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Examining the architecture – Ad Hoc – empty

How to set up Jenkins on AWS? | cloudonaut – empty

Fast access to regional AWS endpoints from Cloudflare Workers – No – empty

ClickOps – empty

Troy Hunt: How I Got Pwned by My Cloud Costs – empty


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Amazon AppFlow now supports bi-directional transfer of data between SAP applications and AWS – It’s good to know that you can now use this service to transfer data both the expensive way as well as the more expensive way.

Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) now offers a free trial – You can now try before you buy Amazon Basics MongoDB.

Amazon S3 File Gateway adds schedule-based network bandwidth throttling – “Don’t smash the network bandwidth to bits while your employees are attempting to watch Netflix” is just being neighborly.

AWS announces the launch of prediction explanations for Amazon Fraud Detector Models – Bias Laundering now has an indicator light when it enters the spin cycle.

Announcing the New AWS Partner Creative and Messaging Guide – AWS wisely gates this behind the partner portal. They didn’t always, and found themselves being soundly mocked by half of the internet when it came to light that gems such as “don’t use the term ‘multi-cloud” and “don’t imply that the cloud is expensive” were contained therein. I’m not a partner, so I don’t know if those things are still included these days.

Scaling Global Connectivity for VMware Cloud on AWS – empty

Minimizing Dependencies in a Disaster Recovery Plan – empty

New – Amazon EC2 X2iezn Instances Powered by the Fastest Intel Xeon Scalable CPU for Memory-Intensive Workloads – It’s telling that a launch post about instances carrying a terabyte and a half of RAM never mention pricing or cost, which is “give AWS your wallet, they’ll give you back whatever’s left.”

New – Replication for Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) – empty

Planning I/O in Amazon Aurora – This may be the most in-depth first party writeup on how Aurora I/O is billed and calculated that I’ve seen. Where was this years ago?!

Use Docker containers to deploy Graph Notebooks on AWS – I spy, with my little eye, yet another way to run containers on AWS.

How Piepacker leverages Amazon Chime to reinvent “Couch Gaming” – I am relieved to know that “Piepacker” is an AWS customer, and not an AWS service name. At this point all bets are off.

How to defend your games against DDoS attacks – Amazon effectively defended its game “Crucible” against DDoS attacks by wisely cancelling the entire thing before it launched.

Securing media content using watermarking at the edge – Well that’s all well and good, Professor – but what if I want to watermark my content in the center instead so people can’t crop out the watermark? What then?

How to search through your AWS Systems Manager Session Manager console logs – Part 2 – The fact that it’s complex enough to need a part 2 is how I know, even without reading it, that this experience is going to be a living nightmare.

Use Amazon Cloud Watch math expressions and composite alarms for detailed monitoring of AWS Elastic Load Balancers – This solution is borderline ridiculous, but I do appreciate it breaking “CloudWatch” into two separate words in the title.

Creating Disaster Recovery Mechanisms Using Amazon Route 53 – empty

Introducing the AWS Cloud Map Multicluster Service Controller for K8s for Kubernetes Multicluster Service Discovery – There is absolutely nothing I can say about this service launch that will roast AWS harder than this ridiculous, ridiculous service name already has.

Solving medical mysteries in the AWS Cloud: Medical data-sharing innovation through the Undiagnosed Diseases Network – I really hope that “Solving medical mysteries in the AWS Cloud” becomes a recurring feature, because data transfer pricing is killing me.

How to automate AWS account creation with SSO user assignment – Ever notice how posts like this never bother to touch upon how you’d go about deprovisioning those “tens or hundreds of AWS accounts?” It’s non-trivial and shorthands to “the worst internship of your life.”

How to deploy AWS Network Firewall to help protect your network from malware – empty

Competitive tennis player turned techie – Zaiba’s AWS Tech U Story – In tech, “competitive tennis” generally refers to smacking a JIRA ticket over to another group, then returning it to them once they volley it back over the wall. Whoever gets stuck with it has to fix it. – empty


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