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Engaging your users with AWS Step Functions

Engaging your users with AWS Step Functions

Imagine a new user signs up for your service. You send an automated welcome message to your new user explaining how the service works. But what if your user struggles with the first steps? You want to send a second email with additional information. To ...

A simple way to manage log messages from containers: CloudWatch Logs

A simple way to manage log messages from containers: CloudWatch Logs

Gone are the days when administrators logged into their machines to access log files. Containers and virtual machines are launched and terminated dynamically to scale based on demand, to deploy new versions, or to recover from failure nowadays. Collecti...

Amazon Web Services in Action Second Edition is in the works

Amazon Web Services in Action Second Edition is in the works

We released our book Amazon Web Services in Action in September 2015. But AWS didn’t rest on its laurels. Every day, new features are released that can make your life easier. It’s time to revise our book so you can continue to build effective solutions ...

A non-technical way to reduce your AWS bill within 5 minutes

A non-technical way to reduce your AWS bill within 5 minutes

Are you looking for ways to reduce your monthly AWS bill? Usually, I do share technical tips and tricks to do so: 3 simple ways of saving up to 90% of EC2 costs or Performance boost and cost savings for DynamoDB. But today, I will share a nontechnical w...

New CloudFormation Template - Backing up DynamoDB the easy way

New CloudFormation Template - Backing up DynamoDB the easy way

DynamoDB is an easy-to-use NoSQL database available only on AWS. It comes with many useful features such: Time-to-live for items Secondary indexes Scalable read and write throughput Streams that contain all changes of a table Unfortunately, there is n...

CloudWatch is neglected: Why is the control room empty?

CloudWatch is neglected: Why is the control room empty?

CloudWatch is the most undervalued service on AWS. It’s like an empty control room. All data is there, but no one is looking at it. Together with IAM and VPC, CloudWatch provides the basis for modern infrastructure. CloudWatch combines an extensive set...

Maintaining an Open Source library of production-ready CloudFormation templates

CloudFormation is the standard to provision AWS resources. But developing a template is a lot of work. Let’s speed up development and maintenance by working together on high-quality templates: reviewed by experts secure highly available scalable easy to deploy and update built-in monitoring, logging, and visibility documented automatically tested As a maintainer of Free Templates for AWS CloudFormation, I recently reflected on the project. I came up with the following questions to see how things are go...

Move to the Next Level of Load Balancing on AWS

Move to the Next Level of Load Balancing on AWS

Are you still using the Classic Load Balancer - formerly known as Elastic Load Balancer - for distributing incoming requests among a fleet of EC2 Instances? AWS announced the Application Load Balancer, as a new alternative to the Classic Load Balancer i...

Lessons learned: Serverless Chatbot architecture for marbot

Lessons learned: Serverless Chatbot architecture for marbot

marbot forwards alerts from AWS to your DevOps team via Slack. marbot was one of the winners of the AWS Serverless Chatbot Competition in 2016. Today I want to show you how marbot works and what we learned so far. Let’s start with the architecture diagr...

ECS vs. Kubernets: same same but different

ECS vs. Kubernets: same same but different

EC2 Container Service (ECS) and Kubernetes (K8s) are solving the same problem: managing containers across a cluster of hosts. The battle between ECS and Kubernetes reminds me of the editor war between vi and Emacs: heated discussions focusing on technic...


marbot

Are you part of a highly motivated DevOps team? Use marbot, a friendly chatbot, to forward all kind of alerts from your AWS infrastructure to Slack. Alerts are escalated across your team automatically allowing you to focus on your daily work.

Amazon Web Services in Action

Amazon Web Services in Action introduces you to computing, storing, and networking in the AWS cloud.

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