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Rapid CI/CD with CodeBuild to deploy PHP and Docker

This blog post is an excerpt of our book Rapid Docker on AWS where you can find examples for other programming languages as well. There are many options available when you are looking for ways to implement a deployment pipeline. You might have heard a...

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How to create a customized CloudWatch Dashboard with CloudFormation

Which metrics are essential to evaluate the state of your cloud infrastructure? Probably a lot. A dashboard allows you to keep an eye on all these metrics. For example, I like to monitor the following metrics for a typical 3-tier web application with th...

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Review: Amazon Aurora Serverless - A cloud-native and production-ready relational database?

It was never easier to scale your compute layer. EC2 Auto Scaling, Fargate, and Lambda enable horizontal scaling. But how do you scale your database? Use a NoSQL database like DynamoDB, one could say. But what if you don’t want to miss all the advantage...

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Show your Tool: AWSInfo

In this series, we present AWS tooling from the community, for the community. We talk directly with the tool makers. Who are they? What problem does the tool solve? And what motivates them to contribute to open-source AWS tooling. This time, we talk wi...

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How to sell pay per use SaaS to AWS customers in the AWS Marketplace

You can also listen to this topic in our podcast! AWS Marketplace allows you to sell software to AWS customers. The customer can either run the software on its own (using AMIs and optional CloudFormation), or you can offer the software as a service (...

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Avoid the 60 minutes timeout when using the AWS CLI with IAM roles

You can configure the AWS CLI to assume an IAM role for you in combination with MFA. If you are a power user of the CLI, you will realize that you have to enter your MFA token every 60 minutes, which is annoying. You will learn how to fix that in the f...

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We have a podcast!

We launched the cloudonaut Podcast! Every other week, Andreas or I prepare the topic of the podcast. The topic is not known to the other one, which results in surprising conversations inspired by our daily work with AWS. Subscribe to the podcast: Appl...

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EC2 Instance Connect is an insecure default!

You can also listen to this topic in our podcast! Two months before, Michael wrote about why AWS SSM is a trojan horse. Shortly after that, AWS released EC2 Instance Connect, which is even worse. If you use Amazon Linux 2 or Ubuntu, the chances are h...

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Verify SNS messages delivered via HTTP(S) in Node.js

Are you implementing an HTTP/HTTPS endpoint for SNS? If so, you should definetly verify the incoming messages. Otherwise, anyone on the Internet can deliver messages to your HTTP/HTTPS endpoint. Which is a security risk. How do you verify incoming mess...

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Review: AWS Backup - A centralized place for managing backups?

You can also listen to this topic in our podcast! AWS Backup aims to become a centralized place for managing backups. If possible, AWS Backup uses existing features to create backups (e.g., RDS snapshots). Sometimes, AWS Backup is the only way to cre...

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