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AWS Design – Enable Scalability

One of the defining capabilities of public cloud is elasticity, the ability to use more or less resource over time to meet the load requirements of your application. When your application is quiet, you should consume and pay for fewer … Continue reading

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Ten Design Principles on AWS

Having previously looked at some surprises I discovered as I learned about AWS, I’m going to take a look at some of the basic architectural design principles on AWS. As in the last series, there will be blog posts for … Continue reading

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AWS Surprises – AWS Has Virtually Infinite Resources

Sometimes the AWS surprises are not so much about how AWS is different, but how you design solutions differently on AWS than on-premises. One of the significant differences is that you have a near-infinite amount of resources available on AWS, … Continue reading

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AWS Surprises – You still need infrastructure architecture on AWS

It is a popular idea that “the cloud means I don’t have to care” however, nothing could be further from the truth. It isn’t really an AWS Surprise to me that infrastructure architecture is still essential for many customers on … Continue reading

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New Zealand Is like the Boy in a Bubble

You may have seen the new, New Zealand has no active COVID-19 cases, the coronavirus has been eliminated from New Zealand. As of Monday, 8 June, the last infected person had recovered, and it has been over three weeks since … Continue reading

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I Want Network Integration, I’m Not Getting It

I like having consistent management interfaces and having a single operational model across as much of my IT estate as possible. I don’t like point solutions that function or are managed differently; they add up to more problems. With this … Continue reading

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AWS Surprises – One Datacentre Is Not Enough

Most on-premises IT infrastructure designs treat a datacentre as a highly available platform, having an entire datacentre off-line is a disaster. It is a bit of a surprise then that AWS recommends we treat a datacentre as a failure domain … Continue reading

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AWS Surprises – Choose a configuration from a menu

On the surface, there is no surprise here, AWS offers a list of services, and you order what you want from the list. But the devil is always in the detail, or the operational consequence. This actual AWS surprise came … Continue reading

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Zoom Mute/Unmute Using Stream Deck

Zoom is the “new” way we are all doing meetings. Whether it is last week attending Cloud Field Day presentations or this week teaching AWS training, Zoom is the constant for meetings. With Zoom, microphone control is essential. You want … Continue reading

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Hardware Offloads, Not Everything Is x86

While software is busy eating the world, we do still need hardware to run that software. One of the things that we are learning is that an x86 processor is not always the best way to solve every computing problem. … Continue reading

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