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.

Is your cloud wasting money? How to rein things in

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Cloud costs are notoriously difficult to contain. With 50+ AWS services, complex usage pricing, and bills that list “EC2 costs” as a single line item, it is often hard to know who spent what — and then tie those numbers to project budgets and ROIs.

It is no wonder that cost monitoring tools have proliferated in the last two years. And while these tools help, they are only half the battle.

Recently, 

By Logicworks, 04 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Developers, Economy, Infrastructure.

IT turnover: How to keep cloud and DevOps projects on track

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It is no secret that it is difficult to recruit and retain IT talent. Millennial disloyalty, boredom, stressful workplaces, and the ubiquitous advice that job-switching leads to higher salaries are some of the many reasons employee tenure is reaching all-time lows across multiple industries. Low employee retention in the enterprise always means expense and disruption.

Turnover...

By Logicworks, 03 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Economy, Infrastructure.

The new AWS region is set to further cloud adoption in the UK

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By Ryan Kroonenburg, managing director at Logicworks UK

With the steady rise of AWS adoption in the UK, it should come as no surprise that AWS will be adding a new UK region by the end of 2016.

Last week, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels announced the new AWS UK region amongst five other regions set to open in 2016: India, Ohio, South Korea,...

By Logicworks, 20 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Why UK CIOs are dissatisfied with their cloud providers

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By Ryan Kroonenburg, Managing Director at Logicworks UK

After speaking with hundreds of UK technology leaders about cloud adoption, it is clear that cloud technology is transforming business models and improving cost-efficiency in the enterprise.

Despite the positive results, IT leaders have also shared serious concerns. They usually sound something like this:

“The cloud is great. The support is mediocre at best.” “I am not sure my cloud provider understands my business.” “I spend thousands of...

By Logicworks, 30 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, Data Management, Infrastructure, Vendors.

How to avoid cloud project roadblocks

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By Jason Deck, VP Strategic Development, Logicworks

Nearly half of organisations meet major roadblocks after the initial stage of a digital project, according to a recent survey. These early failures are potentially disastrous for a project; when IT teams fail to deliver early successes, the entire endeavour starts to look like a bad idea.

A misstep in the early phases of a cloud project can...

By Logicworks, 20 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Infrastructure.

Why cloud MSPs are software companies

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By Jason Deck, vice president of strategic development, Logicworks

When your infrastructure is code, the art of developing great software applications and building great infrastructure systems start to look similar.

Many of the best practices of software development — continuous integration, versioning, integration testing — are now the best practices of systems engineers. In enterprises that have aggressively virtualised data centres or moved to the public cloud, servers, switches,...

By Logicworks, 24 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure, Software, Virtualisation.

Why AWS Marketplace is changing the software industry

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The launch of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2006 revolutionised the concept of technology infrastructure. AWS Marketplace is marching along the same path to transform the way software is sold and deployed.

As Amazon consistently pushes out innovative products on AWS, the enterprise software world sees the AWS Marketplace as a thriving environment for...

By Logicworks, 03 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, SaaS , Software.

Security and advanced automation in the enterprise: Getting it right

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By Phil Christensen, Senior Engineer, DevOps

Complexity is a huge security risk for the enterprise.

While security is always a top priority during the initial build phase of a cloud project, over time security tends to slip. As systems evolve, stacks change, and engineers come and go, it’s very easy to end up with a mash-up of legacy and cloud security policies piled on top of custom code that only a few engineers know how to work with.

The security of your system should not...

By Logicworks, 15 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Enterprise, Security.

Why enterprises need containers and Docker

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At DockerCon 2015 last week, it was very clear that Docker is poised to transform enterprise IT.

While it traditionally takes years for a software innovation — and especially an open source one — to reach the enterprise, Docker is defying all the rules. Analysts expect Docker will be the norm in enterprises by 2016, less than two years after its 1.0 release.

Why are Yelp, Goldman Sachs, and other enterprises using Docker? Because in many ways, enterprises have been unable to take...

By Logicworks, 10 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Enterprise, Hybrid, OpenSource, Platform.

Government cloud on the rise: NSA and DOJ move to Amazon Web Services

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At the Amazon Public Sector Symposium last week, the NSA announced that it will be moving some of its IT infrastructure to AWS. The NSA follows several other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), in joining the CIA in the Amazon cloud in the last nine months.

“The infrastructure as a...

By Logicworks, 01 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government.

Real use cases: Why 50% of enterprises are choosing hybrid cloud

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Enterprises are shaping the cloud to fit their needs, and the result is overwhelmingly a hybrid of public, private, and on-premises clouds. Today, nineteen percent (19%) of organizations manage hybrid clouds and an additional 60% plan to deploy them. Gartner estimates that hybrid cloud adoption will near 50% by 2017.

Why are enterprises going hybrid? Below are four use cases that demonstrate how enterprises determine what, when and how to move to the cloud.

Case 1: Testing...

By Logicworks, 25 June 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Is your cloud provider HIPAA compliant? An 11 point checklist

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Healthcare organisations frequently turn to managed service providers (MSPs) to deploy and manage private, hybrid or public cloud solutions. MSPs play a crucial role in ensuring that healthcare organisations maintain secure and HIPAA compliant infrastructure.

Although most MSPs offer the same basic services – cloud design, migration, and maintenance – the MSP’s security expertise and their ability to build compliant solutions on...

By Logicworks, 29 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Compliance, Security.

Analysing the differences between cloud orchestration and cloud automation

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What is the difference between cloud orchestration and cloud automation? An exploration of these two terms is more than a vocabulary exercise; it highlights a key challenge for teams looking to improve IT processes.

In most situations, cloud automation describes a task or function accomplished without human intervention. Cloud orchestration describes the arranging and coordination of automated tasks, ultimately resulting in a consolidated process or workflow.

It is simplest to see this in an example. To...

By Logicworks, 26 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: DevOps, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Five ways to monitor and control AWS cloud costs

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Many IT teams find that their AWS cloud costs grow less efficient as “clutter” builds up in their accounts. The good news is that both AWS and a small army of third party providers have developed tools to help engineers discover the cause(s) of these inefficiencies.

While there are several “easier” fixes, such as Reserved Instances and eliminating unused resources, the real issue is usually far more complex. Unplanned costs are frequently the result of...

By Logicworks, 13 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Infrastructure.

Managing hybrid clouds: What team do IT leaders need?

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As most enterprise IT leaders know, transitioning IT staff to a cloud-based service delivery model is often more challenging than transitioning the infrastructure itself.

A collaborative, vertically-oriented IT organisational structure is crucial to the success of any cloud infrastructure, and yet the advice enterprises receive—usually some variation of “break down silos”—is not especially useful in an organisation with hundreds or even thousands of IT...

By Logicworks, 08 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.