IaC and the post-environment world

For about a decade I struggled with the common problem of environments. You usually start off with some well-meaning attempt at a simple layout, with development, integration, staging and live. Which feels fine, until you realise your company has different release cycles for software and data. So you split up »

Cloud, PaaS, solution size and lock-in

I have a bit of a counter-intuitive opinion on cloud services and the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) world. For me, something like AWS isn't about "big". Yes, I know plenty of companies use elastic scaling to run huge, demand-based infrastructures along the Netflix model. But for rest of us, we're not building »

Load Balancing and Health Checks

It's pretty common to want to load balance a web application across multiple nodes. The canonical implementation looks something like this: Traffic comes in from the public Internet to the load balancer, which then distributes it amongst the available application servers. There are various tricks you can employ on top »