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Author: Bryan Krausen

Cloud Field Day 2: Event Summary

If you follow me on Twitter, you undoubtedly saw that last week was Cloud Field Day 2. In fact, I probably got muted from half my followers from the live tweeting I was doing throughout the event 🙂 As I wrote in a previous post, this was my first Field Day experience as a delegate and I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I’ve watched many in the past but as my focus has changed from traditional infrastructure to cloud services, I was excited that my first was focusing on cloud technologies. Below is a quick overview of the...

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CloudFormation: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Part 3

This is part of a multi-part blog post in which I’ll break down a basic CloudFormation template that I wrote to make it reusable, regardless of what client/project you’re working with or what region in which you’re creating a stack to run. In this post, I’ll be discussing how to use another Intrinsic Function (specifically Fn::FindInMap) to allow the stack to properly select the correct AMI within a list depending on the region to which you are deploying. The first two parts of this multi-part blog post can found here and here. As we continue to modify the original code...

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CloudFormation: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Part 2

This is part of a multi-part blog post in which I’ll dissect a basic CloudFormation template that I wrote to make it reusable, regardless of what client/project you’re working with or what region in which you’re creating a stack to run. In this post, I’ll be discussing how to use Parameters to further anonymize a template to allow reuse and ultimately help you reduce the number of custom templates you need to accomplish a set of tasks. In the previous post, we discussed how to remove regional/AZ specific information to enable the same code to work in any region. However,...

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CloudFormation: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Part 1

As you get more comfortable working with AWS, CloudFormation (CFn) starts to become an integral part of your deployment and environment creation. It allows you to create environments, over and over, as you see fit. The benefit is not only to quickly provision a like-for-like environment for consumption but by using infrastructure as code, you minimize human error. This is huge, especially in publically available services that store data, such as EC2 and S3. The goal behind writing infrastructure as code is to have a repeatable process, which also includes the way you actually use the written code. With CloudFormation,...

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Cloud Field Day 2 – First Time Caller

I’m thrilled to say that I’m officially headed to Cloud Field Day 2 next week as my first time as a delegate for the Tech Field Day events. I’ve been following these events for quite a while yet never thought I’d get the opportunity to attend one in person, so you can imagine I’m pretty excited. Who: 12 Delegates along with 9 sponsors, all focused on Cloud technology and/or integration What: As taken from the TFD site, Field Day events bring together innovative IT product vendors and independent thought leaders to share information and opinions in a presentation and discussion format. Where: Cloud...

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