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Amazon EBS Snapshot 支援 Lifecycle Management

以往用 Amazon EBS Snapshot 需要用 Lambda 當 cron job 建立 snapshot,以及管理要存的數量 (要刪掉舊的),現在 AWS 直接提供服務幫你處理:「New – Lifecycle Management for Amazon EBS Snapshots」。文章的截圖就說明了這個新功能:

不收另外的費用,不過目前只有開放三區,東京不在裡面:

You can create and use Data Lifecyle Manager policies at no charge; you pay the usual storage charges for the EBS snapshots that it creates.

Data Lifecycle Manager is available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) Regions.

先繼續用 Lambda,等東京有的時候再換過去...

用 Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM) 蒐集 PostgreSQL 的數據

難得在 Percona 的 blog 上看到專門談 PostgreSQL 的文章:「Collect PostgreSQL Metrics with Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM)」。

其實是透過 Prometheus 疊出來的:

Starting from PMM 1.4.0. it’s possible to add monitoring for any service supported by Prometheus.

在步驟也可以看到:

3. In the next dialog, choose Prometheus as a data source and continue.

這方法有點奇怪就是了,但反正會動比較重要?XD

AWS KMS 可以在 VPC 內直接存取了

AWS Key Management Service 宣布支援 AWS PrivateLink Endpoint 了:「How to Connect Directly to AWS Key Management Service from Amazon VPC by Using an AWS PrivateLink Endpoint」。先前需要透過 Internet 流量存取 (透過 NAT、Proxy 之類的服務),現在則是可以接到 VPC 內直接用了:

Previously, applications running inside a VPC required internet access to connect to AWS KMS. This meant managing internet connectivity through internet gateways, Network Address Translation (NAT) devices, or firewall proxies.

With support for Amazon VPC endpoints, you can now keep all traffic between your VPC and AWS KMS within the AWS network and avoid management of internet connectivity.

KMS 需要 Internet 也是之前設計架構時比較痛的地方,現在總算是有個方向可以減少痛處了...

用 Amazon Route 53 做 Service Discovery

Amazon Route 53 的新功能,可以解決以前自己要建立 Service Discovery 服務的工作:「Amazon Route 53 Releases Auto Naming API for Service Name Management and Discovery」。官方的文件在「Using Autonaming for Service Discovery」這邊。

不過目前有些限制,一個 namespace (domain name) 目前只能有五個服務:

DNS settings for up to five records.

然後 DNS 回應時,最多回八個 record:

When Amazon Route 53 receives a DNS query for the name of an instance, such as backend.example.com, it responds with up to eight IP addresses (for A or AAAA records) or up to eight SRV record values.

回應八個 record,但應該是可以註冊超過八個吧... (i.e. 每次都回不一樣)

自建服務 (像是 Cassandra 或是 ScyllaDB) 可以直接用這個服務掛上去,就不用自己架 Consul 了。

目前支援了這四區,亞洲不在這波提供範圍:

Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming is available in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) regions.

AWS PrivateLink

AWS 計畫把先前設計的 VPC Endpoint 都併到 AWS PrivateLink 裡,統一管理:「New – AWS PrivateLink for AWS Services: Kinesis, Service Catalog, EC2 Systems Manager, Amazon EC2 APIs, and ELB APIs in your VPC」。

Today we are announcing AWS PrivateLink, the newest generation of VPC Endpoints which is designed for customers to access AWS services in a highly available and scalable manner, while keeping all the traffic within the AWS network. Kinesis, Service Catalog, Amazon EC2, EC2 Systems Manager (SSM), and Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) APIs are now available to use inside your VPC, with support for more services coming soon such as Key Management Service (KMS) and Amazon Cloudwatch.

這樣就不用弄 proxy server 然後在上面管一堆 policy 了... (先不講自己搞 HA 的麻煩事,光是有些程式還得 patch 才能支援 proxy 就會想翻桌了 XD)

CMU 推出 Product Management 的課程

CMUCS (Computer Science) 發的新聞稿:「Carnegie Mellon Offers New Master's Degree in Product Management」。

副標也清楚寫出是一年的課程:

One-Year Program Turns Computer Professionals Into "CEOs of the Product"

除了 CMU CS 外,也結合了 CMU 的 Tepper Business School 一起開:

A joint program of the university's School of Computer Science (SCS) and Tepper School of Business, the Master of Science in Product Management (MSPM) program will start January 2018.

另外一個不同角度的 Product Management。

結果 AWS Console 對 EC2 的 IAM Role 被拔掉了...

在 console 上發現不見了,跑去 forum 上看看是不是有其他人遇到同樣的問題,結果發現被拔掉了:「Attach IAM Role to existing EC2 instance in console not available」。

On Friday, Feb 24th, we were made aware that under certain conditions, the feature was not working for customers using the EC2 console. As a result, we have temporarily removed this capability from the EC2 console, but we will enable this feature when this issue has been resolved.

Ouch... 只好先用 CLI 了...

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