Glossary of definitions


The 12 Factor Pattern is a software methodology for building cloud-friendly (or cloud-native), scalable, maintainable applications that deploy easily on a Platform-as-a-Service (aka PaaS).


Amazon Web Services is a public cloud offering by

Amazon Systems Manager (SSM)

Amazon’s Systems Manager provides a unified user interface so you can view operational data from multiple AWS services and allows you to automate operational tasks across your AWS resources such as configurations with Parameter Store. Systems Manager simplifies resource and application management, shortens the time to detect and resolve operational problems, and makes it easy to operate and manage your infrastructure securely at scale.

Availability Zone (AZ)

An Availability Zone is an isolated data center within a geographic region that is interconnected with other AZs through low-latency links.

Best Practices

A well-understood and often published technique or methodology that, through experience and research, has proven to reliably lead to a desired result.


BeyondCorp is an enterprise security model pioneered by Google that enables every employee to work from untrusted networks without the use of a VPN. One critical component is an Identity Aware Proxy.