Jan 20 2015

Deep Dive Into Auto Scaling Lifecycle Hooks

Donna Campbell

By Vittorio Brooks In July of 2014, without much fanfare, Amazon Web Services released one of its most valuable (and possibly underutilized) updates for its Auto Scaling service: Auto Scaling lifecycle hooks. Auto Scaling lifecycle hooks allow EC2 instances that are part of an Auto Scaling group to pause for a specified amount of time […] …

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Jan 9 2015

Using Amazon S3 as a Hosted Yum Repository

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By Justin Wendl Amazon S3 has many use cases. As you may already know, one of those uses is hosting static websites. We can use this feature for hosting RPMs in the form of a yum repository, as well. This eliminates the need for having a dedicated server for serving yum requests from the local […] …

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Jan 6 2015

Keeping Secrets Safe With KMS

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By Derek DeJonghe Amazon Web Services unveiled a new service during its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this past November. KMS (Key Management Service) is easy to use, inexpensive and provides a failsafe, additional layer of protection for your data. The uses for KMS are endless and the premise is fairly simple: KMS creates a […] …

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Dec 8 2014

Amazon Web Services Recognizes RightBrain Networks as a Managed Service Partner

Donna Campbell

From our most recent press release: RightBrain Networks was recently recognized by Amazon Web Services as a Managed Service Partner within their APN Program. AWS announced the new AWS Managed Service Program to its partner network at the re:Invent conference in Las Vegas early last month. Kelly Hartman, AWS Global Segment Leader for MSPs, is [&hell …

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Nov 18 2014

First Look at AWS CodeDeploy

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By Justin Wendl A new service named AWS CodeDeploy was announced last week at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas! AWS CodeDeploy is an exciting new service that we had the opportunity to be involved with during the private beta test. Allow me to tell you about how cool it is… What is it? AWS CodeDeploy […] …

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Oct 31 2014

CloudFormation Zen: Nested Stacks

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By Derek DeJonghe Nested stacks are a great way to organize your CloudFormation. However, in order to reduce stress, and save money and time to market you must modularize your templates. Nesting highlights the importance and agility of modularized templates. Imagine having a nested stack that referenced the same template for three separate stack re …

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Oct 14 2014

AWS CloudFormation: Quick Tips

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By Justin Wendl If you’re building infrastructure on Amazon Web Services, it is worthwhile to take advantage of the benefits of using AWS CloudFormation, and utilizing version control to keep track of infrastructure. AWS CloudFormation is a JSON-templated document which allows you to define the resources you intend to create within Amazon Web …

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Oct 7 2014

Lessons in Elasticsearch

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By Ryan Tasson Elasticsearch and EC2 are well suited for each other in production deployments. However, there are a couple of considerations to heed when setting up your Elasticsearch cluster. Below are three high-level lessons that our team learned deploying Elasticsearch to Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud. If you have a basic understanding of El …

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May 23 2013

Tips for Passing Amazon’s New AWS Certified Solutions Architect Exam

Jamie Begin

By Jamie Begin Today I decided to take Amazon’s new AWS Certified Solutions Architect certification exam. The exam is 55 multiple choice questions with a time limit of 80 minutes and a minimum passing score of 65%. I completed it in about 35 minutes with 85% of questions answered correctly. I went into the exam […] …

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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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