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Using AWS Instance scheduler for Cost Optimization
 
 
Cost optimization is key to creating a well-architected and efficient AWS environment. To really take advantage of AWS’s Pay-as-you-go pricing model, architects need to understand what the average utilization is on their AWS account.

The most common resource creation pattern across major and minor enterprises consists of multiple environments that are decoupled across many AWS accounts.

This decoupling pattern is a best practice for AWS clients and adds a layer of complexity for efficient FinOps cost monitoring and cost optimization.

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Introducing ghost, a FREE alternative to AWS CloudWatch!   ✅
 
 
Some of our core features include:
  • Displaying more metrics such as throttles and concurrent executions with instant refresh
  • The ability to create custom graphs with a UI
  • An adjustable pricing calculator to help estimate future costs, complemented with providing past billing information
  • Allowing the user to access the user’s available permissions, as well as the ability to set new permissions for the specific function
 
 
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Optimized Video Encoding with FFmpeg on AWS Graviton Processors
 
 
Recent FFmpeg improvements have increased the performance of fully loaded video workloads on Graviton processors. AWS engineers and the open source community have worked on video encoding tools, such as FFmpeg and the codec libraries, to further optimize for Graviton .

AWS tested encoding the target videos into H.264 and H.265 using the x264 and x265 open source libraries. The cost of encoding on the latest Graviton instance, C7g, is compared with the latest Amazon EC2 x86-based instances, C6i and C6a.
 
 
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AWS may have broken your Cloudfront API for nearly a month
 
 
If you rely on the x-forwarded-for header with Cloudfront and have enabled Origin Shield, between October the 10th 2022 and November the 2nd 2022 the value of this header may have been incorrect for a percentage of requests.

If your API relies on knowing the clients IP address in any way it may have been partially broken during this time.
 
 
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[PDF] The Security Design of the AWS Nitro System   ✅
 
 
Amazon EC2 is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale cloud computing easier for developers.

The AWS Nitro System is the underlying platform for all modern EC2 instances. This whitepaper provides a detailed description of the security design of the Nitro System to assist you in evaluating EC2 for your sensitive workloads.
 
 
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A Confused Deputy Vulnerability in AWS AppSync
 
 
Public disclosure of a cross-account security vulnerability in AWS AppSync.
 
 
 
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Quick Hits
 
 
AWS has released the AWS Lambda Telemetry API, a new way for extensions to receive enhanced function telemetry from the Lambda service.
 
 
Consul Service Mesh support for AWS Lambda is now generally available.
 
 
Relating mostly to programs that can be executed with minimal human interaction, batch processing is commonly seen as an important feature of high-performance computing. To address this need, Amazon Web Services recently announced that it integrated AWS Batch and Amazon EKS services with one another to help companies more easily run batch workloads in the cloud.
 
 
AWS Secrets Manager now supports rotation of secrets as often as every four hours.
 
 
AWS announced the general availability of the 30th AWS Region, Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region, with three Availability Zones and the ap-south-2 API name.
 
 
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An Insider's Guide to Observability on AWS
 
 
Implementing observability in your infrastructure and applications using AWS native services and tools.

What you will learn:
  • Take metrics from an EC2 instance and visualize them in a dashboard
  • Conduct distributed tracing using AWS X-Ray
  • Derive operational metrics using CloudWatch Logs
  • Achieve observability of containerized applications in ECS and EKS
  • Use CloudWatch and Lambda Insights to monitor serverless applications
  • Visualize your insights with Amazon Managed Grafana
  • Harness the power of the ELK stack with OpenSearch
  • Scale the observability of applications in complex organizations
 
 
 
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High availability implementation of AWS NAT instances.
 
 
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jeremydaly/dynamodb-toolbox
 
 
A simple set of tools for working with Amazon DynamoDB and the DocumentClient
 
 
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APIServer encryption provider, backed by AWS KMS
 
 
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Providing controlled internet access through centralised proxy servers using AWS Fargate and PrivateLink
 
 
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thundra-io/merloc
 
 
MerLoc is a live AWS Lambda function development and debugging tool. MerLoc allows you to run AWS Lambda functions on your local while they are still part of a flow in the AWS cloud remote.
 
 
 
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CyraBee #348: Introducing Ghost, a FREE Alternative to AWS CloudWatch!
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