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Crunching HIPAA data just got cheaper

With the recent AWS announcement, AWS customers can now leverage spot instances to crunch their HIPAA big data workloads.   This can help decrease the compute costs of these jobs by up to 90%, making EC2 a cost effective option for crunching

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Pay AWS Less for your Dev and Test Workloads

24×7 environments are handy, but are they required for Dev and Test? I’m going to assume your development team is not leveraging development environments 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  That is to say, I’m assuming you don’t

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6 Things to know about AWS Elastic Beanstalk

ElasticBeanstalk is AWS’ PaaS, and it’s a powerful platform to accelerate application delivery in AWS’ cloud.  That said, I have come across a few things that have been stumbling blocks for some users of the service, especially as they try

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Introducing FOG-OPS

The day has arrived when every company, not just those at Google-scale, can achieve high availability and scale without a linear increase in operational cost.  That’s what FOG-OPS is all about—leveraging Site Reliability Engineering, DevOps, automation and the cloud to

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When Security Best Practices Conflict – AWS KMS vs Whitelists

A while back AWS EBS encryption moved to using KMS (Key Management Service).  This was a welcome change as KMS is a great service that enables some interesting security models around different AWS customers sharing KMS keys and allowing each

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Optimizing Cloud Spend – When Context Counts

A little while ago, I was asked by a customer to help them lower their Amazon Web Services monthly spend.  They were currently spending about $8,000 per month, and set an internal goal to get that down to $7,000 in

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To NAT or to Proxy, That is the Question…

A Better Way to Manage Internet Access for VPC Resources Anyone who has run OpsWorks stacks with private instances relying on NAT for Internet access may have seen firsthand what danger lurks beneath the surface.  These instances will show as unhealthy to OpsWorks

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Security Groups got you down? Get Security Flow!

Here at Foghorn Consulting, we’ve been designing, implementing, and managing point to point security with AWS security groups for years.  Security groups allow an amazingly granular method of controlling communications between instances without being bound to using networks as filter.

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