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New Lower-Cost, AMD-Powered M5a and R5a EC2 Instances

From the start, AWS has focused on choice and economy. Driven by a never-ending torrent of customer requests that power our well-known Virtuous Cycle, I think we have delivered on both over the years: Choice – AWS gives you choices in a wide range of dimensions including locations (18 operational geographic regions, 4 more in […]

Learn about AWS – November AWS Online Tech Talks

AWS Online Tech Talks are live, online presentations that cover a broad range of topics at varying technical levels. Join us this month to learn about AWS services and solutions. We’ll have experts online to help answer any questions you may have. Featured this month! Check out the tech talks: Virtual Hands-On Workshop: Amazon Elasticsearch Service […]

Join me for the Camp re:Invent Trivia Challenge

With less than 3 weeks to go until 2018, my colleagues and I are working harder than ever to produce the best educational event on the planet! With multiple keynotes, well over two thousand sessions, bootcamps, chalk talks, hands-on workshops, labs, and hackathons to choose from I am confident that you will leave Las Vegas […]

Tech 101: What is the Difference Between a Web Designer and Web Developer?

Everything you need to know about web designers and web developers.

AWS Quest 2 – The Road to re:Invent

The first AWS Quest started in May of this year. As you may recall, my trusty robot companion went to pieces after burying some clues in this blog, the AWS Podcast, and other parts of the AWS site. Thanks to the tireless efforts of devoted puzzle solvers all over the world, all of the puzzles […]

4 Signs You’ve Hit a Career Plateau—And How to Get Unstuck

Get unstuck, and move on with your career.

AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) Command Line Interface – Build, Test, and Debug Serverless Apps Locally

Decades ago, I wrote page after page of code in 6502 assembly language. After assembling and linking the code, I would load it into memory, set breakpoints at strategic locations, and step through to make sure that everything worked as intended. These days, I no longer have the opportunity to write or debug any non-trivial […]

6 Six Signs Your Career Has Turned Toxic

6 surefire signs your job isn’t cutting it anymore.

In the Works – AWS Region in South Africa

Last year we launched new AWS Regions in France and China (Ningxia), and announced that we are working on regions in Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, Sweden, and a second GovCloud Region in the United States. South Africa in Early 2020 Today, I am happy to announce that we will be opening an AWS Region in […]

Check it Out – New AWS Pricing Calculator for EC2 and EBS

The blog post that we published over a decade ago to launch the Simple Monthly Calculator still shows up on our internal top-10 lists from time to time! Since that post was published, we have extended, redesigned, and even rebuilt the calculator a time or two. New Calculator Starting with a blank screen, an empty […]

Amazon RDS Update – Console Update, RDS Recommendations, Performance Insights, M5 Instances, MySQL 8, MariaDB 10.3, and More

It is time for a quick Amazon RDS update. I’ve got lots of news to share: Console Update – The RDS Console has a fresh, new look. RDS Recommendations – You now get recommendations that will help you to configure your database instances per our best practices. Performance Insights for MySQL – You can peer […]

Exactly How to Plan for a Full Year of Working Abroad

Make a list, check it twice.

New – Managed Databases for Amazon Lightsail

makes it easy for you to get started with AWS. You choose the operating system (and optional application) that you want to run, pick an instance plan, and create an instance, all in a matter of minutes. offers low, predictable pricing, with instance plans that include compute power, storage, and data transfer: Managed Databases Today […]

Tech 101: What is WordPress?

Everything you ever wanted to know about WordPress, and then some!