Posts Tagged aws

A First Look at Google Cloud Datastore

Note: This is a continuation of my post on exploring Google Cloud Platform. There is also a mirror of it on dev.to. At first glance, Datastore is equivalent to DynamoDB. I personally think that Datastore is better compared to SimpleDB. Unfortunately, SimpleDB isn’t accepting new customers/isn’t being deployed to new regions, so it’s not a […]

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A First Look at Google Cloud Storage

Note: This is a continuation of my post on exploring Google Cloud Platform. There is also a mirror of it on dev.to. Storage price wise, S3 and GCS are mostly comparable, with a note that GCS bandwidth is more expensive, and you don’t really get a choice of what rate you want to pay. GCS […]

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A First Look at Google Compute Engine

Note: This is a continuation of my post on exploring Google Cloud Platform. There is also a mirror of it on dev.to. Compute Engine is one of the more important services for me. While I’d love to have all my stuff on managed services like Lambda/Cloud Functions, it’s not possible. The fundamentals of GCE are […]

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A First Look at Google Cloud Platform

This got really long, so I broke it up into parts. Feel free to skip to the parts you’re interested in. * Setting up, Organization differences & IAM/Authentication (this post) (dev.to mirror) * Google Compute Engine (dev.to mirror) * Google Cloud Storage (dev.to mirror) * Google Cloud Datastore (dev.to mirror) I have a bunch of […]

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Exploring AWS Organizations

When AWS Organizations went GA, I was really happy. While I’ve had my personal AWS account for a while, I have a bunch of sites that aren’t personal in nature, and I wanted to spin them off into another account with the intention of having enough isolation that I could apply Terraform to those accounts […]

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Quick and Dirty Shoestring Startup Infra

At the University of Waterloo, we have a Final Year Design Project/Capstone project. My group is working on a conference management suite called Calligre. We’ve been approaching it as kind of a startup – we presented a pitch at a competition and won! While sorting out admin details with the judges after, they were oddly […]

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Notes from various AWS Investigations

AWS CloudWatch Logs storage charge == S3 storage charge. Possibly less, since the logs are gziped level 6 first. CW Logs makes more sense than using AWS Elasticsearch at small scale – prices start at 1.8c an hour + EBS charges vs 50c/GB of log ingestion + storage For pure log storage & bulk retrival, […]

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Using Amazon S3 + CloudFront + Certificate Manager to get seamless static HTTPS support

TL;DR: This post documents the process I took to get S3 to return redirect requests over HTTP + HTTPS to a given domain. I’m trying to trim down the number of domains and subdomains that I host on my server, since I’m trying a new policy of moving servers every few months in an attempt […]

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Cheaping out on EC2 – using Spot Instances

Amazon markets Spot Instances as a way to reduce the price you pay for instances. So, continuing my efforts to reduce expenses on EC2, I looked into using spot instances. Spot instances are essentially just like normal instances. You can create your own AMIs, where you essentially create an image and tell Amazon to create […]

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Cheaping out on EC2 – Downsizing existing EBS volumes

I’m moving a VM from my own server to EC2. I’ve got $50 worth of credit from a Redhat event, so I would like to make use of that. (That, and my AWS account existed before the free tier was introduced, so I’m not eligible for that.) That said, I want to make that credit […]

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