Mindful Migration: Six Steps to Ensure Success

Kenneth Johnson Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Cloud Transformation, DevOps, Microservices, Migration

The first thing most companies consider when considering a cloud migration is, of course, cost.  Doing a Total Cost of Ownership (“TCO”) analysis for current infrastructure and comparing it to the projected TCO for cloud operations is a critical exercise in building a business case.  But simply comparing costs does not answer any strategic questions or add long term business …

A Well-Architected Operation Begins with the Right People

Kenneth Johnson Amazon Web Services, Cloud Center of Excellence, Cloud Technology, Cloud Transformation, DevOps, Managed Service Provider, Uncategorized

Achieving high availability, robust disaster recovery, agility and cost savings are all reasons to adopt a next-generation, automation-based approach to operations. This is what Blue Sentry’s managed “DevOps as a Service” is all about. We encourage our clients to restrict human access to production environments as much as possible, while establishing a unified change management process and automation pipeline in …

Preventing AWS S3 Data Leaks: What You Need to Know

Kenneth Johnson Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Cloud Transformation, S3

Anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock has heard about the growing number of so-called Amazon Web Services S3 “data leaks” lately. Though many seem intent on blaming this directly on AWS or describe it as a weakness of the “cloud”, this is not an issue with AWS and its S3 offering. The cause of these data leaks, unfortunately, …

High Availability Explained: Why AWS Beats Azure in Redundancy

Kenneth Johnson Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Cloud Transformation, High Performance Applications, Managed Service Provider, Microsoft Azure

I am often asked about High Availability on AWS.  And we see a great deal of opportunity for users of AWS to improve in this area—so much so that it is a formal theme among our seven themes in the Cloud Maturity Index.  It has become a major area of focus for Blue Sentry, because we have seen so many AWS …

How to Scale from Zero to $9 Billion in Under 4 Years

Kenneth Johnson Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Internet of Things, Managed Service Provider, Uncategorized

I have personally enjoyed watching the Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge that we know as “S.L.A.C.K.” move from being a tool known only to engineers, to fundamentally disrupting well-established business tools like email. Now that Slack has made a big splash among market watchers with its $9 billion valuation and acquisition suiters like Amazon, Google and Microsoft, news …

AWS Certification: Why It’s Important to Us – and to You

Kenneth Johnson Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Managed Service Provider

There’s an old adage in aviation – “a good pilot is always learning.”  At Blue Sentry, we apply this to engineering and architecture in the cloud. Since its inception, Blue Sentry has placed a high premium on technical excellence.  Customers depend on us to help them get the most from the AWS platform, which is why gaining deeper technical knowledge and always …

Gartner Releases 2015 Magic Quadrant for IaaS

Kenneth Johnson Newsroom

Gartner’s release of the 2015 Magic Quadrant study for IaaS seemed at first blush like a re-run of the prior year.  While there were some changes in the lower quadrants, both AWS and Microsoft remain in the Leader’s Quadrant with a wide lead over the rest of the pack. But if you read closely there is evidence of a shift …

4 IaaS Industry Consequences of the AWS Earnings Announcement

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology

Amazon shares rallied over 14% after the company beat both profit and revenue expectations in its most recent quarterly announcement.  Perhaps most significant revelation was the long-awaited disclosure of AWS financials, which had been lumped into “other” in Amazons prior earnings reports. As an avid follower of news and gossip about AWS I have long heard the skeptics speak of …

Security, Sensationalism and the Rational Mind

Kenneth Johnson Accounting Firms, All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Law Firms, Professional Firms

Recently my thoughts on security have been swirling around a recent 60 Minutes segment on the Sony Pictures hack. In this segment, we learned that the sophistication of the attack carried out by North Korea was quite low. In fact, experts compared it to a moped relative to the F22-fighter-jet-level of sophisticated attacks that other hackers, including the U.S. Government, …

Forrester Completes Its Wave Study of Cloud IaaS Security

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Microsoft Azure, Newsroom, Security & Compliance

Forrester Research recently completed its WAVE study of cloud IaaS providers’ security. Although many IaaS providers were invited only 4 agreed to participate—AWS, Azure, IBM and CenturyLink. The study was thorough and discloses specific factors and how they were weighted when evaluating a provider’s security. The study (as it should) takes a very skeptical position as evidenced in the follow …