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Secrets of AWS Contract Negotiation

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At the Duckbill Group, we spend a lot of time on AWS Contract Negotiation. Something that’s become very clear to us as we’ve gone through our client engagements is that companies shouldn’t let AWS contracts dictate their architectural decisions—and yet, most of them do on some level. This behavior takes a variety of forms depending […]

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Secrets of AWS Contract Negotiation

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At the Duckbill Group, we spend a lot of time on AWS Contract Negotiation. Something that’s become very clear to us as we’ve gone through our client engagements is that companies shouldn’t let AWS contracts dictate their architectural decisions—and yet, most of them do on some level. This behavior takes a variety of forms depending […]

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What I Don’t Get about the AWS Gateway Load Balancer

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AWS recently launched the AWS Gateway Load Balancer. Technically, it’s a way of preserving original network traffic/ensuring flow symmetry—or, in other words, “dropping a bunch of instances in-line without having to teach them all about AWS networking.” This is a great feature! What’s not so great is that the launch article highlights how good this […]

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Why AWS Announces Regions in Advance

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Why AWS Announces Regions in Advance Generally, AWS doesn’t pre-announce things years in advance. When they do, it’s usually a misstep—such as with Timestream’s GA being two years after its announcement. A notable exception to this policy is geographic expansion of AWS regions. Last week, AWS pre-announced a new region in Zurich, with an eye […]

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The Other Side of Paternity Leave

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I’m back! I took five weeks of parental leave to welcome my daughter Josephine to the world–and those have now ended. I’ll take the balance of my parental leave a week at a time during the first half of next year–because “parental leave is a benefit, not a stick with which to beat people” is […]

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Reader Mailbag: Potpourri

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At the start of These Unprecedented Times, we hosted two Q&A sessions. Our audience asked a bunch of questions about AWS accounts, and not all of them fit into neat little categories. So, here’s a collection of the misfits. How does the AWS partner ecosystem work regarding reselling of AWS services? Do they get a […]

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Reader Mailbag: Accounts

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Back at the start of These Unprecedented Times, my business partner and I hosted two Q&A sessions. Our attendees asked a bunch of questions about AWS accounts, which we’ve compiled here, lightly edited to make ourselves sound way more intelligent. Do you have any concerns about the organization master account also being the consolidated billing […]

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Reader Mailbag: AWS Services

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Before These Unprecedented Times struck, my business partner and I hosted two Q&A sessions. We were asked all kinds of questions about AWS’s multitude of services, which we also answer below, lightly edited to make us sound way more intelligent than we already did. How does RDS pricing compare to other managed database service providers […]

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Paternity Leave

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This week marks the first of my eight weeks of parental leave so I can attend to the birth of my second child. Men (and really by extension non-mothers) taking parental leave isn’t something that gets a lot of attention, so I wanted to take advantage of my platform to talk about it today. I’m […]

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