Mar 21 2013

Serving compressed (gzipped) static files from Amazon S3 or CloudFront

Jamie Begin

It’s generally a good idea to serve gzipped versions of plain-text static assets (primarily CSS and JavaScript files) to web browsers. This can significantly reduce file size, which increases perceived website speed. All modern web browsers can transparently decompress gzipped files, thus the only real downside is a bit of additional CPU over …

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Mar 9 2013

Why an EC2 Instance Isn’t a Server

Jamie Begin

At Re:Invent, the AWS conference in Vegas last November, Amazon’s CTO, Werner Vogels, made an interesting observation during his keynote address: “An EC2 instance is not a server—it’s a building block.” This sounded suspiciously like a tagline a car manufacturer might use to convince me that their car “isn’t ju …

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