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, …

Start-up Value Streams: The Secret to Speed

Kenneth Johnson Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Cloud Transformation, Uncategorized, Well-Architected Review

Achieving product market fit is perhaps the hardest part of building a successful start-up.  Unfortunately, it is also the one thing without which a start-up cannot succeed.  The speed with which you can achieve product market fit determines whether you run out of capital before getting traction in the market.  And, the speed with which you can refine that fit …

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 …

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 …

Pipeline Automation: The Keys to Unlocking the Right Outcome For Your CI/CD Process

Jeff Pell Amazon Web Services, Big Data Solutions, CI/CD, Cloud Center of Excellence, Cloud Technology, DevOps, Microservices

We know the challenge: You wish to fully automate your pipeline, but you haven’t considered what it would take to integrate relational database changes into your CI/CD process. Skipping this step is a recipe for disaster — but often, this part of the integration is overlooked, postponed, or perhaps even ignored. This may be due to the sheer enormity of …

Can the Monolithic Model Still Work For Me?

Michael Handa Amazon Web Services, CI/CD, Cloud Technology, Containerization, DevOps, Microservices

Microservices architecture has become all the hype. A great many businesses seem to be creating their apps as microservices or rushing to migrate their monolithic apps. But is it always the best choice? Can monolithic apps still work? Before answering that question, let’s consider what exactly it means. Monolithic architecture refers to a traditional unified model for designing software as …

How to Scale Using Kubernetes: From Startup to Superstar

Michael Handa Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Containerization, Kubernetes, Microservices, Microsoft Azure

Kubernetes adoption has skyrocketed during the last few years. No matter which statistics you look at, you’re bound to see high rates of adoption. Sysdig’s 2019 Container Usage Report states that 77 percent of containers are now run on Kubernetes. That figure doesn’t include Red Hat OpenShift and Rancher, which are also built on Kubernetes — they take the figure …

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Migrating to the Cloud

Alicia Robert Amazon Web Services, Cloud Center of Excellence, Cloud Technology, Cloud Transformation, Managed Service Provider

As remote work grows and business operations consist of more data than ever before, migrating to the cloud is no longer just an option. Indeed, cloud solutions are a must for modern businesses. That being said, a cloud solution is only as successful as its implementation. And below are some common mistakes to avoid when migrating to the cloud. Making …

Kubernetes Versus Amazon ECS: A Peculiar Comparison

Michael Handa Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Containerization, Kubernetes, Microservices

Many would say that comparing Kubernetes with Amazon’s EC2 container service, or ECS, is like comparing apples and oranges. But are they really that different? That’s what we’ll be exploring in this blog. We’ll be looking at what each of these services offers, and in which aspects they are similar —  as well as their differences. This comparison will allow …