As anyone using AWS will be able to tell you, there are good parts, and there are the bad ones. If you come from a datacenter background, you are most definitely not in Kansas anymore, and we had our share of learning experiences as a result.
This is the story of all the pitfalls we encountered, and how, through architecture, convention and common sense, we managed to build an infrastructure that is "Always Up" from the end user perspective and incredibly economical to build, scale and operate.
The talk will focus on leveraging the strong/economical points of AWS, while avoiding the weak/expensive ones. I'll give a break down of the pain points, how we managed them and how we avoided painting ourselves in a corner accidentally.
For many companies starting today, success is defined by large traffic or user numbers; if you are one of those companies, these lessons will very likely save you significant operational headaches.