Virtual Billionaire

A few minutes ago I received a mail. I doubled checked for sender and included links looking for a sign of scam, but the message appears to be legit. The mail body (bold is mine): Hello, We periodically audit our metering and billing processes for accuracy. During a recent such audit, we found a rare case where an error condition could cause incomplete processing of a snapshot delete operation. This resulted in ongoing storage charges that were billed to your account. The issue has been resolved and all deletions have…

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Semi-Auto Scaling

In those days, I had my first experience with auto-scaling of AWS EC2 instances. And, as everything in AWS, it has been a PITA to give a sense to the many obscure option and possibilities. The main issue with auto-scaling is deploying updates of the software. Due the requirements and the expected flow, and my unwillingness to deal with Ansible, Capistrano or similar devil's tools, I've organized the following setup: a reference instance for each type of server I have to auto-scale the manually inited auto-scaling groups, with related launch…

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