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


Video: High Performance Computing on AWS
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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
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The CTO at Amazon.com talks about how cloud computing is helping boost business in this market.


Video: Reality & The Cloud
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The CTO at Amazon.com discusses why customers are choosing cloud computing at the Google Atmosphere event.


Video: Google Atmosphere Panel: The Perfect Storm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Slides from Werner Vogels presentation at SIIA OnDemand Europe.


Video: Cloud Computing Power Panel Live from Times Square
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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
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Dr Werner Vogels Interviewed by Kara Swisher at LeWeb 08


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


Video: A Head in the Cloud: The Power of Infrastructure as a Service
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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
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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.
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  • Document Model Support in DynamoDB: Flexibility, Availability, Performance, and Scale...Together at last
  • October 08 2014
    Today, I’m thrilled to announce several major features that significantly enhance the development experience on DynamoDB. We are introducing native support for document model like JSON into DynamoDB, the ability to add / remove global secondary indexes, adding more flexible scaling options, and increasing the item size limit to 400KB. These improvements have been sought by many applications developers, and we are happy to be bringing them to ...
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  • AWS Pop-up Loft 2.0: Returning to San Francisco on October 1st
  • September 26 2014
    It’s an exciting time in San Francisco as the return of the AWS Loft is fast approaching. We’ve been working round-the-clock, m ...
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  • Cloud computing in Europe should put power in the hands of the customer
  • May 15 2014
    This is an extended version of an article that appeared in the Guardian today We are rapidly entering into an era where massive computing power, digital storage and global network connections can be deployed by anyone as quickly and easily as turning on ...
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  • The AWS Activate CTO to CTO series on Medium
  • May 14 2014
    I'm excited to announce a new blog dedicated to AWS startups. We're launching it on Medium, itself a startup on AWS. I kicked off the blog with a Q&A with the Medium CTO Don Neufeld. I really enjoyed Don's answers to m ...
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  • Expanding the Cloud: Docker Containers in Elastic Beanstalk
  • April 23 2014
    We launched Elastic Beanstalk in 2011 with support for Java web applications and Tomcat 6 in one region, and we've seen the service grow to 6 container types (Java/Tomcat, PHP, Ruby, Python, .NET, and Node.js) supported in 8 AWS regions around the world. The Elastic Beanstalk team spends a lot of time talking to AWS Developers, and in the ...
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  • Customer Centricity at Amazon Web Services
  • February 04 2014
    In the 2013 Amazon Shareholder letter, Jeff Bezos spent time explaining the decision to pursue a customer-centric way in our business. As regular readers of this letter will know, our energy at Amazon comes from the desire to impress customers rather than the zeal to best competitors. We don’t take a view ...
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  • Updated Lampson's Hints for Computer Systems Design
  • December 23 2013
    This year I have not been able to publish many back-to-basics readings, so I will not close the year with a recap of those. Instead I have a video of a wonderful presentation by Butler Lampson where he talks about the learnings of the past decades that helped him to update his excellent 1983 " ...
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  • Taking DynamoDB beyond Key-Value: Now with Faster, More Flexible, More Powerful Query Capabilities
  • December 12 2013
    We launched DynamoDB last year to address the need for a cloud database that provides seamless scalability, irrespective of whether you are doing ten transactions or ten million transactions, while providing rock solid durability and availability. Our vision from the day we conceived DynamoDB was to fulfil this need without limiting the query functionality that people have come to expect from a data ...
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  • Expanding the Cloud: Enabling Globally Distributed Applications and Disaster Recovery
  • November 26 2013
    As I discussed in my re:Invent keynote earlier this month, I am now happy to announce the immediate availability of Amazon RDS Cross Region Read Replicas, which is another important enhancement for our customers using or planning to use multiple AWS Regions to deploy their applications. Cross Region Read Replicas are ava ...
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  • AWS re:Invent 2013
  • November 13 2013
    Today we are kicking off AWS re:Invent 2013. Over the course of the next three days, we will host more than 200 sessions, training bootcamps, and hands on labs taught by expert AWS staff as well as dozens of our customers. This year’s conference kicks off with a keynote address by AWS Senior Vice President Andy Jassy, followed by my ...
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  • Simplifying Mobile App Data Management with DynamoDB's Fine-Grained Access Control
  • October 30 2013
    Speed of development, scalability, and simplicity of management are among the critical needs of mobile developers. With the proliferation of mobile devices and users, and small agile teams that are tasked with building successful mobile apps that can grow from 100 users to 1 million users in a few days, scalability of the underlying infrastructure and simplicity of management are more important than ever. We created ...
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  • Back-to-Basics Weekend Reading - U-Net: A User-Level Network Interface
  • October 25 2013
    Many of you know Thorsten von Eicken as the founder of Rightscale, the company that has helped numerous organizations find their way onto AWS. In what seems almost a previous life by now Thorsten was one of the top young professors in Distributed Systems and I had the great pleasure ...
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  • AWS Activate – Supporting Startups on AWS
  • October 09 2013
    I am very excited to announce AWS Activate, a program designed to provide startups with the resources they need to build applications on AWS. Startups will forever be a very important customer segment of AWS. They were among our first customers and along the way some amazing businesses have been built by the ...
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  • Back-to-Basics Weekend Reading - Tor: The Second-Generation Onion Router
  • October 04 2013
    The anonymity routing network Tor is frequently in the news these days, which makes it a good case to read up on the fascinating technologies behind it. Tor stands for The Onion Router as its technology is based on the onion routing principles. These principles were first d ...
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  • Back-to-Basics Weekend Reading - A Decomposition Storage Model
  • September 20 2013
    Traditionally records in a database were stored as such: the data in a row was stored together for easy and fast retrieval. Not everybody agreed that the "N-ary Storage Model" (NSM) was the best approach for all workloads but it stayed dominant until hardware constraints, especially on caches, forced the community to revisit some of the alternatives. Combined with the rise of data warehou ...
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  • Dutch Enterprises and The Cloud
  • September 05 2013
    This spring I travelled through Europe for the AWS Global Summit series. In my many conversations with customers, and with the media, I encountered surprise and excitement about the extent that European enterprises have already been using the Amazon Web Services for some time. Whether it is large telecommunications manufactures like Nokia Siemens Networks running th ...
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  • DynamoDB for Location Data: Geospatial querying on DynamoDB datasets
  • September 05 2013
    Over the past few years, two important trends that have been disrupting the database industry are mobile applications and big data. The explosive growth in mobile devices and mobile apps is generating a huge amount of data, which has fueled the demand for big data services and for high scale databases. Meanwhile, mobile app developers have shown that they care a lot about getting to market quickly, the ability to easily scale their app from 1 ...
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  • Expanding the Cloud: More memory, more caching and more performance for your data
  • September 03 2013
    Today, we added two important choices for customers running high performance apps in the cloud: support for Redis in Amazon ElastiCache and a new high memory database instance (db.cr1.8xlarge) for Amazon RDS. As we prepared to launch these features, I was struck not only by the range of services we provide to enable cu ...
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  • Back-to-Basics Weekend Reading - An Introduction to Spatial Database Systems
  • August 30 2013
    Storing and querying datasets that contain objects in a geometric space have always required special treatment. The choice of data structures and query algorithms can easily make the different between a query that runs in seconds or in days. Much of the fundamental work has been done in the late eighties and early nineties, for examples around topological relations (disjoint, meet, equal, ove ...
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