Articles by Peter Sankauskas

CloudNative, Bakery, and the future

Tuesday 07/29/2014
Well, it finally happened. I started a startup. It is called CloudNative. It turns out, humans don't scale. Well, at least I don't. I have thoroughly enjoyed consulting and helping clients for the last year and a bit. And writing open source code, recording video episodes, running the ... Read more

Monitoring in the Cloud

Tuesday 03/04/2014
At yesterday's Advanced AWS meetup on monitoring, someone asked if they need something like New Relic if they already have Stackdriver. My answers was "yes", but I wanted to dive deeper into why I think that. I consider there to be 3 different buckets/types of monitoring Infrastructure Application ... Read more

March 2014 events

Tuesday 02/18/2014
There are a few events worth checking out in March, so I though I should give you the heads up to get them on your calendar. The March 3rd event for the Advanced AWS Meetup is all about monitoring, and is hosted right in downtown San Mateo by the folks ... Read more

Advanced AWS Meetup - Anki

Tuesday 01/07/2014
The January 2014 Advanced AWS Meetup in San Francisco is only 2 weeks away, and there are only 23 spaces left before we need to wait-list people. This meetup is a little bit special, because Ben Whaley, the AWS Infrastructure Lead at Anki, will be taking you though how they ... Read more

Episodes on YouTube

Friday 12/27/2013
Originally, our screencast episodes were hosted on S3 and serve up using a generic HTML5 video tag. As an experiment, all videos are now available on YouTube, with each page using an embed. You can subscribe here: ... and the playlist for all episodes is here: ... Read more

re:invent 2013 Gameday

Tuesday 11/12/2013
Day 1 of AWS re:invent 2013 included a fun idea called Game Day. Teams of 3 are given a small application to build using various services, they then give their opponents access to their account where the opponent is free to do whatever unthinkable evil is possible. Then it ... Read more

Ansible and AWS

Episode #2 - 14 minutes - Tuesday 10/15/2013
By using Ansible in combination with AWS, you can achieve high levels of automation quickly and easily. This episode shows you how to install Ansible, configure the EC2 inventory plugin, perform ad-hoc tasks on instances, and how to write a few playbooks to automate processes.


Episode #1 - 7 minutes - Wednesday 09/25/2013
Using lynx to browse the Hadoop web interfaces on an Elastic MapReduce cluster is cumbersome at best. These web interfaces were built for modern browsers, so this episode will teach you how to install and set up FoxyProxy to view EMR web interfaces directly in your web browser. You will also see this works with Ganglia, and with HBase.

Unified AWS Command Line Tool

Wednesday 09/04/2013
Long, long ago, in a time almost forgotten, this seemed like a good idea: Over 15 different command line tools, each maintained separately for the various services AWS offered. This was a real pain because they used different languages including Java (Sun, Oracle or openjdk - your guess), Python, Ruby (for ... Read more

A New Paradigm

Tuesday 07/02/2013
While we understand pretty quickly how much easier, cheaper and faster it is to get started with Amazon Web Services than with traditional data center providers, it is taking much longer for people to comprehend the power of AWS. Infrastructure is dynamic now, not static. Instead of talking to a ... Read more