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High-quality & independent AWS content since 2015. By Andreas & Michael Wittig. We published 366 articles, 60 podcast episodes, and 58 videos. It's all free. We enjoy sharing our AWS knowledge with you.

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Welcome to cloudonaut

Your launchpad for Amazon Web Services

High-quality & independent AWS content since 2015. By Andreas & Michael Wittig. We enjoy sharing our AWS knowledge with you.

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Hot off the Cloud #007: AppSync JavaScript Resolvers + IAM MFA + CloudFront CD

Here are our toughts about the latest AWS announcements as well as our lessons learned. Unbelievable, re:Invent starts in 5 days. Therefore it is no surprise that AWS announces new features at a high pace. On the one hand, we are having difficulty keep...

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Mastodon on AWS: Host your own instance

While Twitter seems to be in chaos, the free and decentralized alternative, Mastodon, is rising. At first glance, Twitter and Mastodon are similar. A toot is to Mastodon what a tweet is to Twitter. However, the decentralized nature of Mastodon makes a b...

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Builder's Diary Vol. 3: Infrastructure Pipeline with GitLab and Terraform Cloud

Get insights into the day-to-day challenges of builders. In this issue, Rico Nuguid from our partner DEMICON talks about automating deployments with Infrastructure Pipelines based on GitLab and Terraform Cloud. If you prefer a video or podcast instead ...

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Hot off the Cloud: October 2022

What happened at AWS in October 2022? This is our summary and analysis of the announcements that interested us. In November, re:Invent, AWS’ major conference, will take place in Las Vegas. During re:Invent, AWS will announce many new features and servic...

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Migrating CodePipeline to GitHub Actions to improve performance

Recently, we have become increasingly dissatisfied with the time our AWS CodePipeline pipeline takes to deploy a change to production. The pipeline builds the code, runs unit tests, deploys to a test environment, runs acceptance tests in the test enviro...

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Builder's Diary Vol. 2: Serverless ETL with Airflow and Athena

Get insights into the day-to-day challenges of builders. In this issue, Peter Reitz from our partner tecRacer talks about how to build Serverless ETL (extract, transform and load) pipelines with the help of Amazon Managed Workflows for Apache Airflow (M...

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🎧 AWS-to-go: Podcast series to get started with AWS

Get started with AWS or broaden your knowledge while walking, biking, running, driving, or whenever you enjoy listening to podcasts. Our podcast series AWS-to-go will guide you through the most important aspect of AWS. To do so, we are going through eac...

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Updated CloudFormation vs Terraform in 2022

The most reliable way to automate creating, updating, and deleting your cloud resources is to describe the target state of your infrastructure and use a tool to apply it to the current state of your infrastructure (see Understanding Infrastructure as Co...

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Updated Amazon ECR vs. Docker Hub vs. GitHub Container Registry

Have you worked with a Linux package manager like apt or yum before? A container registry is similar, but instead of packages, it distributes container images. A container registry is a crucial aspect of a containerized workflow and infrastructure. This...

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Updated Managing application secrets: SSM Parameter Store vs. Secrets Manager

Many applications interact with external or internal systems like databases or REST APIs. When your application talks to another system, it usually authenticates with a secret, e.g., an API key, username + password, or a certificate. This leads to the q...

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Become a Docker on AWS professional!

Our book Rapid Docker on AWS is designed for DevOps engineers and web developers who want to run dockerized web applications on AWS. We lead you with many examples: From dockerizing your application to Continuous Deployment and Infrastructure as Code on AWS. No prior knowledge of Docker and AWS is required. Get the first chapter for free!

[Hot off the Cloud] Vol. 008 - re:Invent + Cross-Account CloudWatch + AuthZ Verified Permissions

[Hot off the Cloud] Vol. 007 - AppSync JavaScript Resolvers + IAM MFA + CloudFront CD

[Hot off the Cloud] Vol. 006 - EventBridge Scheduler + RDS gp3 volumes + Cloudtrail

[Hot off the Cloud] Vol. 005 - Neptune Serverless + WAF + App Runner + Fault Injection Simulator

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#61 [Hot off the Cloud] re:Invent + Cross-Account CloudWatch + AuthZ Verified Permissions + ELB Resilience

Two brothers discussing all things AWS every week. Hosted by Andreas and Michael Wittig presented by cloudonaut.

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#60 [Hot off the Cloud] AppSync JavaScript Resolvers + IAM MFA + CloudFront CD

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#59 [Hot off the Cloud] EventBridge Scheduler + Resource Explorer + ECS scale-in protection

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#58 [Hot off the Cloud] Neptune Serverless + WAF Bot Control + Private App Runner + Fault Injection Simulator

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Level up, strengthen your AWS skills.

Our book Amazon Web Services in Action is a comprehensive introduction to computing, storing, and networking in the AWS cloud. You'll find clear, relevant coverage of all the essential AWS services, emphasizing best practices for security, high availability, and scalability. Get the first chapter for free!

Review: AWS Fault Injection Simulator (FIS) – Chaos as a Service?

AWS allows us to run applications distributed across EC2 instances and availability zones. By adding load balancers or message queues to the architecture, we can achieve fault tolerance or high availability. But how can we test that our system can survi...

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Cheap, Durable, Fast. How to choose an EBS volume type?

Elastic Block Storage (EBS) provides solid state drives (SSD) and hard disk drives (HDD) for EC2 instances. The virtual machine accesses the persistent storage via the network. In December 2020, AWS announced another volume type called General Purpose S...

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How to Become an AWS Certified Solutions Architect

In 2012, I created my first AWS account. Back then, I worked as a software engineer and was looking for a way to deploy an online trading platform. Two years later, I attended re:Invent — the yearly conference organized by AWS — in Las Vegas for the fir...

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What's the CO² footprint of your architecture?

Fighting climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our days. When designing an architecture, there are many important factors to consider: security, reliability, performance and costs. I’d like to add another factor to that list: the CO² footpr...

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3½ ways to workaround missing CloudFormation support

Are you following the Infrastructure as Code approach using CloudFormation? If so, I bet you encountered a situation where CloudFormation misses support for a service’s latest features. I run into those issues weekly! So what can we do about it? Do yo...

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Unusual AWS Architectures

AWS provides many building blocks. As architects, we have to choose the right building blocks to construct our systems. But sometimes, the proper building block is not available, and we have to make compromises. In this blog post, I show four unusual AW...

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Andreas Wittig and Michael Wittig

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We launched the cloudonaut blog in 2015. Since then, we have published 366 articles, 60 podcast episodes, and 58 videos. It's all free and means a lot of work in our spare time. We enjoy sharing our AWS knowledge with you.

Thanks to Alan Leech, Alex DeBrie, ANTHONY RAITI, Christopher Hipwell, e9e4e5f0faef, Jason Yorty, Jeff Finley, jhoadley, Johannes Grumböck, Johannes Konings, John Culkin, Jonas Mellquist, Jonathan Deamer, Juraj Martinka, Ken Snyder, Markus Ellers, Oriol Rodriguez, Ross Mohan, Ross Mohan, sam onaga, Satyendra Sharma, Simon Devlin, Thorsten Hoeger, Todd Valentine, Victor Grenu, waldensystems, and all anonymous supporters for your help! We also want to thank all supporters who purchased a cloudonaut t-shirt. It gives us great pleasure to send our t-shirts all over the world.

With your help, we can continue to produce independent & high-quality content focused on AWS. Please support us!

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