May 26 2017

AWS Michigan June Meetup – AWS SAM (Serverless Application Model) with Derek DeJonghe

Amy Begin

This month Derek DeJonghe will speak about Amazon Web Services’ Serverless Application Model (SAM). SAM is a CloudFormation transform that makes it easier to deploy serverless applications and serve them through AWS API Gateway. In this talk Derek will speak about using the SAM transform, Deploying a SAM CloudFormation Template, and using Swa …

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May 17 2017

AWS Michigan – Logs and Analytics with Adis Cesir

Amy Begin

Our next AWS Michigan Meetup will  feature Adis Cesir from Elasticsearch. Adis Cesir is a Solutions Architect at Elastic. Prior to coming to Elastic he has spent 15 years in the Data World working with in Data Warehousing, MDM with various RDBMS, MPP systems. He has spent the last 5 years working with Big Data and […] …

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Apr 21 2017

Tips on Preparing for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Exam

Crystal Bedell

It’s common knowledge that it pays to be certified. That’s especially true when it comes to cloud computing. In its 10th annual IT Skills and Salary Survey, Global Knowledge found that the AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate is the third highest-paying IT certification. According to the report, “In the U.S. and Canada, the average …

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Apr 18 2017

Team RBN Employee Spotlight – John M.

Amy Begin

 What part do you play on the team here at RBN? I am an Account Executive with RBN.  On a daily basis I prospect numerous organizations in attempt to find a way RBN can add value to these companies.  I  maintain the relationship with current customers and provide the bridge between the customer and our technical […] …

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Feb 14 2017

Preview: How to Pull Off an AWS RDS Migration with Zero Downtime

Amy Begin

Imagine migrating your AWS RDS databases running in EC2-Classic to a VPC—without taking them down or prohibiting writes for any length of time. What do you do? Spencer Thomas and his team at ITHAKA faced this very problem, and they came up with a solution that enabled them to move the databases while maintaining continuous […] …

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Jan 31 2017

Know AWS? Come Speak at an AWS Michigan MeetUp

Amy Begin

One of the more challenging aspects of building software for the cloud is keeping up with the innovation coming out of Amazon. It’s virtually impossible to keep your skills up to date on your own or to get approval for formal training every six months. That’s why we formed the AWS Michigan MeetUp Group. In […] …

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Nov 17 2016

Guide to Amazon QuickSight, Part 1: An Introduction

Derek DeJonghe

The latest addition to Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a Business Intelligence (BI) tool called Amazon QuickSight. Built directly into AWS, QuickSight makes it easy to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis and quickly get business insights from your data. We think QuickSight will take the market by storm because of its feature set, pricing and …

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Sep 8 2016

Innovation Key to AWS being Named Cloud Leader for 6 Consecutive Years

Crystal Bedell

While the market for Microsoft cloud services is growing – fast – Amazon Web Services continues to be the unequivocal leader in infrastructure as a service (IaaS). For the sixth year in a row, Gartner named AWS a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide. Unfortunately, the very thing that […] …

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Aug 18 2016

Tutorial: How to Extend AWS CloudFormation with Lambda

Derek DeJonghe

AWS CloudFormation is an amazing infrastructure management tool that allows you to define requests for resources in a domain-specific templating language. CloudFormation has built-in binary logic within the template in the form of Condition Functions. Nearly every resource in AWS can be defined in CloudFormation, but there is an occasional resource …

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Jul 12 2016

Leveraging Vagrant to Accelerate Development in AWS

Jonathan Duggan

The emergence of cloud technologies has created new opportunities for application development. Environments can now be version-controlled, and multiple instances can be spun up to run several tasks at once. An excellent tool for cloud development is Vagrant, the most powerful benefit of which is the consistent creation and re-creation of identical …

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