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, …

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 …

2 Questions to Answer When You Suspect Cloud IaaS Has Stopped Making Financial Sense

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

Today I came across an old article by Cade Metz on Wired from 2013 chronicling the experience of some well-known start-ups on the public cloud. The companies highlighted, which included Uber, Zynga, MemSQL and others, had started on Amazon Web Services only to find that, as their business scaled, their AWS bills grew to such a size that self-managed infrastructure …

5 Capabilities of a Private Cloud That Every Firm Should Focus On

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Law Firms, Security & Compliance

The terms Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and Public Cloud are by now very familiar to all of us. We have often heard CTOs of the global enterprise speak in suspicious terms of public cloud and the security thereof, extolling the virtue of their home-built private clouds. But now we see in some recent data the growth of ”private clouds” stagnating …

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 …

Control Your Data Security: The Shared Responsibility Model

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

If your firm is serious about data security and you want to move to cloud IaaS, AWS offers the most control.  But with control comes responsibility.  While AWS ensures the security OF the cloud, you must ensure your security IN the cloud.  Get a good summary of how it works with this great AWS video on the Shared Responsibility Security …

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 …

Too Little Too Late: Anthem Moves to Cloud

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Cloud Technology

In the wake of the most massive security breach in recent memory (and that is saying a lot) Anthem, the 2nd largest healthcare network in the U.S., has announced its plans to move to cloud infrastructure. The planned $500 million deal with IBM will result in a hybrid cloud environment. Anthem, like most large enterprises, has chosen, at least initially, …