Whiteboard Confessional: The Curious Case of the 9,000% AWS Bill Increase
Join me as I continue the Whiteboard Confessional series with a look at the time my friend’s personal AWS bill increased 9,000% month-to-month. I discuss the concerns you’re going to have when you build on Azure, GCP, Oracle Cloud, and AWS, how this monstrous bill came into being in the first place, why organizations might not even notice this sort of billing discrepancy, what AWS should do to make sure this doesn’t happen to people’s personal accounts in the future, what a better approach to the AWS free tier could look like, and more.
Kicking AWS’s ASS into Space
AWS Morning Brief for the week of July 7, 2020.
Whiteboard Confessional: The Day IBM Cloud Dissipated
Join me as I continue the Whiteboard Confessional series by examining IBM Cloud’s recent widespread outage. I talk about why you should never make fun of someone else’s downtime, how IBM’s response to the outage was abysmal, what cloud providers should do whenever their systems go down, how a cloud provider’s status page can never be dependent on things they are personally running, why IBM Cloud deserves the Oxymoron of the Year award, why it’s important to let the broader community learn from your major mistakes, how this fiasco demonstrates that IBM Cloud isn’t ready to properly service the market, and more.
Oh, Honey; Help the Cops in us-west-3
AWS Morning Brief for the week of June 29, 2020.
Whiteboard Confessional: Bespoke Password Management
Join me as I continue the Whiteboard Confessional series by talking about how I log into all of the various AWS accounts I use for work, why using IAM passwords and username pairs is patently ridiculous, how AWS Single Sign-On is supposed to be great but just makes me angry, everything there is to know about aws-vault and why I needed a better solution, a complicated workaround I created for password management that was ridiculously overbuilt but works, and more.
111 Gigabytes Per Ounce
AWS Morning Brief for the week of June 22, 2020.
Whiteboard Confessional: Help, I’ve Lost My MFA Device!
Join me as I continue the Whiteboard Confessional series with a look at multi-factor authentication (MFA) and the time my business partner Mike Julian lost his MFA device and needed to reset his Amazon MFA token and couldn’t figure out how. Among other things, I discuss why you shouldn’t make decisions or record podcasts when you’re angry, why you shouldn’t store MFA codes in your password manager, why your policies and procedures won’t matter if someone chooses to disregard them, how you should expect people to do the wrong thing and make it easy to do the right thing, why you shouldn’t incentivize people to hide mistakes, and more.