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  • Open Up The Cloud Newsletter #27 (August and September Recap 2021) November 14, 2021
    Reading this somewhere that’s not your email inbox? sign-up here. — Well hello, there cloud friend! The keen-eyed among you will realize this is a double-edition newsletter because there was in fact no newsletter in August! Why? Because I took a little time off! 🏖 But, we’re back to it, and for this month only, I’ll summarise two ...
  • What Are The Different Roles In The Cloud? A Beginners Guide. October 15, 2021
    If you’re new to the cloud industry, it’s likely you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the routes and roles to get you into the cloud industry, right? I speak to many people new to the cloud industry every day, and “what are the different roles in cloud?” is a very common question that I get asked. Today, ...
  • Open Up The Cloud Newsletter #26 (July Recap 2021) August 19, 2021
    Reading this somewhere that’s not your email inbox? sign-up here. — Hey cloud friends! It’s been quiet on the announcements and new features front this last month— it must be summer! And, of course, for AWS, they’re busy stacking up their releases for this year’s Re:Invent. One great thing I’m seeing these last few months is a real ...
  • Open Up The Cloud Newsletter #25 (June Recap 2021) July 12, 2021
    Reading this somewhere that’s not your email inbox? sign-up here. — Hey cloud friends! We’re another month down in 2021—where does the time go? This means we’re back again recapping the most important cloud news, this time for June. So let’s get into it… This Month’s Top Cloud Pick(s) ⏫ If you only read one or two things this month, let ...
  • Which Is The Best AWS Region For Your Location? Based on Cost & Latency July 7, 2021
    There are many factors to consider when choosing an AWS region: latency to end-users, cost, data residency laws, inter-region latency, etc. Which makes it hard to unequivocally say which AWS region best for each unique scenario. To give you a head start, here is a list of major countries/cities in alphabetical order, with an AWS region(s) ...
  • Which AWS Region Is Cheapest? A Costing Report June 28, 2021
    I’ve heard lots of anecdotal over the years about which AWS regions are the cheapest, with both Ireland, and North Virginia coming up frequently. But whilst researching the cheapest AWS region I was amazed to see there was no data about which AWS region is the cheapest—so I crunched my own data. Which AWS region is ...