AWS re:Invent is always an exciting time of the year to engage with our customers to learn, and share information about our services and features. Due to the current pandemic, re:Invent is pivoting to a free and virtual format presented across 3 weeks from November 30 to December 18 this year. Yes, you read that right. AWS re:Invent 2020 is going virtual and free!!!

As the excitement is building up, we bring you this post that presents the highlights for the AWS management and governance sessions. These sessions help you enable, provision, and operate your AWS environment for both business agility and governance control. All from the comfort of your home, with each session broadcasting multiple times offered to our global customers. To enjoy the benefit of these sessions, you must register for re:Invent. 

The sessions are prerecorded and are released during the event with our experts available online to answer your questions live. You can find the schedule of these events in our official session catalog and mark your calendars. Following are the AWS management and governance track sessions you should try not to miss.

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Configuration, compliance, and auditing

  • MGT304 – Configuration, compliance, and audit at scale

To avoid misconfiguration issues and security breaches, it’s crucial that you have a robust configuration, compliance, and audit program to effectively manage AWS resources. In this session, learn how to use AWS Config to monitor and track resource configuration. See how AWS Config rules and conformance packs help set desired resource configurations, evaluate configuration compliance and risk, and remediate configuration drift. Also, learn how to use AWS CloudTrail to simplify compliance audits by recording and storing event logs for actions made within your AWS account. Hear directly from Intuit, which has been effective at managing compliance on AWS.

Enterprise governance and control

  • MGT307 – How to onboard existing AWS accounts onto AWS Control Tower

You can efficiently manage and govern your multi-account AWS environment using automated best practices and guardrails without needing to maintain code. In this session, learn the best practices for successfully managing existing AWS accounts using AWS Control Tower. NuData Security, a Mastercard company, discusses why it brought its 100+ AWS accounts under AWS Control Tower from the AWS Landing Zone solution. NuData uses AWS Control Tower to apply and manage guardrails, helping its security teams reduce risk and aggregate findings. Take a deep dive into AWS account provisioning with AWS Control Tower and learn how AWS Service Catalog can enable advanced capabilities of governance.

  • MGT301- Best practices for securing your multi-account environment

In this session, learn how to define and implement a security baseline in multiple accounts by using AWS Organizations. Join this session to take a deep dive into the benefits of a security organizational units, account creation and AWS CloudFormation StackSets usage. Also learn about the standardization of settings across the enterprise for services such as AWS CloudTrail, Amazon GuardDuty, Amazon Macie, AWS Identity and Access Management(IAM) Access Analyzer, AWS Backup, and others.

Monitoring and observability

  • MGT302 – Gaining application-level governance and cost visibility

Provisioning reusable application infrastructure on-demand, quickly, and in a safe and repeatable manner is often difficult. In this session, learn how to use AWS Service Catalog to help simplify the creation of layered application infrastructure. Also, learn how to build application infrastructure using governed, reusable AWS Service Catalog products via AWS CloudFormation templates to resolve common operational questions.

  • MGT306 – Increase availability with AWS observability solutions

To provide access to critical resources when needed and also limit the potential financial impact of an application outage, a highly available application design is critical. In this session, learn how you can use Amazon CloudWatch and AWS X-Ray to increase the availability of your applications. Join this session to learn how AWS observability solutions can help you proactively detect, efficiently investigate, and quickly resolve operational issues. All of which help you manage and improve your application’s availability.

  • OPN301 – Open-source observability at AWS

In this session, hear from a CNCF SIG observability member on the state of open-source observability on AWS. From the Fluent Bit-based FireLens to Prometheus metrics in Amazon CloudWatch to OpenTelemetry, there is a lot to discuss and show in the context of microservices, containers, and serverless compute.

Centralized operations management

  • MGT401 – Automate anything with AWS Systems Manager

You can automate any task that involves interaction with AWS and on-premises resources, including in multi-account and multi-Region environments, with AWS Systems Manager. In this session, learn how Systems Manager Automation can be used to automate across multiple Regions and accounts, integrate with other AWS services, and extend to your on-premises datacenters. This session takes a deep dive into the requirements for Systems Manager, how to author a custom runbook using an automation document, and how to execute automation anywhere.

Cloud financial management

  • MGT305 – Building prescriptive frameworks in management and governance

You can rapidly enable foundational cloud readiness by building a platform base that is inclusive of teams, tools, and operational processes. This will help you build a cost-effective solution for governance of AWS and hybrid environments. In this session, learn how you can find the right balance so that you can create a comprehensive cloud-ready platform for any application. You can use AWS services provided by a number of software vendors, specializing in management and governance, with prebuilt configurations to make deployment easy. Join this session to learn AWS best practices and dramatically reduce time spent building a cloud-readiness platform.

In addition to these sessions, we offer 19 leadership sessions through which you can hear directly from AWS leaders as they share the latest advances in AWS technologies, set the future product direction, and motivate you through compelling success stories.

Don’t forget to tune into the sessions to manage your AWS environments effectively. Check out re:Invent 2020 website for more details and sign up to receive updates.

 

About the Authors

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Harshitha Putta is a Cloud Infrastructure Architect with AWS Professional Services in Seattle, WA. She is passionate about building innovative solutions using AWS services to help customers achieve their business objectives. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing board games and hiking.