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Scaling basics on AWS: Horizontal and Vertical

Scaling basics on AWS: Horizontal and Vertical

Scaling is a large part of why running applications in the cloud is a good idea, but the different approaches to scaling are often not talked about in much detail. So I thought I would quickly cover off some of the options when it comes to scaling on AWS (though these...

How to Install MongoDB with AWS EC2

How to Install MongoDB with AWS EC2

Here at OptimalBI, we’ve recently switched from using DynamoDB to MongoDB. However, we still use Amazon’s EC2 service to manage our servers. Because MongoDB isn’t an Amazon Web Service like DynamoDB is, installing Mongo on one of these servers isn’t the most obvious...

App Config on AWS: Files, and DynamoDB

App Config on AWS: Files, and DynamoDB

When we deploy and run applications on AWS (or anywhere really) most times we need to configure that application so that it can find the other services and applications it needs to run correctly. Today I will look at a the simple way of using config files deployed to...

Moving WordPress Media to AWS S3

  There are a few reasons you may want to move your WordPress media to AWS S3 storage. You may have a huge amount of media, you may want to share media between multiple WordPress installs, or, like me, you may have increased the image file size limit from the...

How to get free SSL Certificates

How to get free SSL Certificates

I recently discovered a free service that can provide SSL certificates. It's called Let's Encrypt and in the correct use cases, it's a great tool to have in your developer's arsenal. At this point, I should point out a few things worth knowing. The certificate has a...