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May 28, 2020   |  By Trenton Romph
Yeah, Kubernetes is great at making sure your workloads run as needed. But another of its amazing benefits is its ability to recover from failure all by itself. On an everyday basis, Kubernetes takes care of the complicated task of container orchestration. However, as with any complicated system, there is always the chance that you’ll experience failures and downtime.
May 19, 2020   |  By Matthew Barlocker
Hey there. Welcome to the fifth and final installment in our series on successfully deploying an app to AWS with the least effort. This week, we'll discuss things you need to worry about now that you've released, plus optimizing your app. Ok, so you've released your app. Congrats! However, we both know your work doesn't end here. You should continue improving your app, both on the end-user side and the back end.
May 14, 2020   |  By Taylor Jones
Since launching in 2014, AWS Lambda has dramatically grown in popularity. Lambda allows you to run code 7without having to manage the underlying compute resources. From a monitoring standpoint, you no longer have the need or ability to observe traditional performance metrics like CPU and memory. That doesn't mean you don't need to keep an eye on other things, though. So what metrics should you monitor for your Lambda functions?
May 13, 2020   |  By Matthew Barlocker
In our series on how to deploy an app to AWS with the least effort, we've talked about getting started, preventive measures, and securing your app. Today, we're going to focus on DNS (domain name system), specifically the AWS DNS service Route 53. As you're deploying your web app, you will inevitably use DNS.
May 7, 2020   |  By Matthew Barlocker
AWS security is an ongoing battle that you must address during every release, every change, and every CVE. When you’re first launching your production application, it’s impossible to check all the boxes; you simply don’t have the time. Until your application gets more adoption, you only have the time to do the bare essentials of security.
Sep 19, 2019   |  By Blue Matador
Every innovative team has two competing interests: rapid feature development and production stability. Blue Matador enables the best of both worlds, where time-strapped developers and DevOps teams only get notified of actionable events that threaten production. See how it works with this demo from our Founder and CEO Matthew Barlocker.
Jun 6, 2019   |  By Blue Matador
Monitoring freeable memory will help you know when it is time to scale your Amazon RDS cluster. Freeable memory is not reported by the database, but rather by the OS. Freeable memory is the combination of unused and temporarily used memory. It is the memory that the system can grant without adverse effects. When an Amazon RDS instance runs out of freeable memory the OS may do up to three things.
Jun 5, 2019   |  By Blue Matador
In another video we laid out seven critical metrics you should monitor with AWS CloudWatch to know when to scale your database cluster. This video will focus on the first of those metrics, database connections.
Jun 3, 2019   |  By Blue Matador
RDS is Amazon's managed relational database service. While RDS manages your databases maintenance, uptime and upgrade it is your responsibility to determine the cluster's scale and capacity. So the big question is when do you need to scale up? To answer this question you should understand and monitor seven metrics for each server in your cluster. They are: Database connections, Freeable memory, CPU credit balance, Free local storage, Replica lag, Commit latency, Select latency
Apr 24, 2019   |  By Blue Matador
A common problem with Amazon CloudFront and Amazon S3 hosting deals with negative TTLs. Matthew from Blue Matador outlines the steps needed to correct this problem. Understand eventual consistency in S3. New items may take time to propagate through redundant systems and be available in all locations., Understand CloudFront's default policy for handling errors, like 403 forbidden, is to cache that error for 5 minutes., The solution is to modify distribution settings in CloudFront.