Highlights from AWS FEST: Storage Edition – N2WS

Highlights from AWS FEST: Storage Edition - N2WS

Well, we kicked off 2023 with a bang…AWS FEST is back again and with nearly 1700 registrants, it was our most anticipated session yet. This time we wanted to focus on all aspects of Storage optimization. As cloud storage spend is unexpectedly on the rise, there has been a lot of data being dug up and advice given on how to cut those costs. There’s also lots of easy-to-implement FinOps tools that keep popping up to identify and tackle storage inefficiencies. As information gets gathered on ‘errors’ that companies tend to make with their precious storage real estate, we knew it was important to put the focus on how these optimization tools and tricks can be implemented.

We hand picked 5 amazing guests to present on how to optimize price, performance, analytics automation, DR, retention, Lifecycling, Kubernetes efficiency and loads more.

Live attendees got a bunch of surprises in the form of scratch games, swag pack wins, tons of new magic and laughs, and as they are wont to do, sent through over 9,000 emojis throughout the event, miraculously not breaking the Airmeet platform.

If you didn’t make it, or just want a review, we’ve summarized below some key concrete (and easy!) action plans for your AWS Storage optimization:

Highlights from AWS FEST: Storage Edition – March 2023

How to Reduce Costs with S3 Storage Lens with Steph Gooch

Steph is hands down a favorite recurring guest of ours. As Senior Commercial Architect at AWS, her focus is helping customers manage utilization, spend and improve their financial processes.

Steph had a lot to say about AWS free tool S3 Storage Lens, an analytics tool found in your S3 console, providing organizational-wide visuals of your storage usage.

What are some quick optimization wins using Amazon S3 Storage Lens, according to Steph?

Here’s Steph’s full session where she gives many other great tips on how to reduce storage spend. She also delves into real-life success stories (like $600 annual savings), what to implement for paid metrics and how Amazon S3 Lens can be used with other data.

Kubernetes Storage with Michael Levan

As an engineering consultant and AWS Community Builder in the Kubernetes space, Kevin spends his time working with global enterprises helping them with their cloud-native projects. Michael was the perfect expert to turn to to explaining how companies can optimize all aspects of their Kubernetes storage (choosing a storage class, attached your persistent volume, etc).

What quick Kubernetes Storage optimization tools can you implement today, according to Michael?

Here’s Michael’s full session where he gives us many more optimization tips such as databases (connecting a MySQL container to a MySQL database running in RDS),using S3, EFS and EBS for EKS, more on stateful and stateless applications and why you will require persistent storage at some point for both of these.

Optimizing Amazon S3 Storage Classes with Noa Israel

Noa is a Cost Optimization and enablement Specialist at AWS and has a huge impact on AWS customer experience, in particular optimizing customers’ costs and account governance. She loves talking about her first hand experience with customers and brings helpful real-life examples of how she helped her customers save big on their AWS bill using Data Lifecycle Management tools.

What customer storage patterns does Noa frequently see and how does she advise them on efficient tiering / tool usage?

Be sure to watch Noa’s full session where she does a deep dive into S3 Intelligent Tiering and how it can save you up to 68% with new Archive Instant Access, the three options on how to move objects between storage classes, how customer-obsessed AWS actively implements feedback from their customers, and finally more real-life S3 optimization customer success stories.

AWS Storage Costs 101: Best Practices for Cost Optimization with Anthony Fiore

Anthony, another favorite recurring guest of ours, always brings his >25 years of industry experience and his wealth of knowledge on how AWS customers can efficiently plan, build migrate and optimize their storage solutions using both AWS native storage services as well as AWS Partner solutions like N2WS.

What are some edge cases of storage cost optimization and what AWS native tools as well as partner solutions does Anthony recommend?

Watch Anthony’s full session where he shares many more cost optimization conversations he has with customers, what his customers engage with for help with cost optimization as well as the hidden benefit of storage cost optimization.

Optimize your Storage and Cost for Disaster Recovery with Cynthia Santos

And finally, we simply had to bring on Cynthia, another recurring guest of ours as she is the go-to for all things optimization in Disaster Recovery. She talks with AWS customers daily showing them how to implement optimal multi-cloud DR solutions for both AWS and Azure.

Cynthia explains that your goal should be to backup your data often but optimize your storage costs. How do we do this?

Cynthia had many other great tips for backing up frequently with minimal RTO and maximum cost savings such as how to store directly to Glacier without having to store temporarily in S3, the easiest way to archive RDS to Glacier and why Glacier Instant Retrieval is a win-win for most backup processes. Definitely a must-watch session.

Our mentalist/comedian emcee Gidi Givneh revealing just one of many ‘surprises’ throughout AWS FEST to Anthony Fiore and host Jon Myer

There you have it. Our top highlights from AWS FEST: Storage Edition. We absolutely love getting the AWS community together to share valuable, timely knowledge and are already planning our next AWS FEST on May 3rd which will focus on Compute!

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Jessica Eisenberg

Jessica is Senior Global Campaigns Manager at N2WS with more than 10 years of experience. Jessica enjoys very spicy foods, lifting heavy things and cold snowy mountains (even though she lives near the arid desert).

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