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.
  • Welcoming Adrian Cockcroft to the AWS Team.
  • October 24 2016
    I am excited that Adrian Cockcroft will be joining AWS as VP of Cloud Architecture. Adrian has played a crucial role in developing the cloud ecosystem as Cloud Architect at Netflix and later as a Technology Fellow at Battery Ventures. Prior to this, he held positions as Distinguished Engineer at eBay and Sun Microsystems. One theme that has been consistent throughout his career is that ...

  • Expanding the AWS Cloud: Introducing the AWS US East (Ohio) Region
  • October 17 2016
    Today I am very happy to announce the opening of the new US East (Ohio) Region. The Ohio Region is the fifth AWS region in the US. It brings the worldwide total of AWS Availability Zones (AZs) to 38, and the number of regions globally to 14. The pace of expansion at AWS is accelerating, and Ohio is our third region launch this year. In the remainder of 2016 and in 2017, we will launch ano ...

  • Accelerating Data: Faster and More Scalable ElastiCache for Redis
  • October 13 2016
    Fast Data is an emerging industry term for information that is arriving at high volume and incredible rates, faster than traditional databases can manage. Three years ago, as part of our AWS Fast Data journey we introduced Amazon ElastiCache for Redis, a fully managed in-memory data store that operates at sub-millisecond latenc ...

  • Introducing the Alexa Prize, It’s Day One for Voice
  • September 29 2016
    In the past voice interfaces were seen as gimmicks, or a nuisance for driving “hands-free.” The Amazon Echo and Alexa have completely changed that perception. Voice is now seen as potentially the most important interface to interact with the digitally connected world. From home automation to commerce, from news organizations to government agencies, from financial services to h ...

  • Allez, rendez-vous à Paris – An AWS Region is coming to France!
  • September 29 2016
    Today, I am very excited to announce our plans to open a new AWS Region in France! Based in the Paris area, the region will provide even lower latency and will allow users who want to store their content in datacenters in France to easily do so. The new region in France will be ready for customers to use in 2017. Over the past 10 years, we have seen tremendous growth at AWS. As ...

  • A Hungry Neighbor is an Angry Neighbor
  • September 28 2016
    I am very grateful that I have had the opportunity to meet with President Shimon Peres several times. Especially the first time, which was a 1:1 in his presidential residence, was an unforgettable experience. After I explained in 5 minutes the power of cloud for unlocking digital business building for everyone, he went on a lecture of half an hour how bringing economic prosperity to the region was crucial to achieving a long lasting peace. "A ...

  • New Ways to Discover and Use Alexa Skills
  • June 27 2016
    Introducing New Features That Make It Easier for Customers to Discover and Use Your Alexa Skills Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, powers voice experiences on millions of devices, including Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire TV devices, and devices like ...

  • Expanding the Cloud: Introducing the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region
  • June 27 2016
    In June 2015, Amazon Web Services announced that it would launch a new AWS infrastructure region in India. Today, I’m happy to announce that the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region is generally available for use by customers worldwide. The opportunity to revolutionize A region in India has been highly sought after by companies around the world who want to partici ...

  • Serverless Reference Architectures with AWS Lambda
  • June 10 2016
    Building your applications with only managed components has become very popular, and AWS Lambda plays a crucial role in that. I see a tremendous interest in examples how to build such applications, and articles such as "The Serverless Start-Up ...

  • 10 Lessons from 10 Years of Amazon Web Services
  • March 11 2016
    The epoch of AWS is the launch of Amazon S3 on March 14, 2006, now almost 10 years ago. Looking back over the past 10 years, there are hundreds of lessons that we’ve learned about building and operating services that need to be secure, reliable, scalable, with predictable performance at the lowest possible cost. Given that AWS is a pioneer in building and operating these services world-w ...

  • Expanding the Cloud: Introducing the AWS Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region
  • January 06 2016
    In November, Amazon Web Services announced that it would launch a new AWS infrastructure region in South Korea. Today, I’m happy to announce that the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region is now generally available for use by customers worldwide. A region in South Korea has been highly requested by companies around the world who want to take full advantage of Korea’s world-leading Internet c ...

  • 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 ...

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