A conference guide to AWS re:Invent 2020

Last updated:February 2021

Editor's note

There's no getting around it: AWS re:Invent 2020 was different than any previous version of the show. Amazon's annual cloud conference has grown into one of the largest gatherings in IT, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced AWS to hold the event virtually this year.

The virtual setting of the event hindered opportunities to network, but it also opened the conference to an audience that didn't previously have the means to attend. AWS re:Invent 2020 was free, and there were no limits on how many people could attend sessions. The primary activities extended over three weeks, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 18, with additional breakout sessions from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14, 2021.

Despite the changes, some aspects of re:Invent were the same. There was a bevy of feature updates, new services and discussions on broader cloud computing trends as AWS tried to set the agenda in the cloud market for the year ahead.

Use this guide to help you navigate the conference with the latest news, analysis and expert advice about AWS and re:Invent.

1Snapshots of a stretched out AWS re:Invent

The extended timeline and remote nature of AWS re:Invent 2020 created some unique challenges for attendees that wanted to stay on top of the conference while still tending to their other daily tasks. These stories provide a high-level understanding of all that happened over the course of the show.

2The latest AWS re:Invent 2020 news and updates

AWS is firmly established as a major force in IT, and the cloud market leader typically reserves its biggest updates of the year for re:Invent. Administrators, developers, data scientists, lines of business and more need to stay on top of the news so they can remain ahead of the curve in the evolving world of tech. Check out the biggest news stories from AWS re:Invent 2020.

3AWS trends and advice

Cloud computing is constantly evolving. AWS continues to add more cloud native services while it also incorporates tools to address the complexities of enterprise IT and legacy workloads. Learn how AWS' strategy has evolved and read expert advice on the fundamentals to position your organization to get the most out of the platform.