Category Archives: AWS

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

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

AWS Dedicated Hosts

AWS Dedicated Hosts

Sometimes it’s just not desirable to have your Amazon EC2 instances deployed all willy-nilly across the AWS infrastructure. Sure it’s nice not having to manage the underlying infrastructure but in some cases you actually need to be able to manage the hosts themselves. One example is when you have licensing that is “old-fashioned” and uses… Continue Reading

Manage vSphere Virtual Machines through AWS SSM

Manage vSphere Virtual Machines through AWS SSM

Amazon Web Services has some great tools to help you operate your EC2 instances with their Simple Systems Manager services. These services include ensuring patches are deployed within maintenance windows specified by you, automation routines that are used to ensure state and run commands on a fleet of servers through the AWS console. These tools… Continue Reading