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Managing Your AWS Credentials

After my last post, a colleague pinged me with “I thought you used environment variables to manage credentials, so why didn’t you show that?” The short answer is that it would detract from the points I was trying to make. The long answer is rooted in history and not-quite-implemented features, so rates its own post. … Read More

Media Giant Migrates From Bare Metal to AWS

A global media and technology company based in Philadelphia serves tens of millions of customers. Recommendation engines, machine learning and artificial intelligence are powered by algorithms. A lot of it is now happening in the cloud. A Chariot team led by Eric Snyder is helping to move and process all that data. They’re migrating it … Read More

Comparing Infrastructure Tools: A First Look at the AWS Cloud Development Kit

My background is as a developer, so when I think of “devops” and “infrastructure as code” I look for the loops and conditionals of a Turing-complete language. Unfortunately for me, popular devops tools lean toward a declarative format: you describe the environment that you want, and the tool makes whatever changes are needed to achieve … Read More

Picking the Right AWS Compute Infrastructure

The correct compute platform depends on the workload that you’re running. This post contains criteria for picking the right environment from the choices that AWS gives you.

Philly ETE 2019 – Dan Koch – Getting Out of Cloud Jail

Abstract AWS has made our life easier. And it has made scaling easier – but too often, when you go to scale, it’s a matter of reaching for the credit card to add more, more, more. Soon, you’re in Cloud Jail. Learn how we dealt with this at TUNE, and how we ultimately did a … Read More

Terraform

At the time of this writing the main AWS landing page lists twenty product categories, under which is an overwhelming number of resources to be deployed and configured. All resources can be created and configured via the collection of AWS consoles (the web UIs) and while this is probably the simplest option it does not … Read More

Building Serverless Apps with AWS by Alexa (and Aaron, I suppose)

Alexa’s so smart, she learns more every day. (That’s what Amazon tells me, anyway.) So I’m going to pick her brain a little, and see if she can tell me anything about AWS. Maybe she knows how to write Alexa apps, or even regular REST & JavaScript apps — apps that run entirely in AWS. … Read More