Recent Posts by Ralph Bankston

AWS Instance Notices and You. Prepping for the Cloud.

Many customers have received varying AWS instance notices related to instance retirement or instance maintenance. These retirement notices often read, “We have important news about your account. EC2 has detected degradation of the underlying hardware hosting your Amazon EC2 instance in the region.” Similarly maintenance notifications read, “One or more of your Amazon EC2 instances is scheduled for maintenance on for 2 hours starting at .” The big question is: do you know what these notices really mean and how you take care of them? Below we’ll discuss AWS notifications and how to act on them. The two biggest takeaways from theses notices are: run don’t walk, on working to replace affected instances; and make sure your mission critical data lives on Elastic Block Storage (EBS).

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Support for Phoenix on Elixir

In the coming month we’ll be introducing Phoenix on Elixir as a first class framework and language on the Engine Yard Cloud Platform. Currently Engine Yard supports Ruby, PHP, and NodeJS. Elixir is a developer friendly, performant, and reliable language. Our offering will be releasing with the following features:

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Fine-Tuning Memcached

Are you getting memcached interruptions in your application logs? Does memcached say its been running but your app says something else?

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Troubleshooting Common Problems with Cron Jobs at Engine Yard

Cron jobs are a basic unix tool used to run specific commands at specific times. This can be anything from deleting files to starting a script that processes payments in your application at specific times without having to remember to start the script manually. The most common questions we receive about cron jobs are: verifying the time at which a cron job is supposed to run, environment and path issues while running rake tasks, and unexpected cron output. Here are examples and solutions to some of these common cron problems.

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