The cloud has rewritten the book on what computing is capable of, and no platform has been more integral to that shift than Amazon Web Services.

Since launching in 2006, AWS services such as Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) have provided online functionality and virtualized infrastructure for hundreds of thousands of developers. Now those developers are gathering together to share ideas and expand their expertise at Cloud DevCon: The Developer Conference for Amazon Web Services.

From June 23-25, 2014, cloud-computing developers and software architects will descend on Burlingame, Calif. for three days of technical classes, tutorials, presentations and product exhibitions on how to build, test and deploy applications in Amazon’s cloud.

“Cloud DevCon offers developers a deep dive into various language SDKs, the Amazon code library and more-advanced looks at specific services, such as Amazon’s Elastic Beanstalk Platform-as-a-Service and the Management Console for accessing Web services,” said Cloud DevCon chairman David Rubinstein.

Beyond strictly developer appeal, Cloud DevCon gives software and IT managers, analysts and engineers a forum to learn about things such as designing scalable and elastic applications on the AWS platform, configuration management, and using data services securely. Classes will range from in-depth looks at the AWS Management Console and AWS Toolkit for Microsoft Visual Studio, to OpsWorks, setting up virtualized environments and Amazon SQS messaging.

BZ Media LLC, which publishes SD Times, is managing the conference, another in its lineup of technical conferences including AnDevCon, the world’s largest Android developer conference; SPTechCon: The SharePoint Technology Conference; Big Data TechCon; and the upcoming Wearables DevCon, for developers building next big wave of wearable computing technology.

Cloud DevCon is currently looking for speakers and instructors to give developers the deep, fundamental knowledge and useful tips to leverage skills and maximize their AWS experience at

Amazon’s financials haven’t revealed how much the company truly makes off of AWS, but it was estimated to be more than US$1.5 billion in 2012. Morgan Stanley researchers project that revenue number to skyrocket to $24 billion by 2022.

From humble beginnings back in 2003, Amazon Web Services has evolved into a faster, cheaper option than physical server farms, shattering preconceived notions of cloud computing capacity worldwide.

“The [traditional] viewpoint was that IT operations would continue to control purchases; implementations would be relatively small-scale and would be built on traditional enterprise technologies; and that AWS would never get to the point that they’d satisfy traditional IT operations folks,” said Gartner research vice president Lydia Leong.

“What [service providers] didn’t count on was the fact that developers, and the business management that they ultimately serve, were going to forge on ahead without them. Or that AWS would steadily improve its service and the way it did business, in order to meet the needs of the traditional enterprise.”