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Changing of the Guard: “AWS Appoints Matt Garman as CEO”

By Corey Quinn

This morning’s announcement that Adam Selipsky would be stepping down as AWS CEO, with longtime Amazonian Matt Garman stepping into the role, feels like a natural correction. Garman has long been seen as the heir apparent to AWS’s leadership. When Selipsky was named CEO in the last succession, my initial reaction was a baffled, “I’m sorry, who?”

Generative AI Builds a re:Invent Scavenger Hunt

By Corey Quinn

Let’s begin with the tl;dr: At this year’s re:Invent, I’m hosting a photo scavenger hunt with significant prizes for “most items found” and “most creative entry.” Sign up through my webapp at findme.lastweekinaws.com. The rest of this post details how I built this app.

How to Stop Feeding AWS’s AI With Your Data

By Corey Quinn

AWS may be using your data to train its AI models, and you may have unwittingly consented to it. Prepare to jump through a series of complex hoops to stop it.

The New Frontier of Cloud Economics: Why AWS Costs Are a Weighty Issue

By Corey Quinn

AWS re:Invent looms larger on the calendar with each passing day, promising not just an avalanche of new services but also–let’s face it–some truly perplexing names. However, the oddity of AWS service names is low-hanging fruit. The true enigma lies in their labyrinthine pricing dimensions.

The Missed Opportunity: AWS, re:Invent, and the Community That Cared

By Corey Quinn

The AWS re:Invent session tracker leaves much to be desired, a point that many in the community have lamented for years. Its glaring shortcomings range from the absence of a calendar view to a lackluster search function and the inability to share links to individual sessions. Frustrated attendees have long been in need of a better solution, and several community members rose to the challenge.

The Cloud Devil You Know

By Corey Quinn

My Route53 database is humming along nicely, my podcast interview backlog is full, and I’ve outsourced my thinking to ChatGPT, so I have some unprecedented free time to build a side project. Awesome! What cloud provider should I use?

Why Your CPU-Based Utilisation Metric is Absolute Nonsense

By Corey Quinn

Picture this: You’re in your swivel chair, feet propped up on your standing desk because you are a glorious acrobat, and you’re looking over your company’s Amazon EC2 fleet utilization report. You’re captivated by the custom colorful dashboard, carefully tuned to a 1st-grade reading level. You see the overall number in its soft, non-threatening font, […]

The Amazon Prime Day 2023 AWS Bill

By Corey Quinn

How much would AWS cost for Amazon Prime Day? Here’s Corey Quinn’s best guess at the company’s AWS bill for the two-day shopping event.

Breaking: AWS Begins Charging For Public IPv4 Addresses

By Corey Quinn

In a rare price hike, AWS will be charging for IPv4 addresses. The change brings them in line with other cloud providers and encourages good internet hygiene.

It’s Extremely Likely You Should Not Use GovCloud

By Corey Quinn

AWS GovCloud is a service that you likely shouldn’t use for your workload over the standard commercial AWS regions. But don’t take my word for it — take AWS’s.

us-west-1: The Flagship AWS Region That Isn’t

By Corey Quinn

For a flagship AWS region based in Northern California, us-west-1 gets way less use than you’d expect. Here’s my best guess as to why.

FTC Request, Answered: How Cloud Providers Do Business

By Corey Quinn

Chief Cloud Economist Corey Quinn answers the Federal Trade Commission’s Request for Information about the business practices of cloud computing providers.