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Does FedRAMP formalize what good devops already do?

Thu, 2015-12-17 11:56
Amazon’s GovCloud provides a specialized region within Amazon’s global footprint of datacenters. These are hosted within the United States, and provide a subset of the full Amazon cloud functionality. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. However, hosting within GovCloud is not the whole story. Beyond this, you’ll want to implement FedRAMP … Continue reading Does FedRAMP formalize what good devops already do? →

Why Dropbox didn’t have to fail

Sat, 2015-12-05 11:48
Dropbox is currently experiencing a *major* outage. See the dropbox status page to get an update. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I’ve written about outages a lot before. Are these types of major failures avoidable? Can we build better, with redundant services so everything doesn’t fall over at once? Here’s … Continue reading Why Dropbox didn’t have to fail →

Five things I learned at NY CTO Summit 2015

Wed, 2015-12-02 12:51
Enjoyed attending the New York CTO Summit yesterday with a notable list of presenters. Looking forward to the slides. Links to follow. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. Product is a reflection of teams Conway’s law was repeated by three different presenters! "Product are a reflexion of how teams organize" … Continue reading Five things I learned at NY CTO Summit 2015 →

Secrets of a happy Amazon hacker – IAM, MFA & locking down your account

Wed, 2015-11-18 10:46
If you’re still using a password to login to your AWS account it’s time you batten down the hatches. With a little work you can dramatically improve security. 1. install command line tools First get ahold of the aws comand line tools. They’re python based so you’ll need the package manager “pip” first. $ curl … Continue reading Secrets of a happy Amazon hacker – IAM, MFA & locking down your account →

Is AWS enabling AngelList to boil the VC business?

Tue, 2015-11-10 13:42
Just finished listening to Ben Thompson & James Allworth discuss how Amazon Web Services is impacting the venture capital business. My mind is blown! Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I heard all about AngelList getting 400m from China’s csc. I didn’t really understand the significance until I saw Fred Wilson’s … Continue reading Is AWS enabling AngelList to boil the VC business? →

Should we be muddying the relational waters? Use cases for MySQL & Mongodb

Mon, 2015-11-02 11:55
Many of you know I publish a newsletter monthly. One thing I love about it is that after almost a decade of writing it regularly, the list has grown considerably. And I’m always surprised at how many former colleagues are actually reading it. So that is a really gratifying thing. Thanks to those who are, … Continue reading Should we be muddying the relational waters? Use cases for MySQL & Mongodb →

Does Linux tell the Gilgamesh story of hacker culture?

Wed, 2015-10-28 10:08
Is the command line still essential? Was Stephenson right about his Linux It’s been a while since I read Stephenson’s essay on Linux. It’s one of those pieces that’s so well written, we need to go back to it now & then. Join 28,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. This quote caught … Continue reading Does Linux tell the Gilgamesh story of hacker culture? →

Are frameworks a shortcut to slow bloated code?

Tue, 2015-10-27 08:30
I was reading one of my favorite blogs again, Todd Hoff’s High Scalability. He has an interesting weekly post format called “Quotable Quotes”. I like them because they’re often choice quotes that highlight some larger truth. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. Chasing bloody frameworks One that caught my eye … Continue reading Are frameworks a shortcut to slow bloated code? →

Why you should build a portable cloud

Mon, 2015-10-19 08:45
I was recently browsing Ycombinator News. It is always an endless trove of the curious & interesting. I stumbled onto Karanbir Singh’s post The Portable Cloud. I was curious, what is that? Join 28,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. This story gave me warm fuzzies… I was excited in a similar way … Continue reading Why you should build a portable cloud →

Are software benchmarks to blame for Volkswagens woes?

Tue, 2015-10-13 15:16
With the recent media attention Volkswagen has gotten, a lot of folks are wondering, how could that happen? Aren’t there checks & balances? Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Then I ran across this observation on Todd Hoff’s brilliant blog High Scalability Is what Volkswagen did really any different that what … Continue reading Are software benchmarks to blame for Volkswagens woes? →

Why I like Etsy’s site performance report

Mon, 2015-09-28 11:42
Etsy publishes a great tech blog titled Code As Craft. Join 28,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I was recently sifting through some of their newer posts & stumbled upon their Q2 2015 Site Performance Report. It’s really in-depth, though not impossibly technical. Here’s what I liked. 1. Transparency to business & … Continue reading Why I like Etsy’s site performance report →

When hosting data on Amazon turns bloodsport

Wed, 2015-09-23 10:58
There’s a strong trend to automation across the cloud. That’s a great thing for startups because it reduces operational headaches & lets them focus on building products. Join 31,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. But as that trend begins to touch the database tier, all sorts of complications emerge. Let’s take a … Continue reading When hosting data on Amazon turns bloodsport →

How 1and1 failed me

Mon, 2015-09-14 11:13
I manage this blog myself. Not just the content, but also the technology it runs on. The systems & servers are from a hosting company called 1and1.com. And recently I had some serious problems. Join 31,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. The publishing platform wordpress, as a few versions out of date. … Continue reading How 1and1 failed me →