Author: Giovanni Giupponi

Packaging software with Docker and Effing

Using pre-packaged software is the quickest and most robust way to provision instances. However, building software packages can be tedious as 1) it must be done on a clone of the instances to be provisioned and 2) it requires specific knowledge on the type of package/platform that has to be created. Also, 3) a repeatable/automatic…

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Building an AWS AMI with encrypted root device

There is not much to dispute about the importance of encrypting data. Elastic Block Store (EBS) encryption offers a solution to encrypt EBS volumes, i.e. machine “disks”. Data residing on encrypted EBS volumes are assured to be encrypted at rest, while moving between the volume and the instance and also when dumped into a volume snapshot. However, unlike…

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