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AWS re:INVENT 2017 Announcements & Enhancements

Nov 29, 2017 | by Samuel Thurston, Software Engineer | Tags: Cloud

It’s that time of the year again when the cloudy masses descend on Las Vegas, Nevada for another Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent Conference. With over 1,800 breakout sessions and more than 46,000 attendees from all over the globe, the sixth annual conference is the biggest yet, spanning five venues across the Vegas Strip. This year, I’m writing this post live from the conference to preview some insights from the largest gathering of cloud experts, engineers and advocates in the world, as they unfold.

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Cloud Roadmap to Success: Three Things to Keep in Mind

Oct 31, 2017 | by Samuel Thurston, Software Engineer | Tags: Cloud

During the 1992 presidential election, strategist James Carville famously hung a sign in the Little Rock headquarters of then-candidate Bill Clinton, which was meant to keep the campaign on message.  It read:

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Continuous Integration and Compliance Enforcement

Sep 28, 2017 | by Samuel Thurston, Software Engineer | Tags: Cloud

The ever-increasing torrent of reports of “misconfigured” S3 buckets contributing to egregious breaches of customer data is an epidemic, unfairly placing a black mark on the name of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) outstanding object store. Worse, these breaches are completely avoidable through the application of simple automated compliance enforcement. Tying my last two posts together, let’s take a quick look at how applying a DevOps mentality could save these companies the public embarrassment and expense of remediation that results from human carelessness.

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Continuous Integration Applied to Infrastructure

Aug 24, 2017 | by Samuel Thurston, Software Engineer | Tags: Cloud

From a business perspective, cloud migrations are driven largely by a desire for flexibility and resilience. When we move systems to the cloud, we expect them to be both more adaptable and more reliable than on-premise solutions. These two objectives are somewhat competitive, however. The Jenga tower is most likely to fall when you are moving a piece. Adding flexibility naturally introduces change which puts stability at risk. (photo credit: pwmag.com)

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