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CloudFormation Tips and Tricks

I’ve noticed that many of Chariot’s clients — from 4-person startups to 40,000-person multinationals — use CloudFormation for their infrastructure-as-code. For them and others, here are some tips that I’ve learned while developing CloudFormation templates over the past five years.

Delving into CloudTrail events

CloudTrail provides you with an audit log of every successful API call made in your AWS account. This post focuses on management events in CloudTrail, and techniques for exploring and analyzing those events using a search engine such as Elasticsearch with Kibana.

Building Developer Sandboxes on AWS

The ability to experiment is one of the unsung benefits of cloud computing. It was, in fact what drew me to AWS in 2008. At Chariot, we have multiple sandbox environments, some for specific projects and some for general play, and recommend that our clients do the same. However, sandboxes need some controls, to ensure that they don’t become a source of runaway costs.

Amazon Workspaces – Desktops in the Cloud

I’ve been experimenting with Workspaces for a week now, and have configured an instance for aws re:Invent for those times I want to hack. Coupled with an iPad Air, a bluetooth mouse, and the keyboard case, I have desktop I can pull up anywhere.

IoT on AWS, a recap

If you weren’t able to attend our IoT on AWS one-day conference, here’s a recap.