

Thursday 6 October 2011, 6.00pm

The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA. The nearest underground stations are Covent Garden and Charing Cross.

Matt Wood, Amazon


Amazon was an early leader in the field of Cloud Computing with Amazon Web Services, and has been providing on demand, pay-as-you-go infrastructure to businesses of all sizes since 2006. This talk will introduce Amazon Web Services and discuss how developers can make use of Amazon's scale and operational experience to build highly scalable applications, and move to market more quickly.

In this talk, I will give a brief introduction to compute, database and storage services in the cloud and talk about architecting applications, orchestration, automation, Application Programming Interfaces, Software Development Kits, the costs involved, and how to use the cloud to increase development velocity. I'll touch on security too, since that's a common area of questions. My talk will include some real world case studies.

Annual General Meeting

Matt Wood's talk with be preceded by the Advanced Programming SG AGM, at which a new committee will be elected for the 2012 season. If you are interested in standing for election to the committee, please contact the Chairman

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This meeting will be followed by a free buffet reception, giving members time to continue discussions. Please take advantage of this splendid opportunity to get to know other members!

Free, but to gain admission please email your name to our Membership Secretary, Dr Frank Martin, at


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