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A blog about computing, automating, the cloud and all fun that goes with it.

Connecting AWS to GCP

**DISCLAMER - To get this setup working you will need paid account for both AWS and Google Cloud Platform. Fees do apply for both AWS and GCP

Connecting AWS Regions with Openswan

Connected AWS regions is not as simple as it should be. Hopefully AWS will someday provide a VPC Peering connection between regions but until then we need to connect regions with EC2 instances. A couple of techniques we have read up on were using 2 EC2 instances. One in the West region connecting to the East region. In another white paper we found Connecting Multiple VPCs with Astaro Security Gateway This worked ok for a while, but seemed to be expensive and not as performant as it should be.

True Power of the Cloud

When comparing the cloud to the old ways, lots of terms are thrown around. ROI, scalibility, rapid development and deployment, ect, ect. The cloud is great for spinning massive amount of infrastructure quickly, but the true power comes with shutting it off. Pay for what you use is the power behind the cloud. Now where I am in the US internet to the home is I pay $XX a month for 50/25MBs. No matter how much I actually use the internet. No given the fact that FIOS really throttles what we can watch anyways. The true limit of how much bandwidth we can consume in a billing period is far lower. Even watch TV from FIOS is artifacted crap.

Adding Open Graph Tags to Jekyll

What is the Open Graph protocol? Per Facebook, it “enables any web page to become a rich object in a social graph.” The documentation goes on to state that “to turn your web pages into graph objects, you need to add basic metadata to your page.” Put more simply, add Open Graph meta tags to your website to have greater control over how your content is displayed when shared via Facebook.