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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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AWS Compensation Explained

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When I wrote about turning down an AWS job offer I had a whole bunch of people ranging from “multiple VPs” to “remarkably senior managers / engineers / contributors” to “aggrieved ex-employees” all come out of the woodwork to explain their perspective as to how AWS approaches paying people. I’ve been keeping notes on everything […]

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The Various Billing Philosophies of AWS

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If you look across the vast landscape of AWS services through a lens of billing, a pattern begins to emerge. There are of course the usual collection of billing jokes. You’re not charged for what you use, but for what you forget to turn off. Your AWS bill is a function of how many engineers […]

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Parler’s New Serverless Architecture

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(Full credit to Alice Goldfuss for the absolutely incredible title.) So, AWS booted Parler off of their service on the grounds that “calling for the assassination of elected officials was well outside the bounds of AWS’s acceptable use policy,” and half of the internet is suddenly an expert on reverse cloud migrations. I’m going to […]

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Terrible Ideas for Avoiding AWS Data Transfer Costs

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AWS Data Transfer billing is, to understate massively, arcane. At a high level: Data transfer inbound is free. Data transfer to the internet costs a larger pile of money. Data transfer between availability zones within a region costs a pile of money (usually 2¢ per GB in the “main” regions, but costs can spike way […]

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Counting Twitter Followers over Time, the Corey Quinn Way

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One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is dive into a bit of writing code myself. I’m incredibly bad at it, which—while frustrating from an execution perspective—makes posts like this way more entertaining. My lingua franca is “Python.” This shouldn’t shouldn’t be misconstrued as me saying, “I’m good at […]

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The Best Release of re:Invent 2020

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By far the most notable release of re:Invent this year was gp3 EBS volumes. They offer a flat 20% discount from gp2 volumes with no drawbacks and can be done in place. Today, I’d like to explore a little bit more about what makes these so awesome. Let’s start by calling out what EBS volumes […]

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