Category: The Cloud

Amazon Dynamo DB now has Auto-Scaling by default!

There are a huge number of AWS customers who use and depend on Amazon Dynamo DB for persistent performance for their serverless applications. Amazon Dynamo DB has a provisioned capacity model. Customers must set the amount of write and read operations that are required for their application. The introduction of auto-scaling helps to automate capacity management for tables and indexes on Amazon Dynamo DB. When using auto-scaling customers can state upper and lower bands for read and write capacity. After bands have been set by customer Dynamo DB will work with another Amazon service called CloudWatch to monitor and modify capacity when appropriate.

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AWS Greengrass is now available to all AWS Customers

AWS Greengrass is an IoT service for AWS customers that allows them to program and update devices using AWS Lambda and the AWS Management Console. The Greengrass service extends AWS to physical devices and allows a group of devices to be connected and communicate locally and on the Cloud.

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What is Amazon Redshift?

In our latest blog, we look to answer the question, What is Amazon Redshift? The simple answer is that Amazon Redshift is a fully managed data warehouse service that can scale from just a hundred gigabytes to a petabyte or more.  Amazon Redshift is a simple cost effective way to analyse your data using SQL and your existing BI (Business Intelligence) tools. Redshift is designed to connect SQL-based clients and business intelligence tools for analytic workloads. Amazon Redshift gives you fast querying abilities and enables you to execute complex queries against any size of the dataset.  In this blog, we will look at more of the key features and benefits, so you will no longer have to ask the question: What is Amazon Redshift?

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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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