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A big thank you to you, our readers, for spending time on our blog this past quarter. Of course, we wouldn’t have content for you to read without our hard-working AWS Solutions Architects and other blog post writers either, so thank you to them as well! Without further ado, the following five posts were the top Architecture Blog and Field Notes blog posts published in Q1 (January through March 2021).

Honorable Mention: Scaling Up a Serverless Web Crawler and Search Engine

by Jack Stevenson

With only 10 views less than the post in slot 5, this post deserves a slot on our leaderboard. In this post, Jack explores ways to run crawler jobs in parallel and scale a web crawler using AWS Step Functions.

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#5: Field Notes: How FactSet Uses ‘microAccounts’ to Reduce Developer Friction and Maintain Security at Scale

by Tarik Makota, Amit Borulkar, Nathan Goodman, Guarav Jain, Daniel Cordes

In this post, Tarik and Amit partner with customer FactSet to describe their “microAccounts approach,” where each AWS account is allocated for one project and is owned by a single team. This approach provides FactSet with the ability to operate according to specific needs of different teams and projects in the enterprise.

microAccount per project strategy

#4: Zurich Spain: Managing Millions of Documents with AWS

by Miguel Guillot, Jesus Bernalm, Oscar Gali

In this post, Miguel and Jesus partner with Zurich Spain to explain their transition from on-site infrastructure to AWS. This streamlined management of their underlying infrastructure resulted in a 65% run cost reduction, improved performance, and enablement of AWS analytical services.

Zurich Spain Architecture

#3: Building Multi-Partner Integration on AWS Using Event-Driven Architecture

by Vivek Kant

In this post, Vivek offers a solution based on Event Driven Architecture (EDA) on AWS with Reactive design to integrate the large number of partners in Finserv MARKETS.

Conceptual View of Our Solution

#2: Micro-Frontend Architectures on AWS

by Bryan Bost

In this post, Bryan shows you how to build micro-frontend architecture that simplifies the process of building complex frontend applications, allowing you to manage small, independent components.

Micro-frontend architecture on AWS

#1: Using Route 53 Private Hosted Zones for Cross-Account Multi-Region Architectures

by Anandprasanna Gaitonde and John Bickle

In this post, Anandprasanna and John show how hybrid cloud environments can utilize the features of Route 53 Private Hosted Zones to allow for scalability and high availability for business applications.

Thank You!

Thanks again to all our readers and blog post writers! We look forward to continuing to learn and build amazing things together in 2021.