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Hot off the press: Amazon Web Services in Action Second Edition

Hot off the press: Amazon Web Services in Action Second Edition

We wrote and published the first edition of Amazon Web Services in Action in 2015. Our book quickly became a bestseller. We are still amazed by the positive feedback we receive from our readers every day. Thanks for that! Nevertheless, AWS is changing f...

Tweaking RDS database performance and ElastiCache

Tweaking RDS database performance and ElastiCache

Tweaking database performanceAn RDS database, or a SQL database in general, can only be scaled vertically. To scale a database vertically means to increase the resources of your database but you still have a single database. If the performance of your d...

Introducing AWS Lambda

Introducing AWS Lambda

You don’t need a virtual machine to run your own source code any more as AWS Lambda offers execution environments for Java, JavaScript (Node.js), C#, Go, and Python. All you need to do is to implement a function, upload your source code and configure th...

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 ...

Introducing the Object Store: S3

Introducing the Object Store: S3

Back in the old days, data was managed as files in a hierarchy consisting of folders and files. The file was the representation of the data. In an object store, data is stored as objects. Each object consists of a globally unique identifier, some metada...

A look at DynamoDB

Scaling a traditional, relational database is very hard because transactional guarantees (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability also known as ACID) require communication between all nodes of the database. The more nodes you add, the slower your database gets, because more and more nodes must coordinate transactions between each other. The way to tackle this has been to use databases which don’t adhere to these guarantees. We call them NoSQL databases. Amazon provides a NoSQL database service call...

Amazon Web Services in Action is available

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...

Prevent outages with redundant EC2 instances

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...

Interacting with AWS to turn system diagrams into reality

Interacting with AWS to turn system diagrams into reality

Generally speaking, you can host any application on AWS. If you interact with AWS, you will always make calls to the API. The API is the interface between you and AWS as figure 1 demonstrates. Figure 1 Tools to interact with the AWS API You will now get...

Amazon Web Services in Action

Amazon Web Services in Action

Newer edition available! Amazon Web Services in Action, Second Edition is now available. Andreas and I, have written a book about Amazon Web Services (AWS) called Amazon Web Services in Action. Our book focuses on essential AWS services including vir...


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Amazon Web Services in Action (Second Edition)

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