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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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Multi-Cloud is the Worst Practice

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Multi-cloud (that is, running the same workload across multiple cloud providers in a completely agnostic way) is absolutely something you need to be focusing on—at least, according to two constituencies: Declining vendors that realize that if you don’t go multi-cloud, they’ll have nothing left to sell you. AWS isn’t going to build a multi-cloud dashboard, […]

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Amazon Interactive Video Service: An Economic Analysis

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Earlier this month, AWS released its Amazon Interactive Video Service, which purports to embed live-streamed video directly into your own apps and websites. As AWS stated in its release announcement, a prepared statement for the press, and an exuberant tweet from their CEO, Amazon IVS “uses the same video technology Twitch uses for its live […]

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Route 53, Amazon’s Premier Database

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I’ve periodically made reference in a bunch of places to Route 53 being my preferred database. But I’ve only really told the story in podcast and tweet thread form. I’ve never gone in depth as to how this terrible, terrible antipattern came to be in a blog post—which is far easier to cite. Today is […]

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Introducing AWS Elastic Beanstalker

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The past couple of months at AWS have been consumed with “OP1.” You would be forgiven for thinking this is some form of disease. But because Amazon is a beautiful bespoke place with a language all its own, this is what they call their annual planning cycle. Big Ideas are proposed from teams and, in […]

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Happy Birthday Jeff Barr!

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After watching enough of his talks to recite them by heart, The Duckbill Group says “happy birthday” to Amazon CTO Werner Vogels in our own special way.

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Keynotes

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Welcome to Build re:Invent Next! The lights go down. It’s time for your preferred cloud vendor’s annual keynote to start. An inspiring video plays to what was charitably deemed “corporate dance music” but in practice sounds like a sped-up Enya on quaaludes. Satya / Andy / a robot walks on stage to welcome us all […]

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What the #&^$ Is Happening at Oracle Cloud?

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There’s something going on over at Oracle Cloud, and I think the industry is missing it entirely in favor of the easy “Oracle sucks” narrative. There’s a change afoot, and I have a sneaking suspicion of what it might be. True, Oracle Cloud is a popular target for derision and mockery—and who could blame anyone? […]

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