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Is Your Pipeline Ready to Speak ARM

This first half of this year featured lots of news about Arm processors (previously ARM) that culminated in three major announcements. The first was the general availability announcement from AWS of M6g Instances, powered by AWS Graviton2 processors in May. In June, Apple announced that they were migrating desktops and laptops to new Arm based Read more…

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Running Serverless Canary Deployments with AWS SAM

Many of us know that introducing large batches of changes into production is risky. However, because of complexity and many moving parts, it can also be risky when deploying changes in small batches – without the right techniques. One of the better ways of mitigating deployment risk is by gradually deploying small and frequent changes Read more…

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Pushbutton AWS Diagrams

It is often very useful to share diagrams when describing a software architecture to others. It applies the old adage that a “picture is worth a thousand words”. What’s more, it also helps you – as a builder – understand what you built and to learn areas to improve as you develop your software. While Read more…

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Building Developer Sandboxes on AWS with Attribute-based access control (ABAC)

Identity Management had a curious beginning in the early 1500s in England, where parish churches kept elaborate written records “for the purpose of preventing bigamy and consanguineous marriage.” It was the invention of the automobile 400 years later that furthered the creation of personal identification when in 1903 two US states issued the first driver’s Read more…

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Thought Experiment: Proposed Complexity Metric for IAM Policy Documents

Code Complexity Metrics When a professional software developer writes code, they measure the complexity of the code they write.  The contrapositive holds true as well that those who don’t measure the complexity of their code are not professional.  There are a variety of code complexity metrics available to the professional developer. The “better” metrics are Read more…

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Continuous Delivery for AWS Secrets Rotation

One of the biggest challenges with managing usernames, passwords, API keys, and other secrets is balancing the need to make it simple for authorized accounts, databases, and APIs to securely access these secrets while adhering to the principle of least privilege. Simply put, most everyone knows not to store sensitive configuration information in plain text Read more…

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AWS re:Invent 2019 DevOps and Security re:Cap

We had over 40 people from Mphasis and Mphasis Stelligent at the AWS re:Invent 2019 conference in Las Vegas, NV. There were 77 product launches, feature releases, & services announced at the conference (and many more at “pre:Invent” in November). Of this, there were several DevOps-related features announced at re:Invent or during pre:Invent. The theme Read more…

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Run AWS CloudFormation tests from CodePipeline using TaskCat

The AWS QuickStart team open sourced a project they use for automated testing of CloudFormation templates called TaskCat. With TaskCat, you can run automated tests to learn of and fix any errors that arise in your CloudFormation templates. If you have been using CloudFormation for any period of time, you will learn that even if Read more…

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Continuous Compliance on AWS with CodePipeline and CloudFormation

Whether it’s in or out of the cloud, most IT compliance usually comes in the form of a multitude of checklists – like the one you see below. It might be a spreadsheet, website, or other “digital” tool but, in the end, it’s still checklists that software teams must comply with by filling out forms Read more…

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Continuous Compliance on AWS Workflow

It’s 7:37 AM on a Sunday. You’re in the Security Operations Center (SOC) and alarms and emails are seemingly being triggered everywhere. You and a colleague are combing through dashboards and logs to determine what is causing these alerts. After running around with your “hair on fire” for around 30 minutes, you finally determine that Read more…