Preparing Amazon Web Services (AWS) for an Auto-Scaling WordPress Site

Preparing Amazon Web Services (AWS) for an Auto-Scaling WordPress Site In my last article I covered the basics of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Now it’s time for some hands-on configuration. The example I’ll be working with in the next few posts is a WordPress based site. I’ll leverage a bunch of services within AWS to support my site – Route 53 for DNS, RDS (MySQL as a Service), Elastic Load Balancers in front of auto-scaling EC2 instances (monitored by CloudWatch), ElastiCache, Simple Storage Services (S3), and CloudFront. As you can see, this setup will be very different from the shared … [Read more...]

Obligitory Vote for vBloggers Post – MadLibs Style

It's that time of year again, where virtualization bloggers everywhere are courting your vote in the vSphere-Land 2013 Top VMware and Virtualization Blogs poll.  The voting asks the virtualization community to select the blogs/bloggers that they feel are the most influential, helpful and otherwise awesome based on longevity, quality, length of post and frequency.  While I could tell you about how I strive to make each of my posts of the highest quality, great in length (I've even had complaints of being too long-winded), filled with original content aimed at educating my reader (and having a … [Read more...]

VMtoday’s One Year Anniversary

Today marks the one year anniversary of my first post on VMtoday.com, and an exciting year it has been in many ways.  First, some stats: VMtoday.com has been visited more than 10,000 times in the past year.  While the number of site visits is far below some of my fellow virtualization bloggers, it is still exciting for me to see that I am making an impact on the community (despite my meager post count).  There are some of you who read my posts through Planet V12n and RSS, which is cool by me. Yesterday was the busiest day for the site.  No coincidence that it comes after adding some … [Read more...]