AWS Revenue Slip?

I recently noticed several bloggers announcing a dramatic slip in the Amazon cloud business based on a drop in revenue of the infamous Other category. While deducing AWS revenue from changes to the Other category is an inexact science, it is the best we have until Amazon choose to break…

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My Luxury Rental Car

The other night while on the Cape with family, we got to telling travel stories. I've collected a fair number of travel stories over the years - including my recent experience being towed down a busy sidewalk in downtown Seattle. But this is one I had almost forgotten. A few…

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The Agility Volume Knob

I like to think I’m an Agile Pragmatist in a world of Agile Fundamentalists. I believe there is no single framework / process that is a panacea to the various issues within a software development organization, and instead processes must be adapted to fit the specific needs of a business…

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Denying Destructive Privileges in AWS

I had mentioned in What To Do In Response To Code Spaces the importance of locking down your service-based IAM users to least privilege access. For example, if a service pushes a backup to S3, its IAM privileges should be scoped to write-only for the specified bucket. If a service…

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What To Do In Response To Code Spaces

From the first day I was responsible for cloud infrastructure, I couldn’t help but feel the responsibility of the potential downside impact of running a business in the cloud. The most powerful attributes of the cloud - dynamic infrastructure, APIs, automation - make it possible for very bad things…

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AWS Reserved Instances & VPCs

Most customers that have been using Amazon for a year or more likely have infrastructure running in both Classic and VPC networks. For these customers, Amazon's documentation is a little vague on the expected behavior of reserved instances across VPC and Classic instances. Here is the summary from their FAQ…

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