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WordPress on AWS: you are holding it wrong

WordPress is a very popular blogging software. You can run the PHP application together with a MySQL database on an EC2 instance (virtual machine) easily. But if you are following the official tutorial to setup your blogging environment on AWS you are m...

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WordPress Templates for AWS CloudFormation

This page has moved to GitHub: https://github.com/widdix/aws-cf-templates/tree/master/wordpress

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Improve AWS security: protect your keys with ease

As a DevOps engineer, I love to work with the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) to control various AWS resources in an (half-)automated way. To be able to do so it is necessary to store access keys on my local machine. These access keys (access key ID an...

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CloudFormation vs Engineers: How to protect your CloudFormation managed AWS account from human intervention

To eliminate human error as much as possible I advised you to follow the idea of Infrastructure as Code implemented by AWS CloudFormation. Changes to your infrastructure like launching a new virtual server or making changes to a firewall configuration a...

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5 announcements I missed at re:Invent

This year’s re:Invent is over. 19,000 attendees are traveling back home. AWS announced tons of new features and services. We summarized the keynotes from day 1 and day 2 at re:Invent 2015 in Las Vegas. My wishlist still contains many items Replacement ...

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Day 2 at the AWS re:Invent – what we learned

Every year AWS runs a big conference with 19,000 attendees in Las Vegas to announce new services and to educate people in more than 270 sessions about how to use AWS. As usual there was a keynote on Wednesday focusing on enterprise topics and a second k...

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Understanding Infrastructure as Code

Infrastructure as Code describes the idea of using a high level programming language to control IT systems. In software development, tools like automated tests, code repositories and build servers are increasing quality of software engineering. If your ...

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Day 1 at the AWS re:Invent – what we learned

Every year AWS runs a big conference with 19,000 attendees in Las Vegas to announce new services and to educate people in more than 270 sessions about how to use AWS. Although the conference started on Monday, the first Keynote was on Wednesday. And as ...

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Amazon Web Services in Action is available

Michael and I have written a book about Amazon Web Services. Our goal was to provide you a deep introduction to AWS with a lot of examples. We have started writing our book in January 2015. And with a lot of support from Manning, our reviewers, and MEAP...

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Prevent outages with redundant EC2 instances

Unfortunately, EC2 instances aren’t fault-tolerant. Under your virtual server is a host system. These are a few reasons your virtual server might suffer from a crash caused by the host system: If the host hardware fails, it can no longer host the virtu...

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