Recent Posts by Matt Jones

Setting up your ELB Healthcheck

To effectively route traffic to your various instances Amazon’s Elastic Load Balancer(ELB) needs to know which of your instances are available. The configuration for how this is done is via the ELB healthcheck value. As the health check can directly impact your uptime you’ll want to select the right value, but what will that be for your specific case?

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Content Management in the Cloud

A content management systems (CMS) such as Wordpress, Drupal, or Joomla can make the business of building and maintaining your website much easier. In much the same way as a CMS can take away the hassles of dealing with code, Engine Yard can take away the hassles of running your own infrastructure.

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The answer is a chef recipe, but now you've got some more questions...

Have a bit of configuration that needs to be addressed on an instance each time it comes up? If you’ve checked with our support team you’ll likely have heard that chef is the route forward, but what is this chef stuff all about anyways? Chef is an automation framework that relies on ‘cookbooks’ and ‘recipes’ which contain a set of tasks to be performed. Chef can do things such as report a message to the Engine Yard dashboard, create a customized configuration file, restart services, call a custom task, or just about anything else you can do from the command line.

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