• AWS Greater Denver: Well Architected Framework (WAF)

    Our topic this month is the Amazon Well Architected Framework (WAF), presented by Darren Weiner. The domination of cloud infrastructures has made it easy to 'spin up' any resource imaginable in minutes, it is also very easy to do things wrong: compromising security, reliability and cost. Success and longevity in IaaS environments will only come about with a clear strategy and proper tactical execution. If you are familiar with the AWS re:Invent sessions, this is the equivalent of a 300 level session that will feature at least these AWS technologies: Alexa Application Load Balancers Cloudformation Cloudtrail Cloudwatch Config Config ECS ElasticSearch Service Fargate Lambda/Serverless Parameter Store S3 State Manager VPC Web Application Firewall Agenda: 6:00pm - 7:00pm Pizza and Happy Hour 7:00pm - 8:00pm Discussion, Amazon Well Architected Framework (WAF)

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  • AWS Greater Denver: Docker Deployment Strategies with ECS

    Our topic for this month is Docker Deployment Strategies with ECS. Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) is a highly scalable, high-performance container orchestration service that supports Docker containers and allows you to easily run and scale containerized applications on AWS. Amazon ECS eliminates the need for you to install and operate your own container orchestration software, manage and scale a cluster of virtual machines, or schedule containers on those virtual machines. Jason Knisley a certified AWS Solution Architect, and SysOps Administrator is our speaker this month so big thanks to him for presenting. Agenda: 6:00pm - 7:00pm Pizza and Happy Hour 7:00pm - 8:00pm Discussion, Docker Deployment Strategies with ECS

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  • AWS Greater Denver: Intro to the AWS Serverless Application Model

    This month we'll be taking a look at the AWS Serverless Application Model with our speaker for the Month Mark Cwetna. “The AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) is an open-source framework for building serverless applications. It provides shorthand syntax to express functions, APIs, databases, and event source mappings. With just a few lines per resource, you can define the application you want and model it using YAML. During deployment, SAM transforms and expands the SAM syntax into AWS CloudFormation syntax, enabling you to build serverless applications faster.” – AWS SAM Homepage Agenda: 6:00pm - 7:00pm Pizza and Happy Hour 7:00pm - 8:00pm Discussion on AWS SAM

  • AWS Greater Denver: Creative Approaches to CICD

    Slalom Denver

    This month we'll be taking a look at a couple of different cases where CICD is needed and discussing how those cases can be approached given the tools available to us in AWS. We'll start with each of the problems and the use cases that are required in the CICD solution. Then we'll have a working session brainstorming ideas on how to use AWS to achieve those use cases. Finally we'll go over the solution that was used in each case and discuss the pros and cons of each solution the teams that had these problems decided on. Agenda: 6:00pm - 7:00pm Pizza and Happy Hour 7:00pm - 8:00pm Discussion on CICD

  • The Container Debates -- Election Season 2018

    Slalom Denver

    We will have space open and available for socialization, food, and drinks from 5:15 PM to 6 PM Presentation(s): 6 PM to 8:30 PM Topic: The Container Debates -- Election Season 2018 Speaker(s): Jeromy Labit from Logicworks and Jesse De La Serda from Slalom, as well as a TBD guest (maybe you?!?) Moderators: Chad Neal from AWS and Brett Mitchell from Slalom We are doing a good old fashion debate comparing and contrasting Kubernetes with AWS Elastic Container Service (ECS) with our speakers each taking up a position and responding to questions from the moderators and you -- the town hall. The speakers don't know the questions beforehand, no lawyers were consulted, and the decision isn't pre-decided. Ok maybe it's not like a modern political debate :) Regardless of your leanings: KN8, ECS, Independent/Other, or you are a card carrying member of the "Whats a container party?" it will be a fun evening join us!

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  • Cognito

    Slalom Denver

    We will have space open and available for socialization, food, and drinks from 5:15 PM to 6 PM Presentation(s): 6 PM to 8:30 PM Topic: Cognito Basics Speaker: Ben Libell Cognito is Amazon Web Services’ all in one Identity Provider and Manager. Cognito is a tool within AWS that allows for the creation of User Pools which allow for the secure storage and management of user’s login information. Any application can then interface with that user pool through the various APIs that amazon provides to allow users to authenticate and receive session JWTs. In this presentation we’ll go over what a user pool is and how it’s viewed in the amazon console. We’ll go over how to interface with a user pool via a client Id and the amazon-cognito-identity-js library via a sample website. Finally we’ll talk about potential pitfalls that come along with using Cognito and things that need to be considered before setting up your user-pool.

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  • IPV4 Overview // IPv6 Running on AWS

    Slalom Denver

    We will have space open and available for socialization, food, and drinks from 5:15 PM to 6 PM Presentation(s): 6 PM to 8:30 PM Topic: IPV4 Overview // IPv6 Running on AWS Most enterprises, including U.S. Federal Departments and Agencies, are using cloud services and more and more cloud services also now offering IPv6 connectivity. As organizations are securely deploying cloud services, they should also be enabling these services as dual-protocol services to maximize connectivity options. Dual-protocol cloud connectivity facilitates reachability to the broadest Internet population of mobile devices, the Internet of Things, and provides optimal end-user experience. This presentation will go over some basics of cloud network infrastructure and speak specifically to AWS and its IPv6 capabilities. Federal organizations have an IPv6 mandate and particularly for their Internet-facing systems and many large enterprises now have IPv6 initiatives. As departments and agencies transition to cloud infrastructure, these public-facing systems would also need to be reachable via IPv6. The presentation will wrap up with a live demonstration of scriptable cloud infrastructure using automation tools that help organizations meet security compliance requirements and deploy IPv6 at the same time. The presentation will demonstrate live cloud infrastructure that has automated security and uses IPv6 throughout. Speakers: Scott Hogg Scott Hogg is the CTO for Global Technology Resources, Inc. (GTRI). Scott is a CCIE #5133 and CISSP #4610 with over 25 years of network and security experience. Scott actively works on cloud systems, possessing AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional and the CCSK and CCSP cloud security certifications. Scott is involved with SDN technology and network programmability and has formed the Denver Network Programmability User Group (NPUG) chapter. Scott is a founding member of the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force (RMv6TF), and a member of the Infoblox IPv6 Center of Excellence (COE). Scott has authored the Cisco Press book on IPv6 Security and writes for NetworkWorld.com.

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  • Topic: Cloud Networking for Non Network Engineers

    Slalom Denver

    We will have space open and available for socialization, food, and drinks from 5:15 PM to 6 PM Presentation(s): 6 PM to 8:30 PM Topic: Cloud Networking for Non Network Engineers aka Ciders and CIDRs (yes we will have some ciders on hand) IP Networking has often been the realm of networks engineers who deliver solutions and handle design, engineering and operations on the other side of a opaque wall from developers and data scientists. More and more, a general awareness of how packets move around in the world is helpful when designing applications and data flows. In this session we will dig into the basics and history IP networking and how it relates to modern app dev. Next months session will delve into IPv6 so this will be a great into or refresher prior to that topic. Speaker: Brett Mitchell -- Slalom

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  • Cloud Anthropology

    Slalom Denver

    • What we'll do We will have space open and available for socialization, food, and drinks from 5:15 PM to 6 PM Presentation(s): 6 PM to 8:30 PM Topic: Cloud Anthropology: A Brief History of Cloud Computing Ever look at a the service catalogs of the major cloud platforms and find yourself daunted by the acronyms and naming spaghetti of the hundreds of service offerings staring back at you? In this talk we will hop in the way back machine to the early days of cloud services and then build up the history of each major step in the evolution to what we have available to us today. Speaker: Brett Mitchell - Slalom Consulting • What to bring • Important to know

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  • Building a Chatbot with AWS Lex

    Slalom Denver

    We will have space open and available for socialization, food, and drinks from 5:15 PM to 6 PM Presentation(s): 6 PM to 8:30 PM Topic: Building a Chatbot with AWS Lex Sameer, who also goes by the alias IoTmechanic, will give a presentation on building a Chatbot with AWS Lex, including best practices and pitfalls to be aware of. There will be live demonstration on how to use AWS Lex console, define intents that can be triggered by utterances, testing the chatbot using cli and retraining the NLP model. The audience will be able to have a natural conversation with this chatbot to see pictures from Mars!

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