3 New Specialty AWS Certifications Available

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3 New Specialty AWS Certifications Available

Anyone feel free and clear having recently passed the holy grail “ALL FIVE” AWS Exams? Don’t get too relaxed … There are three new AWS Certification, Specialty Beta Exams:

  1. AWS Certified Advanced Networking
  2. AWS Certified Security
  3. AWS Certified Big Data

Each one has the Multiple choice, multiple answer format, like the previous five exams. Listed exam time allowance is 3 hours and the price is currently $150 USD, while in beta, the normal price will be $300 USD. They all call for 5 years hands on experience in each of their respective specialties. You must also already have at least one Associate level certification to be eligible. Continue reading

Trump in your Data? Removing and Blocking Analytics Referral SPAM

Checking my analytics this morning, I see the following under the “Language” segment …

“Secret.ɢoogle.com You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump!”

Secret.ɢoogle.com You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. SPAM

Many times, something like this will come in with a fake “referral” as if a website was sending many visitors to your page, hence the name referral spam. Usually, it will show up under Acquisition > All Traffic > Referrals. This appeared in another way though … Continue reading

Why Your SLA Does Not Matter

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Service Level Agreements (SLA) are only useful as a sales tool. Yes, a 99.999% SLA looks and sounds like a guarantee that will keep you cozy and warm at night, but if your site’s availability is dependent on a promise for a refund based on your provider’s SLA, then you are taking the wrong approach to this potential issue. This week, I compared some cloud based hosting companies against AWS. These companies compare their 99.999% SLA to the AWS SLA of 99.95% (EC2). This may sound like a great selling point, but their comparison is irrelevant because it only compares a single cloud server to a single EC2 instance, instead of the AWS system as a whole.  Continue reading

AWS US East (Ohio) Region Now Open!

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A new AWS Region with three more AZs! This is exciting news for everyone, but the Midwest and Ohio especially…

14 Regions, 38 Availability Zones, and Counting
Today’s [Oct 17] launch of this 3-AZ Region expands our global footprint to a grand total of 14 Regions and 38 Availability Zones. We are also getting ready to open up a second AWS Region in China, along with other new AWS Regions in Canada, France, and the UK.

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AWS Educate Expands to Include Job Board and Free Training

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AWS Educate Expands to Include Job Board and Free Training

AWS Educate launched about a year ago as a resource library for students and educators to use AWS more. Since launching AWS Educate in May 2015, over 500 institutions have begun to use it. The total number of Students using the platform has not been released…

AWS Educate provides an academic gateway for the next generation of IT and cloud professionals. Looking at this whole program from a student perspective is a great thing. Free resources for AWS Cloud Education including credits for hands-on experience with AWS technology, training, content, career pathways, and job board.

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Amazon Web Services: Scaling Up to Your First 10 Million Users and Beyond


AWS 1MIL Users Solution

Don’t you get goosebumps just looking at this?

If you have not already watched it, this talk by Joel Williams (Solutions Architect for AWS) is a must watch for anyone remotely interested in Amazon Web Services. He lays out exactly how to use AWS to create an infinitely scalable web solution using a plethora of services provided by AWS, including some standard examples,  EC2, RDS, ELB, and some more uncommon solutions like OpsWorks and Lambda (although it’s popularity is growing by leaps and bounds). His whole system starts in what may be a controversial way when he says to use a relational database(MySQL in this example) and build from there. He does later cover use cases for NoSQL and the DynamoDB service, too … very cool stuff.

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UPS and FedEx using DIM Weight (Dimenional Weight) Pricing


What is DIM Weight Pricing?

Larger e-commerce retailers have been prepared for this for a long time. Smaller organizations, probably not so much and it’s likely to hurt their bottom line because they will not be able to immediately switch their packaging materials and processes. This is good news for USPS though, who is still shipping based on weight and announced some price cuts, in July (2014), to target e-commerce.
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