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Hello hello! My name is Angela Andrews, and I’m filling in for Corey this week while he is off enjoying his beautiful new baby girl, Josephoenix (she’s named after me, kinda). I’m a solution architect at Red Hat and group leader at #PythonForAll. I’m a mom of 2 and wife of one and I’m also a dog mom to a handsome boy named Scout. Corey has entrusted me with getting you the AWS news you need as well as delivering as much snark as possible. I succeeded at the former and totally bombed at the latter. Sorry about that. If you’re ever bored on twitter, please stop by and say, “Hi!”.

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It’s Hacktoberfest! If you’re new to contributing to open source software, then this is your month!

If you’re contributing to any open source projects this month, remember to be respectful of the maintainers time. Make meaningful contributions and keep the spirit of Hacktoberfest fun and inclusive.

It’s ok to take this one off. We’re in the middle of a pandemic and the pull to contribute may be strong this time of year. Take care and be kind to yourself.

My former boss loves Terraform and AWS more that he loves anything else. He mentioned how stoked he was for the CDK for Terraform and you should be too. There is even a WHOLE day dedicated to CDKs.

With so much free time on our hands nowadays, people are studying for certificates at a break-neck pace. Learn your ABC’s before you run.

The best way to learn anything is by doing it. Here is an example of how you can use your imagination and learn development with AWS services.

“Sometimes” reading the AWS docs just confuses you more. Read about AWS Transit Gateways in a very approachable way.


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Introducing AWS Cost Anomaly Detection (Preview) – Jumping on the list as the 3rd thing you do when you create an AWS account, opting into this feature. Pop quiz, what are number 1 and 2?

Designing a secure container image registry – Because insecure image registries are so passe.

Optimize IP addresses usage by pods in your Amazon EKS cluster – So that /20 isn’t working out like you planned, now there is a plan B and C.

Football tracking in the NFL with Amazon SageMaker – Finally! We can confirm that the referee is in fact, blind. Bad calls will get less bad thanks to Ground Truth. Dez Bryant would say, ‘too little, too late’.

Successful innovation for ESSENCE as Starchive and AWS help deliver the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture – Essence fest, without the heat stroke, but plenty of Janet and Bell Biv Devoe, but no Mary J Blige.

Hot AWS EdStart Startups: Virtually supporting marginalized learners using EdTech solutions – As remote learning becomes commonplace, it’s great to see startups working to fill the gaps left by many in-person resources becoming inaccessible to students in need. Some feelgood news on your Monday morning.

AWS Centralized WAF and VPC Security Group Management Solution is Generally Available – AWS Firewall Manager, not him, the service now has an automated way to setup security polices.

Introducing the new AWS Digital Workplace Competency – A new COVID related industry has emerged. Just think if remote work had become less taboo sooner.

Amazon S3 on Outposts Now Available – S3 has entered the datacenter. Now you can keep your bucket misconfigurations at home.

Amazon Timestream is now Generally Available – Metrics, IOT, and analytics, Timestream has entered the building. They say it’s 1/10th the cost of a relational database, but as with all things AWS, the devil is in the details.

Enhance programmatic access for IAM users using a YubiKey for multi-factor authentication – MFA on the CLI using a TOTP even if you use SSO and an IdP. Five acronyms in one sentence is a record for me.

How one AWS Hero uses AWS Storage Gateway for in-cloud backup – Not all heros wear capes, some wear really cool glasses.

5 tips for a successful online-proctored AWS Certification exam – Online exams are all the rage, make sure you pause your gallon of water a day challenge before the exam. Thank me later.

Autodesk adopts Amazon S3 to save 75% on storage and modernize backup and recovery – Autodesk went all in on the cloud for backup, saved money and avoided an inevitable costly hardware refresh.

Today’s cloud-based databases create new possibilities—and require new skills – Leveling up with training is more effective than baptism by fire. Fires are usually a bad thing unless you’re moving to a new technology, then “fire good” -Some silly CTO.

Register now for the October 20 AWS Public Sector Summit Online – Seven tracks to choose from, for the cloud newbies to advanced. All virtual and no long coffee lines. Be sure to check the time zones.


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Another tool to help you deploy Kubernetes to the cloud with Ansible playbooks.

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

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