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I need to recertify my AWS Pro Certification sometime this year (the C19 situation has royally messed up well everything, and believe me you really don't want to sit the pro exam at home unless you have a completely bare room and a guard on the door — people have…


I’ve done “stuff” with Interactive Voice Recognition (IVR) for years, mostly deep in the guts of the JVM the actual software was running on, attempting to identify why certain calls were taking >5s which was an absolutely critical aspect of any telephony based system, no failed connections, no repeated rings…


OK, its been a while since I had a proper rant, I mean there is a global pandemic going on and things are so bad someone entrusted me with “leading” a “team”

I’m informed most should be out of the hospital before Christmas…

Before SOMEONE comments, I have much more hair and last had a cigar 5 years ago…

Key Management Service (KMS) is one of…


So something a little more sensible… well reduced snark, a problem that I was asked to look at a while back

Problem Statement

Enterprise Software analytical and data modelling tooling is still a heavily ‘desktop’ orientated, that does not tie in well with the ‘as a service’ model used today, and the…


Logs provide a real time window into the running application in the form of a stream of aggregated time ordered information, traditionally they are written to disk as an output format, but as clustered and dynamic/transient environments writing to a logfile is not a ‘good idea’ — finally the days…


Or Why Virtual Machines are going nowhere — and docker and k8s are not your saviours

A few years ago those technical geniuses at Gartner came up with the idea of Bimodal IT, essentially its a fancy way of recognising that modern development practices do not work well with traditional ITIL shops — only you pay several thousands of pounds to learn this

Impressive isnt it — and no, I have no idea what it means

And so immediately…


Amazon Managed Services (AMS) are an odd function of Amazon, for a considerable (40+%) uplift in your monthly bill you should have an organisation that does ‘AWS’ for you

The reality is however significantly different, extensive amounts of automation are used, but they are lacking in any form of comfortable…


So you’ve now have legions of business users and people with access to the CloudWatch Logs console suffering as they attempt every permutation of action they could possibly ever use

Congratulations, you are now beginning to understand why security is hated — and why we feed off and embrace the…


Now increasingly worryingly long ago, I was working on a 3-tier traditional webapp system, where the database (belonging to a certain Red-Themed company) would suddenly freeze, take out the JBoss instances and the whole site down.

Now the company behind the database shall we say had an ‘approach’ to software…

BenH

Cloud Architect, coffee snob, vicious rumor has it I know stuff about InfoSec, and I once helped hijack a spacecraft

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