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Implementing Cron Jobs with Elastic Beanstalk

If you have worked with cron jobs with Elastic Beanstalk then you know they can be confusing starting out. Here is a simple solution that I use. It prevents duplicate cron tasks, and makes adding new cron jobs really easy! 1. In your .ebextensions/project.config, add a container command (it is listed first in my application): … Continue reading

An Interim Solution for Elastic Beanstalk Deployment Failures

I ran into a problem recently that stumped both myself and the AWS Support team – in face I still have two open support tickets that AWS is investigating internally. This is in regard to a large CMS application that has been running on AWS for a few years now without issue and without any … Continue reading

Four Scalability Obstacles on AWS

With Amazon Web Services’ announcement yesterday that CloudFront now supports POST, PUT, DELETE, OPTIONS, and PATCH requests, and a GIGAOM post, “Five features Amazon Web Services must fix”, I was prompted to complete an idea I had noted a couple of months back. Especially during the transition from traditional local or hosted data center infrastructures … Continue reading

Building a Private AWS-compatible Cloud for $400

I wrote a short post earlier in the week titled Eucalyptus Cloud on Ubuntu 13.04┬áSE. This is the promised follow-up to that post and has since been revised which I will explain below. I often use Ubuntu in development environments due to the community support and large availability of libraries and third-party repositories. Over the … Continue reading

Why Companies Resist the Cloud and Is It Warranted?

Despite the hype many companies are resisting a major cloud transition and this is often at the recommendation of internal IT managers. So the question must be raised – why? While every company is different I see four primary sources of resistance and each source has a separate rationale. From CIOs to IT managers, system … Continue reading

Custom CloudWatch metric for memory? Reporting memory to CloudWatch…

As you grow your infrastructure on Amazon Cloud additional monitoring is imperative. Here is an excellent “how to” for recording memory utilization as a custom metric: https://forums.aws.amazon.com/message.jspa?messageID=266893 Related articles New Amazon CloudWatch Monitoring Scripts (aws.typepad.com) Report memory utilization to CloudWatch on Amazon EC2 (james-singh.com)

2013: Out with the Old and in with … ITaaS?

The IT landscape changes frequently as technology evolves, new models emerge, and demands change. Big data has necessitated the ability for big data analysis and cloud computing is allowing small companies to rent access to the same compute power once only available to organizations with much deeper pockets. As a result even one-man shops and … Continue reading

Google Compute Engine: A Viable Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Competitor | A Cloudy Place

I write a lot about Amazon Web Services as that is what I am most familiar with but I wanted to post a comparison for contrast. I was actually quite impressed with the competitiveness across services (which included AWS, Google CE, and Windows Azure). Still, I would say hands-down Amazon is the cheapest overall and … Continue reading

4 Ways CIOs Can Immediately Leverage the Cloud

Cloud technology. It is not a new concept or model. In fact, it really isn’t new at all. Cloud technology has been around for years but since around 2008 we have seen a rise – in public awareness and in its use. This is in part due to large companies such as Amazon (EC2), Google … Continue reading