July 2016

What effect will Brexit have on AWS plans for the future?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) currently has active regions in Dublin and Frankfurt, with the former often being used by AWS’ European customers due to the broader base of services offered there. AWS is building a datacentre in London today with a go-live date of late 2016 or early 2017. So what effect will this Brexit have on AWS plans for the future?

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AWS previews Python framework for serverless applications

On the 11th July, 2016 Amazon announced a preview of its latest offering in the serverless computing stack, the Python framework for serverless applications. Peter Moon announced on the AWS Developer Blog “Today the AWS Developer Tools team is excited to announce the preview of the Python Serverless Microframework for AWS.”

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What is Amazon Inspector and why use it?

As the computing world becomes more complex, detecting potential security and compliance issues can be channelling. In news earlier this week the popular Linux OS Ubuntu forums were hacked affecting over 2 million user’s credentials. Ubuntu’s is Linux’s most popular distribution systems and it suffered a common SQL injection attack used by hackers, since an SQL injection vulnerability could possibly affect any website or web application that makes use of an SQL-based database, the vulnerability is one of the oldest, most prevalent and most dangerous of web application vulnerabilities.

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Why is the use of tagging for EBS volumes so important in AWS?

Adding AWS tags to your Amazon assets and resources is a simple, but potentially critical part of infrastructure management. Tagging isn’t new, it can be achieved quite simply in your EC2, S3 (called Metadata in S3) and RDS instances with a few clicks of the Tag button feature. So, why is it important to EBS Volumes?

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Elastic Network Adapter High Performance Network Interface for Amazon EC2

Last month, on June 28th Amazon announced the rollout of the next generation network interface and associated drivers which will provide greater network capabilities for Amazon EC2 instances. This custom network interface has been designed to give high throughput and packet per second performance (PPS) and low latencies on EC2 instances. Elastic Network Adapter (ENA) provides a network bandwidth of 20Gbps on certain EC2 instance types. ENA was designed to make sure that customer workloads are not bottlenecked by the network.

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What is the difference between Amazon Redshift and Amazon RDS?

Both AWS services, Amazon Redshift and Amazon Relational Database Services (RDS)  can be used together very effectively, in our latest blog, we are looking to find out the functions and features of both database services will allow the customer to identify the differences and which best meets their requirements. 

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How does AWS provide an integrated experience on its Mobile Hub platform?

With Amazon AWS Mobile Hub platform providing a simplified process for building ,testing and monitoring mobile applications that make use of one or more services, which was once a time-consuming activity now can be achieved in 10 minutes. You choose the features you want, and the AWS Mobile Hub provisions and configures AWS resources, on your behalf. AWS Mobile Hub lets you easily add and configure features for your mobile apps, including user authentication, data storage, backend logic, push notifications, content delivery, and analytics. Subsequently, Amazon Mobile Hub takes the heavy lifting from integrating and configuring services.

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The Benefits of AWS Snapshot and Backup Automation

The traditional backup procedure associated with data sets would potentially throw up several issues along the way, like version skew which could result in data corruption. Also, the resources required to carry out the task, and the time it would take to complete could present significant problems. This is where snapshot automation technology can be of great benefit. A snapshot, in basic terms, is a copy of a data set at a particular moment in time, in other words, you don’t need to back up your entire data set to get full data protection which may be essential for mission critical businesses. In this blog post, we will look in more detail at the benefits of AWS snapshot and backup automation.

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How does Amazon EFS differ from Amazon S3?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) earlier this month, announced their new Amazon Elastic File System Amazon (EFS). Amazon has launched this release, as a fully managed service that will make it easier for all customers to set up and scale file storage in the Amazon Cloud.  When Amazon Web Services first introduced this concept back in April 2015, at the AWS Summit in San Francisco, it was primarily aimed at the enterprise and development environment. Today with it’s tried and tested methods, it becomes available to all AWS customers. So what is Amazon EFS and how does it differ from Amazon S3?

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How to configure the AWS CLI and launch an EC2 Instance

When trying to find out about the different AWS services and how to use them, I often find myself having to pull different pieces of information from different sources and cobbling them together to run the service correctly. It was no different when I decided to find out more about the AWS Command Line Tools (CLI). In this blog post, we explain how to configure the AWS CLI and launch an EC2 Instance.

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