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New CloudFormation Template - Backing up DynamoDB the easy way

New CloudFormation Template - Backing up DynamoDB the easy way

DynamoDB is an easy-to-use NoSQL database available only on AWS. It comes with many useful features such: Time-to-live for items Secondary indexes Scalable read and write throughput Streams that contain all changes of a table Unfortunately, there is n...

CloudFormation vs. Terraform

CloudFormation vs. Terraform

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 Cod...

CloudWatch is neglected: Why is the control room empty?

CloudWatch is neglected: Why is the control room empty?

CloudWatch is the most undervalued service on AWS. It’s like an empty control room. All data is there, but no one is looking at it. Together with IAM and VPC, CloudWatch provides the basis for modern infrastructure. CloudWatch combines an extensive set...

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Maintaining an Open Source library of production-ready CloudFormation templates

CloudFormation is the standard to provision AWS resources. But developing a template is a lot of work. Let’s speed up development and maintenance by working together on high-quality templates: reviewed by experts secure highly available scalable easy to deploy and update built-in monitoring, logging, and visibility documented automatically tested As a maintainer of Free Templates for AWS CloudFormation, I recently reflected on the project. I came up with the following questions to see how things are go...

Move to the Next Level of Load Balancing on AWS

Move to the Next Level of Load Balancing on AWS

Are you still using the Classic Load Balancer - formerly known as Elastic Load Balancer - for distributing incoming requests among a fleet of EC2 Instances? AWS announced the Application Load Balancer, as a new alternative to the Classic Load Balancer i...

Lessons learned: Serverless Chatbot architecture for marbot

Lessons learned: Serverless Chatbot architecture for marbot

marbot forwards alerts from AWS to your DevOps team via Slack. marbot was one of the winners of the AWS Serverless Chatbot Competition in 2016. Today I want to show you how marbot works and what we learned so far. Let’s start with the architecture diagr...


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