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  • Let’s Architect! Designing Event-Driven Architectures

    During the design of distributed systems, we have to identify a communication strategy to exchange information between different services while keeping the evolutionary nature of the architecture in mind. In this post, we share architectural resources to introduce event-driven architectures, how to build them on AWS, and how to approach the design phase.

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    Top 10 AWS Architecture Blog posts of 2022

    We want to take a moment to shine a bright light on our readers, who spend their time exploring our posts, providing generous feedback, and asking poignant questions! Much appreciation goes to our Solutions Architects, who work tirelessly to identify and produce what our customers need. In this post, we share the top 10 AWS Architecture Blog posts of 2022.

    Optimize Your Modern Data Architecture for Sustainability: Part 1 – Data Ingestion and Data Lake

    The modern data architecture on AWS focuses on integrating a data lake and purpose-built data services to efficiently build analytics workloads, which provide speed and agility at scale. In this series of two blog posts, we will cover guidance from the Sustainability Pillar of the AWS Well-Architected Framework on optimizing your modern data architecture for sustainability.

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