Why Containers? The Top 10 Benefits

Michael Handa Cloud Technology, Containerization, DevOps, Microservices

Why Containers? In a previous post, we contrasted the two prominent cloud deployment technologies – virtual machines and containers. The ability to virtualize server hardware kicked off the cloud revolution by making computing power just another utility available on demand. But containerization has taken cloud-based deployment to the next level. The trend in software development these days is to build …

Microservices and Testing Environments

Dennis Webb DevOps, Kubernetes, Microservices, Terraform

Everybody has a testing environment. Some people are lucky enough to have a totally separate environment to run production in. @stahnma Luckily we live in the era of cloud computing and having separate deployment environments isn’t as cost prohibitive as it used to be. Twenty years ago, having a separate testing environment meant having double the costs to build one. …

Microservices and Serverless Computing

Michael Handa Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, DevOps, Microservices

In talking about serverless computing, we should first dispense with a common source of confusion– the word “serverless.” Though it would seem to indicate otherwise, it doesn’t mean that there are no servers. It simply means that you don’t have to own any servers, and, what is more, you don’t have to provision or configure the servers you use. Though …

Key Differences Between On-Premise and Cloud Managed Services

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

There is no doubt that the cloud is the wave of the future. For newer companies, embracing the latest technologies and trends can be second nature, but for more traditional organizations, things can quickly get a lot more complicated. This is where a Managed Service Provider can help. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are third-party contractors that offer IT tasks and …

Benefits of Infrastructure as Code

Tom Lewis Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Cloud Transformation, DevOps

In the past few years, cloud computing has completely changed how companies build, scale, and maintain workloads. The ability to quickly provision networking, storage, and compute resources has resulted in the highest developer productivity ever seen.  The companies enjoying the highest productivity are simultaneously adopting cloud and DevOps practices facilitated by Infrastructure as Code (”IaC”).  IaC is made possible by …

Top Reasons Your Organization Needs to Adopt DevOps in 2019

Laura Shiff Amazon Web Services, CI/CD, Cloud Technology, DevOps

There’s no doubt about it: 2019 is the year for DevOps. Although it’s been a huge buzzword in the industry, DevOps is nothing new. In fact, the concept of combining software development and IT operations has been around for close to ten years already. If this has you feeling behind, this is a great opportunity to fully understand the benefits …

Five Reasons to Bring the “Scalable Cloud” To Your Business

Tom Lewis Amazon Web Services, Cloud Center of Excellence, Cloud Technology, Cloud Transformation, DevOps, Managed Service Provider

Here at Blue Sentry, I’m the sales guy in a room of high tech, methodical engineers.  Sure, I can geek out over specs and features (I have two AWS certs myself) but at the end of the day, I am in it for the relationship. So, historically, it has been tough not to get sidetracked when I’d meet with companies, …

Five Ways to Ensure Your Cloud Workload is Well Architected

Tom Lewis Amazon Web Services, Cloud Center of Excellence, Cloud Technology, DevOps, Managed Service Provider

These days, nearly every company has at least some of its application portfolio running on cloud infrastructure. But, most companies are not achieving the objectives that drove them to adopt cloud.  Simply “lifting and shifting” a legacy workload does not allow companies to achieve better performance, agility, cost savings or better security.  And bringing even a cloud-optimized application design with …

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 …