DevOps Culture: Building Confidence in Delivery

Delivering software as rapidly as your technology and business will allow should be the main goal of any organized engineering team. Each organization, project and team must define what the cadence of delivery will be. Regardless of the frequency of your deployments, it’s the responsibility of your DevOps team to provide the guidance and technology Read more…

Application Auto Scaling with Amazon ECS

In this blog post, you’ll see an example of Application Auto Scaling for the Amazon ECS (EC2 Container Service). Automatic scaling of the container instances in your ECS cluster has been a feature for quite some time, but until recently you were not able to scale the tasks in your ECS service with built-in technology from AWS. In May of 2016, Automatic Scaling with Amazon ECS was Read more…

Enforcing Compliance with AWS Organizations

You have a large organization with several development teams that work on various software projects that support your business. A year ago, you brought in a consultant that told you to use multiple AWS accounts because there were benefits to be gained. For example, using multiple accounts we can contain the damage from a possible Read more…

Designing Applications for Failure

I recently had the opportunity to attend an AWS bootcamp Herndon, VA office and a short presentation given by their team on Designing for Failure. It opened my eyes to the reality of application design when dealing with failure or even basic exception handling. One of the defining characteristics between a good developer and a Read more…

Automating Penetration Testing in a CI/CD Pipeline (Part 2)

Continuous Security: Security in the Continuous Delivery Pipeline is a series of articles addressing security concerns and testing in the Continuous Delivery pipeline. This is the sixth article in the series. In the first post, we discussed what OWASP ZAP is, how it’s installed and automating that installation process with Ansible. This second article of Read more…

Serverless Delivery: Orchestrating the Pipeline (Part 3)

In the second post of this series, we focused on how to get our serverless application running with Lambda, API Gateway and S3. Our application is now able to run on a serverless platform, but we still have not applied the fundamentals of continuous delivery that we talked about in the first part of this Read more…

Serverless Delivery: Bootstrapping the Pipeline (Part 2)

In the first of this three part series on Serverless Delivery, we took a look at the high level architecture of running a continuous delivery pipeline with CodePipeline + Lambda. Our objective is to run the Dromedary application in a serverless environment with a serverless continuous delivery pipeline. Before we can build the pipeline, we Read more…

Serverless Delivery: Architecture (Part 1)

If your application tech stack doesn’t need servers, why should your continuous delivery pipeline? Serverless applications deserve serverless delivery! The software development discipline of continuous delivery has had a tremendous impact on decreasing the cost and risk of delivering changes while simultaneously increasing code quality by ensuring that software systems are always in a releasable Read more…

Create a Pipeline using the AWS CodePipeline Console

In this demonstration, you’ll perform a simple walkthrough of a two-stage pipeline using the CodePipeline console. This is based on AWS’ Simple Pipeline Walkthrough. A screencast is provided below. Using the AWS console is often the best way to get familiar with the concepts around any new AWS service. The console is also a good way to Read more…