I can’t quite believe that Billie the Platypus is spending February hanging out on the front page ofTechmeme. In a moment of transparency, the entire reason for the platypus character was “to do fun things with him, unconstrained by stodgy corporate branding guidelines.”
Amazon’s earnings came out and the stock soared. The market is still apparently amazed that AWS does as well as it does, but I have a hard time being even slightly surprised. Cloud bills get bigger with time, customer footprints expand, and new customers continue signing up. It’s really hard to see anything changing any one of those three truths in even the medium term.
And AWS had a relatively low number of changes last week. My suspicion is that this is based upon their internal performance and planning calendar; peer evaluations consumed Amazonians for a few days, and that feels like it may be causing delays in feature releases.
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Scaleway has a blog post up titled building a distributed Key-Value store to power S3, and I think I like it better than Route 53 for the use case.
Emily Shea has a post up about refactoring to single-table design in Amazon DynamoDB. I should really do something similar with one of my apps one of these days, but the problem is that my microservices design means that I have to simultaneously touch a couple of dozen different things and teach them all to speak to the new table in the new way. It’s… one heck of a lift, with (for me) unclear benefit.
A Medium post from back in September caught my eye; titled My Amazon Reptilian Brain it talks about the way that working at Amazon shaped the way that the author thinks even after leaving the company.
I found a fun Reddit discussion (which sounds like an oxymoron) about the best ways to separate code and infrastructure deployments.
GeekWire has a fascinating profile of Charlie Bell, former Amazon and now very publicly handling cybersecurity at Azure. It’s worth a read.
The cloud is too big for one winner | InfoWorld is obviously not written by a current hyperscale employee, because that sentiment shorthands to “corporate treason” at the big three.
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Amazon MSK now offers the ability to scale storage throughput up to 1000 MiB/s per broker – Do this cross-AZ and data transfer fees mean that you’ll be the one who ends up broker, but since we don’t pay for broker to broker traffic within an AZ this unlocks some use cases previously closed to MSK.
AWS Systems Manager now supports higher concurrency for Automation executions – You can now screw up your automations and destroy your production environment far faster than you could previously.
Amazon EC2 customers can now use Recycle Bin to recover from accidental deletions of Amazon Machine Images – “Recycle Bin” is a useful feature, but I’d rename it to “AWS OH SHIT SHIT SHIT UNDO UNDO MY BOSS IS GONNA MURDER ME WITH AN AXE” if I were an AWS Namer.
AWS Secrets Manager now supports rotation windows – The first time a secret doesn’t get rotated in a 4 hour rotation window, we’re renaming this service to “AWS Comcast Service Appointment.” You have been warned.
How Deloitte is Improving Animal Welfare with AI at the Edge Using AWS Panorama – “Improving animal welfare in slaughterhouses” is uh… not the DIsney-esque uplifting story I was expecting when I clicked that link.
Financial Crime Discovery using Amazon EKS and Graph Databases – If someone sells you EKS and a graph database, a financial crime has indeed been committed.
Mocking service integrations with AWS Step Functions Local – I still feel like I need a brain upgrade to grok Step Functions, so I default to lazy jokes about how I mock service integrations via this newsletter. I may need to step up.
Continuous Delivery of Amazon EKS Clusters Using AWS CDK and CDK Pipelines – “Continuously deploying Kubernetes clusters” might, and I’m just speculating here, be partially responsible for why AWS is now a $71 billion a year business.
Best Buy is the Latest Retailer to Select the AWS Cloud – Yesterday’s “Amazon’s Showroom” is today’s “AWS reference customer.”
Use a web browser plugin to quickly translate text with Amazon Translate – Is AWS aware that they could just, y’know. Create this plugin and put it up on the browser plugin galleries themselves rather than making anyone who wants this do a whole bunch of work?
How to enable Amazon CloudWatch Alarms to send repeated notifications – 5000 things to fix in CloudWatch and they pick “let’s make it more annoying.”
Manage AWS account alternate contacts with Terraform – “Tell AWS who to contact about certain things” has a bunch of ways that you could approach it, as far as problems go. “Write a whole mess of code” is a clear indicator that ClickOps can’t get here fast enough.
Organizing your AWS Control Tower landing zone with nested OUs – I’ve come to believe that there are two types of people. The kind of person who organizes things hierarchically like this post suggests, and then people like me who toss all of their stuff into an undifferentiated pile and depend upon strong search functionality to find what they need. Those other people are probably a lot happier.
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Splash is a way of effectively getting a shell inside of a Lambda function to explore the environment. This would have been super handy when I was first learning the platform…
… and that’s what happened Last Week in AWS.