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What a year 2020 was. Since AWS only released what amount to depressing war crimes last week, this week’s episode is my heavily opinionated “best of 2020” (itself an oxymoronic phrase) from the last year of links. I have an anonymized “clicktracker” system that tells me which links get the most unique clicks, but doesn’t tell me what any individual user clicked; this is by design. Let’s see what it says!

From the Community

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This post on the three f’s of cloud pricing is near and dear to my shriveled salt-packed heart, and apparently resonated with many of you.

The most popular article I linked to this year was this blog post on Fixing AWS’s Architecture Diagrams: Video-On-Demand Service. I confess I didn’t see that coming.

The UK government’s GitHub repository consisting of how they reach their cloud architecture decisions was also wildly popular.

I adore how over the summer ESPN did an article about how meticulously Andy Jassy went about naming his hockey team six months before he got on stage and deadass introduced “Amazon Lookout for Equipment.”

My admittedly trollish post about why Zoom chose Oracle and maybe you should too was my most viewed post all year long, followed closely by the Google disease afflicting AWS. For my money, my favorite / most useful bit of writing was my continuing support of the idea that multi-cloud is the worst practice.

One final S3 Bucket Negligence Award hits close to home by victimizing hundreds of social media influencers.


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Amazon S3 now delivers strong read-after-write consistency automatically for all applications – This was super easy to miss, but watch what happens as a few big companies discover the implications of this change.

AWS made a big fanfare of Honeycode, their long-rumored no-code solution, but everyone I’ve spoken with confirms my own perspective after trying it: in its current state it’s complete crap.

New – Amazon EBS gp3 Volume Lets You Provision Performance Apart From Capacity | AWS News Blog – I maintain that this single change is the biggest and most transformative release for customer AWS bills in years.

Introducing Amazon S3 Storage Lens – Organization-wide Visibility Into Object Storage | AWS News Blog – This came out so quietly that you’d swear they were trying to bury it–but it’s transformative. Seriously: look at this glorious thing and fix your S3 billing issues.


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I can’t quite get past the fact that someone ran with my joke and implemented an actual database on top of Route 53.

… and that’s what happened Last Week in AWS.

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