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Introducing AWS CloudFormation Guard 2.0

In their blog post published last year, Write preventive compliance rules for AWS CloudFormation templates the cfn-guard way, Luis, Raisa, and Josh showed you how to use CloudFormation Guard, an open source tool that helps validate your AWS CloudFormation templates against a rule set to keep AWS resources in compliance with company guidelines. Since the […]

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Reinventing automated operations (Part II)

The first post in this series, Reinventing automated operations (Part I), covered the importance of operations in the cloud and how deferring the creation of an operations plan can slow down your migration. In this post, I’ll share the primary mechanism of iterative improvement (aka flywheel) that AWS Managed Services (AMS) uses to increase operational […]

Detecting and remediating process issues on EC2 instances using Amazon CloudWatch and AWS Systems Manager

Detecting and remediating process issues on EC2 instances using Amazon CloudWatch and AWS Systems Manager

Customers want to have visibility into processes running inside their Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances. Critical processes and services in these instances can crash unexpectedly and when they do, it’s crucial for customers to be notified so they can maintain continued business operations. There are multiple ways to see if a service is […]

GoDaddy’s journey to the cloud and their Public Cloud Portal

GoDaddy’s journey to the cloud and their Public Cloud Portal

Get to the Cloud. Make awesome happen! This blog post explores GoDaddy’s journey to the cloud and the GoDaddy Public Cloud Portal, an application used by engineering teams to onboard to AWS. GoDaddy started their journey to the cloud in early 2018 when they announced their partnership with AWS. This post will outline the project […]

How Wealthfront utilizes AWS X-Ray to analyze and debug distributed applications

How Wealthfront utilizes AWS X-Ray to analyze and debug distributed applications

This blog post was written by Harichandan Pulagam, a Data Engineer at Wealthfront In this blog post, we describe how Wealthfront used AWS X-Ray to streamline the development and operations of a distributed application. About Wealthfront Wealthfront’s mission is to build a financial system that favors people, not institutions. They strive to provide better experiences […]

GoDaddy’s journey to the cloud and their Standard Cloud Platform

GoDaddy’s journey to the cloud and their Standard Cloud Platform

In this blog post, we explore GoDaddy’s journey to the cloud and their Public Cloud Portal, an application created to onboard engineering teams to AWS. GoDaddy started this journey in early 2018 when they announced their partnership with AWS. We’ll focus on how GoDaddy created a service to enable thousands of employees and hundreds of […]

Creating contacts, escalation plans, and response plans in AWS Systems Manager Incident Manager

Creating contacts, escalation plans, and response plans in AWS Systems Manager Incident Manager

Many of our customers need an effective incident management and response solution to achieve operational excellence and performance efficiency. Transparency between those who are affected by the incident and those who respond to the incident is key to any incident management process. Finding the right team to mitigate the impact of application or workload incidents […]

AWS Systems Manager Incident Manager integration with Amazon CloudWatch Part 2

AWS Systems Manager Incident Manager integration with Amazon CloudWatch

This is the second post in a two-part series about AWS Systems Manager Incident Manager. In the first post, we covered onboarding steps like creating contacts, an escalation plan, and a response plan in Incident Manager. In this post, we discuss the integration between Incident Manager and Amazon CloudWatch and how Incident Manager components manage an […]

Automated just-in-time storage for SQL Server backup using AWS Systems Manager Automation

Automated just-in-time storage for SQL Server backup using AWS Systems Manager Automation

There are times when you need fairly large storage volumes for use cases that are infrequent but needed recurrently. For example, one AWS customer needed to have multiple terabytes of Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volumes available for taking MSSQL full backups. The backup job was scheduled as a weekly task but the customer […]

Use AWS Control Tower to automate configuration of AWS accounts for ServiceNow IT operations management

Use AWS Control Tower lifecycle events to automate configuration of AWS accounts for ServiceNow IT operations management

Several organizations that I work with use ServiceNow’s IT Operations management capabilities for their on-premises infrastructure and want to leverage the same capabilities for their AWS environment as well. Some of the core capabilities of ServiceNow’s IT Operations management are ServiceNow Discovery, Event Management and Cloud Management. Currently, customers who want to enable ServiceNow’s Cloud […]