AWS

How much to include in your machine images.

It’s an old topic, but I think one worth revisiting. When automating server provisioning, how much do you put into the machine image and how much do you do at instance start time? First a bit of background. When provisioning servers in the cloud, you start from a machine image, in AWS terminology, an Amazon Machine Image or AMI. You can find community AMIs for all sorts of operating systems… Read More »How much to include in your machine images.

Lessons from Leading a DevOps Team for a Global Application Platform

For two and a half years I was the technical lead responsible for the operational management of a global platform running a vendor provided software product for a Fortune 100 insurance company. That’s a mouthful. In simpler terms, we did DevOps for a vendor provided enterprise content management system. The team consisted of between 8-10 people, including 3-5 in Northern Ireland. This included a scrum master and product owner, so… Read More »Lessons from Leading a DevOps Team for a Global Application Platform

What is the AWS Well-Architected Framework?

Simply, the AWS Well-Architected Framework helps you understand the pros and cons of decisions you make while building systems on AWS. It is a set of best practices for building secure, high-performance, resilient and efficient infrastructure. These best practices are a distillation of years of observation of cloud based projects. There are 5 pillars of the AWS Well-Architected Framework. Operational excellence, security, reliability, performance excellence, and cost optimization. There are… Read More »What is the AWS Well-Architected Framework?