How do I migrate my skills to the cloud?

via GIPHY Hi, I’m currently an IT professional and I’m training for AWS Solutions Architect – Associate exam. My question is how to gain some valuable hands-on experience without quitting my well-paying consulting gig I currently have which is not cloud based. I was thinking, perhaps I could do some cloud work part time after …

5 surprising features in Amazon’s Lambda serverless offering

Amazon is building out it’s serverless offering at a rapid clip. Lambda makes a great solution for a lot of different use cases including: o a hybrid approach, building lambda functions for small pieces of your application, sitting along side your full application, working in concert with it o working with Kinesis firehose to add …

Deploy wordpress on aws by first decoupling assets

You want to make your wordpress site bulletproof? No server outage worries? Want to make it faster & more reliable. And also host on cheaper components? I was after all these gains & also wanted to kick the tires on some of Amazon’s latest devops offerings. So I plotted a way forward to completely automate …

Does AWS have a dirty little secret?

I was recently talking with a colleague of mine about where AWS is today. Obviously there companies are migrating to EC2 & the cloud rapidly. The growth rates are staggering. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. The question was… “What’s good and bad with Amazon today?” It’s an interesting question. I …

Is AWS too complex for small dev teams & startups?

via GIPHY I was discussing a server outage with a colleague recently. AWS had done some confusing things, and the team was rallying to troublehsoot & fix. He made an offhand comment that caught my attention… AWS is too complex for small dev teams. I’d recommend we host in a traditional datacenter. Join 32,000 others …

Does Amazon eat it’s own dog food (ahem…) or drink it’s own champagne?

I was flipping through the AWS reddit channel and found this excellent presentation from RE:Invent by Laura Grit. She’s in charge of Amazon Retail, and worked very closely with teams on migrating to AWS. She goes in-depth on what that cost in terms of development, what it saved in terms of unused capacity, and surprisingly …

Is AWS the patient that needs constant medication?

I was just reading High Scalability about Why Swiftype moved off Amazon EC2 to Softlayer and saw great wins! We’ve all heard by now how awesome the cloud is. Spinup infrastructure instantly. Just add water! No up front costs! Autoscale to meet seasonal application demands! But less well known or even understood by most engineering …

If you use MySQL in the Amazon cloud, you need to ask yourself this question

Join 25,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Are you serious about backups? If you’re just using Amazon EBS snapshots, that may not be sufficient. There’s a good chance it won’t protect you against your next data loss. That’s why I like to have a few different types of backups Also: 5 more …

5 cloud ideas that aren’t actually true

Join 20,000 others and follow Sean Hull’s scalability, startup & innovation content on twitter @hullsean. Cloud computing is heralding us into a wonderful era where computing can be bought in small increments, like a utility. This changes the whole way we plan, manage budgets, and accelerates startups making them more agile. But it’s not all …

Connect to MySQL in the Amazon Public Cloud

Troubleshooting MySQL on Amazon can be a real test of patience. There are quite a few different things to watch out for in terms of connectivity & networking. Sometimes a checklist can help. Join 16,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Here’s my exhaustive list of things that can block you. 1. Be …