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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Jul 7 2016

Video Tutorial: How to Build a Web App on Amazon Without EC2

Crystal Bedell

If you want to build a scalable, highly available web application on the AWS cloud, AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) is the obvious approach. But it’s not always the best choice. EC2 is expensive for low-volume web applications, and it can be difficult to use if you’re new to cloud application development. Bill Heitzeg, Chief […] …

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Jul 5 2016

AWS Kinesis Logging with Logback Classic and RBN’s aws­kinesis­logback

Tanya Atanasova

Amazon enables you to log to its streaming service, AWS Kinesis. Using Logback Classic and SLF4J, we developed a maven plugin for Spring Boot Framework. AWS Kinesis is Amazon’s streaming service that scales elastically to provide unlimited storage. Behind AWS Kinesis is a DynamoDB table, AWS’ NoSQL solution. A Kinesis stream of one shard can [& …

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Jun 30 2016

Versioning, Branching and Testing Infrastructure as Code

Derek DeJonghe

Infrastructure management is evolving. Instead of provisioning hardware and tracking infrastructure in Excel spreadsheets, we can now interact with virtualized infrastructure resources in programmatic ways. Enter Infrastructure as Code (IaC). IaC allows us greater reliability and flexibility than traditional hardware. We can now treat the infrastru …

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Jun 28 2016

5 Ways to Ensure an Amazon RDS Migration Failure

Patrick Delaney

In my last blog post I provided eight tips to surviving a live database migration to Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). Today, I’m going to give you five ways (plus a bonus) to ensure your database migration is a failure. In other words, these are five common mistakes you should avoid if you don’t want […] …

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