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Using Amazon's CloudFormation, cloud-init, chef and fog to automate infrastructure

Amazon recently announced their new CloudFormation API. This allows you to create what they call "stacks," which will bring up and provision various AWS resources. You are able to configure security groups, EC2 instances, RDS instances, and elastic load balancers just to name a few. With this level of support and ease of declaration, it makes you wonder how much longer things like RightScale are going to last.

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Scaling your application in the cloud

Recently, I've been standing up a lot of infrastructure in Amazon's EC2. While auto-scaling the infrastructure aspects is fairly simple using configuration automation utilities such as Chef or Puppet, getting developers to understand these concepts may be an interesting task. I will try to outline most of the common issues I see when uplifting applications to an elastic cloud environment.

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