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Right Sizing Your Instances Is Nonsense

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Many cost optimization companies will talk about right-sizing instances or VMs as if it were trivial. Many companies have no idea about what they speak.

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AWS Lays Groundwork for New AI/ML Push

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As we drown this week in a cacophony of AWS service releases (“Route53 Resolver now exists!” “IAM users now support tagging!” “Introducing our no-SQL service for digital video, DynamoDV!”), one came out yesterday that caused me to do a spit-take. Specifically, a little-remarked upon change declared that AWS has renamed EC2 Elastic GPUs to Elastic […]

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How To Prepare for a Tech Conference Talk

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I give an obnoxious number of conference talks–and I have done so for years. In the last year alone, I’ve been a speaker at over a dozen conferences, including AWS re:Invent, Oracle CodeOne, LatencyConf, and several DevOps Days. So many people have asked questions about my presentation preparation process that I decided to record my […]

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I’m an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

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A few months back I went to my local testing center and took the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam. As the visually-busy website says, this certification determines the candidate’s ability to define what the AWS cloud is, describe basic architectural principles, and is generally recommended for candidates with at least six months of exposure to […]

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S3 Bucket Responsibility

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Several weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about how the Pokémon Company inspects the security practices of its business partners. One prospective unnamed partner had insufficient controls around S3 buckets, so the Pokémon Company declined to partner with them. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of a company taking such […]

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The 2018 Last Week in AWS Charity T-Shirt Drive

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The 2018 Last Week in AWS charity t-shirt campaign has launched. Buy a t-shirt to benefit a good cause; this year’s campaign proceeds all go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Several Amazonians have reached out to me saying they’d like to purchase a shirt, but are concerned that their employer wouldn’t like it due […]

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