High Performance Serverless Web

Introduction This little bit below is a bit of a rant, so feel free to skip it if you want to get right to the valuable stuff. Slight rant So, Servers… You know, those expensive things that sit in some dark, loud room and emit intimidating sounds and lights? Well, as it turns out, servers are becoming a relic of the past, trounced by the ever-evolving, connected, functionality-delivery platform we know today as the Internet. »

How to Build a Resilient AWS EC2 Linux Instance Utilizing Nginx and Node.js (Part 2)

If you followed read my last post, you were walked through how to build a node-nginx EC2 instance on RHEL 6. I had initially started with Amazon Linux before writing that post, and then switch to Ubuntu 12.04 and finally to RHEL6.4 only after not having much, off-the-bat success with the first two. This post, I am going to tackle the same thing, but with Amazon Linux and work out the kinks. »

How to build a resilient AWS EC2 Linux instance utilizing nginx and node.js

I spent lots of time figuring out the best recipe for building out an Amazon EC2 instance that would support nginx as my http reverse proxy and node.js web app builder. These steps detail what I’ve found to be a “winning path.” I will start with the disclaimer that not only am I not a Linux power user, but I am also new to nginx. Hence the amount of time I spent working on different combinations. »