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Start off the New Year by earning AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

Do you design applications and systems on AWS? Want to demonstrate your AWS Cloud skills? Ring in 2018 by becoming an AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate. It’s a way to validate your expertise with an industry-recognized credential and give your career a boost. Why get certified, you ask? According to the 2017 Global Knowledge […]

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Glenn’s Take on re:Invent 2017 – Part 3

Glenn Gore here, Chief Architect for AWS. I was in Las Vegas last week — with 43K others — for re:Invent 2017. I checked in to the Architecture blog here and here with my take on what was interesting about some of the bigger announcements from a cloud-architecture perspective. In the excitement of so many new services […]

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Glenn’s Take on re:Invent Part 2

Glenn Gore here, Chief Architect for AWS. I’m in Las Vegas this week — with 43K others — for re:Invent 2017. We’ve got a lot of exciting announcements this week. I’m going to check in to the Architecture blog with my take on what’s interesting about some of the announcements from an cloud architectural perspective. […]

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Glenn’s Take on re:Invent 2017 Part 1

GREETINGS FROM LAS VEGAS Glenn Gore here, Chief Architect for AWS. I’m in Las Vegas this week — with 43K others — for re:Invent 2017. We have a lot of exciting announcements this week. I’m going to post to the AWS Architecture blog each day with my take on what’s interesting about some of the […]

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Well-Architected Lens: Focus on Specific Workload Types

Customers have been building their innovations on AWS for over 11 years. During that time, our solutions architects have conducted tens of thousands of architecture reviews for our customers. In 2012 we created the “Well-Architected” initiative to share with you best practices for building in the cloud, and started publishing them in 2015. We recently […]

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On Architecture and the State of the Art

On the AWS Solutions Architecture team we know we’re following in the footsteps of other technical experts who pulled together the best practices of their eras. Around 22 BC the Roman Architect Vitruvius Pollio wrote On architecture (published as The Ten Books on Architecture), which became a seminal work on architectural theory. Vitruvius captured the […]

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re:viewing AWS re:Invent

We previously wrote about how Route 53 organizes software deployments. We thought it’d be worthwhile to highlight an architecture track talk at AWS re:Invent 2014. In this talk, Chris Munns, AWS Solutions Architect discusses various deployment techniques and some of the new AWS services customers can leverage to improve their deployment strategies. A useful reference […]

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Exponential Backoff And Jitter

Introducing OCC Optimistic concurrency control (OCC) is a time-honored way for multiple writers to safely modify a single object without losing writes. OCC has three nice properties: it will always make progress as long as the underlying store is available, it’s easy to understand, and it’s easy to implement. DynamoDB’s conditional writes make OCC a […]

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Internet Routing and Traffic Engineering

Internet Routing Internet routing today is handled through the use of a routing protocol known as BGP (Border Gateway Protocol). Individual networks on the Internet are represented as an autonomous system (AS). An autonomous system has a globally unique autonomous system number (ASN) which is allocated by a Regional Internet Registry (RIR), who also handle […]

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Selecting Service Endpoints for Reliability and Performance

Choose Your Route Wisely Much like a roadway, the Internet is subject to congestion and blockage that cause slowdowns and at worst prevent packets from arriving at their destination. Like too many cars jamming themselves onto a highway, too much data over a route on the Internet results in slowdowns. Transatlantic cable breaks have much […]

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