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, …

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 …

Google Turns Up Heat on AWS with Nearline Storage

Kenneth Johnson Uncategorized

Yesterday Google announced its new archival storage product, Nearline.  Nearline is one of three classes of object storage on the Google platform which also include Standard and Durable Reduced Availability (DRA).  Nearline is comparable to AWS Glacier in that it is designed for data that is not frequently accessed and is priced at $.01 per gigabyte per month (same as …

Control Your Data Security: The Shared Responsibility Model

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Law Firms, Professional Firms

If your firm is serious about data security and you want to move to cloud IaaS, AWS offers the most control.  But with control comes responsibility.  While AWS ensures the security OF the cloud, you must ensure your security IN the cloud.  Get a good summary of how it works with this great AWS video on the Shared Responsibility Security …

Use Case for Collocation in a Cloud IaaS World?

Kenneth Johnson Uncategorized

I am such an evangelist for cloud IaaS, I sometimes get asked, “Would you ever recommend collocation?” Usually I am asked this by someone who currently uses collocated infrastructure and understands the difference between what she has and true cloud IaaS. For those readers for whom the line is foggy, the difference between collocation and cloud IaaS essentially boils down …

Do More with More: Better Security, Stronger Performance, Lower Cost

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Case Studies, Cloud Technology, Featured, High Performance Applications

We thought it would be helpful to outline how Blue Sentry can apply cloud IaaS to your business to greatly enhance your capability and freedom with no trade offs.  Take a look at our new video and tell us what you think. Blue Sentry is an advanced-tier Amazon Web Services (AWS) consulting partner specializing in application and data migrations, expert …

Workmail, Workdocs and Workspaces: AWS Moves Further Up The Stack

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Law Firms, Professional Firms, Uncategorized

Yesterday AWS announced the preview of Workmail, an Outlook-compatible email and calendaring service priced at $4 per mailbox and scheduled to launch in 2Q 2015. When the news broke, most of the talk was AWS was becoming distracted by the success of Office 365 and embarking on an impossible bid to unseat Microsoft Office 365. But when you dig a …