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
The cloud is not only about greenfield projects. Over the last few years I have accompanied several enterprises in large migration projects from on-premises to the Amazon Web Services (AWS). This blog post gives an overview of typical obstacles for lift & shift architectures and points out possible solutions.continue reading
How do you choose the best storage option on AWS?
Choosing storage service is critical when designing a cloud architecture. Read on to learn about the characteristics, limitations, typical use cases, and a decision tree for the following options to store data on AWS:continue reading
Previously, I compared all database options offered by AWS for you. In this post, I compare the available messaging options. The goal of messaging on AWS is to decouple the producers of messages from consumers.
The messaging pattern allows us to process the messages asynchronously. This has several advantages. You can roll out a new version of consumers of messages while the producers can continue to send new messages at full speed. You can also scale the consumers independently from the producers. You get some kind of buffer in your system that can absorb spikes without overloading it.
In this blog post, I introduce all the messaging options that AWS offers. Afterward, I end with a comparison table of the options.continue reading