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It’s the first official day of AWS re:Invent 2017, and our ReTracers were live on the scene across the campus to help identify bottlenecks and share tips for fast-tracking the event experience. The day 1 takeaways from the #TraceMyDay activation provide some useful insight into what to expect for Wednesday, and how to optimize your re:Invent:

  • Breakfast and lunch: The meal spaces at both the Venetian and the Aria are impressively scaled so that you really won’t be waiting for a significant amount of time, which is good because all of that walking works up an appetite. For a fast track tip, get to lunch right when it starts around 11:30 a.m. – free choice of any buffet line you want. Also, the “grab and go” wait was much longer than buffet!
  • Venetian registration vs. Aria registration: In the event you still have to register, go to the Venetian. Period. Its massive registration space means zero latency.
  • Big crowds for sessions at the Venetian: Clearly, as the main stage for re:Invent, the Venetian is the high-traffic area of the show – but session lines were crazy bottlenecks on day 1. Sessions like “Creating Your Own Virtual Data Center” and “A Day in the Life of a Netflix Engineer III” had wrapping lines for walk-ups and registrants up to an hour before the sessions!
    • Our advice: Be sure to plan far in advance for the sessions most likely to draw a crowd and secure a favorable position in the walk-up line – this goes for both the Venetian and the Aria (tip: look for breakouts that have repeat sessions, or ones that have an overflow space already allocated to get a sense of really high-volume sessions). Otherwise, risk missing the presentation altogether!
  • MGM Grand: The Partner Summit kicked off at MGM this morning, but other than that, it’s a pretty low traffic area. Unless you want to take the shuttle – the line was so congested that it was quicker to wait in the taxi line and take a taxi than wait for the shuttle.
  • The Park/Linq Lot: For a place to recharge and capitalize on some well-earned downtime mid-day, head to The Park in the back of the Expo in the Venetian. Have a look…
  • The Expo: It opened seven minutes early today at 10:53 a.m.! Crowds were waiting and they were pleased to be granted early access. Tomorrow may bring more of the same, but remember tomorrow’s Expo opens at 10:30 a.m., so be sure to get there for 10:23 a.m.

#TraceMyDay Tuesday Results – Re:Invent

Why are we activating this live tracing at re:Invent? Because it’s a real-life version of the challenges that SolarWinds’ new AppOptics application performance management (APM) solution can help solve for your cloud monitoring needs. With the ability to trace and visualize application bottlenecks, AppOptics provides a real-time view into traditional and distributed applications. Go ahead, #TraceMyDay and get the benefits of AppOptics for your re:Invent experience!

And tomorrow, we’re open-sourcing #TraceMyDay: we want to hear from you! What bottlenecks do you anticipate? Where would you like us to monitor in real-time? Are there certain sessions you’re interested in, or workshops, demos or other re:Invent activities? The ReTracers have got you covered.

#TraceMyDay #ReInvent

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