September 2016

The benefits of automated AWS backups

Let’s be honest, we are all busy people and where possible,  we want to automate tasks. We want to be able to set something up and then forget about it, safe in the knowledge that it’s being taken care of in the background.

Although AWS allow you to take snapshots of your EBS volumes, it still requires some manual effort and is subject to human error. In this blog post, we will look in more detail at the benefits of AWS snapshot and backup automation.

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AWS Webinar Series – September 2016

At the beginning of the month, Jeff Barr blogged about the value of continuing education and shared an infographic that illustrated the link between continued education and increased pay, higher effectiveness, and decreased proclivity to seek other employment. He highlighted that the pace of AWS innovation means that there’s always something new to learn. One way to do this is to attend some of the AWS webinars. AWS design these webinars with a focus on training and education, and they strongly believe that you will come away from them ready, willing, and able to use a new AWS service or to try a new aspect of an existing one.

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What is Amazon Elastic Beanstalk?

With the launch of Amazon Elastic Beanstalk in 2011 by Amazon Web Services (AWS), the growth of this service has been incredible. Amazon Elastic Beanstalk gives administrators and developers a way to deploy and manage their applications quickly and easily without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure. So how exactly does this automated, fast, simple, and scalable environment work?

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10 years on. How AWS came to be

Ten years ago Amazon.com had the foresight to launch Amazon Web ServicesThey recognised the potential due to their own conflicts with the storage and the handling of big data analytics, but I doubt even they,  could have anticipated what it has grown to become today. So, just how did AWS come to be and what is the driving forces that year on year keeps them at the top of their game? With a company mantra stating “We seek to offer the Earth’s Biggest Selection, and to be the Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they may want to buy online.” What was Amazom.com “The Early Years”

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AWS cuts prices of EBS volume snapshots by 47%

At this year’s AWS Summit in New York, Amazon Web Services announced, the very welcome news, that they are lowering the cost of snapshots of volumes of data stored in the Elastic Block Store (EBS) service by 47 percent!

Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) is an AWS block storage system that is designed for storing persistent data. If you want to backup the data that is on your EBS volume it is possible with snapshots. It’s even possible to instruct EBS to make snapshots when data on EBS gets updated. EBS volumes are typically attached to applications running inside AWS EC2 virtual machine instances and persist even after EC2 instances are terminated, unlike local EC2 instance storage.

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