Amazon Web Services is always changing. New features are added and new services are launched all the time. But during re:Invent – the annual AWS conference – a flood of news is poured out on us. Some news will change the way we architect cloud-native applications today or in the coming months. While other news is irrelevant to us.
In 2012, I created my first AWS account. Back then, I worked as a software engineer and was looking for a way to deploy an online trading platform. Two years later, I attended re:Invent — the yearly conference organized by AWS — in Las Vegas for the first time. I was lucky to pass the Certified Solutions Architect certification without any preparation due to my hands-on experience.
Are you aiming to pass the Solutions Architect Associate (SAA-C02) exam? In this blog, you’ll find my advice on how to prepare for the certification exam. My approach is not the fastest way to get certified but a sustainable and joyful way to learn about AWS that will pay off in the long term.
Fighting climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our days. When designing an architecture, there are many important factors to consider: security, reliability, performance and costs. I’d like to add another factor to that list: the CO² footprint.continue reading
AWS provides many building blocks. As architects, we have to choose the right building blocks to construct our systems. But sometimes, the proper building block is not available, and we have to make compromises. In this blog post, I show four unusual AWS architectures that deal with AWS’s limitations in creative ways.continue reading
Oftentimes, the idea of adding a caching layer arises when users start complaining about the performance of an application. Adding a cache to your architecture does not solve all problems — especially when implementing that change under pressure to fix performance issues. Therefore, thinking about a caching strategy should be part of the process when designing your architecture.continue reading
A document-oriented database stores keys mapped to JSON documents. You can query all documents in such a document-oriented database and retrieve only parts of documents to save network bandwidth.continue reading