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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Jan 20 2015

Deep Dive Into Auto Scaling Lifecycle Hooks

Vito 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 during initialization or [&helli …

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Nov 18 2014

First Look at AWS CodeDeploy

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 AWS CodeDeploy? AWS CodeDeploy is a […] …

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Oct 7 2014

Lessons in Elasticsearch

Ryan T.

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 Elasticsearch the …

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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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