Scale up & down your Beanstalk environment according to a schedule

Beanstalk launched long time ago support for scaling your environment according to a defined schedule. For some unknown reasons, we discovered this feature is known by very few people. We use it in 2 scenarios: To scale up one environment when we expect a high load To completely close our staging environments out of office […]

Simple script we use to connect to Beanstalk host

The title of this post is self explanatory and it explains perfectly what we want to share today with you: a basic script we have in our home directory and we use it each time we want to ssh on a host from a Beanstalk environment. The script is: #!/bin/sh RANDOM=$$$(date +%s) PEM_FILE=${*: -1} hosts=”” […]

Are you aware of Pre-Signed URLs in AWS S3?

Today we want to tell you a story: recently we recently met with a friend and between many discussions started with “remember when”, we had also discussed technical problems. He detailed us an interesting solution done in order to give temporary access to some files he has stored somewhere. We know and we admit we […]

For what is not Glacier?

Excluding costs, there are 2 main things that makes AWS great: large number of services offered and integration between those services. And for the last category, a good example is the integration between AWS S3 and Glacier. With only few clicks in the S3 console, you can create a lifecycle rule that automatically moves objects […]

On demand vs provision capacity for AWS DynamoDB tables

Starting a while ago, you can create DynamoDB tables without provisioning a throughput for them. In that way, you will pay for only you will consume instead of spending money for planned capacity that is never used. As always, there are always pros and cons for each approach. We performed several simulations and we want […]

Don’t touch AWS resources you haven’t created!

In this blog post we want to share with you a golden rule we have confirmed recently: don’t touch resources created by other services. Or to be more concrete about our today subject: don’t touch S3 buckets that appear in your console, but which have been created by other services. AWS S3 is one of […]