CASE STUDY: Insurance Carrier Benefits From AWS Savings Plans

Lee Hylton Amazon Web Services, Case Studies, Managed Service Provider, Professional Firms

Blue Sentry worked with a large residential property insurance carrier to help them save substantially on their AWS footprint. The company, an existing Blue Sentry managed service client with a large AWS presence, relies on Blue Sentry to monitor and proactively adjust its environment for performance, reliability, and cost optimization. As a result of this long and mutually beneficial relationship, …

CASE STUDY: Oracle to Amazon Aurora Migration Delivers $1M in Savings, Enhanced Reliability

Lee Hylton Amazon Web Services, Case Studies, Cloud Technology, DevOps, Migration

The COVID-19 pandemic caused many businesses to re-evaluate the means by which they backup and protect their digital platforms and mission-critical data. Blue Sentry worked with one such customer – a company that supports a unique platform to provide critical event management, alerting and notification services in a real-time fashion. Keeping Up with Demand As the COVID 19 crisis intensified, …

Blue Sentry Ensures Security and Compliance

Lee Hylton Amazon Web Services, Cloud Security, Cloud Technology, DevOps, Terraform, Uncategorized

Security is on everyone’s mind these days. If you are responsible for managing an IT environment or deploying new products, security is likely a critical consideration for your company. Of course, the daily headlines about security breaches and new threats would unsettle even the most seasoned IT manager. At Blue Sentry, security is built into everything we do — even …

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Success Story: Enabling Customer Agility During COVID-19 Shutdown

Lee Hylton Amazon Web Services, Case Studies, Cloud Commuting, Kubernetes, Remote Work Experience, Testimonials

The Coronavirus and COVID-19 infection have completely upended our society, and businesses are scrambling to cope. Though technology companies are well positioned to handle a shifting of resources from the worksite to remote, for some, it still takes some quick strategy and deployment to do this effectively. I wanted to share with you a recent deployment we managed for one …

What is DevOps?

Lee Hylton Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, DevOps, High Performance Applications

DevOps, despite being a huge industry buzzword as of late, is not something that is easily defined.  There is no one answer to what DevOps looks like; rather, it is a concept brought forth as a result of the combined concepts of Lean IT Operations; applications that are loosely coupled with a service oriented architecture,;Operations Management constraints; and Agile Software Development …

New Elastic Load Balancer Checks for Trusted Advisor

Lee Hylton All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Newsroom

Amazon Web Services announced four new checks to the Trusted Advisor tool in the Management Console. The Trusted Advisor allows an administrator or IAM user with the correct permission to run a series of checks for security, economy and fault tolerance across a wide variety of resources within an AWS account. This latest set of checks focus on Elastic Load …

AWS Managed Policies

Amazon Web Service releases new IAM managed policy tool

Lee Hylton All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Featured, Newsroom

Amazon Web Services (AWS) released a new managed policy tool for IAM users in the management console.  This new tool allows an administrator to select from pre-built policy templates, easily applying the desired  permission set to IAM objects. This represents a vast improvement over the older JSON code driven templates that existed before.  An administrator can use this tool to add …

Microsoft Azure announces most powerful instances to date

Lee Hylton All Firms, Cloud Technology, Featured, Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure has announced the general availability of their new G instances. These are their most powerful cloud instances to date. The new G-series instances go up to 32 cores, 448 GiB of RAM, and 6,596 GB of local SSD storage.  At the lower end these G instances may be suitable for running Remote Desktop Session Hosts all the way …

Self-Healing Cloud Infrastructure

Lee Hylton All Firms, Cloud Technology, Featured

Yesterday AWS announced “Auto Recovery” for its Elastic Cloud Compute (Ec2) instances. Now with Cloud Watch properly configured AWS will constantly run systems checks to look for many common problems including: loss of network connectivity loss of system power software issues on the physical host hardware issues on the physical host. According to Amazon, “When a system status check of …