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.
  • 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 ...

  • Back-to-Basics Weekend Reading - Experience with Grapevine: The Growth of a Distributed System
  • March 06 2015
    Grapevine was one of the first systems designed to be fully distributed. It was built at the famous Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) Computer Science Laboratory as an exercise in discovering what is needed as the fundamental building blocks of a distributed system; messaging, naming, discovery, location, routing, authentication, encryption, replication, etc. The origins of the system ...

  • Back-to-Basics Weekend Reading - Distributed Snapshots: Determining Global States of a Distributed System
  • February 27 2015
    Several problems in Distributed Systems can be seen as the challenge to determine a global state. In the classical "Time, Clocks and the Ordering of Events in a Distributed System" Lamport had laid out the principles and mechanisms to solve such problems, and the Distributed Snapshots algorithm, popularly know as the Chandy-Lamport algorithm, is an application of that work. The ...

  • Back-to-Basics Weekend Reading - RAID: High-Performance, Reliable Secondary Storage
  • February 20 2015
    Disk arrays, which organize multiple, independent disks into a large, high-performance logical disk, were a natural solution to dealing with constraints on performance and reliability of single disk drives. The term "RAID" was invented by David Patterson, Garth A. Gibson, and Randy Katz at the University of California, Berkeley in 1987. In their June 1988 paper " ...

  • AWS Certification for DevOps Engineers
  • February 18 2015
    One of our guiding principles at AWS is to listen closely to our customers and the feedback that I am getting about our training and certification program is very positive. Many architects and engineers know the Cloud is the future of development and IT and the are gearing up to be as succesful as possible in this new normal. This is why I’m excited to announce the availability of a new Professional level certification from AWS that ...

  • Back-to-Basics Weekend Reading - Exploring Complex Networks
  • February 13 2015
    After a year of absence I am bringing back the Back to Basic Weekend Reading Series. We'll continue to look at the fundamental works of Computer Science and Engineering, and other interesting technical works. We will start this year with a topic that spans many sciences: that of complex networks. It is relevant to everything from biology, life sciences, social sciences to computer ...

  • The Easiest Way to Compute in the Cloud – AWS Lambda
  • November 13 2014
    When AWS launched, it changed how developers thought about IT services: What used to take weeks or months of purchasing and provisioning turned into minutes with Amazon EC2. Capital-intensive storage solutions became as simple as PUTting and GETting objects in Amazon S3. At AWS we innovate by listening to and learning from our customers, and one of the things we hear from them is that they want it to be even simpler to run code in the cloud an ...

  • Expanding The Cloud - Introducing The Amazon EC2 Container Service
  • November 13 2014
    Today, I am excited to announce the Preview of the Amazon EC2 Container Service, a highly scalable, high performance container management service. We created EC2 Container Service to help customers run and manage Dockerized distributed applications. Benefits of Containers Customers have been using Linux containers for quite some time on AWS and have increasingly adopted micr ...

  • The Story of Apollo - Amazon’s Deployment Engine
  • November 12 2014
    Automated deployments are the backbone of a strong DevOps environment. Without efficient, reliable, and repeatable software updates, engineers need to redirect their focus from developing new features to managing and debugging their deployments. Amazon first faced this challenge many years ago. When making the move to a service-oriented architecture, Amazon refactored its software into small independent services and restructured its or ...

  • Don't Miss These Startup Activities at AWS re:Invent!
  • November 06 2014
    I’m excited to be heading to Las Vegas in less than two weeks for our annual re:Invent conference. One of the highlights for me is being able to host an extensive lineup of startup-focused events which take place at re:Invent on Thursday, November 13. Here’s a quick peak at the startup experience this year: ...

  • Expanding the Cloud – Introducing the AWS EU (Frankfurt) Region
  • October 23 2014
    Today, Amazon Web Services is expanding its worldwide coverage with the launch of a new AWS region in Frankfurt, Germany. This is our 11th infrastructure region and was built to support the strong demand we are seeing in Europe and to give our customers the option to run infrastructure located in Germany. The new Frankfurt region provides low millisecond latencies to major cities in continental ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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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