Author: Michael Otey

Michael Otey is president of TECA, a technical content production, consulting and software development company in Portland,

Amazon Retires EC2-Classic

by Michael Otey

It seems hard to believe but Amazon’s EC2 was first launched back in 2006. It was Amazon’s third major cloud service behind their Simple Storage Service (S3) and Simple Queue Service (SQS).  I think it’s fair to say that Amazon EC2 was the driving force behind many businesses’ initial move toward Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). This July… Read More

Using DR to Protect Against Ransomware

by Michael Otey

While 2020 will surely be remembered as the year of the pandemic, it’s quite possible that 2021 will be remembered as the year of ransomware too. Ransomware attacks seem to be running amok through 2021 and almost daily occurrences have been reported. Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to a company’s files… Read More

Amazon Location Service is Now Generally Available

by Michael Otey

Location and mapping are vital aspects of many mobile applications. However, developers face significant barriers to integrating location functionality into their applications. Integrating location services with your other mobile and web services can be difficult and time-consuming. Plus, there are issues around cost, privacy and security. First announced as a preview back in December 2020,… Read More

Amazon Releases AWS S3 Object Lambda

by Michael Otey

One of the most significant enhancements for AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) is the release of AWS S3 Object Lambda. In case you were wondering what Lambda is, Lambda is the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet. In the programming world, a Lambda function is a small anonymous function or block of code that can… Read More

AWS and Azure used in SolarWinds Attack

by Michael Otey

The SolarWinds exploit was one of the biggest security breaches of the past year. There’s now no doubt that this cyberattack was the result of a very sophisticated effort. Microsoft estimated that it was the likely result of a 1000 engineers working on the creation of the malware. The attack worked by compromising SolarWinds’ software… Read More

AWS Announcement Highlights for February 2021

by Michael Otey

In spite of the heavy winter weather and ongoing pandemic, Amazon continues to churn out an impressive set of enhancements for AWS. Here are some of the highlights from Amazon’s February 2021 AWS announcements. AWS Outposts support local snapshots To better enable businesses to meet their data residency and local data processing needs, Amazon announced… Read More