The Systems Manager Hodgepodge

Introduction to Systems Manager AWS Systems Manager addresses a lot of SysOps requirements for configuration management, including server automation. In this domain, there is another AWS service called OpsWorks. However, with OpsWorks Stack, OpsWorks Chef and OpsWorks Puppet all coming EOL in 2024, the entire OpsWorks service is mostly deprecated. By partnering with leaders such … Read moreThe Systems Manager Hodgepodge

Orchestrate Landing Zone with Landing Zone Accelerator on AWS

As a continuation to the last post, we explore the Landing Zone Accelerator on AWS (LZA) as an orchestration tool in this post. LZA borrows a lot from the ASEA, an accelerator project to deploy the security reference architecture (SRA). LZA is a multi-purpose project that consists of both the orchestration engine (the accelerator itself) … Read moreOrchestrate Landing Zone with Landing Zone Accelerator on AWS

Landing Zone in Azure – Introduction

I recently renewed my associate administrator certification, and feel it’s a good opportunity to brush up on Azure landing zone. The lame part of this is the semantics. I found many similar terms across cloud service provider (CSPs). In the context of Azure, it makes sense to clarify the terms again for Cloud Adoption Framework … Read moreLanding Zone in Azure – Introduction

Computing services: from PaaS to Serverless

Silicon Valley startups in mid-2000s likely do not run their own IT operations (i.e. renting their own data centre spaces, purchasing their own rack-mounted servers). Since the launch of EC2, AWS has been renting extra computing capacity to those startups, in the IaaS model. The leased infrastructure requires maintenance work, and AWS realized that many … Read moreComputing services: from PaaS to Serverless

MinIO for S3-compatible Object Storage

I reviewed some storage technologies on Kubernetes but they are all for block and file storage. In this post, I will discuss the current available options for container workload to use object storage. I will also touch on MinIO as an object storage solution. Object storage Block and file system are more native to operating … Read moreMinIO for S3-compatible Object Storage

FSx ONTAP – Enterprise storage on AWS

Even though object storage has gained a lot of popularity, file storage is still prevalent. AWS has Elastic File System but the performance is insufficient for enterprise workload. The FSx product line has enterprise storage options and on Sept 2, 2021, AWS launched FSx ONTAP. This post is my impression about FSx ONTAP. As previously … Read moreFSx ONTAP – Enterprise storage on AWS