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Protect Amazon Connect from viruses and malware by scanning attachments
Four years ago, we stumbled into Amazon Connect. In essence, Amazon Connect allows your users to reach your organization represented by agents via phone or chat. While chatting, Amazon Connect allows users and agents to upload attachments. For many year...Read on
Worldwide availability of EC2 instance types
The promise sounds tempting; with AWS, you can roll out your infrastructure in 28 regions worldwide. Indeed, it is an eye-opening moment when rolling out the same infrastructure into multiple regions to serve users in different parts of the world. Howev...Read on
How to monitor container workloads running on ECS and Fargate?
How do you monitor a container workload running on ECS (Elastic Container Service) and Fargate with on-board resources? Here are the prioritized aspects when it comes to monitoring containers on AWS. Event-driven monitoring with EventBridge Monitoring ...Read on
Using DynamoDB Entity Store for cleaner TypeScript code
DynamoDB is a cloud-hosted NoSQL database from Amazon Web Services (AWS). DynamoDB is popular for two main reasons: It scales extremely effectively with little operational effort Since it is a serverless service it is also cheap, simple, and quick to r...Read on
The Lambda monitoring blind spot
After a customer complained that a feature of marbot, our monitoring solution for AWS was not working as expected, I started debugging the issue. First, I checked the CloudWatch alarms we use to monitor all Lambda functions. All CloudWatch alarms were i...Read on
A future-proof Terraform provider definition
When defining the version of a Terraform provider, do not use > or => conditions. You will run into troubles caused by breaking changes with the next major release. Instead, lock the major version of the Terraform provider by using a ~> conditi...Read on
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...Read on
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...Read on
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...Read on
[cloudonaut podcast] Vol. 83 - EC2 Instance Types + Amazon Connect malware scanning + S3 Object Lock
[cloudonaut podcast] Vol. 82 - Terraform 1.6 + Lambda Monitoring
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#083 One region to rule them all
Which EC2 instance families are available in which region? How protect agents connected through Amazon Connect from malware uploaded by customers? What is S3 Object Lock all about?Start listening
#082 Generating boring CloudFormation templates with the CDK
Should you upgrade to Terraform 1.6 already? How to avoid blind spots when monitoring Lambda functions? An unusual way to utilize the CDK.Start listening
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...Read on
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...Read on
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...Read on
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