How can we keep cloud architectures simple?

via GIPHY I was reading hacker news, as I often do. And I found David Futcher’s post You Don’t Need all That Complex/Expensive/Distracting Infrastructure.. Of course it caught my attention. You may be surprised by the reasons Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. One quote that should raise your eyebrows… I’ve …

Are shared databases back in vogue?

via GIPHY I just stumbled upon this article by Roman Krivtsov on YC News Is shared database in microservices actually anti-pattern?. As a seasoned DBA in another life, I was intrigued by the title. I devoured the piece. Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. One quote at the end really sums …

Is maintenance as sexy as innovation?

via GIPHY A recent NYT piece on our aging american infrastructure got me thinking. It seems that roads, bridges, airports & city sewer systems are all in need of repair. Sadly as budgets to maintain these systems in good repair are often short, they become larger problems to fix as their status becomes critical. Join …

How to interview an amazon database expert

via GIPHY Amazon releases a new database offering every other day. It sure isn’t easy to keep up. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Let’s say you’re hiring a devops & you want to suss out their database knowledge? Or you’re hiring a professional services firm or freelance consultant. Whatever the …

How to build an operational datastore on AWS with S3 & Redshift

via GIPHY You’re building your data warehouse, and getting data into Redshift. You’ve got your ETL pipeline running, and presentation layer talking to the warehouse. Great. But how to get access to that source data? Wouldn’t it be nice if that was close by too? Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. …

Will SQL just die already?

With tons of new No-SQL database offerings everyday, developers & architects have a lot of options. Cassandra, Mongodb, Couchdb, Dynamodb & Firebase to name a few. Join 33,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. What’s more in the data warehouse space, you have Hadoop, which can churn through terabytes of data and get …

Key lessons from the Devops Handbook

I picked up a copy of the DevOps Handbook. This is not a book about how to setup Amazon servers, how to use git, codePipeline or Jenkins. It’s not about Chef or Ansible or other tools. Join 33,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. This is a book about processes & people. It’s …

Some irresistible reading for March – outages, code, databases, legacy & hiring

via GIPHY I decided this week to write a different type of blog post. Because some of my favorite newsletters are lists of articles on topics of the day. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Here’s what I’m reading right now. 1. On Outages While everyone is scrambling to figure out …

What products & improvements are new on AWS?

Amazon is releasing new products & services to it’s global cloud compute network at a rate that has all of our heads spinning. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Here’s new stuff worth mentioning around databases & data. 1. For ETL – AWS GLUE Moving data from your transactional MySQL or …

5 things you didn’t know about Dynamodb that are hurting you bad

If you’re like a lot of folks you’re building an application in AWS & using a NoSQL database for persistent data. Dynamodb fits the bill nicely. Little or no ops to worry about, at least in the traditional sense. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. However there are knobs to turn …