Wednesday AWS Wrapup – Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Welcome to 2020 (all be it a bit belated) and the first AWS Weekly Wrap-up for 2020. For those of you who followed my weekly updates last year, welcome back. For those of are new to these weekly posts, I like to take time each week to review the recent announcements from Amazon Web Services and outline the ones that my customers appear interested in.

As always, This list is a summary of the recent releases and announcements made by AWS and is far from exhaustive.… [Keep reading] “Wednesday AWS Wrapup – Wednesday 22nd January 2020”

A look into CloudFormation resource import

Just before re:Invent, AWS launched a new feature for CloudFormation … Create Stack with existing resources! This gives a lot of options to start to manage existing resources as code, if they were created via GUI or CLI. Apart from that though, it now gives you the ability to move resources between stacks, rename stacks, etc.

There is a pretty good AWS blog, but there are some things the blog really didn’t cover too well.… [Keep reading] “A look into CloudFormation resource import”

Intro to AWS Amplify: build a multi-tenant SaaS app – Part 3: Deployment Setup

Deployment Setup

This is Part 3 of my “Intro to AWS Amplify”. If you haven’t already, you can find the previous articles in the series below:

Part Description
Part 1: Preparation This article provides an introduction and instructions on creating the required AWS environment.
Part 2: App Setup This section outlines the steps to set up out new Amplify application and host it in a repository.

Overview

By now you should have your react application bootstrapped and the amplify project initialized and committed to a git repository.… [Keep reading] “Intro to AWS Amplify: build a multi-tenant SaaS app – Part 3: Deployment Setup”

Intro to AWS Amplify: build a multi-tenant SaaS app – Part 2: Application Setup

Application Setup

This is Part 2 of my “Intro to AWS Amplify”. If you haven’t already, you can find the previous articles in the series below:

Part Description
Part 1: Preparation This article provides an introduction and instructions on creating the required AWS environment.

Overview

Continuing on from Part 1,  you should by now have your Cloud9 instance configured and ready to go. In this article, we will install the required libraries in our Cloud9 instance and bootstrap our Amplify Application.… [Keep reading] “Intro to AWS Amplify: build a multi-tenant SaaS app – Part 2: Application Setup”

Getting Started: Intro to AWS Amplify: build a multi-tenant SaaS app

Getting Started: Intro to AWS Amplify: build a multi-tenant SaaS app

What is this?

As we get started with the new year I thought I’d take the opportunity to start publishing a different type of article this year. Today begins a new series of articles where I will walk through the process of building out a web application using AWS Amplify. It will be a typical todo application written in React and Node JS and we’ll use the Amplify CLI to configure and deploy it into both a test and production environment.… [Keep reading] “Getting Started: Intro to AWS Amplify: build a multi-tenant SaaS app”

Diary of a re:Invent newbie

Wow, so the end of the year has quickly run up and I’ve finally found some time to write this up. While re:Invent was a few weeks ago, I took a few days vacation on my way home and then it’s been busy busy busy since. So, in the lead up, I’d watched the “How to re:Invent” videos and had advice from our senior AWS guy, Matt. I’d say the advice was pretty good and I made the most of my time.… [Keep reading] “Diary of a re:Invent newbie”

AWS Re:Invent Day 1

And here we are at AWS Re:Invent 2019 coming off all of the announcements and happenings for the week. Today’s article is going to cover off all the day 0 and Day 1 announcements that have come out of Midnight Madness and Monday Night Live. The complete list of announcements from Day 0 and 1 are:

  • AWS DeepComposer – Compose Music with Generative Machine Learning Models
  • New AWS Program to Help Future-proof Your End-of-Support Windows Server Applications
  • A New, Simplified, Bring-Your-Own-License Experience for Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server
  • Automate OS Image Build Pipelines with EC2 Image Builder
  • Amazon Transcribe Medical – Real-Time Automatic Speech Recognition for Healthcare Customers
  • Identify Unintended Resource Access with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Access Analyzer

AWS DeepComposer – Compose Music with Generative Machine Learning Models

AWS has made a little bit of a habit over the last few years of releasing new hardware at Re:Invent.… [Keep reading] “AWS Re:Invent Day 1”

AWS November Announcement Review – Part 2

In my last article (available here), I walked through a number of announcements that AWS made over the first couple of weeks in November. Continuing on from there this article covers the announcements from the second half of the month. This will hopefully set us up to tackle the wave of announcements that will come out during Re: Invent.

When we look at the announcements over the second half of November we can see a couple of recurring themes:

Developer Features

There where a number of new features that clearly make life easier for the developer community.… [Keep reading] “AWS November Announcement Review – Part 2”

November is the new Christmas – At least for fans of AWS

It’s no secret within the halls of Telstra Purple that the end of November is my favourite time of year, and as a Cloud Architect that lives in the land of AWS…. why wouldn’t this be everybody’s  favourite time of year?
Firstly, for the whole month of November Team Orange slam us with a non stop onslaught of new features and product accounements. In fact, if we have a look at the AWS What’s New page https://aws.amazon.com/new
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SSM Endpoints – A How To

AWS Simple Systems Manager (SSM or Systems Manager) is an AWS service for bulk management of EC2 instances, and on-premises servers too. Like many AWS services though, it is accessed via the internet. This means that:

  1. you need some way to access the service
  2. the control data is going out over the internet

Getting around statement a. is pretty easy, either have a direct internet connection or you can configure the SSM agent to use a proxy.  … [Keep reading] “SSM Endpoints – A How To”