AWS SSM Parameter Store secrets management for Docker containers

Secure way to provide environment secrets to docker containers from AWS Parameter Store.

6 minute read

Storing and using secret information securely with AWS SSM The SSM Parameters store is a great way to securely store hierarchical configuration data. It is widely used by AWS to provide parameters it own services. The names of the parameters are guaranteed to be unique and of arbitrary structure, allowing users to store nested structures of configuration data. In this post I will examine how to use Parameters Store efficiently to provide settings and secrets to Docker containers executed on ECS.

ECS Autoscaling with CloudFormation

Autoscaling ECS services with combination of target tracking and stepped scaling policies.

5 minute read

ECS Autoscaling The topic of ECS autoscaling is a vast area of heated discussions and broken dreams. It is quite hard to come up with efficient scaling policies for your ECS services. And the more distributed your architecture, the more issues with cascading load and increasing latency you are going to face. But fear not, the promised salvation in form of autoscaling for your services is here to save the day and distribute your computing load evenly across your micro services.

DynamoDB Autoscaling with CloudFormation

Autoscaling DynamoDB capacity for fun and profit.

4 minute read

DynamoDB Autoscaling DynamoDB autoscaling is a feedback-loop based monitoring setup which can dynamically change provisioned capacity for the table or global secondary index. There are two ways one can define autoscaling policy for this resource: Step scaling policy Target tracking policy Step scaling policy The first kind of policy - step scaling - is based on CloudWatch alarms. This approach is the original autoscaling policy, the kind of which has been available to us from the beginning of days.

ScyllaDB I/O latency quest

How Scylladb fought and won a war with I/O latency

1 minute read

A very in-depth article from our friends at ScyllaDB about how they fought an I/O latency bug in Linux CFQ scheduler. Big latencies? It’s open season for kernel bug-hunting! I remember myself back in like 4 years ago struggling to understand how can select on non-blocking socket take anywhere up to a 15 seconds to return on AWS. However my issue was not related to the scheduler but the quest and persistence of ScyllaDB team is just another reminder that there are people who really care.

Building ExtJS app with fabric

How to make a custom build flow of ExtJS applications with fabric

6 minute read

The problem ExtJS is a well known javascript framework for creating rich and powerful web applications. Basically it allows you to implement the whole user experience in javascript on client side in a way very similar to desktop widget toolkits. The ExtJS comes both as GPL and commercial and has several tools used to work with it. First of all there is a stand alone development IDE with interface designer called Architect.

Mac OS X Dashboard Widget from scratch

Anturis widget for Mac OS X dashboard

1 minute read

Mac OS X Dashboard widget in javascript The Anturis is not just a monitoring service but a monitoring platform with rich and powerful RESTFull api. It’s designed to give our users a way to get information, metrics and analysis from the system, extend analytic’s logic and customize the monitoring activities. The API can be used by a number of tools out of the box and we provide a custom python module which implements easy to use proxy objects.