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 …

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 …

Blue Sentry Achieves Amazon Web Services DevOps Competency Status

Jordan Bressler Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, DevOps, Managed Service Provider

Blue Sentry, an AWS Partner Network (APN) Advanced Consulting Partner solely focused on helping businesses achieve transformational cloud maturity on the AWS cloud platform, has announced that it has achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) DevOps Competency. APN Partners with the AWS DevOps Competency provide solutions to, or have deep experience working with, businesses to help them implement continuous integration …

LogicBay’s Cloud Migration Journey with Blue Sentry

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

When LogicBay, a cloud-based partner relationship management company, needed to migrate to the AWS Cloud, they called upon Blue Sentry to facilitate a smooth transition. Today, Blue Sentry and partners like CloudHealth provide next-generation managed services to help LogicBay succeed and grow its enterprise. Click now to watch the video testimonial featuring Mike Shaughnessy, LogicBay’s chief operating officer.

Cloud Transformation – For the Win

Jason Losh Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Cloud Transformation, DevOps, Managed Service Provider

What do you stand to gain from the cloud? I’m going to show my age here, but 30 years ago, my first computer was a Commodore 64 – a squat, brown, typewriter-looking machine that still holds the record for the single-highest-selling computer model of all time, according to Guinness World Records. I can still remember having to insert the 5-¼ …

Custom App Metrics with Datadog

Brad Campbell Cloud Technology, DevOps, Managed Service Provider

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” This quote, attributed to Peter Drucker, has held a lot of sway over the years in management circles where high-level business processes are created, iterated, tweaked, and refined to ensure that revenues (and hopefully, profits) lead to healthy, long-lasting companies. At Blue Sentry, our Managed Services offering is built upon this …