The Docker Developer Guide to AWS re:Invent

Matt Carter

Dec 01 2020

This is the busiest time of the year for developers targeting AWS. Just over a week ago we announced the GA of Docker Compose for AWS, and this week we’re getting ready to virtually attend AWS re:Invent. re:Invent is the annual gathering of the entire AWS community and ecosystem to learn what’s new, get the latest tips and tricks, and connect with peers from around the world. Instead of the traditional week-long gathering of 60,000 attendees in Las Vegas, the event has pivoted to a flexible three-week online conference. This year the event is free, and anyone can participate on their own schedule. This blog post covers highlights of the event so Docker developers can get the most from re:Invent.


In the kickoff keynote by CEO Andy Jassy, AWS announced a number of new features for container developers, including a new capability, ECS Anywhere, which allows Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) to run on-prem and in the cloud to support hybrid computing workloads as well as the launch of AWS Proton, an end-to-end pipeline to deliver containerized and microservices applications. Separately, AWS also announced a new public Elastic Container Registry (ECR) and gallery today. We’re excited to see a cloud leader like AWS validate our approach to build, share, and run apps using container-based images, and it’s great for AWS-focused developers to have choices.

Developers want freedom of choice, and we’re proud that our container registry model is not only validated by AWS, but also by millions of organizations including industry leaders such as Canonical/Ubuntu, Apache, CNCF, and Google Istio. They all use Docker Hub to efficiently distribute images to the millions of Docker developers. The numbers are staggering–for projects such as Ubuntu/Canonical, the number of images served by Hub measures in the billions. For open source projects and Docker commercial partners, any pull requests made by developers can be initiated without rate limits for free and paid subscribers. Our “who’s who” of open source and commercial software publishers gives developers the choices they need to confidently innovate with velocity and underscores our commitment to the developer ecosystem. 


Over the next three weeks, re:Invent has a number of interesting sessions for Docker developers. Here are some of the sessions we’ll be attending:

Infrastructure Keynote

THURSDAY, DEC. 10, 8:00 AM – 9:20 AM (PST)

Live from Seattle, join Peter DeSantis, senior vice president of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, to learn how AWS has optimized its cloud infrastructure to run some of the world’s most demanding workloads and give your business a competitive edge.

Leadership Deep Dive on Containers with Deepak Singh

THURSDAY, DEC. 10, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM (PST)

Hear directly from AWS leaders as they share the latest advances in AWS technologies, set the future product direction, and motivate you through compelling success stories. Stay tuned for updates and more information on Leadership Sessions.

Werner Vogels Keynote

TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM (PST)

Join Dr. Werner Vogels as he goes behind the scenes to show how Amazon is solving today’s hardest technology problems. Based on his experience working with some of the largest and most successful applications in the world, Dr. Vogels shares his insights on building truly resilient architectures and what that means for the future of software development.

Containers at AWS: More options and power than ever before

WEDNESDAY, DEC 16, 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM (PST)

Are you confused by the many choices of container services that you can run on AWS? This session explores all your options and the advantages of each. Whether you are just beginning to learn Docker or are an expert with Kubernetes, join this session to learn how to pick the right services that would work best for you.

You can sign up for these sessions and peruse the entire schedule for re:Invent at their agenda page. 

And finally, in honor of re:Invent week, our Developer Advocate Peter McKee has created a list of the best Docker resources for AWS developers. You can check out the list (and register for his upcoming appearance on the AWS “Howdy Partner” webinar during re:Invent) at his blog post. Peter’s resources will help you learn some new skills and a couple of “I didn’t know you could do that” insights into AWS development with the Docker platform.

We’ll “see” you all at re:Invent over the next few weeks!