VSHN.timer #87: AWS S3 and Cost Management

12. Apr 2021

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better.

This week we’re going to talk about the latest news around Amazon Web Services and S3, its popular cloud storage.

1. Last week we mentioned the 15th anniversary of S3, the first AWS service to be released. But do you know how it all started? Dan Rose wrote a fantastic thread on Twitter telling the story of its beginnings, in the midst of the Web 2.0 craze, right after the dot-com boom of 2000.


2. AWS keeps growing and adding services. Not only it can now run EC2 Mac instances, but S3 now delivers strong read-after-write consistency, automatically for all applications. Something that was awaited by developers for, quite literally, a decade and a half.


3. It is safe to say that the S3 API has become the de facto standard for cloud storage. Linode, who also provides S3-compatible storage, has recently published a free ebook titled “S3-Compatible Object Storage Use Cases” which will certainly be useful to all of us.


4. Managing costs is still one of the most scary and complicated things to do in AWS. Thankfully CloudZero has compiled a useful list of 17 tools to help businesses avoid runaway costs.


5. Speaking about money, do you know how much do AWS certifications cost? Sitting the exam is one thing, but what about training, books, videos, and other resources to get you prepared? Lou Bichard has put together a useful guide with all the details to get you certified as soon as possible.


Have you properly secured your S3 buckets? How do you keep track of your AWS usage costs? Would you like to share any tips and tricks with the community? Get in touch with us, and see you next week for another edition of VSHN.timer.

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PS2: check out our previous VSHN.timer edition about AWS: #61.

Adrian Kosmaczewski

Adrian Kosmaczewski is in charge of Developer Relations at VSHN. He is a software developer since 1996, a trainer, and a published author. Adrian holds a Master in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool.

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