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Boston Amazon Web Services Meetup Group

Please note our special meeting location for this event, hosted by Nokia. Link for directions:,-71.0803,17/title=1%20Main%20St
Thank you to Meetup member Keith Baker for helping to make this happen.

Attendance is limited to the first 110 people. Due to Nokia security protocols, we will supply an RSVP list to Nokia, so that people can be checked off as they arrive. Please ensure your profile is up to date with your proper name. Thank you.

Food and beverages for this Meetup to be provided by Clearpath Solutions - see our Sponsorship section. Thank you to Chris Emery!

Our guest speaker will be Chief AWS Evangelist Jeff Barr, who will make a stop in Boston as part of his 13 city, 5000 mile speaking tour with a presentation designed to introduce AWS and cloud computing to those who don’t know much about it, and to discuss the latest and great AWS developments for those who do. Topics to be covered include the latest EC2 instance types, the Relational Database Service, Amazon Glacier, Amazon Redshift, and the Virtual Private Cloud.

Please come armed with lots of questions; Jeff enjoys the interactive part of user group presentations.

Jeff holds a BS degree in Computer Science from American University and is a part-time graduate student at the University of Washington. He’s father to 5 children and grandfather to 1. He’s a 10 year veteran of and has also worked on the Visual Studio team at Microsoft and at several startups.

Also in attendance will be Tony Stephens with Amazon, Account Manager, New England. Tony is taking over for Mark Estes, who is now going to help build the enterprise market for AWS in Texas (good luck Mark!).

Looking forward to our next Meetup!

- Mark

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  • Mark A.

    It was a very enjoyable event. Jeff Barr did a great job presenting the many facets of Amazon Web Services, answering numerous questions, and engaging the group with background and stories. We wish you well with your journey across country Jeff!

    A BIG thank you to our sponsors and friends, including;

    * The Amazon team; Jeff Barr, Chris Munns, Tim Harder, Ricardo Dematos, and Gabrielle Smith

    * Keith Baker and Jocelyn Noyes with Nokia who made our location possible! And John Fitzgerald and the Nokia security team.

    * The Clearpath Solutions Group, for the awesome gourmet meal! Abby Balik, Chris Emery, Greg Aiken, Kevin Ebert and Dave Cedrone.


    1 · May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Has anyone been tweeting these meetups? If so, what are you using as a hashtag? I've been using #bostonaws, but seem to be doing so uniquely....

    May 14, 2013

    • Colby D.

      Matthew, #awsroadtrip is specific to Jeff's 5000 mile journey. Will be good to have our own hash tag as Vikram and Ari have started.

      May 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yeah, #awsboston makes sense. Will try that moving forward.

      May 14, 2013

  • Keith B.

    In regards to the question about Spot pricing going above on-demand pricing. The rest of the conversation made it more clear what the question was about.

    One legitimate reason to bid spot prices more than the ondemand rate is if continuity of instances has some value to you. Lets say you have a job which ends up processing blocks which take 10 hours be block and checkpointing anything smaller is difficult. If you bit above the ondemand rate its very likely that most of the hours will be below the ondemand rate. If you get one hour a twice the ondemand rate but the rest far below you can still come out ahead. On the other hand if you only bet the ondemand rate your instances would be terminated and you have to start over again. I haven't come across a job that fits this exact profile.

    May 14, 2013

  • David G.

    Great location, great food and great group. I especially liked Jeff's slide on the “Oboma for America” systems architecture.

    May 14, 2013

  • Brian T.

    great location, excellent speaker and over the top great food

    May 14, 2013

  • Colby D.

    To the person who asked about simulating AWS service outages, I encourage you to check out the Netflix OSS tools - specifically the Chaos [Monkey | Gorilla | Kong]. See Adrian Cockroft's post for more general info:

    Happy to provide more info is desired / needed.

    May 14, 2013

  • Vikram P.

    Good talk, interesting Q/A , fantastic food, and an amazing location

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you all for making the first stop of my AWS Road Trip so fun and so memorable!

    If you have a chance, I'd appreciate your candid responses to my survey:

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stuck at work :(

    May 13, 2013

  • Matt V.

    In case anyone is rushing to get here security is not letting anybody in till 7pm

    1 · May 13, 2013

    • Anmol S.

      Thanks for the headsup..

      May 13, 2013

    • Keith B.

      Sorry about that! Should be letting people in just a few minutes.

      May 13, 2013

  • Babar

    Not able to John today - for to stay for some production issue

    May 13, 2013

  • Babar

    Not able to John today - for to stay for some production issue

    May 13, 2013

  • Babar

    I have to cancel - staying at work Kate

    May 13, 2013

  • Alan R

    Looking forward to it.

    May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I work for AWS and will be attending with Jeff.

    May 8, 2013

  • David G.

    Looking forward to the presentations as always.

    May 8, 2013

  • Stefan R.

    Any MIT lot not gated is available to the public after 5pm. The Hayward Street lot is behind Au Bon Pain and is not gated. We use this lot for Cocoaheads meetings without problems.

    May 7, 2013

  • Chris C.

    The Kendall Sq Redline station is a 5 min walk to the meetup, so you could park at Alewife and save yourself the $$ to park in Kendall Sq.

    May 7, 2013

    • Brian T.

      Agreed about Alewife. If you park on the street one minute before 6:00 PM and don't put money in the meter you WILL be ticketed.

      May 7, 2013

  • Keith B.

    These are the places I know about, I've never actually parked at them myself.

    Pilgrim Parking
    350 Kendall Street, Cambridge Standard Parking
    1 Broadway, Cambridge (Entrance is on 3rd Street) Cambridge Center – 3 Entrances
    5 Cambridge Center(East Garage – Ames Street/Broadway)
    7 Cambridge Center(West Garage – Ames Street/Galileo Way)
    10 Cambridge Center(North Garage – Binney Street off Broadway)

    May 7, 2013

  • tony c.

    Where is the best place to park?
    Thanks, Tony

    May 7, 2013

  • Judith H.

    Looking forward to reconnecting with Jeff Barr. Great tech. Pioneer

    April 24, 2013

  • Mark A.

    Please see updated details regarding location and presenter. Thank you to Keith Baker for arranging Nokia's meeting location. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    - Mark

    April 23, 2013

  • Paul A.

    Amazon would be a great host

    April 16, 2013

    • Matthew P.

      Seems like a good choice. They're in Kendall, right? Mark, do you think Jeff Barr could help set that up?

      April 17, 2013

    • Mark A.

      Thank you for the suggestions. I'm working this, in addition to another location. Updates shortly...

      April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    April 17, 2013

  • Mark A.

    MS NERD center is Not available for this meetup. I'm looking for a meeting space in the Boston or surrounding area. Please ping me with suggestions. Thx!

    April 16, 2013

Our Sponsors

  • Slalom

    Sponsoring location, food, and presentations - 3/14/2017

  • Saviynt

    Food/Presentations 2/23/2017

  • SmartBear Software

    Hosting location/food/presentations 4/27/2017.

  • ExtraHop

    Food sponsorship, and presentation(s), 7/12/2016 & 1/10/2017

  • MILL5

    Sponsoring food/presentation 10/11/16

  • Monster Worldwide, Inc.

    Sponsoring location/food/presentations 8/9/2016, and past events.

  • Observable Networks

    Sponsorship of location/food/presentation 6/14/2016

  • Cloud 66

    Sponsoring food/presentation 5/24/2016

  • G2 Technology Group

    Meetup location/food/presentations - 3/15, 5/10

  • Extreme Reach

    Organizer Dues 4/2014, 4/2016 Food & drink 6/10/2013, 4/12/2016

  • Best Ultrabooks

    Door prize for 4/12/2016 meetup. Thank you!

  • Amazon Robotics

    Hosting location/food/presentation/& More - 4/30/16

  • WeWork

    Hosting our location for the 2/9/16 and 5/24/16 Meetups

  • stackArmor

    Food sponsorship and presentation, 2/9/16 meetup


    Food/presentation 1/2016 meetup.

  • Unitrends

    9/8/15 food and presentation

  • BlueMetal

    Location and Food/drinks for 3/10/2014 and 8/11/2015 Meetups.

  • Rapid7

    Hosting, food, and presentation - Jun 9, 2015 - Thank you!

  • Alert Logic

    Food for the 5/12/15, and 5/12/2014 Meetups - Thank you!

  • HubSpot, Inc.

    Location for May 12, and Nov 3, 2014 (with food!) Meetups. Thank you!

  • ScaleBase

    Food, Drinks, and Raffle for 8/11/2014 event.

  • JumpCloud, Inc.

    6/9/2014 Food and drink. Thank you!

  • Threat Stack, Inc.

    meeting place provided for 6/9/2014

  • Cloud Technology Partners

    4/7/2014, location, food/drink sponsorship. Thank you!

  • Sophos

    Future food and drink sponsorship.

  • Nokia

    2/10/2014 facilities, and for the May 13 &July 8th, 2013 Meetups.

  • CoreSite

    Food for 11/18 Meetup. 9/9 Meetup host, with food and presentation.

  • Vistaprint

    Location sponsorship for the 10/21/2013 Meetup

  • Eucalyptus Systems

    Food and drink for our 4/8/2013 and 10/21/2013 events. Thank you!

  • Clearpath Solutions Group

    Food and Drink for the 5/13/2013 Meetup. Thank you!

  • Tremolo Security

    Dinner for the 7/8/2013 Meetup.

  • Carbonite, Inc.

    Event meeting facility for 6/10/2013 Meetup.

  • Stackdriver

    Room rental for 10/15/2012, food and hosting on other occasions.

  • Greystone Solutions

    Pizza supplied for our 10/15/2012 meeting - Thank you Adrian duCille!

  • Xceedium, Inc.

    Refreshments supplied 10/15/2012 meeting - Thank you Michael Kurzrock!

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