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AWS needs a bug bounty program
A few weeks ago, while evaluating an AWS service, I stumbled upon an issue with the way the AWS API evaluates IAM policies for a particular IAM action. I contacted email@example.com about that and was positively surprised about the professionalism...Read more
Record AWS API calls to improve IAM Policies
Have you ever looked at an IAM policy and wondered: Is it really necessary to grant access to this specific action? Or do you need to know which API calls a legacy or 3rd party application is actually sending to come up with a secure IAM policy? CloudTr...Read more
NoSQL on AWS: Document-Oriented Databases
A document-oriented database stores keys mapped to JSON documents. You can query all documents in such a document-oriented database and retrieve only parts of documents to save network bandwidth. This is a cross-post from the Cloudcraft blog. A data ...Read more
Review: AWS App Mesh – A service mesh for EC2, ECS, and EKS
It seems to me like everyone is talking about service meshes these days - definetly a hot topic in the world of containers and microservices. A service mesh promises reducing latency, increasing observability, and simplifying security within microservic...Read more
Workaround: CodePipeline for GitHub Enterprise
There is no question that AWS has a strong focus on customer obsession. However, sometimes it takes forever until popular feature requests get implemented. A good example: CodePipeline - the continuous delivery service - does support all kinds of source...Read more
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!
Use multiple AWS accounts, but keep it simple!
Getting started with AWS is a challenge. Unlimited possibilities, competing solutions, and distractions. Even the first step to create an AWS account requires careful planning. AWS marketers promote the AWS Landing Zone solution. Consulting partners add...Read more
Seamless EC2 monitoring with the Unified CloudWatch Agent
Shipping logs and metrics from an EC2 instance to CloudWatch was painful in the past. By default, you only get metrics about CPU utilization, disk and network IO. The missing pieces are metrics about memory and disk usage and logs. Plenty of different o...Read more
Advanced AWS Networking: Pitfalls That You Should Avoid
AWS offers shiny and powerful networking services. However, you should know about the pitfalls when designing advanced networking architectures for AWS. I will share some pitfalls that came to my attention when consulting clients to get the most out of ...Read more
What's the best AWS Compute option for your project?
There are many good reasons why you should move to the cloud and AWS in particular. Benefit from the latest innovations or consume sophisticated technology as a commodity (relational databases, Hadoop clusters, data warehouses, …) to lower your time to ...Read more
AWS Cost Optimization 101
The beginning of the year is the perfect time to clean up and optimize. This also applies to your AWS bill. I’ve composed practical tips on how to cut costs with small effort. The good thing about AWS: you typically pay per usage. The bad thing about A...Read more
Resilient task scheduling with ECS Fargate
Many applications use scheduled jobs to automate recurring tasks, such as: Generating and sending a monthly report. Disabling users who haven’t logged in for more than 365 days. Deleting stale data from the database. Doing so is simple, as long as an...Read more
Andreas & Michael Wittig
We are independent consultants, technical writers, and programming founders. All these activities have to do with AWS. And by the way, we are brothers too.
In 2009, we joined the same company as software developers. Three years later, we were looking for a way to deploy our software—an online banking platform—in an agile way. We got excited about the possibilities in the cloud and the DevOps movement. It’s no wonder we ended up migrating the whole infrastructure of Tullius Walden Bank to AWS. This was a first in the finance industry, at least in Germany! Since 2015, we have accelerated the cloud journeys of startups, mid-sized companies, and enterprises. We have penned books like Amazon Web Services in Action and Rapid Docker on AWS, we regularly update our blog, and we are contributing to the Open Source community. Besides running a 2-headed consultancy, we are entrepreneurs building Software-as-a-Service products.
We are available for projects.