Best Practices for AWS EC2

best practices for AWS EC2 blog post by mike carlino, aws infrastructure engineer at Easy DynamicsThere are several things to consider before clicking that “Launch” button in the AWS (Amazon Web Services) console. The more you plan and take into consideration ahead of time, the more you can save yourself a few headaches down the road. I will go over some fundamental best practices to consider before launching your EC2 instance. These topics will cover storage, security, backup/recovery, and finally management. Continue reading “Best Practices for AWS EC2”

Improving Vendor-Provided Visio Stencils that are Less than Great

As an IT professional, I’ve had occasion to use Microsoft Visio perhaps two or three thousand times. Given that it has been the de facto standard in creating visual representations of complex architectures and other technological concepts for close to two decades, it’s likely you’ve encountered the tool yourself.

Generally speaking, it’s all well and good to open the application, choose applicable stencils for your project (bundled or those you’ve downloaded from a third party), and start dragging shapes onto the page. A few labels and some strategically placed lines, and you’ve got yourself a passable diagram ready to share with your colleagues… yay. There are sometimes, however, when one of these third parties make available a well-intended, but ultimately awful, set of stencils that they invite you to use to document their nifty widgets and doodads… thus was my experience recently when I downloaded Amazon’s AWS Visio stencils, and this blog post details what I did about it.

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AWS Certification – Solutions Architect Training Insights

AWS Certification Solutions Architect - Associate Level by Buddy Brooks at Easy Dynamics

Amazon Web Services offers certification testing for IT professionals interested in advancing their careers in the Amazon realm.

In September 2015, I completed the certification exam for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate. It is by far one of the most difficult certification exams I have ever taken. The exam is designed to measure your “technical expertise in desinging and deploying scalable, highly available, and fault tolerant systems on AWS.”  Continue reading “AWS Certification – Solutions Architect Training Insights”

AWS S3 Storage Concepts for Windows Admins

linux and windows language barriers in aws storage concepts

If you happen to be a Windows Admin (you know who you are) and are beginning to work in the Amazon Web Services Environment, there are some things you need to know! Unless you are at least a little familiar with Linux, you are in for an adventure in confusion. As with any product there is a learning curve when you first begin to explore it. The first challenge is learning to “speak the same language.” Even though I have experience using Linux, I still stumbled until I digested the explanations. Be careful! The language/concept barrier can lead to a great deal of confusion and difficulty. There are many AWS terms that have special meaning. In fact, it is almost a different way of thinking.This blog will cover how I went about breaking the barrier and how you can too!

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