Category Archives: Technology

AWS Reserved Instance Considerations

AWS Reserved Instance Considerations

Reserved Instances are often used to reduce the price of Amazon EC2 instance on-demand pricing. If you’re not familiar with Reserved Instances, then you’re missing out. Reserved Instances, or RIs, are a billing construct used in conjunction with Amazon EC2 instances (virtual machines). The default usage on the AWS platform is the on-demand pricing in… Continue Reading

Setup MFA for AWS Root Accounts

Setup MFA for AWS Root Accounts

Multi-Factor Authentication or MFA, is a common security precaution used to prevent someone from gaining access to an account even if an attacker has your username and password. With MFA you must also have a device that generates a time based one time password (TOTP) in addition to the standard username/password combination. The extra time… Continue Reading

Rubrik Acquires Datos IO

There is news in the backup world today. Rubrik has acquired startup company Datos IO. Who is Datos IO? Datos IO was founded in 2014 and focuses on copy data management of distributed scale out databases purpose built for the cloud. The reason Datos IO is different from the common backup solutions we’re accustomed to… Continue Reading

An Introduction to AWS CloudFormation Change Sets

An Introduction to AWS CloudFormation Change Sets

If you’ve done any work in Amazon Web Services you probably know the importance of CloudFormation (CFn) as part of your Infrastructure as Code (IaC) strategy. CloudFormation provides a JSON or YAML formatted document which describes the AWS infrastructure that you want to deploy. If you need to re-deploy the same infrastructure across production and… Continue Reading

In the Cloud World, It’s Cheaper to Upgrade

In the Cloud World, It’s Cheaper to Upgrade

If you’ve been in technology for a while, you’ve probably had to go through a hardware refresh cycle at some point. These cycles usually meant taking existing hardware, doing some capacity planning exercises and setting out to buy new hardware that is supported by the vendors. This process was usually lengthy and made CIOs break… Continue Reading

Commit to Infrastructure As Code

Commit to Infrastructure As Code

Over recent years, Infrastructure as Code (IaC) has become sort of a utopian goal of many organizations looking to modernize their infrastructure. The benefits to IaC have been covered many times so I won’t go into too much detail, but the highlights include: Reproducibility of an environment Reduction in deployment time Linking infrastructure deployments with… Continue Reading

AWS DeepLens – The Nuclear Weapon of Privacy

AWS DeepLens – The Nuclear Weapon of Privacy

Today at AWS re:INVENT, Amazon had several new product announcements which is not uncommon for the company but one in-particular raised several eyebrows. Amazon has been working very hard to make machine learning much easier for people to use. Typically, understanding machine learning has taken great expertise and a relatively small number of people even… Continue Reading