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The Unfulfilled Promise of Serverless

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I suggest that serverless computing, or “serverless” has hype that at this point has outpaced what the technology / philosophy / religion has been promising. Serverless computing arrived (debatably; please do not email me about this whatever you do, fans of Google App Engine / CGI scripts / managed SaaS offerings / pedants) with something […]

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Azure’s Terrible Security Posture Comes Home to Roost

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I’ve been giving Azure a fair bit of grief lately for some embarrassing information security lapses, and I think it’s only fair for me to explain in a format beyond “some tweets” exactly why that is. The write-ups I’ve seen have all been deeply technical and more or less bury the lede, so let me […]

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The AWS Service I Hate the Most

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People often ask me what my favorite AWS service is (generally S3, EFS, Systems Manager, or IAM depending upon the day or my mood), but I virtually never get asked about the inverse: what’s the AWS service I despise most of all? Maybe people are scared of the answer. Maybe they think that it’s going […]

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Last Year in AWS

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It’s time for me to summarize what happened over the course of this very strange year. Welcome to my attempt at “Last Year in AWS” focusing on things that I found interesting — or at least, worthy of comment. We kicked off 2021 with a bang with an attempted coup at the US Capitol which […]

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Overstating AWS’s Free Tier Generosity

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In the run-up to re:Invent (where as you might imagine I had a whole mess of other things on my mind) AWS significantly expanded their free tier offering for outbound data transfer. TechRadar called it “a major expansion,” The Register likewise sang its praises, and CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince claimed he was “doing a dance […]

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Lessons in Trust From us-east-1

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AWS published its analysis of last week’s us-east-1 outage, and it raises more questions than it answers. I understand that they wanted to get it out when they did (late on a Friday during one of the worst cybersecurity flaps in years), to avoid excessive attention. But I’m unconvinced in reading it that the outage […]

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