Upcoming Mike Culver talk about AWS

Mike Culver, Amazon’s “Web Services Evangelist”, will be in Dublin next week to evangelize about the goodness that is Amazon S3, EC2, SQS and so on. It seems he’ll be talking at the following locations:

  • in the Auditorium of the Digital Exchange, Crane Street, Dublin 8 on Tuesday October 30th, 3-5pm; here’s a flyer the Amazonites have been passing around. (upcoming.org page)

  • according to Damien, later that evening, he’s in the Westin Hotel on Westmoreland St., D2, starting at 7pm; note, it seems you need to book places at this, see Damien’s post.

  • and again at the Irish Linux User’s Group on Thursday November 1st at 19:30 in the Irish Computer Society in Dublin (map).

I guess these are all going to be same talk, bar the Q&A ;)

There was some kind of an ICTE get-together mooted for Friday 2nd.

Also, the ILUG annual general meeting is scheduled on the following Saturday, 3rd November, also at the ICS. Gareth Eason notes ‘we’re hoping to start at 3pm sharp, with talks from Dave Wilson (HEAnet), Frank Duignan, John Looney (Google), and others, followed by a relaxing wind-down in the Schoolhouse pub later on.’ (upcoming.org page)

Hopefully I’ll get to at least one of the AWS talks (probably the Digital Exchange one) and the ILUG AGM… busy week!

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  1. Andrew Oakley
    Posted October 26, 2007 at 10:09 | Permalink

    Are Amazon S3 going to get any European servers any time soon? Many European corporate data users are unable to use S3, because European data protection laws don’t allow them to store customer data in the USA, where data privacy is weaker.

    Last time I asked (about a year ago), Amazon said all their servers were in the US and they had no plans to set up a European server farm.

    I won’t be able to attend, but if anyone gets the chance to press this point, I’d be most interested to hear Culver’s response.

  2. Posted October 26, 2007 at 13:39 | Permalink

    Andrew — good question. I’ll ask him.

    One of the unique aspects of EC2 is that it can access S3-hosted data for free, since they’re colocated (I think that’s the idea). Perhaps this is what they’re worried about.

    Could you encrypt the data stored in the US, and store keys in your own EU-based facility? ;)

  3. Posted October 30, 2007 at 18:48 | Permalink

    regarding that question: he noted that they’d been getting “a lot of requests” for EU-based S3 nodes, hearing it “about 50 times a day”, and — while he couldn’t discuss specific plans, they’d “taken it to heart”. Also it seems regulatory requirements for S3 storage are a big issue for them. So if you ask me, that sounds promising…. hope that helps!

  4. Posted October 30, 2007 at 18:49 | Permalink

    btw, if anyone’s interested — I think I won’t be able to make it to the ILUG AGM :( bummer.

  5. Posted November 7, 2007 at 23:56 | Permalink

    Hey Justin, Amazon just announced a European S3 datacenter http://www.allthingsdistributed.com/2007/11/amazon_s3_in_europe.html – no mention of European EC2 instance hosting though…


  6. Andrew Oakley
    Posted November 8, 2007 at 10:26 | Permalink

    John – very interesting news. Of course, it woz Justin wot done it. ;-)