How to achieve HIPAA compliance on AWS: A guide

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Healthcare companies that are accustomed to complete control over physical systems often struggle to understand their responsibilities in a cloud environment. Who is responsible for which aspects of compliance? Can healthcare companies trust Amazon with their mission-critical apps and sensitive data? What are the rules and boundaries for AWS compliance?

Mastering these intricacies can help you create compliance-ready systems on AWS. In this article, we will cover the basics, but for a deeper...

By Logicworks, 09 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Industry, Infrastructure.

‘Security by design’ and adding compliance to automation

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By Jason McKay, CTO and SVP of Engineering, Logicworks

Security is “job zero” for every company. If you are putting your customers or users at risk,  you will not be in business for long. And that begins with taking a more proactive approach to infrastructure security — one that does not rely on the typical protective or reactive third party security tools, but builds security into your infrastructure from the ground...

By Logicworks, 09 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Compliance, DevOps, Infrastructure, Security.

Why only 3% of enterprises have an ‘optimised’ cloud strategy

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The vast majority of enterprises still lack a mature cloud strategy, according to a recent survey of 6,159 executives conducted by IDC. Just 3% of respondents define their cloud strategies as “optimised,” the highest level of strategic maturity, while nearly half (47%) say their cloud strategies are usually “opportunistic or ad...

By Logicworks, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Advanced cloud security: Standards and automation in a multi-vendor world

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Enterprise IT has long struggled to develop common standards for the security of cloud deployments. With multiple cloud vendors, fast-moving product teams, and a changing security landscape, it is perhaps no wonder that enterprises are left asking:

  • What is the right cloud security standard?
  • What level of security is “good enough”?
  • And most importantly — how do we apply these standards in a consistent way to existing and new cloud environments?

In July 2016, the Ponemon Institute published 

By Logicworks, 27 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: DevOps, Security, Vendors, Vulnerabilities.

The number one reason IT struggles with cloud migration

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IaaS adoption usually begins in isolated pockets — one project here, one there. Then a few months (or years) later, IT decides to expand AWS usage and realises that they don't know the status of current AWS projects; they don't know if they 'did it right' when they built the first couple of projects; and they don't know what it looks like to 'do it right' in AWS in general.

This last point is the crux of the issue, and the #1 reason we see AWS migration projects stall is not...

By Logicworks, 26 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Management, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Why vendor lock-in remains a big roadblock to cloud success

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Despite the clear advantages of cloud, enterprises can be skittish about getting “trapped” in a public cloud vendor. But unfortunately, this may prevent them from achieving success in the cloud, a new survey finds.

According to a Logicworks survey by Wakefield Research, 78% of IT decision makers believe that concerns about vendor lock-in prevent their organisation from maximising the benefits of cloud resources. This...

By Logicworks, 01 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Privacy, Security, Vendors.

Why IT remains unprepared for cloud management

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The vast majority of enterprises plan to migrate more workloads to the cloud in 2016. But IT teams may not be prepared to maintain cloud resources, a new survey by Logicworks finds.

According to the report, nearly half of IT decision makers believe their organisation’s IT workforce is not completely prepared to address the challenges of managing their cloud resources over the next five years. As cloud adoption grows, this can have...

By Logicworks, 24 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Opinion: Why there is no such thing as managed IaaS

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By Jason Deck, SVP of Strategy, Logicworks

The age of managed infrastructure is coming to an end. Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) have spent the last decade developing platforms that eliminate the manual, time-consuming maintenance of hardware, network, and storage, and enabling infrastructure to be controlled via software, i.e. infrastructure...

By Logicworks, 20 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Why DevOps engineer is the number one hardest tech job to fill

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DevOps engineers are notoriously difficult to find. If you needed further proof of this fact, a new study by Indeed.com has revealed that DevOps engineer is the #1 hardest IT job to fill in North America, leading a list that includes software and mobile engineers.

An organisation’s inability to hire – and retain – systems engineers, build automation engineers, and other titles...

By Logicworks, 16 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Economy, Infrastructure.

The future of AWS’ cloud: Infrastructure as an application

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By Thomas Rectenwald, senior engineer, DevOps, Logicworks

Infrastructure as code has defined the last five years of systems engineering, and will likely define the next five. But as we became better and better at manipulating infrastructure with declarative languages, we started to look beyond JSON to find more full-fledged, dynamic programming languages to create and configure cloud resources.

In many ways, this movement is mimicking the evolution of web development as web...

By Logicworks, 02 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Infrastructure.

Why more enterprises are running Microsoft applications on the AWS cloud

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Microsoft revenue from Windows Server rose a remarkable 46% in 2015, even while revenue from on-premises licenses fell 2%. The source of growth? Cloud service providers like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS), whose customers would rather pay pennies per hour for a license than spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on on-premises licenses.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud is ramping up efforts to make the case that you should run Windows Server or any application from Microsoft on AWS. There have been...

By Logicworks, 29 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Docker security: How to monitor and patch containers in the cloud

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Nearly a quarter of enterprises are already using Docker and an additional 35% plan to use it. Even sceptical IT executives are calling it the future. One of the first questions enterprises ask about containers is: What is the security model? What is the fallout from containerisation on your existing infrastructure security tools and processes?

The truth is that many of your current tools and...

By Logicworks, 21 April 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Developers, Platform.

The key to maximising the advantages of cloud security

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By Paul Fletcher, Security Evangelist at Alert Logic

Despite the pervasive use of the cloud to handle complex, secure workloads, many organisations question whether the cloud is natively secure. They still think that the security of a system depends on their ability to touch and control a physical device. Visibility from layer one (physical) up to layer seven (application) of the OSI Model gives us security professionals a good gut feeling.

Veteran systems administrators are challenged to both...

By Logicworks, 14 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Security.

Incident response on the AWS cloud and the case for outsourcing

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By Jason Deck, VP strategic development, Logicworks

It is 4pm on a Friday before a holiday, right before your team leaves for a long weekend. An engineer on your team suddenly cannot connect to certain instances in your AWS environment. The error is affecting the largest projects and biggest customers — across hundreds of instances — including DR.

What happens now?

The answer to this question depends on your support model. In most...

By Logicworks, 25 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Why company culture is key to cloud success

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If you ask any successful company for the key to their success, or ask any employee why they are happy in a position, the answer is almost always “the people”. But what makes happy, productive people is usually fueled by a thriving company culture.

Company culture is not built with free lunches, ping pong tables, and bring-your-pet-to-work days. Only companies that develop more meaningful values soar ahead of the rest.

Technology companies and particularly those in the cloud space have a unique...

By Logicworks, 05 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Six things to look for in a cloud MSP

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In the world of infrastructure as code, large and small businesses need a team that understands how infrastructure enables faster deployment and smarter product development. In the cloud, costs depend more on how day-to-day workflows are managed, not just on what hardware is running — so processes and reporting are more complex. Companies need a partner to not just fill in the gaps, but to tell them where the gaps are. They need experts not phone support.

The cloud is challenging...

By Logicworks, 26 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Why the cloud does not just “work”

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Everyone knows that migrating workloads to the cloud is challenging. But many assume that after you get to the cloud, all you have to worry about is maintaining your applications.

After all, you have outsourced infrastructure management to AWS, right? No more racking and stacking servers, no more switches and hypervisors.

While AWS will maintain the physical infrastructure that supports your virtual environment, it is not initially set-up to help you configure those virtual instances...

By Logicworks, 05 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Developers, Infrastructure.