Some thoughts on outtages

Cloud, everybody wants it, some actually use it. So what’s my take away from AWS’ recent outtage? Background So first off, we had two pieces of our infrastructure failing (three if we include our Multi-AV RDS) — both of which involve EBS. Numero uno One of those pieces in my immediate reach was a MySQL server, which we use to keep sessions. And to say the least about AWS and in their defense, the instance had run for almost 550 days and had never given us much or any reason to let us down....

April 23, 2011 · 8 min

EC2 security group owner ID

I recently had the pleasure to setup an RDS instance and it took me a while to figure out what the --ec2-security-group-owner-id parameter needs to be populated with when you want to allow access to your RDS instance from instances with a certain security group. To cut to the chase, you need to log into AWS and then click the following link — done.

May 9, 2010 · 1 min