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the death of Code Spaces – company deleted on AWS

Code Spaces was a firm that supplied web designers’ a solution like github, utilizing Git or Subversion. It has been in business for seven years, and also, it had no scarcity of clients. But it’s all over currently; an assailant killed the business.


We often talk of datacenter security, data backups, as well as disaster recovery. We could strengthen our walls as  ideal as we could with the sources we have, and also in the vast bulk of circumstances, that will certainly be enough. In some cases, nevertheless, it’s not sufficient.

Code Spaces was constructed primarily on AWS, utilizing S3 storage and EC2 server to name a few. According to the message on the Code Spaces’ site, an enemy obtained the credentials to the firm’s AWS control panel. Code Spaces was being blackmailed; the attacker required cash in exchange for providing control back to Code Spaces.

The strike has rightly ruined Code Spaces. It is a direct contrast to an individual breaking right into a workplace structure late during the night, requiring ransom money, after that tossing explosives right into the information facility if the needs were not satisfied. The only distinction is that it’s a dreadful whole lot less complicated to permeate a cloud-based system than to breach a business information center.


Code Spaces had data backups as well as disaster recovery solutions, yet those were all apparently managed from the same AWS account. Almost all AWS services have been deleted from their AWS account, destroying the company. The business stated that some information still continues to be, and also it’s collaborating with consumers as it could to give accessibility to exactly what’s left.

This is the type of tale that needs to strike all of us hard because it might indeed occur to you as well as me. It strengthens the suggestion that spreading your solutions over different Cloud’s platforms is a good idea.

Perhaps you need to make use of a couple of various suppliers if you run cloud solutions. You need to disperse your solutions throughout numerous geographical places, if whatsoever feasible, and also invest a couple of additional dollars occasionally on precaution past straightforward server circumstances imaging. When every little thing else is running in the cloud, you ought to have off-site data backups, this need to be non-negotiable though it’ll amount to a substantial cost.

The moment is best for third-party cloud data backup suppliers to ignite their bullhorns. This very unfortunate story ought to get them greater than a couple of consumers.

To the people behind Code Spaces that are doubtless still reeling from this unconscionable strike, you have my sincerest acknowledgments. May you take some slight relief in understanding that your bad luck could aid others to prevent comparable destinies.


AWS has a whitepaper covering  security best practices that will help you define your ISMS and build a set of security policies and processes to your data and assets in the AWS Cloud.


top 5 new features from Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) are increasingly taking an edge over other web services. This is due to their consistency in conveying new AWS features. All these new features invented are customer oriented innovations. They tend to deliver value, save money and enhance easy usage of the “Web of Services”.

Here are five of the new features AWS has updated.

  1. AWS WorkSpaces enhancements

Amazon WorkSpace has about three updated new features all geared to make the web service more interesting.

  • Audio-In – Your WorkSpace has been improved in that you can be able to make and receive calls using the common communication tools such as Skype, Lync and WebEx.
  • Saved Registration Codes– It is quite easy now to save several registration codes in one particular client application.
  • High DPI Device Support- Now you can automatically scale the in-session practice of Workspace to look like your local DPI settings. The reason for this is to support the increasing acceptance of high DPI (Ultra HD, QHD+ and Full HD) displays.


  1. AWS CodePipeline now supports Lambda 

Software release pipelines that are modeled in AWS CodePipeline can now be invoked with AWS Lambda functions. This will help you to specify activities in your pipeline’s stages that can generate functions stated by your code. This allows you to customize your software release pipeline.

Codepipeline can be defined as a steady delivery service that tests, builds, and arrays your code every time a code is changed, centered on the release procedure models you state. With Lambda, you can run a code without managing or provisioning servers. What you are only required is to upload your code and Lambda will take care of everything needed to run your code.

  1. AWS CloudFormation adds Override for Rollbacks 

Even if the rollback has failed, it is now possible to instruct AWS CloudFormation to continue rolling back an update to your stack. Initially, this action could not be carried out hence one was required to ask help from the customer support.

Some of the factors that lead to failed rollback include insufficient permissions, resources that have not stabilized, limitation errors, or changing a resource in your stack outside of CloudFormation.

  1. AWS IoT added features

The AWS IoT Device Gateway has the ability to now support MQTT over WebSockets. Actual                                    mobile users and web applications that interact over WebSockets can easily measure to millions of simultaneous users. WebSockets can be utilized together with Amazon Cognito in order to verify all end-users to your devices.

AWS has also included support for custom keepalive intervals. You can easily specify the intervals with which every connection must be kept open if there are no messages received, but this is for apps and devices that use open connections to AWS IoT.

Lastly, the AWS IoT console has been enhanced making the process to start even quicker. The console can now be used to publish and subscribe to MQTT messages without the help of a physical device or MQTT client. The console can still be utilized to configure logging of your AWS IoT action to CloudWatch Logs.

  1. AWS new Web Application Firewall functionality

It is easy to configure AWS WAF to allow, monitor or block requests based on the records in HTTP request bodies. This segment of a request contains any additional data that you may desire to send to your web server inform of HTTP request body.

It is also possible to set size constraints on specific parts of the requests which allow AWS WAF to permit, block, or count web requests based on the extents of the requests such as URIs, strings, query, or request body.

What makes AWS lead amongst its competitors?

In the year 2015 we had Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure place Amazon Web Services in the “Leaders” Quadrant. They went further and rated AWS as an industry that has fulfilled its vision and has the highest ability to execute ideas.

The secret behind this is in their role to maintain their position in cloud with a faster rate of innovation, increasing customer and partner environment and a goal to efficiently operate at a massive measure.

They have worked closely with huge industries ranging from Siemens to Nike, Conde Nast to Intuit with the aim of assisting them transform their business impressively.

Amazon Operating Income

The first half of 2015 Amazon Web Services recorded a 19% operating income margin profile. This was high compared to Amazons domestic and International amounts of 4.5% and -0.6% respectively.

With these kinds of profit outlines, Amazon only needs to increase its AWS division to $5.83 billion within half-year to make a run rate of $11.7 billion yearly. With the same clip of improvement, retailing could become an essential business to AWS—from a financial standpoint.

AWS is a very significant business for Amazon. It has proved to be very lucrative and with the current pace of innovation and improvement, Amazon will continue to pose a big challenge to its competitors.

AWS is now at $ 10 billion run rate

Short update from Amazon’s Q4

Amazon’s cloud division AWS continues to grow, impressing analysts since Amazon first started breaking out results last spring.

AWS did $2.4 billion revenue in Q4, up from $2.1 billion in Q3.

2015 proved to be a big year for AWS in general as it rolled out:

  • 722 new services and features over the course of the year — a 40 percent increase from 2014.
  • AWS has expanded to 32 Availability Zones in 12 regions
  • Plans to add 5 regions
  • 11 additional Availability Zones are scheduled


source: http://www.zdnet.com/article/amazon-q4-2015-earnings-revenue-cloud-prime/ 

All AWS related quotes from the press release about Q4 on Amazon investor relations page:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of its Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region in Korea and its plans to open a new region in Canada. The AWS Cloud is now available from 32 Availability Zones across 12 geographic regions worldwide, with another five AWS Regions (and 11 Availability Zones) in Canada, China, India, Ohio, and the U.K. expected to be available in the coming year.
  • AWS announced the general availability of Amazon WorkMail, a secure, managed business email and calendaring service with support for existing desktop and mobile email clients.
  • AWS announced the general availability of AWS IoT, a managed cloud platform that lets billions of connected devices — such as mobile phones, cars, factory floors, aircraft engines, sensor grids, and more — easily and securely interact with cloud applications and other devices. AWS IoT can support trillions of messages, and can process, route, and keep track of those messages to AWS endpoints and other devices reliably and securely, even when the devices aren’t connected.
  • AWS announced AWS Certificate Manager (ACM), a new service that enables customers to easily provision, manage, and deploy Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) certificates for use with AWS services. SSL/TLS certificates are used to secure network communications and establish the identity of websites over the Internet. Certificates, which typically cost between $45 and $499, are provided to AWS customers free of charge through ACM and are verified by Amazon’s certificate authority, Amazon Trust Services.
  • AWS launched EC2 Scheduled Reserved Instances, allowing customers to reserve capacity for their applications that run on a part-time, recurring basis with a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule over the course of a one-year term.
  • AWS announced 722 significant new services and features in 2015, a 40% increase over 2014.

HowTo: migrate your DNS hosting to Route 53

Today we have migrated the DNS hosting of the domain http://nimbusarchitect.us to Amazon AWS Route 53. It’s easy, let’s have a look at the process.

For several services of AWS, you have to choose a region . You don’t for Route 53, so it’s a global service.

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AWS allows you to transfer a domain to Route 53. This is the easy way: you don’t have to recreate your records if you use this wizard.

But if you like you can keep your current registrar. We wanted to keep using Transip because they are cheaper as a registrar and it’s practical to have one place to administer all domain names.

Use the following method in case you want to keep using your current registrar:
1. create your zone at Route 53
2. create your records / or import a zone file
3. change your name servers at your registrar (in this example Transip.nl)

DNS zone before the change:

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DNS zone after the change to Route 53:

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Projected costs: $0.50 a month…

Introduction movie Amazon Route 53

8 minute intro movie on Route 53

Amazon Route 53 has a simple web-services interface that lets you get started in minutes. Your DNS records are organized into “hosted zones” that you configure with Route 53’s API. Route 53 provides a simple set of APIs that make it easy to create and manage DNS records for your domains. You can call these directly; all this functionality can also be accessed via the AWS Management Console.