Webinar: How Your Company Can Win in the Cloud with Amazon Web Services

Jordan Bressler Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Newsroom

    August 17, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Click here to register. Enterprises of all sizes are migrating their IT infrastructure to Amazon Web Services – the world’s leading cloud infrastructure as a service (laaS) platform. The AWS Cloud offers enterprises a secure, flexible and infinitely scalable environment form which to manage their mission-critical workloads. During this session, you’ll learn …

Job Security: Four Ways the Amazon Cloud Reinforces the Corporate IT Pro

Mike Madsen Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology

In any migration from traditional IT infrastructure to the Amazon Cloud, there’s one lingering – though not always stated – question on the mind of any system administrator or engineer: Will I still have a job once this migration is completed? Assuredly, the answer is “yes” – but it’s a ‘qualified’ yes. For the IT pros who choose to float …

Terraform with Cloud Init on EC2 Instances in Private Subnets with VPC Endpoints

Brad Campbell Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology

Recently, I was working on a Terraform script for a client that required some instance-level provisioning at creation time. The user_data atrribute of Terraform’s aws_instance provider is a perfect use-case for this sort of setup. In this case, I was working with an Amazon Linux AMI, so I elected to work with cloud-init as my user_data mechanism (vs vanilla shell …

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 …

Public Cloud Adoption Rates Skyrocket

Ronda Peoples Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Newsroom

RightScale, Inc.’s, 2015 “State of the Cloud” Report reveals that public cloud adoption is on the rise, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure leading the pack. RightScale surveyed over 900 IT professionals working in companies in a range of sizes and in a variety of industries. Here are some of the key findings from the study: 93% of …