It’s been around 2 years since tombola started to investigate the use and potential benefits of container technology, specifically Docker. At times since then progress has been slow and frustrating, but that’s no shock with new technologies. We’ve been running containers in a production environment for just over a year now and I wanted to […]

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At tombola, we use Amazon’s ECS (Elastic Container Service) to schedule and orchestrate many of our services. While this has many benefits to traditional application hosting, it also brings new challenges – Not least of all monitoring. Picture this scenario: You have an application running on a cluster of machines, those machines are completely redundant; […]

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I was fortunate enough to be one of the 4 developers tombola sent to re:Invent this year – There were some seriously big announces in both of the keynotes – I won’t go over them here, but you can read about them straight from the mouth of AWS. The keynotes are both available to watch […]

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Just writing up a quick ‘gotcha’ that we faced recently in our work with AWS that we found very little documentation available, and no real posts indicating how to resolve, so thought we’d put this out there in the hopes that someone finds it useful. We’ve just been building an app that is a node […]

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Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending AWS re:invent 2016 in Las Vegas with 3 of my colleagues from tombola towers, all in different roles which meant we rarely were seen in the same talks (as expected). The event was on a scale I was not expecting, spread across 3 Vegas hotels (anyone […]

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