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AWS delivered once again at its annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas last week. Gartner estimates that the company’s market share is 10 times bigger than its 14 closest competitors combined—a fact that likely wouldn’t shock the 30,000 attendees who watched (occasionally with jaws dropping) as AWS revealed one new service after another at AWS re:Invent 2016.

With a plethora of keynotes, breakout sessions, and bootcamps to choose from, plus after-hours events ranging from a 5K to a buffalo wings marathon to an epic after-party, it was sometimes hard to keep up on all the action. Back at the office today, you’re likely still sleep deprived and attempting to digest all the info floating around in your brain so you can deliver a coherent presentation to your team.

We understand — which is why we’ve compiled the five most popular sessions from AWS re:Invent to help you recall some of those key takeaways.

#1: AWS re:Invent 2016 Keynote: Andy Jassy

Watch Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, deliver the latest news and announcements from AWS re:Invent 2016, including the launch of AWS products Amazon Athena, Amazon LEX, Elastic GPUs for Amazon EC2, AWS Greengrass, Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility, Amazon Lightsail, Amazon Polly, Amazon Rekognition, AWS Snowball Edge, AWS Snowmobile, and four new instance types.

#2: AWS re:Invent 2016 Keynote: Werner Vogels

Watch Amazon.com CTO Dr. Werner Vogels discuss the latest trends in cloud computing at AWS re:Invent 2016, including the launch of AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate, Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, AWS CodeBuild, AWS X-Ray, AWS Personal Health Dashboard, AWS Shield, Amazon Pinpoint, AWS Glue, AWS Batch, AWS Step Functions, Lambda@Edge, Blox, and more.

#3: AWS re:Invent 2016: Encryption: It Was the Best of Controls, It Was the Worst of Controls

AWS wants to encrypt data. And our customers, including Amazon, want to encrypt data. In this talk, we look at some of the challenges with using encryption, how AWS thinks internally about encryption, and how that thinking has informed the services we have built, the features we have vended, and our own usage of AWS.

#4: AWS re:Invent 2016: Developing Serverless C# Applications

Just as serverless application development is rapidly becoming the most popular way to bring highly scalable applications to the cloud, .NET has undergone radical changes with .NET Core to become a premier development platform for the cloud. In this session, you will learn how to use the newly launched C# support for .NET Core with AWS Lambda to create highly scalable serverless applications that target platforms from the traditional desktop to mobile devices.

#5: AWS re:Invent 2016: VMware and AWS Together – VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware CloudTM on AWS brings VMware’s enterprise class Software-Defined Data Center software to Amazon’s public cloud, delivered as an on-demand, elastically scalable, cloud-based VMware sold, operated and supported service for any application and optimized for next-generation, elastic, bare metal AWS infrastructure. This session will introduce this exciting new service and examine some of the use cases and benefits of the service. The session will also include a VMware Tech Preview that demonstrates standing up a complete SDDC cluster on AWS and various operations using standard tools like vCenter.

So there you have it—your AWS re:Invent crash course. If you’re ready to start diagramming your AWS infrastructure, try using Lucidchart. Our robust shape libraries and AWS import tool can simplify your diagramming experience.

We enjoyed meeting so many of you and hope your week was one for the books—see you next year!

AWS Team