What can we learn from NASA’s AWS fail?

via GIPHY I was just reading the Register, which is sort of the UK’s version of Slashdot, and they had a jaw dropping title. NASA moved 247 petabytes into AWS and then later learned about EGRESS costs OMG! Face palm. Wow. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. To say this is …

Does Amazon’s security work well for startups?

via GIPHY I was sifting through my project & progress reports from former clients today. Something struck me loud and clear. It seems 4 out of 5 of them don’t implement VPC best practices. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Which begs the question again and again, is the service just …

Did Disney have to fail?

via GIPHY Well it was a big day for Disney a couple of weeks ago when they launched the much anticipated Disney+ streaming service. And of course as widely reported, they had a really bad outage. We’ve heard the old refrain before. We never saw traffic like this before. We were absolutely buried. Join 35,000 …

When I found gold in my customer archives

via GIPHY I’m good at keeping notes. I’ve blogged about Can progress reports & daily notes help engagements succeed. I would give that an emphatic YES! From helping with communication, to sharing arcane details about blocking issues, struggles & hurdles, notes can illuminate things that a CTO or manager may not otherwise be aware of. …

I’m interviewed in a new book Devops Paradox

I had the good fortune to be interviewed earlier in the year by Viktor Farcic. I’m excited to see the book finally released. You can pickup your own copy of Devops Paradox here. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Our interview is pretty wide ranging, touching on aspects of database administration, …

Should we right size instances in the public cloud?

via GIPHY I’m a big fan of Corey Quinn’s Last Week in AWS newsletter. Recently he wrote a piece titled Right Sizing your instances is nonesense Not to be outdone, a blogger Joe at Sunshower.io wrote a counterpoint piece Why Right Sizing instances is not nonsense. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter …

How to setup an Amazon EKS demo with Terraform

via GIPHY Since EKS is pretty new, there aren’t a lot of howtos on it yet. I wanted to follow along with Amazon’s Getting started with EKS & Kubernetes Guide. However I didn’t want to use cloudformation. We all know Terraform is far superior! Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. With …

I tried to build infrastructure as code Terraform and Amazon. It didn’t go as I expected.

via GIPHY As I was building infrastructure code, I stumbled quite a few times. You hit a wall and you have to work through those confusing and frustrating moments. Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Here are a few of the lessons I learned in the process of building code for …

How to avoid insane AWS bills

via GIPHY I was flipping through the aws news recently and ran into this article by Juan Ramallo – I was billed 14k on AWS! Scary stuff! Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. When you see headlines like this, your first instinct as a CTO is probably, “Am I at risk?” …

How to setup an Amazon ECS cluster with Terraform

via GIPHY ECS is Amazon’s Elastic Container Service. That’s greek for how you get docker containers running in the cloud. It’s sort of like Kubernetes without all the bells and whistles. It takes a bit of getting used to, but This terraform how to, should get you moving. You need an EC2 host to run …