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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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Unusual AWS Architectures

AWS provides many building blocks. As architects, we have to choose the right building blocks to construct our systems. But sometimes, the proper building block is not available, and we have to make compromises. In this blog post, I show four unusual AW...

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[plus] CodeBuild Report Groups 101

AWS CodeBuild provides a fully managed, Docker-based build environment. You can use it in standalone mode or together with CodePipeline. Report Groups help you to make unit test results and code coverage visible because only the visible can be improved ...

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