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Jeff Barr

Author: Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.

Amazon Inspector – Automated Security Assessment Service

As systems, configurations, and applications become more and more complex, detecting potential security and compliance issues can be challenging. Agile development methodologies can shorten the time between “code complete” and “code tested and deployed,” but can occasionally allow vulnerabilities to be introduced by accident and overlooked during testing. Also, many organizations do not have enough […]

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AWS Config Rules – Dynamic Compliance Checking for Cloud Resources

The flexible, dynamic nature of the AWS cloud gives developers and admins the flexibility to launch, configure, use, and terminate processing, storage, networking, and other resources as needed. In any fast-paced agile environment, security guidelines and policies can be overlooked in the race to get a new product to market before the competition. Imagine that […]

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Amazon RDS Update – MariaDB is Now Available

We launched the Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) almost six years ago, in October of 2009. The initial launch gave you the power to launch a MySQL database instance from the command line. From that starting point we have added a multitude of features, along with support for the SQL Server, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL, and […]

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AWS Import/Export Snowball – Transfer 1 Petabyte Per Week Using Amazon-Owned Storage Appliances

Even though high speed Internet connections (T3 or better) are available in many parts of the world, transferring terabytes or petabytes of data from an existing data center to the cloud remains challenging. Many of our customers find that the data migration aspect of an all-in move to the cloud presents some surprising issues. In […]

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Amazon Kinesis Firehose – Simple & Highly Scalable Data Ingestion

Two years ago we introduced , which we now call Amazon Kinesis Streams, to allow you to build applications that collect, process, and analyze streaming data with very high throughput. We don’t want you to have to think about building and running a fleet of ingestion servers or worrying about monitoring, scaling, or reliable delivery. […]

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Amazon QuickSight – Fast & Easy to Use Business Intelligence for Big Data at 1/10th the Cost of Traditional Solutions

Over the last couple of years, the process of collecting, uploading, storing, and processing data on AWS has become faster, simpler, and increasingly comprehensive. We have delivered a broad set of data-centric services that tackle many of the issues faced by our customers. For example: Managing Databases is Painful and Difficult – addresses many of […]

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AWS Global Partner Summit – Report from re:Invent 2015

The AWS Global Partner Summit just wrapped up! This annual event is held the day before the main keynotes, breakout sessions, and other events. During the event, members of the had the opportunity to hear from senior AWS leaders. Traditionally, the talks have provided insights into the future direction of AWS and of the APN […]

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New – EC2 Spot Blocks for Defined-Duration Workloads

I do believe that there’s a strong evolutionary aspect to the continued development of AWS. Services start out simple and gain new features over time. Our customers start to use those features, provide us with ample feedback, and we respond by enhancing existing features and building new ones. As an example, consider the history of […]

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