• First look into AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK)

    I have been using CloudFormation since I started using AWS in 2014. It helped me to get an overview of all the different services on AWS. I also like the declarative style to define your infrastructure and let CloudFormation do all the work. Coming from a DataCenter where you had...


  • Jenkins on ECS: An Overview

    With the new pipelines architecture, Jenkins re-invented itself and is still one of the most popular CI/CD tools. Let me show, how you can set up a fully containerized Jenkins running on top of Amazon ECS. This blog post gives you a rough overview of the involved components. In future...


  • 7 Awesome CloudFormation Hacks

    Since AWS introduced native YAML support, CloudFormation templates are much more readable than before. Also, the introduced intrinsic functions help a lot to build awesome templates. But sometimes the solution to a problem is not that obvious and often not well documented. This blog post should remind me to some...


  • A better solution to ECS AutoScaling

    In a previous blog post, I showed you how an ECS cluster can automatically scale by using the built-in CloudWatch metrics. While this works very well when you scale out, it is still an issue to scale in because you’ve to choose one of the two metrics (CPU or memory)....


  • Install Docker Swarm on AWS via CloudFormation

    Have you ever tried to setup a Docker Swarm cluster on AWS by yourself? In this blog post, I’ll provide the necessary CloudFormation templates that are needed to setup a Docker Swarm cluster from scratch. If you want to avoid setting up Docker Swarm manually, have a look at Docker...