The Cloud Center of Excellence: The Secret Ingredient Your Enterprise is Missing

Jordan Bressler Amazon Web Services, Cloud Center of Excellence, Cloud Technology, Cloud Transformation, DevOps, Managed Service Provider

When we survey the technology landscape today, it’s clear that the world has changed forever. The speed facilitated by a cloud infrastructure has truly set industry on its head – favoring tiny startups over centuries-old Fortune 500 behemoths, and handing competitive advantages to companies that can be nimble and pivot on a dime. So, how can larger enterprises – laden …

S3 Antivirus Scanning with Lambda and ClamAV

Dennis Webb Amazon Web Services, Case Studies, Cloud Technology, S3, Testimonials

There have been many stories over the past months about S3 buckets being left unsecured. Terabytes of sensitive data available for the whole world to download. CyberSecurity 101 teaches, “Don’t leave private data open to the public.”, but somehow many major companies have let this one slip through the cracks. Another lesson that everybody knows is, “Never open a file that has …

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, …

The DevOps Movement: Four Steps to Creating a Culture of Cooperation in Your IT Shop

Jason Losh Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Cloud Transformation, DevOps

Despite being 8 years into the DevOps movement, I cannot tell you how often I am asked the question, “What is DevOps?”  In this post, I will explore what DevOps is to me, based on my real world experience building DevOps organizations. First and foremost, DevOps is a culture.  It is not an organizational construct.  If you’ve waved your magic …

AWS Chicago Summit: What You Need to Know

James Strong Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, DevOps, Internet of Things, Managed Service Provider

I recently represented Blue Sentry at the AWS Summit in Chicago, and had one overarching thought: Just when you thought AWS had reached the apex of innovation, they up their game again. The pace of innovation is simply staggering at AWS, with weekly service releases flying off the shelves. Though it can be difficult to keep up, following the AWS …

Alexa: Amazon’s AI Heroine Poised to Steal the Mobile Hub Spotlight

Jason Losh Amazon Alexa, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Internet of Things

I’m sitting in my office in Cary, North Carolina (just outside of beautiful Raleigh), and it’s HOT. We’re talking 106-degree-heat-index hot.  The kind of hot where I haven’t even left the house since my morning run.  So, with summer squarely top of mind, I bring you the next Blue Sentry blog post. Me: Alexa, cue the deep voiced narrator. Alexa: In …

Your Startup, Hypercharged: Using AWS to Become a DevOps Rock Star

Michael Handa Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, DevOps, Managed Service Provider

Ask most startup entrepreneurs what they got paid last week, and the reaction will typically be a laugh — possibly accompanied by a snort. Indeed, in the startup universe, bootstraps are the name of the game, and every glinting dime is generally deployed back into the dream. For generations, for startups rooted in technology, those dimes were generally deployed into …

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 Gain Real Savings Through a Proper Cloud Setup

Dennis Webb Amazon Web Services, Case Studies, Cloud Commuting, Cloud Technology, Cloud Transformation, DevOps, Managed Service Provider, Uncategorized

The Problem While reviewing a customer’s AWS bill recently, I noticed line-item entry for $14,298 on their bill for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud NatGateway. That’s a lot of money being spent on internet traffic to and from their account. The AWS NatGateway has not only an hourly charge of $0.045/hour, but also a usage charge of $0.045/GB Data Processed. As …

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 …