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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Jun 21 2016

Anatomy of a Self-Healing App on AWS

Jamie Begin

One of the great things about the cloud is that it enables you to scale workloads so that you pay only for what you use. But another important benefit that doesn’t get quite the same attention is the cloud’s ability to self-heal. To get the most out of your applications running on AWS, you want […] …

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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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