November 2015

A look at DynamoDB

Scaling a traditional, relational database is very hard because transactional guarantees (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability also known as ACID) require communication between all nodes of the database. The more nodes you add, the slower your database gets, because more and more nodes must coordinate transactions between each other. The way to tackle this has been to use databases which don’t adhere to these guarantees. We call them NoSQL databases. Amazon provides a NoSQL database service call...

3 simple ways of saving up to 90% of EC2 costs

3 simple ways of saving up to 90% of EC2 costs

An EC2 instance is billed at an hourly rate depending on the instance type and the region by default. This pricing model is called on-demand. It is the simplest but also most expensive way of using EC2 instances. There are two other purchasing options f...

High availability is a no-brainer: EC2 auto-recovery

High availability is a no-brainer: EC2 auto-recovery

Werner Vogels (CTO of AWS) is quoted with “Everything fails all the time.”. This does not mean AWS is an unreliable cloud provider. Quite the contrary: AWS plans for failure. All services are highly available or fault tolerant. Some of them by default, ...

Create a serverless RESTful API with API Gateway, Swagger, Lambda, and DynamoDB

Create a serverless RESTful API with API Gateway, Swagger, Lambda, and DynamoDB

This article teaches you how to create a serverless RESTful API on AWS. You will use OpenAPI Specification formerly known as Swagger Specification to define the API and API Gateway in combination with Lambda to implement the API. DynamoDB is used to sto...

EC2 Templates for AWS CloudFormation

This page has moved to GitHub: https://github.com/widdix/aws-cf-templates/tree/master/ec2

WordPress on AWS: you are holding it wrong

WordPress on AWS: you are holding it wrong

WordPress is a very popular blogging software. You can run the PHP application together with a MySQL database on an EC2 instance (virtual machine) easily. But if you are following the official tutorial to setup your blogging environment on AWS you are m...


Amazon Web Services in Action

Amazon Web Services in Action introduces you to computing, storing, and networking in the AWS cloud.

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