DDOS Attacks and Website Hacking

Very recently, this website suffered a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack. Following on from that, I thought I would write a short blog post on what happened, how I found out about it, the response to recover from the attack, and the lessons learnt. Firstly, this article will be heavily focused on AWS as […]


A Short Guide to Calculating the Total Cost of Ownership of a Cloud

This is a shorter summarised version, of a longer and more detailed blog on calculating the total cost of ownership of a cloud platform. In this post, I cover the essence of how to calculate the TCO, what to include in it and my recommendations for calculating it. Build into the Architecture the Gathering of […]

Set Up CloudWatch Monitoring and Logging

This is a tutorial on how to setup monitoring and logging on a Debian Linux EC2 instance running a web server using Apache using AWS CloudWatch. CloudWatch does not provide disk (i.e. storage) and memory (i.e. RAM) utilisation metrics within it’s standards AWS CloudWatch options. For this, custom monitoring will have to be used through […]