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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Choosing an AWS Partner: Three Factors to Understand Now

Laura McBride Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Cloud Transformation, DevOps, Managed Service Provider

The Amazon Web Services universe, like the Milky Way after the Big Bang, continues to expand at an exponential rate. Today, hundreds of thousands of enterprises have moved their mission-critical workloads into the AWS Cloud, and are enjoying big-time benefits that include greater speed and scalability; fewer security risks; and substantially less cost than if using an on-premise environment or …

Custom App Metrics with Datadog [Part 2]

Brad Campbell Cloud Technology, DevOps, Managed Service Provider

In my last post, we discovered how to customize some of Datadog’s pre-packaged integrations to build actionable insights for SQL-backed applications quickly. In this post, we are going to dive a bit deeper and look at how we might integrate Datadog with pre-built/custom metrics tooling (such as a shell script, for example). As I wrapped up the last post, I …