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Samuel Thurston, Software Engineer

Samuel Thurston, Software Engineer
Samuel Thurston is a Software Engineer and Cloud Practice Lead for ISE, architecting and implementing cloud solutions for enterprise clients. He enjoys running, yoga, and cooking, and is frequently found on the disc golf course.

Recent Posts

Why the AWS S3 Outage Was a Good Thing

Mar 30, 2017 | by Samuel Thurston, Software Engineer | Tags: Cloud

A little over two weeks ago, large sections of the internet ground to a halt. Many sites, from Netflix and Spotify to Pinterest and Buzzfeed were unresponsive, during a four-hour outage of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) S3 – Simple Storage Service.  For two of those four hours, AWS couldn’t update the service status from “Service is operating normally” because the status itself depended on the storage service’s operation. Should you trust your data with AWS? Why shouldn’t we start calling S3 the “Sometimes Storage Service?” How could this event be a good thing?

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Reasons to Deploy in the Cloud: (Part 6) Flexibility

Feb 14, 2017 | by Samuel Thurston, Software Engineer | Tags: Cloud

Welcome to the final installment of Reasons to Deploy in the Cloud! In this series of posts, I'm discussing some reasons for choosing a cloud platform. Previously I've talked about managing costs, the power of scaling, ease of management, interoperability, and in the last post, reliability. This is the final part of the series, discussing flexibility.

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Reasons to Deploy in the Cloud: (Part 5) Reliability

Jan 17, 2017 | by Samuel Thurston, Software Engineer | Tags: Cloud

Welcome back to another installment of Reasons to Deploy in the Cloud! In this series of posts, I'm discussing some reasons for choosing a cloud platform. Previously I've talked about managing costs, the power of scaling, ease of management, and interoperability. Nearing the conclusion, I will look at some of the ways the cloud lends reliability to your application.

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Amazon Web Services Re:Invent Conference Recap

Dec 08, 2016 | by Samuel Thurston, Software Engineer | Tags: Cloud

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Amazon Web Services Re:Invent conference, in Las Vegas. Over 32,000 attendees and presenters from around the globe were there for the world’s largest global cloud summit. Over five days I walked nearly 68 miles between airport terminals and conference event halls, seeing over 20 talks, keynotes, and events.

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