October 2016

WordPress on AWS: smooth and pain free

WordPress on AWS: smooth and pain free

I’m not a fan of WordPress, as it is neither cloud-ready nor serverless. That’s why this blog runs on CloudFront and S3 and is built by Hexo. But 25% of all websites are proudly published with WordPress. You will learn about the easiest way to run WordP...

AWS CloudFormation Update Evaluation - YAML, Cross-Stack References, Simplified Substitution

In mid-September, AWS released a big update to CloudFormation. The update contained: YAML Support – You can now write your CloudFormation templates in YAML. Cross Stack References – You can now export values from one stack and use them in another. Simplified Substitution – You can more easily embed variables in strings. After one month of using the new features, I want to share my learnings with you. YAML SupportDuring the last 4 weeks I discovered three main advantages of using YAML over JSON to descr...

New CloudFormation Template - Authentication Proxy using your GitHub Organization and YAML

New CloudFormation Template - Authentication Proxy using your GitHub Organization and YAML

We released one new CloudFormation template and updated all of our templates to make use of the new YAML format, cross-stack references, and simplified substitution. It was never easier to use our templates: cross-stack references are used to link depen...

Serverless Slack Bot Hero Award

marbot, our chatbot, won the Serverless Slack Bot Hero Award at the AWS Serverless Chatbot Competition! Andreas and I are proud and happy winners. Thanks to Amazon and Slack for organizing the hackathon. marbot forwards alerts from Amazon Web Services to your DevOps team via Slack. Watch the video and learn how it works: To connect Amazon CloudWatch and Slack to spread alerts among your team members: add marbot to Slack If you are interested in how we built marbot, read this: marbot, our submission t...

Beyond the default: a Multi-VPC architecture

Beyond the default: a Multi-VPC architecture

I created my first AWS account on December 23, 2012. The one thing that surprised me most was the possibility to define private networks with Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). As this allowed me creating isolated areas, a fundamental prerequisite for buildin...

Introducing the real-time data store: Kinesis Streams

Introducing the real-time data store: Kinesis Streams

Kinesis is all about real-time data: Kinesis Streams are a temporary store for real-time data. Append new events or read all events in order. Kinesis Analytics helps you to analyze data in real-time. Kinesis Firehose ingests real-time data into data st...


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Are you part of a highly motivated DevOps team? Use marbot, a friendly chatbot, to forward all kind of alerts from your AWS infrastructure to Slack. Alerts are escalated across your team automatically allowing you to focus on your daily work.

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