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Create Dynamic Contact Forms for S3 Static Websites Using AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, and Amazon SES

In the era of the cloud, hosting a static website is cheaper, faster and simpler than traditional on premise hosting, where you always have to maintain a running server.  Basically, no static website is truly static. I can promise you will find at least a “contact us” page in most static websites, which, by their […]

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Amazon Aurora MySQL DBA Handbook – Connection Management

Amazon Aurora MySQL (Aurora MySQL) is a managed relational database engine, wire-compatible with MySQL 5.6. Most of the drivers, connectors, and tools that you currently use with MySQL can be used with Aurora MySQL with little or no change. Aurora MySQL database (DB) clusters provide advanced features such as: One primary instance that supports read […]

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WordPress: Best Practices on AWS

As most of you already know, WordPress is a popular open-source blogging platform and content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. AWS customers deploy everything from simple blogs to high-traffic, complex websites. We have recently updated the “WordPress: Best Practices on AWS” whitepaper to incorporate new AWS services and the latest best practices […]

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Scale Your Web Application — One Step at a Time

I often encounter people experiencing frustration as they attempt to scale their e-commerce or WordPress site—particularly around the cost and complexity related to scaling. When I talk to customers about their scaling plans, they often mention phrases such as horizontal scaling and microservices, but usually people aren’t sure about how to dive in and effectively scale […]

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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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