Category: The Cloud

How the AWS Application Discovery Service helps ease legacy migration pain.

One of the most important tools developed by Amazon Web Services over recent months, targeting the Enterprise market, is the AWS Application Discovery Service. This service is designed to make it easier for Enterprise businesses who are considering moving their application from an on-premises model to a fully integrated cloud model with all the benefits such as security, scalability, reliability and efficiency that come with the public cloud model.

In one of our previous blogs, we looked at the AWS Cloud Adoption framework from a security perspective, which outlines best practices which will enable organisations to go from the traditional on-premises IT model to full adoption of cloud services. In this blog, we are going to look further into the AWS Application Discovery service, which will help you to discover on-premises application inventory and dependencies.

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AWS Cloud Adoption Framework from a Security Perspective

The AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) is a framework for best practices which will enable organisations to go from the traditional on-premises IT model to full adoption and integration of cloud services. This framework divides complex IT environments into specific areas of focus to make them more manageable and to enable organisations to develop a clear and concise migration strategy and to build a comprehensive approach to cloud computing.

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10 years on. How AWS came to be

Ten years ago Amazon.com had the foresight to launch Amazon Web ServicesThey recognised the potential due to their own conflicts with the storage and the handling of big data analytics, but I doubt even they,  could have anticipated what it has grown to become today. So, just how did AWS come to be and what is the driving forces that year on year keeps them at the top of their game? With a company mantra stating “We seek to offer the Earth’s Biggest Selection, and to be the Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they may want to buy online.” What was Amazom.com “The Early Years”

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Microsoft Azure, growing up in cloud computing

With Microsoft Azure this week announcing, the general availability of Azure SQL Data warehouses, Azure usage and Billing portal, general availability of Azure premium messaging and Public preview of certification based authentication for iOS and android office apps, it’s no wonder that Microsoft this week also announced, companies such as Land O’ Lakes, Bentley systems, and Boeing’s move to Microsoft Azure. On top of which Gartner published the updated cloud for Infrastructure as-a-service (IaaS) scores, and Microsoft Azure announce over 100% Azure growth with share prices increasing by 5%. So, is Microsoft Azure growing up in the cloud computing era?

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What effect will Brexit have on AWS plans for the future?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) currently has active regions in Dublin and Frankfurt, with the former often being used by AWS’ European customers due to the broader base of services offered there. AWS is building a datacentre in London today with a go-live date of late 2016 or early 2017. So what effect will this Brexit have on AWS plans for the future?

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Why is the use of tagging for EBS volumes so important in AWS?

Adding AWS tags to your Amazon assets and resources is a simple, but potentially critical part of infrastructure management. Tagging isn’t new, it can be achieved quite simply in your EC2, S3 (called Metadata in S3) and RDS instances with a few clicks of the Tag button feature. So, why is it important to EBS Volumes?

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How does AWS provide an integrated experience on its Mobile Hub platform?

With Amazon AWS Mobile Hub platform providing a simplified process for building ,testing and monitoring mobile applications that make use of one or more services, which was once a time-consuming activity now can be achieved in 10 minutes. You choose the features you want, and the AWS Mobile Hub provisions and configures AWS resources, on your behalf. AWS Mobile Hub lets you easily add and configure features for your mobile apps, including user authentication, data storage, backend logic, push notifications, content delivery, and analytics. Subsequently, Amazon Mobile Hub takes the heavy lifting from integrating and configuring services.

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AWS GovCloud to Handle Larger Share of Federal Workloads

Amazon Web Services (AWS) extended its cloud reach deeper into government IT infrastructure with an announcement this week that it has been certified to handle a larger share of federal workloads. As the US government increases its confidence in AWS  and the professional manner they deliver a secure, reliable service, to handle sensitive data, what exactly does this mean for AWS and the U.S Government Agencies and their customers?

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Why choose Amazon Aurora over MySQL RDS or PostgreSQL RDS?

Amazon Aurora is a relational database engine. It is designed to deliver the speed and reliability of high-end commercial databases in a simple and cost-effective manner. Amazon claims that it delivers up to five times the throughput of standard MySQL running on the same hardware. If you’re already using MySQL software for your database like a huge majority of people, Aurora is compatible with MySQL 5.6. This means that your existing MySQL applications and tools can still run on Aurora with no modification required.

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How does the AWS IoT offering compare to others?

The “Internet of things” (IoT) is a growing topic of interest for all tech device enthusiasts. Last year, Amazon announced it’s AWS IoT offering but how does the AWS IoT offering compare to others?

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