For those of you in New York City, the AWS Summit is this week. This is Amazon’s traveling road show to learn and hear about all things related to Amazon Web Services. The summit will be on August 10th and 11th, Wednesday and Thursday, at the Javits Center. Continue reading
Amazon recently announced their Elastic File System (EFS) service is now available for production use. The service was previously only available in preview mode for a single region, but is now available in production for the US West Oregon, US East Virginia and EU Ireland regions. EFS is a service similar to Elastic Block Storage (EBS) which provides disk mounted storage for EC2 instances, with a couple of key differences.
For those not familiar with it, AWS CloudFormation allows you to create and update any number of AWS resources in an automated and repeatable way. Basically, you can create a JSON template which specifies all the resources for a given “stack,” upload it to CloudFormation, and the service takes care of provisioning and updating all those resources automatically.
One challenge of developing software that will be deployed to virtualized or cloud infrastructure is accounting for the differences between local development, QA and production environments. An exciting new project that aims to address this challenge (among others) is Docker.
From the Docker homepage: “Docker is an open-source project to easily create lightweight, portable, self-sufficient containers from any application. The same container that a developer builds and tests on a laptop can run at scale, in production, on VMs, bare metal, OpenStack clusters, public clouds and more.”