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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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Automating Amazon Polly for WordPress

In our previous post on automating AWS Budgets, I included an embedded audio file that read each word of the blog post. I did this using an AWS service called Amazon Polly – which turns text into lifelike speech using deep learning. I got the idea after noticing that Jeff Barr, Chief Evangelist at AWS, had started providing this capability Read more…

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Screencast: Continuous Delivery for Machine Learning with AWS CodePipeline and Amazon SageMaker

The Amazon SageMaker machine learning service is a full platform that greatly simplifies the process of training and deploying your models at scale. However, there are still major gaps to enabling data scientists to do research and development without having to go through the heavy lifting of provisioning the infrastructure and developing their own continuous Read more…

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Validating AWS CloudFormation templates with cfn_nag and mu

Stelligent cfn_nag is an open source command-line tool that performs static analysis of AWS CloudFormation templates. With cfn_nag you can check for: Static code analysis of AWS CloudFormation Block undesirable resource specifications Proactive preventative control – stop before creating resources Enforceable in a deployment pipeline Here are some examples of the types of checks cfn_nag Read more…

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AWS re:Invent 2017 DevOps re:Cap

Recently, our Chief Architect, Casey Lee and I – along with 48 of our colleagues at Stelligent – were at the AWS re:Invent 2017 conference in Las Vegas, NV. We were particularly proud as Stelligent was announced as an AWS Premier Partner along with several other significant company milestones. There were over 75 significant product announcements at the conference. Of this, there were Read more…

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Provision a hosted Git repo with AWS CodeCommit using CloudFormation

You’ll learn how to provision a CodeCommit Git repository in a CloudFormation template. Furthermore, you’ll discover how to automate the provisioning of a deployment pipeline that uses this repository as its Source action to deploy an application using CodeDeploy to an EC2 instance. You’ll see examples, patterns and a short video that walks you through the process. Read more…

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Refactoring CD Pipelines – Part 1: Chef-Solo in AWS AutoScaling Groups

We often overlook similarities between new CD Pipeline code we’re writing today and code we’ve already written. In addition, we might sometimes rely on the ‘copy, paste, then modify’ approach to make quick work of CD Pipelines supporting similar application architectures. Despite the short-term gains, what often results is code sprawl and maintenance headaches. This blog post series is aimed at helping to Read more…

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Containerized CI Solutions in AWS – Part 1: Jenkins in ECS

In this first post of a series exploring containerized CI solutions, I’m going to be addressing the CI tool with the largest market share in the space: Jenkins. Whether you’re already running Jenkins in a more traditional virtualized or bare metal environment, or if you’re using another CI tool entirely, I hope to show you Read more…