Message Queues in AWS – What Are the Options?


ACL Office, 14th Floor

980 Howe St. · Vancouver, BC

How to find us

Come up to the 14th Floor!

Location image of event venue


February brings us together to hear a talk about AWS Message Queues presented by ACL's Principal Software Engineer who will be sharing their story of how they switched from a 3rd party solution to using Amazon's SQS.

6:00 - Arrival, mingling, pizza eating
6:20pm - Welcome, Introductions & AWS Announcements
6:35pm - Featured Presentation
7:40pm - Q&A and Open Discussions
8:00pm - Event concludes

Talk Title: Message Queues in AWS – What Are the Options?

Presenter: Dr. Peter Smith, Principal Software Engineer, ACL.

This is the story of ACL’s message queues. Our SaaS product recently switched from a third-party message queue, to using Amazon’s Simple Queue Service (SQS). However, that’s not where the story ends - there are other options to consider, and we already know our current solution needs to improve.

In this talk, we’ll start with the motivation for using message queues in your architecture, then will examine some typical usage patterns. Next, we’ll discuss the specific “Proof of Concept” evaluation we performed using AmazonMQ, Kinesis, and SQS+FIFO, to figure out the best long-term solution.

AWS Level: Intermediate, with some software architecture experience being helpful.

Presenter Bio:
Dr. Peter Smith is a Principal Software Engineer at ACL, specializing in scalable and distributed systems. His day job is to keep up-to-date with new technology, finding ways to apply it to ACL’s software platform. For more information, see: