Werner Vogels

VP, CTO at Amazon.com, Inc

Werner Vogels is Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at Amazon.com 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 research scientist at Cornell University where he was a principal investigator in several research projects that targeted the scalability and robustness of mission-critical enterprise computing systems. He has held positions of VP of Technology and Chief Technology Officer in companies that handled the transition of academic technology into industry.

Vogels holds a PhD from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has authored close to 80 articles for journals and conferences, most of them on distributed systems technologies for enterprise computing.

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Video: Strata 2011: Data Without Limits
Strata 2011: Data Without Limits with the CTO at Amazon.com.

Video: High Performance Computing on AWS
The CTO, Werner Vogels, and Sr Business Development Manager, Deepak Singh, at Amazon Web Services discuss how businesses and researchers can easily fulfill their high performance computational requirements with the added benefit of ad-hoc provisioning and pay-as-you-go pricing.

Video: Cloud Computing is Enabling Innovation and Faster Time to Market
The CTO at Amazon.com talks about how cloud computing is helping boost business in this market.

Video: Reality & The Cloud
Building on massive regional broadband and access initiatives, individuals and organizations now have ample opportunities to access a continuously growing variety of online services that are based on cloud computing.

Video: Computing Remotely
Amazon.com CTO, Werner Vogels, talks about cloud computing, the Indian market, and the economics of free services.

Video: The CTO at Amazon Gives Advice for the Future Iteem Entrepreneurs
Werner Vogels, CTO at Amazon.com, gives advice to future entrepreneurs on how to innovate on top of other services.

Video: Gaining Altitude Part 2
The Chairman & CEO at Salesforce.com, Marc Benioff, and the VP & CTO at Amazon.com, Werner Vogels, discuss the direction of cloud computing at the Google Atmosphere event.

Video: Cloud Capability: Why Customers are Choosing Cloud Computing
The CTO at Amazon.com discusses why customers are choosing cloud computing at the Google Atmosphere event.

Video: Google Atmosphere Panel: The Perfect Storm
This panel of Cloud Computing professionals answers some key questions on this new emerging business model, including: Why now? Is business ready? Do new forms of collaboration increase productivity and innovation? & If it's so self evident, why hasn't everyone done this already? Panelists: Dr Wener Vogels - CTO, Amazon.com; Nicholas Carr - Author, The Big Switch; Paul Daugherty - Chief Technology Architect, Accenture; Dr Carsten Sorensen – LSE

Video: Clouds Over Washington: The Cloud and How it Can Serve Government
The CTO at Amazon, Werner Vogels, and the GSA's CIO, Casey Coleman, discuss the potential of cloud computing in government at the Gov 2.0 conference.

Article: Seamlessly Extending the Data Center - Introducing Amazon Virtual Private Cloud
From young businesses and established enterprises to hospitals and government agencies, all are equally enthusiastic cloud customers for whom IT infrastructure has changed forever. Now, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) allows customers to seamlessly extend their IT infrastructure into the cloud while maintaining the levels required for their enterprise management tools to do their work.

Video: Fireside Chat with Greg Papadopoulos & Werner Vogels at GigaOM Structure
Former keynote speakers Greg Papadopoulos, CTO and EVP, Research and Development at Sun Microsystems and Werner Vogels, VP and CTO at Amazon.com, return to share their thoughts on the rise of Cloud Computing and what direction they see Amazon and Sun leading the evolution of the Cloud Computing industry and the opportunities it generates.

Article: CTO Roundtable: Cloud Computing
Contributors: Werner Vogels & Lew Tucker
How can companies take advantage of the new opportunities Cloud Computing provides? A CTO Roundtable discussion to give practitioners useful advice on how to evaluate cloud computing for their organizations. Five current thought leaders discuss the potential of cloud computing to solve business problems. They explore some of the basic principles behind cloud computing and highlight some of the key issues and opportunities that arise when computing moves from in-house to the cloud. Moderator: Mache Creeger, Principal at Emergent Technology Associates Panelists: Wener Vogels – CTO at Amazon.com; Greg Olsen - CTO & Founder of Coghead; Lew Tucker – CTO of Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems; Greg Badros - Sr Director, Engineering at Google; Geir Ramleth – CIO at Bechtel; Steve Bourne - CTO at El Dorado Ventures

Video: How Cloud Platforms Change the Game for ISVs
Contributors: Werner Vogels , Steve Lucas & Mani Gill
Virtualization technologies and the subsequent emergence of cloud computing have changed the game for independent software vendors (ISVs), opening up a bewildering array of hosting, PaaS and SaaS options. This keynote panel brings together top executives from the leading platform providers to answer questions about what the evolving cloud landscape means for ISVs, examining the impact of utility provisioning on business models, development cycles, channel partnerships and customer retentionships. Moderator: John Chapman - Business Development Director, IT Europa Panelists: Mani Gill - VP, OnDemand, SAP Business Objects Division; Steve Lucas - SVP, Force.com, Marketing & ISV Recruitment, Salesforce.com; Treb Ryan - CEO, Opsource, Inc; Werner Vogels - VP & CTO, Amazon.com

Video: Building Confidence in The Cloud
Trust is the biggest obstacle to winning mainstream acceptance of cloud computing. Enterprises are not going to entrust business critical applications to the cloud unless they feel confident that providers won't let them down on a range of metrics including availability, performance, governance, security, privacy and sustainability. With a set of short presentations followed by a Q&A discussion, this panel looks at what SaaS and cloud providers can and are doing to enable and assure enterprise-class cloud computing. Moderator: Alexis Richardson - CEO & Co-Founder, Rabbit Technologies Ltd Presenters: Kevin O'Brien - Director, SaaS Strategy & Programs, Oracle Corporation; Pascal Walschots - Communications Sector, Microsoft EMEA; Werner Vogels - VP & CTO, Amazon.com

Presentation: Building Confidence in The Cloud PDF
Slides from Werner Vogels presentation at SIIA OnDemand Europe.

Video: Cloud Computing Power Panel Live from Times Square
Contributors: Werner Vogels , Hal Stern & John Engates
The panel includes Werner Vogels from Amazon.com, John Engates from Rackspace, Rod Fonticella from Booze Allen Hamilton and Hal Stern from Sun Microsystems.

Video: Dr Werner Vogels Interviewed by Kara Swisher at LeWeb 08
Dr Werner Vogels Interviewed by Kara Swisher at LeWeb 08

Video: Dr Werner Vogels Explains Cloud Computing to TiburonTV.
Dr Werner Vogels explains Cloud Computing to TiburonTV.

Video: A Head in the Cloud: The Power of Infrastructure as a Service
A lecture by Dr. Werner Vogels for the Stanford University Computer Systems Colloquium. This presentation reviews some of the lessons learned from building one of the world's largest distributed systems; Amazon.com. Dr. Vogels focuses on state management which is one of the dominating factors in the scalability, reliability, performance and cost-effectiveness of the overall system.

Video: Werner Vogels on the Future of Datacenter Virtualization
InfoWorld's Ephraim Schwartz talks to Werner Vogels about the future of datacenter virtualization.

All Things Distributed
Werner Vogels' weblog on building scalable and robust distributed systems.
  • London Calling! An AWS Region is coming to the UK!
  • November 05 2015
    Yesterday, AWS evangelist Jeff Barr wrote that AWS will be opening a region in South Korea in early 2016 that will be our 5th region in Asia Pacific. Customers can choose between 11 regions around the world today and, in addition to Korea, we are adding regions in India, a second region in China, and Ohio in 2016. ...

  • Expanding the Cloud: Introducing Amazon QuickSight
  • October 07 2015
    We live in a world where massive volumes of data are being generated from websites, connected devices and mobile apps. In such a data intensive environment, making key business decisions such as running marketing and sales campaigns, logistic planning, financial analysis, and ad targeting require deriving insights from these data. However, the data infrastructure to collect, store, and process data is geared primarily towards developers and IT ...

  • The Startup Experience at AWS re:Invent
  • September 28 2015
    AWS re:Invent is just over one week away—as I prepare to head to Vegas, I’m pumped up about the chance to interact with AWS-powered startups from around the world. One of my favorite parts of the week is being able to host three startup-focused sessions Thursday afternoon: ...

  • The AWS Pop-up Lofts are opening in London and Berlin
  • September 08 2015
    Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been working closely with the startup community in London, and Europe, since we launched back in 2006. We have grown substantially in that time and today more than ...

  • Titan Graph Database Integration with DynamoDB: World-class Performance, Availability, and Scale for New Workloads
  • August 20 2015
    Today, we are releasing a plugin that allows customers to use the Titan graph engine with Amazon DynamoDB as the backend storage layer. It opens up the possibility to enjoy the value that graph databases bring to relationship-centric use cases, without worrying about managing the underlying storage. The importance of relationships Relationships are a fund ...

  • Under the Hood of Amazon EC2 Container Service
  • July 20 2015
    In my last post about Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS), I discussed the two key components of running modern distributed applications on a cluster: reliable state management and flexible scheduling. Amazon ECS makes building and running containerized applications simple, but how that happens is what makes Amazon ECS interesting. Today, I want to explore the Amazon ECS architecture and what this architecture enables. Below is a diagra ...

  • Back-to-Basics Weekend Reading - Data Compression
  • July 17 2015
    Data compression today is still as important as it was in the early days of computing. Although in those days all computer and storage resources were very limited, the objects in use were much smaller than today. We have seen a shift from generic compression to compression for specific file types, especially those in images, audio and video. In this weekend's back to basic reading we go ...

  • Embrace event-driven computing: Amazon expands DynamoDB with streams, cross-region replication, and database triggers
  • July 14 2015
    In just three short years, Amazon DynamoDB has emerged as the backbone for many powerful Internet applications such as AdRoll, Druva, DeviceScape, and ...

  • Amazon announces the Alexa Skills Kit, Enabling Developers to Create New Voice Capabilities
  • June 25 2015
    Today, Amazon announced the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), a collection of self-service APIs and tools that make it fast and easy for developers to create new voice-driven capabilities for Alexa. With a f ...

  • Back-to-Basics Weekend Reading - The Working Set Model for Program Behavior
  • June 12 2015
    This weekend we go back in time all the way to the beginning of operating systems research. In the first SOSP conference in 1967 there were several papers that laid the foundation for the development of structured operating systems. There was the of course the lauded paper on the ...

  • Back-to-Basics Weekend Reading - Survey of Local Algorithms
  • May 29 2015
    As we know the run time of most algorithms increases when the input set increases in size. There is one noticeable exception: there is a class of distributed algorithms, dubbed local algorithms, that run in constant time, independently of the size of the network. Being highly scalable and fault tolerant, such algorithms are ideal in the operation of large-scale distributed systems. Further ...

  • Join me at the AWS Summit in Paris, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Amsterdam or New York
  • May 28 2015
    An important way of engaging with AWS customers is through the AWS Global Summit Series. All AWS Summits feature a keynote address highlighting the latest announcements from AWS and customer testimonials, technical sessions led by AWS engineers, and hands-on technical training. You will learn best practices for deploying applications on AWS, optimizing performance, monitoring cloud resources, ...

  • The AWS Pop-up Loft opens in New York City
  • May 27 2015
    Over a year ago the AWS team opened a "pop-up loft" in San Francisco at 925 Market Street. The goal of opening the loft was to give developers an opportunity to get in-person support and education on AWS, to network, get some work done, or just hang out with peers. It became a great success; every time when I visit the loft ther ...

  • Expanding the Cloud: Amazon Machine Learning Service, the Amazon Elastic Filesystem and more
  • April 09 2015
    Today was a big day for the Amazon Web Services teams as a whole range of new services and functionality was delivered to our customers. Here is a brief recap of it: The Amazon Machine Learning service As I wrote last week machine learning is becoming an increasingly important tool to build advanced data driven applications. At Amazon we have hundreds of teams using machine learning and by making use of the Machine Lea ...

  • State Management and Scheduling with the Amazon EC2 Container Service
  • April 09 2015
    Last November, I had the pleasure of announcing the preview of Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) at re:Invent. At the time, I wrote about how containerization makes it easier for customers to decompose their applications into smaller building blocks resulting in increased agility and speed of feature releases. I also talked about some of the challenges our customers were facing as they tried to scale ...

  • Back-to-Basics Weekend Reading - Machine Learning
  • April 03 2015
    Machine learning is a scientific discipline that explores the construction and study of algorithms that can learn from data. Such algorithms operate by building a model from example inputs and using that to make predictions or decisions, rather than following strictly static program instructions. Machine Learning is playing an increasing importa ...

  • European Union Data Protection Authorities Approve Amazon Web Services’ Data Processing Agreement
  • March 31 2015
    As you all know security, privacy, and protection of our customer’s data is our number one priority and as such we work very closely with regulators to ensure that customers can be assured that they are getting the right protections when processing and storing data in the AWS. I am especially pleased that the group of European Union (EU) data protection authorities known as the Article 29 Working Party has approved the AWS Data Processing Ag ...

  • Observations on the Importance of Cloud-based Analytics
  • March 11 2015
    Cloud computing is enabling amazing new innovations both in consumer and enterprise products, as it became the new normal for organizations of all sizes. So many exciting new areas are being empowered by cloud that it is fascinating to watch. AWS is enabling innovations in areas such as healthcare, automotive, life sciences, retail, media, energy, robotics that it is mind boggling and humbling ...

  • Join me at SXSW 2015
  • March 10 2015
    Every year I enjoy travelling to the South-by-South-West (SXSW) festival as it is ons of the biggest event with many Amazon customers present. Thousand of AWS customers and partners will be in Austin for SXSW Interactive and given the free flowing networking it is a very important feedback opportunity for us. But also many Amazon customers will be there for ...

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