How to Change or Upgrade an EC2 Instance Type

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EC2, or Elastic Compute Cloud, is Amazon Web Services IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) offering – essentially it is a service for running virtual machines in the AWS cloud.  I wrote an earlier post about EC2 and all the different instance types titled AWS EC2 – Everything You Need To Know About EC2 Instances which touched on some of the pre-requisites for changing EC2 instance types – I’ll cover that again here and then take a deeper dive on how to… Read More »How to Change or Upgrade an EC2 Instance Type

Amazon EKS (Elastic Kubernetes Service) is the favourite PaaS Kubernetes Orchestration Tool!

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The World is going crazy for containers and Kubernetes right now.  Container adoption is on the rise – according to the ‘Flexera 2020 State of the Cloud‘ report, containers are now mainstream, with 65% of respondents using Docker for containers, and 58% using Kubernetes: In addition to the significant level of adoption, 51% of respondents said that increasing the use of containers was one of their top cloud initiatives for 2020 – in fact this was the 3rd ranked cloud… Read More »Amazon EKS (Elastic Kubernetes Service) is the favourite PaaS Kubernetes Orchestration Tool!

AWS Snowball: What Does Amazon’s Import/Export Appliance Cost?

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AWS Import Export with Snowball Originally a single device used for migrating data into AWS, Snowball is now part of the AWS Snow family of services used for both speeding up data import and export to and from AWS, and for secure edge computing. The AWS Snowball family includes: AWS Snowball Edge Storage Optimized AWS Snowball Edge Compute Optimized AWS Snowmobile  The AWS Snow family can import and export exabytes of data into and out of AWS.  Snow family devices… Read More »AWS Snowball: What Does Amazon’s Import/Export Appliance Cost?

Cloud Computing Scalability

Scalability in Cloud Computing & Why We Love AWS

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In this post we’ll take a look at one of the key benefits of Cloud Computing – Scalability.  We’ll explore the different scaling options available for your cloud based workloads, and then we’ll take a look at specific services in AWS which can help you to achieve scalability for your AWS hosted applications.   Whether you’re starting out with a single instance and hoping to grow, or you have a globally distributed application, you always need to be factoring scalability into… Read More »Scalability in Cloud Computing & Why We Love AWS

AWS Microservices: Architecture, Use Cases, Scaling & More

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We’ve all heard the terms crop up in conversation, monoliths & microservices – but what exactly do they mean?  How exactly do we ‘break up the monolith’? In this post we’ll explore the differences between monolothic and microservices based applications, and highlight some of the benefits of microservices. We’ll also explore what services AWS have available to help you to build out a microservices architected application on the AWS cloud. Microservices Basics – What are Microservices? Microservices, or microservices architecture,… Read More »AWS Microservices: Architecture, Use Cases, Scaling & More

5 New Features in AWS Fargate Version 1.4

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What is AWS Fargate? AWS Fargate is a serverless computing engine for containers that enables customers to deploy and manage applications, not infrastructure.  Fargate works with Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), and enables customers to deploy container based applications without having to provision EC2 instances or Kubernetes pods. AWS Fargate launches and scales compute resources for containers, ensuring that they have the optimal amount of resource available to run customer’s applications.  This ensures that… Read More »5 New Features in AWS Fargate Version 1.4

Amazon Detective – Now Generally Available

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This week, AWS announced general availability of Amazon Detective.  To save you doing the detective work to figure out what Amazon Detective can do for you, I’ve outlined everything you need to know. What is Amazon Detective? Amazon Detective is a new log analytics and visualization service that helps AWS customers identify and investigatesecurity issues across their AWS workloads and accounts.  Amazon Detective collects log data from various sources including: AWS CloudTrail (logs aws account activity) Amazon VPC Flow Logs… Read More »Amazon Detective – Now Generally Available

Don’t get Caught Out by AWS Data Egress Fees…

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It’s no secret that AWS, like most cloud providers, charge nothing for data ingress.  It’s free to put your data in to the cloud, yet they do charge for data egress – getting your data back out again.  This fact is often overlooked when modelling the business case for cloud versus on premise. Recently NASA have committed to upload hundreds of petabytes of data in to AWS, and it seems they failed to factor egress costs into their business case.… Read More »Don’t get Caught Out by AWS Data Egress Fees…

aws database migration

What is AWS Database Migration Service?

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AWS Database Migration Service is a simple and cost effective way to migrate live, petabyte scale databases both into and out of the AWS Cloud with virtually no downtime. Those databases could be hosted on premise, already in the AWS cloud, or in another cloud.

AWS Migration with AWS Server Migration Service

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Server Migration Service (SMS) from AWS is an agentless service that enables customers to simplify the AWS Migration process by automatically replicating live server volumes from their on premises servers in to AWS.  AMIs (Amazon Machine Images) are automatically created from the replicated volumes, which can be used to launch the servers as AWS EC2 instances.  SMS can be used to migrate live running server instances from VMware, HyperV and Microsoft Azure environments. How does AWS Server Migration Service Work?… Read More »AWS Migration with AWS Server Migration Service