On November 6th 2018, hundreds of cloud computing enthusiasts gathered at Gazarte in Athens, eager to attend a free one-day training hosted by Amazon Web Services in partnership with Beat. This was the first ever AWSome day hosted in Greece and based on the turnout, it certainly won’t be the last.
The audience was a general mix of IT managers, systems engineers, system administrators, and architects ready to learn more about the AWS Cloud and how to get started with it. The agenda was full, ranging from step-by-step introductions to the core services, key features, best practices, and user case studies presented by local and international guests.
The morning was kicked off with a real-world approach to enterprise transformation, presented by AWS enterprise strategist, Jonathan Allen. Greece’s AWS territory manager, Yiannis Nasios, followed after his colleague and shared insights into how they are innovating at Amazon to create the best products and experiences.
Our very own, Dimosthenis Kaponis, Vice President of Engineering at Beat presented how we’re building a future-proof, scalable and cutting-edge stack at Beat. Dimosthenis walked the audience through the steps we’re taking to get there as well as talked about some of the lessons we’ve learned while trying to find the right mix between managed services and the underlying infrastructure offered by AWS.
Panagiotis Atmatzidis, one of our DevOps Engineers, presented a brief case study discussing features and shortcoming on a subset of AWS services the DevOps team uses daily. Namely OpsWorks Stacks, AWS Security Groups and CloudWatch.
Other sessions included speakers from Omilia, Hellas Direct, e-Travel, and Upstream. The general theme of the day can be summed up to the concept of “auto-scaling” and discussed how scale-up/down on demand.
“At Beat, we’re transitioning to a DevOps culture where every developer has full control and responsibility for his domain. In order for our developers to be successful in this, they need opportunities to network with others in their field and learn the latest practices. That’s why we make it our priority to sponsor events, like AWSome Days,” commented Alexandros Panagiotou, our DevOps lead and co-organizer of the event.
Attendees left the event with some cool Amazon and Beat gifts, new connections, and lots of knowledge about cloud computing. As Athens continues to evolve, Beat is committed to keeping pace by bringing in the subject matter experts to help guide us on this journey!