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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...

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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...

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2020 in Review

The year is coming to an end. We want to say thank you to our clients, partners, supporters, and readers. We are fortunate that our business is growing steadily even during the pandemic. In this blog post, we look back on the past year and dare a look a...

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What's the CO² footprint of your architecture?

Fighting climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our days. When designing an architecture, there are many important factors to consider: security, reliability, performance and costs. I’d like to add another factor to that list: the CO² footpr...

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[plus] Unboxing AWS DataSync

Your toolbox should contain AWS DataSync, a service to synchronize data between all kinds of locations. Copy data between S3, EFS, and FSx. On top of that, DataSync works with on-premises locations like NFS, SMB, and more. In this week’s video Andreas...

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re:Invent 2020: Recap of Werner Vogels's Keynote

Werner Vogels’s keynote was a blast and definitely the highlight of re:Invent 2020. Michael and I are going through the announced features and services. As usual, we also take a look at the technical details. CloudShell VPC Reachability Analyzer Fault ...

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[plus] Next Generation Load Balancing: ALB with gRPC and HTTP/2

AWS announced an important update for the Application Load Balancer (ALB) in November 2020: Support for gRPC and HTTP/2. HTTP/2 comes with request multiplexing over a single TCP connection, header compression (HPACK) which reduces network utilization, a...

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3½ ways to workaround missing CloudFormation support

Are you following the Infrastructure as Code approach using CloudFormation? If so, I bet you encountered a situation where CloudFormation misses support for a service’s latest features. I run into those issues weekly! So what can we do about it? Do yo...

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[plus] How to configure SAML for AWS SSO?

AWS SSO is a great way to grant engineers access to AWS accounts. By default, AWS SSO comes with a built in user database. However, it is also possible to configure identity federation via SAML. Doing so allows you to re-use existing users and groups. ...

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A recap of the re:Invent 2020 Keynote with Andy Jassy

We are discussing Andy Jassy’s keynote from re:Invent 2020. The focus is on the newly announced services and features: ECS Anywhere, EBS volumes (gp3), Aurora Serverless v3, Lambda Container Support, and many more. Enjoy listening or watching! Video ...

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