The Principles of Distributed Computing and the Birth of AWS

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In this technical talk, Werner Vogels, CTO of, will dive deep into how Amazon used the principles of distributed computing to move to an ultra-scalable service-oriented architecture and in doing so gave birth to a host of loosely coupled services that make up Amazon Web Services. He will explore the decoupling of mission-critical processes to ensure high-availability storage – taking the form as Amazon S3, SimpleDB and Elastic Block Store.

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Werner Vogels

Dr. Vogels is Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at where he is responsible for driving the company’s technology vision, which is to continuously enhance the innovation on behalf of Amazon’s customers at a global scale.

Prior to joining Amazon, he worked as a researcher at Cornell University where he was a principal investigator in several research projects that target the scalability and robustness of mission-critical enterprise computing systems. He has held positions of VP of Technology and CTO in companies that handled the transition of academic technology into industry.

Vogels holds a Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has authored many articles for journals and conferences, most of them on distributed systems technologies for enterprise computing. He was named the 2008 CTO of the Year by Information Week for his contributions to making Cloud Computing a reality. For his unique style in engaging customers, media and the general public, Dr Vogels received the 2009 Media Momentum Personality of Award.

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Vlad Didenko
04/02/2009 4:48pm PDT

Thant you for the session. It talked about a very interesting organizational approach to operating a huge evolving software service operation. Reliably. The slides would be very helpful, as it was hard to type while trying to grasp the implications of those concepts shared by Mr.Vogels.

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Suzanne Axtell
04/02/2009 7:58am PDT

We’re working with the speakers to make as many slide sets available as possible. If Werner shares his slides with us, we’ll post them here and on the Presentations page:

Fabrice Di Meglio
04/02/2009 2:29am PDT

this session was interesting but at the end a bit disappointing as it was way too generic talk.

I was expecting much more details on a specific subject instead of high level generalities.

Also the slides are missing for review which is quite not acceptable.

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