Past Meetup

Guardrails at Zillow Scale + Lead of AWS Well-Architected Team

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SURF Incubator

999 3rd Ave Suite 700 · Seattle, WA

How to find us

Up the elevators to the 7th floor, turn left at the desk and walk to the back kitchen for food, beverages, and conversation. The main event will be in the large room by the windows.

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This month we have Bernie Macias from Zillow and Phillip Fitzsimons, Lead of the Well-Architected Framework at AWS!

Sponsored by 2nd Sight Lab - We'll be giving away a free spot in our 5-Day Cloud Security Class (Beta) that starts on February 25th - must be present to win!

5:30-6:00 Food and networking
6:00-7:00 Presentation 1
7:00-8:00 Presentation 2

Guardrails: Managing AWS at Zillow scale

Managing AWS is difficult, as organizations demand for AWS grows so does the number of account while operations staff stays the same. Guardrails is Zillow's way of codifying best practices with security in mind with the use of AWS Config, Config aggregator, Lambda, Cloud Front StackSets, and a custom library which allows team to focus on the rule not the boiler plate. One account to rule them all.

I met Bernie Macias working at Capital One Investing ~ he became a Splunk guru among other things, and went on to work at Nordstrom and then Zillow. Now he's all about the AWS. Ever since I've known Bernie he's been doing cool new things and he's one of my friends that always tells me something I didn't know ~ so this should be fun!

Phillip Fitzsimons will talk to us about the AWS Well-Architected Framework. He leads the AWS Well-Architected team, who is responsible for curating best practices for architecting in the cloud. This is available for free as a self-service review tool where you can learn best practices, measure your architecture and see how to improve it. I met Phillip at AWS re:Invent were they announced the new AWS Well-Architected Framework Service. Come learn more about it!


2nd Sight Lab ~ Cloud Security Training and Penetration Testing

Surf Incubator ~ Surf always helps us out with free parking at our events. Please thank Seaton and Candace if you see them! The free parking is available after 5 p.m. If you need event space or office space Surf has beautiful views, amenities, and awesome people.