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The Simple Storage Service (S3) provides a fault tolerant and highly scalable storage service which is a great fit for many scenarios.

Show Me Your Architecture Vol. 1: Scanning S3 buckets for malware

Through the AWS documentation, books like AWS in Action or AWS trainings you can gain theoretical knowledge. But beyond that, it is very valuable to learn directly from practice. In this series, we inspect real-life AWS architectures. We start with Andr...

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Enabling S3 Versioning is not a backup strategy

Here are three reasons why enabling S3 Versioning is not a backup strategy. Instead, you should consider AWS Backup for S3, which AWS released on February 18th, 2022. AWS Backup enables you to control and automate managing backups centrally. To do so, A...

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Video Hosting on AWS

How to embed a video into your website? There is an alternative that looks and feels much more professional than embedding a YouTube video. Read on to learn how to host video-on-demand with the help of Amazon Web Services (AWS). First of all, deliverin...

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Unboxing S3 Object Lambda

Amazon S3 Object Lambda offers a way to execute a Lambda function when someone wants to download a file (GetObject) from an S3 bucket. You can implement whatever logic you wish and return any data as the response via the WriteGetObjectResponse API. Keep...

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All you need to know about encrypting S3 buckets

Dance like nobody’s watching, encrypt like everyone is. Are you encrypting your data stored on Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)? No, this video explains why and how to do so. Yes, this video helps you to avoid common pitfalls when doing so. After wat...

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Does your VPC endpoint allow access to half of the Internet?

Are you using VPC endpoints to enable private connections between your VPC and AWS services? Drop everything and check the policy attached to your VPC Endpoint for S3. You might have allowed access to half of the Internet - assuming that half of the Int...

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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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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...

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How to analyze and reduce S3 storage usage?

S3 is an object store, not a file system. Object storage comes with significant advantages: unlimited storage capacity, high availability, and durability. However, there are some disadvantages too. For example, it is cumbersome to calculate the storage ...

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ETL with a Glue Python Shell Job: Load data from S3 to Redshift

Gaining valuable insights from data is a challenge. After collecting data, the next step is to extract, transform, and load (ETL) the data into an analytics platform like Amazon Redshift. Luckily, there is a platform to build ETL pipelines: AWS Glue. I...

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How we run our blog cloudonaut.io

Now and then you ask us: How do you run cloudonaut.io? Today, I want to share some insights with you about the work and technology behind the scenes of our blog. How do we come up with new topics? How do we host this website? How do we survive to be li...

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How to avoid S3 data leaks?

Not a week goes by without a frightening announcement that an organization has leaked confidential data from Amazon S3 accidentally. Most often, the root cause of a security breach is a misconfiguration of S3 access control. Do you prefer listening to...

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Download YouTube videos with AWS Lambda and store them on S3

Recently, I was faced with the challenge to download videos from YouTube and store them on S3. Sounds easy? Remember than Lambda comes with a few limitations: 512 MB of disk space available at /tmp 3008 MB of memory 15 minutes maximum execution time ...

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Own your analytics data: Replacing Google Analytics with Amazon QuickSight

Making decisions based on data is compelling. Especially, when you wrestle with the most straightforward decisions like me. Google Analytics is the de-facto standard for tracking your customers while clicking through your websites and applications. I’ve...

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Three simple rules to avoid data leaking from S3

Reviewing AWS accounts with a focus on security is part of my day-to-day job. My most common finding: unwanted public read or write access to S3 buckets. Why is that? Because there are three different ways to define who can access your S3 buckets: IAM p...

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Encrypting sensitive data stored on S3

S3 comes with a bunch of features to encrypt your data at rest. Data at rest means inactive data stored physically on disk. Before we dive into encrypting data at rest, I want to highlight that there is also data in use and data in transit. If the data...

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Rich Social Sharing with single page applications hosted on S3 and delivered via CloudFront

You undoubtedly heard about single page applications (SPA) written with frameworks like Angular or React. One of the benefits of this approach is the possibility to host the static files (HTML, js, CSS, etc.) on a simple storage solution like S3 and put...

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Cleaning up an S3 bucket with the help of Athena

Imagine your basement or attic would provide unlimited capacity for storing stuff. Sounds great? Maybe at first. But imagine how many stuff would pile up over the years if you were not forced to clean up your stuff because of limited storage space every...

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Behind the scenes of the EC2 network performance benchmark

What is the maximum network throughput you can expect from an EC2 instance of type t2.large? How much does the network performance increase when switching from a t2.large to m5.large instance? All these kind of questions are hard to answer, as AWS does ...

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Using S3 for static web hosting

Hosting a static website is possible with S3, an AWS service that offers unlimited cloud storage capacity. You are able to deliver static content like HTML, CSS, images (e.g., PNG and JPG), audio or videos. You can’t execute server-side scripts like PHP...

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