Reserved Instance Management & Best Practices Webinar

Today I hosted a webinar alongside my colleague Ciaran Fitzgerald and Zac Stevens, Co-Founder of Elastera. The focus was on Reserved Instance Management and Best Practices.

We covered the following topics:

  • What RI’s are and how they are applied
  • What the “payback period” is and how savings are realised
  • Planning and modeling an RI Quote
  • Ongoing management and monitoring for maximum ROI
  • Overall Best Practices

If you benefit from the webinar or have any questions, please leave a comment below!


AWS Enterprise Summit London – 17 Nov

155 Bishopsgate London

155 Bishopsgate London

As Europe’s startup hub, it’s no surprise that AWS hosted its second Summit of 2015 right in the heart of London. This one, however, was specifically for Enterprise customers. The turnout was so high that Amazon actually had to  send home some of its own in order to make room for all of the attendees at this sold out event.

Andy Jassy delivered the keynote and of course the first topic was the new region coming to the UK.

Andy Jassy Sr VP AWS

Andy Jassy, Sr VP AWS

Here were the five biggest takeaways:

  1. AWS continues to expand its global footprint
    The UK will have its own region by early 2017, and plans for every country to have its own region in due course.
  2. Security
    The Guardian acknowledged that moving to AWS made them be more careful about security and affirmed that its sources are now safer in the cloud.  AWS offers a free cloud security course here.
  3. Compliance
    AWS keeps adding to its growing number of certifications related to data security and PCI compliance.
    AWS Compliance Certs
  4. FinTech
    Capital One and Tesco Bank openly discussed their adoption and expansion of the AWS cloud.
  5. AWS is powering some of the UK’s most innovative companies across various sectors:

Industry Heavyweight
Aviva– Mark Hall, Dir Global IT Ops. The 390 year old insurance company successfully migrated 70 applications and 141 dev and test environments to AWS and is realising a 30-50% savings. By year end, 200 environments are expected to be running in AWS.

Public Sector
Ministry of Justice – David Rogers, Head of Technology: AWS was a catalyst for cultural change at the MoJ, echoing Lydia Leongs’s Gartner findings.

Lebara – Richard Bastin, CTO. With massive success and more than 500,000 users on their entirely built on AWS mobile “Talk” app, Lebara has decided to go “all in” on Amazon.

Tesco Bank – Allan Brearley, Head of Transformation. Starting with a single web page hosted on S3, their latest product launch wouldn’t have been possible without AWS. The cloud was “business as usual” within just 8 months lead by strong CxO sponsorship.

British Gas Connected Homes’ Hive – Chris Livermore, Head of Operations, said that a move to AWS is a business transformation project, not just an IT migration issue.

Final Thoughts:
With rapid adoption across all industries in the UK, and now with its own region for data locality, 2017 will see a massive increase in UK AWS usage.


London Calling! Microsoft follows AWS into the UK


Less than a week after Werner Vogels announced AWS’ third region coming to the UK, Microsoft has followed suit. Looking to attract more customers as the cloud vendor war heats up, CEO Satya Nadella revealed today in London that Azure, Dynamics CRM and Office 365 services will be available from a UK data center region by the end of of 2016.

Both moves confirm the importance of the UK in the cloud computing landscape and qualm EU fears of PII leaving the Union, especially in light of the EU top court’s ruling of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework last month. 

It will be interesting to see how the customer adoption battle plays out. AWS regions typically consist of multiple, physical data centers making up their multiple Availability Zones (AZ’s) and Direct Connect (DX) locations.  Microsoft’s regions, however, appear to consist of only one  distinct data center per location, i.e. Japan “East” and Japan “West”. Which strategy is better for hosting cross-site high availability applications in the UK?

All in all, 2016 is already shaping up to be a very interesting year for cloud computing in the UK. Let’s see what the New Year brings!azurevsaws



AWS Launching New UK Region!

UK workIn exciting news for the UK cloud computing market, AWS recently announced that the UK will be home to their third EU region after Dublin and Frankfurt. The announcement recognises the UK’s importance as a place to do business and addresses growing concerns over data sovereignty for customers in the UK.

Amazon CTO Warner Vogels broke the news via blog post last Friday, noting that the region should be functional by the end of 2016 or early 2017 and will provide lower latency and stronger data sovereignty for local users.

Vogels highlighted that this new region will provide customers with quick, low-latency access to websites, mobile applications, games, SaaS applications, big data analysis, Internet of Things applications, and more.

The move also comes as many organisations are increasingly concerned about where their data is stored and processed, especially considering the recent European Court of Justice ruling that rendered invalid the Safe Harbour framework for US-based companies to transfer data outside Europe.

Liam Maxwell, CTO for the UK Government, welcomed the announcement stating,”It’s great to see that AWS will be providing commercial cloud services from data centres in the UK…Not only will this mean a significant investment in the UK economy, but more healthy competition and innovation in the UK data centre market. This is good news for the UK government given the significant amount of data we hold that needs to be kept onshore.”

In addition to the UK, AWS has also recently announced plans to open regions in South Korea and India, with a second and fourth region coming to China and the US respectively.