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AWS Architect Mindset

Architecting applications on AWS is challenging. On the one hand, you need a broad understanding of AWS services. On the other hand, you have to know the details as well. In this blog post, I outline the mindset you need to build on AWS successfully. ...

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EBS Snapshot Pitfalls: Does your backup withstand reality?

Does your disaster recovery plan deliver what it promises? Here are three reasons why your plan won’t stand up to reality. Learn about common pitfalls when backing up EC2 instances with the help of EBS snapshots. A crash-consistent snapshot leads to da...

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Sponsored Authentic and hands-on AWS consulting. Join superluminar!

In 2015 - after building on Amazon Web Services for two years - I made a big decision. I wanted to become a consultant focusing on AWS. One of the best career decisions I have ever made. As a consultant, I worked with many different people in different ...

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Celebrating five years of marbot

Five years ago, we released marbot - ChatOps for AWS . Back in the day, marbot connected Amazon CloudWatch and Slack to spread alerts among your team members. Today, marbot configures AWS monitoring rules, receives alerts from any AWS service, and provi...

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Containers on AWS: ECS, EKS, and Fargate

The container landscape in general and on AWS in particular is changing quickly. AWS releases new services and features to deploy containers constantly. Currently, the most interesting options are: Elastic Container Service (ECS) and Elastic Kubernetes ...

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EC2 Checklist: 7 things to do after launching an instance

Launching an EC2 instance takes minutes. Keeping your virtual machines secure and maintaining your VMs is more work. In this blog post, I share seven things to do after launching a Linux, Windows, or macOS instance: Configure remote access with SSM Ses...

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The AWS Security Journey (2021)

A lot has happened in the area of security at AWS over the years. By now, AWS has released an exhaustive range of security services and the role of the security officer has changed significantly. This article looks back and forecasts where the journey w...

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How to Replicate Your Data with DynamoDB Global Tables

In my last post about Multi-Region AWS Architectures, I discussed how you could reduce end-user latency and increase availability by running your application in multiple regions. I compared AWS services that help you to run your application in various r...

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Multi-Region AWS Architectures

Running an application in multiple availability zones (data centers) in a single region is a best practice when architecting on AWS. Interested in learning more about multi-AZ? Take a look at our previous post here. Depending on your availability or lat...

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Choosing the best way to scale EC2 instances on demand

Migrating workloads into the cloud — and specifically to AWS — comes with many advantages. You can operate workloads in new ways. When you only pay for what you use and add capacity within minutes, the world of auto-scaling opens up. When your workload ...

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