As a fun surprise, I’m guest hosting Software Engineering Daily all week long, and taking you on a tour of the cloud. Every day this week, I interview a guest about a particular cloud provider. Be sure to follow along and yell at me about it on Twitter.
Separately, you should absolutely opt your organization’s data out of being used to improve AWS’s AI services immediately. “Giving your data to AWS for free to improve their ability to compete with whatever it is you’re doing” concerns aside, and completely ignoring the privacy implications, think instead of how much value your data has, and then reflect upon exactly how much AWS gives you for free.
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Twelve common misconceptions about DynamoDB. I’ll add a lucky thirteenth: It’s not really a database, it’s a DNS server.
How recurringly-featured-in-LWIA Segment built an access service to handle temporary AWS access scoped appropriately.
I got cited in CBS News for complaining about Amazon Sidewalk. Honestly, I don’t think Amazon is doing anything nefarious here; I’m mostly just salty that the same company that charges usurious data egress prices wants me to just donate half a gig of data transfer to them for funsies every month. NOPE. I want to charge you for it, and I want how much I charge you to be incomprehensible and impossible for you to predict in advance.
If everyone listened to my advice in To Save Money on Your AWS Bill, Turn That S— Off I’d have to work way harder to fix AWS bills.
An older post that I don’t recall seeing before: an employee’s tale about why they left AWS. These days the answer simplifies to “I get a 60% raise to go work somewhere else.”
I was quoted in this biography of incoming AWS CEO Adam Selipsky that the Seattle Times pushed out. At this point his pretending he doesn’t know who I am is looking fairly contrived!
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Amazon CloudWatch adds Control Plane API Usage Metrics across AWS Services – “Does this also tie API metrics to cost?” “Don’t be ridiculous, no good whatsoever would come from that…”
Amazon EKS pods running on AWS Fargate now support custom security groups – Another day, another “wait, you mean it didn’t do this previously” enhancement.
Amazon Neptune simplifies in-console experience to help customers get started faster – And yet it still neglects to effectively explain what in creation a graph database is, why you would want one, or to whom the service would apply.
Amazon WorkSpaces Cost Optimizer v2.3 adds support for existing VPCs and improves billing accuracy and reporting – Instead of “fixing WorkSpaces to automatically convert to whichever pricing favors the customer,” a different team strings together some nonsense that apparently requires continual tweaking.
Announcing Global Clusters for Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) – This thing feels more and more like a shim on top of DynamoDB all the time.
AWS Lambda Extensions are now Generally Available in all commercial regions – It’s now way easier to add third parties with dubious value propositions to your Lambda applications.
AWS Systems Manager Session Manager plugin for the AWS CLI is now open source – Ooh, this lets the CLI act as a systems manager session manager connection manager.
AWS Transit Gateway Updates Service Level Agreement to 99.99% – Steadily increasing SLAs are a good indicator that internal engineering work has paid off to stabilize things.
New digital course: Improve Code Quality with Amazon CodeGuru Reviewer – I know I take a lot of cheap shots at AWS Marketing, so let me take the high road for a second. This is a perfect example of a lost opportunity; instead of positioning CodeGuru as a code review tool that tells you you’re doing it wrong, it could have instead been positioned as a “learn to code more effectively by getting contextual inputs relevant to what you’re working on.” But no, AWS instead chose to sell this service as a hamfisted attempt to chip away at software engineers’ jobs, then wonder why people are down on the product.
Amazon Location Service Is Now Generally Available with New Routing and Satellite Imagery Capabilities – This service may have the most complicated pricing model that I’ve ever seen, a giant raft of licensing restrictions since it would seem that AWS and their providers are both terrified of competition, and is somehow still a better deal than Google Maps API.
Introducing the newest AWS Heroes – June, 2021 – It’s time once again for the rest of us to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.
Setting up AWS Lambda with an Apache Kafka cluster within a VPC – “It’s Kafka and a Lambda function, how complicated could it be–OH NO AWS wrote a blog post about how to do it!” You guessed it, it’s super complicated!
Using EC2 Serial Console to access the GRUB menu and recover from boot failures – This is the feature I wanted in 2015, routed around entirely, and no longer give enough of a toss about to implement in anything today. Way too late, AWS.
Reinventing automotive sales with AWS – “TrueCar, as reimplemented badly by AWS” is how I read this one.
Use Amazon Translate in Amazon SageMaker Notebooks – You can now do machine learning for sentiment analysis (always a fraught endeavor) in languages for which you lack understanding, context, and nuance. Well what are you waiting for, your $20 million seed round awaits you!
Automate detecting GeoIP location of Client VPN users using Lambda function – Ratting out your colleagues so they can have their pay reduced based upon their location as mandated by your (Delaware incorporated) employer has never been easier!
Integrating Network Connectivity Testing with Infrastructure Deployment – This is an innovative use of state machines to invoke the VPC Reachability Analyzer on a whole bunch of routes, every time a deployment is done. Note that each Analyzer run costs you ten cents. Further note that this is the best State Money Printing Machine since the US Mint.
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The free CloudOptimizer tool now supports a bunch of additional cloud providers.
A terraform script for capping monthly AWS spend. Careful; the bill can skyrocket before the bill notices the increased resource usage.
This Greasemonkey script called Route53 Truther simply moves the Route 53 entry in the AWS console’s list of services into the database section where it belongs. This is a critical-path item for your workflow; please go install it immediately.
… and that’s what happened Last Week in AWS.