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Have you ever tried to google for a list of AWS Regions or Availability Zones? I do it all the time. I need to figure out which AZs to my ELB should go across, or want to try my new CloudFormation template in a different region to make sure I didn’t hardcode something I shouldn’t… Read more »

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Many organizations require a secure infrastructure. I’ve yet to meet a customer that says that security isn’t a concern. But, the decision on “how secure?” should be closely associated with a risk analysis for your organization. Since Amazon Web Services (AWS) is often referred to as a “public cloud”, people sometimes infer that “public” must… Read more »

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) OpsWorks was released one year ago this month. In the past year, we’ve used OpsWorks on several Cloud Delivery projects at Stelligent and at some of our customers. This article describes what’s worked for us and our customers. One of our core aims with any customer is to create a fully… Read more »

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Moving your infrastructure to the cloud changes the way you think about a lot of things. With the attitude of abundance that comes with having unlimited instances at your command, you can do all sorts of cool things that would be prohibitive with actual hardware: elastic scaling of infrastructure, transient environments, blue/green deployments, etc. Some… Read more »

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Asgard is an open source application from Netflix that makes it easier to work with Amazon Web Services. It offers lots of functionality that isn’t accessible via AWS’s normal web interface: for several AWS features, Asgard removes a lot of the cryptic command line tools required. It’s provided free of charge by Netflix, and the… Read more »