How do you choose the best storage option on AWS?
Choosing storage service is critical when designing a cloud architecture. Read on to learn about the characteristics, limitations, typical use cases, and a decision tree for the following options to store data on AWS: Instance Store provides low latenc...Read more
Building with EC2: 10 Tips for the Successful Cloud Architect
Despite the Kubernetes and Serverless hypes, the vast majority of cloud workloads still happen on virtual machines. AWS offers the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service, where you can launch virtual machines (AWS calls them instances). The EC2 serv...Read more
CloudWatch Metrics & Alarms reloaded
Amazon CloudWatch improved significantly over the years. It’s time to look at its monitoring capabilities again. CloudWatch is an excellent starting point to implement enhanced monitoring on AWS. In this blog post, I demonstrate what you can do with Clo...Read more
Seamless EC2 monitoring with the Unified CloudWatch Agent
Shipping logs and metrics from an EC2 instance to CloudWatch was painful in the past. By default, you only get metrics about CPU utilization, disk and network IO. The missing pieces are metrics about memory and disk usage and logs. Plenty of different o...Read more
What's the best AWS Compute option for your project?
There are many good reasons why you should move to the cloud and AWS in particular. Benefit from the latest innovations or consume sophisticated technology as a commodity (relational databases, Hadoop clusters, data warehouses, …) to lower your time to ...Read more
EC2 Instances 2.0 - Time to Update Your Toolbox
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) has more than 13 years of public history and is one of the oldest AWS services. EC2 is a mature service that reinvented itself many times: From EC2 classic to Amazon VPC. From SSH access to AWS SSM Session Manager. Fr...Read more
Combine CloudWatch metrics for Auto Scaling or to reduce costs
Every part of your AWS infrastructure emits utilization metrics. Amazon CloudWatch collects these metrics and allows you to visualize them as well as to define alarms. AWS announced an exciting new feature allowing you to combine multiple metrics recent...Read more
Reduce your AWS bill with Savings Plans
We are getting used to consuming compute capacity on-demand. The pay-per-use model is an essential benefit of the cloud. However, the cloud provider has to build data centers and buy hardware in advance. Doing so requires capacity planning and upfront i...Read more
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...Read more
Goodbye SSH, use AWS Session Manager instead
SSH is great. But the AWS Session Manager - whose full name is AWS Systems Manager Session Manager - matches the needs for interacting with your EC2 instances even better. BenefitsYou should think about replacing SSH with the AWS Session Manager becaus...Read more