The Cloud Center of Excellence: Cloud City

Jason Losh Amazon Web Services, Cloud Center of Excellence, Cloud Technology, Cloud Transformation, DevOps

“I saw … a city in the clouds.” – Luke Skywalker I’ve been at Blue Sentry now for almost two full years, and have worked with AWS and DevOps teams for 10+ years before that in previous lives. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long — and even harder to believe just how inefficient companies can be on …

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 …

Cloud Managed Services: Deployments and Managed Services

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

 Can I get a deployment to production, please? This isn’t exactly how most tickets start, but it’s an appropriate summary of most client requests, in the most basic way. The request is simple, but involves several complicated mechanics that are developed over time. At the end of the day, the Holy Grail is to implement a process that is as …

Cloud Managed Services: How the Managed Cloud Has Transformed DevOps

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

Managed services in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, versus the ol’ on prem! My, have times changed. No more calling or going down to the data center to rack, diagnose, or repair hardware. No more pets to care for. A new reality in which all things are immutable, and with a lower startup cost than ever. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) has …

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 …