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Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here It's Complicated - Choosing the Right AWS Services Without a clear strategy for cost control and an architecture designed with cloud services in mind, costs and operational performance can quickly get out of control. To avoid multiple architectural redesigns requires extensive thought and planning. Boundary (now part of BMC) launched a new public-facing multi-tenant high resolution monitoring service on Amazon AWS two years ago, facing challenges and learning best practices in the early days of the new service. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Moran, a Senior Architect, TrueSight R&D, at BMC Software, shared those lessons learned and how to balance cost control with the many choices of service, storage, and compute paradigms. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio Mi... (more)

BMC to Present #AWS | @CloudExpo @BMCSoftware #TrueSight #Monitoring

It's Complicated - Choosing the Right AWS Services Without a clear strategy for cost control and an architecture designed with cloud services in mind, costs and operational performance can quickly get out of control. To avoid multiple architectural redesigns requires extensive thought and planning. Boundary (now part of BMC) launched a new public-facing multi-tenant high resolution monitoring service on Amazon AWS two years ago, facing challenges and learning best practices in the early days of the new service. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Moran, a Senior Architect, TrueSight R&D, at BMC Software, will share those lessons learned and how to balance cost control with the many choices of service, storage, and compute paradigms. Speaker Bio Michael Moran is a Senior Architect, TrueSight R&D, at BMC Software. An entrepreneur, a leader, and an engineer; fo... (more)

Why Amazon Is More Up and Nest Is Down | @ThingsExpo #IoT #SmartHome

Welcome to the latest installment in the battle of two tech titans. Last week Alphabet announced that Nest is being merged into Google. See Fortune's summary: Google Will Absorb Nest Developers. This is the denouement to the saga that started in April, tied to infighting between the Google and Nest teams. I dissected this "silo-itis" in Why #Nest is Down, #Amazon Up, in #IoT for the #Connected Home. Now some unsurprising new developments since Tony Fadell, the CEO of Nest, resigned in June. Here's what Google is trying to achieve by "re-absorbing" the troubled Nest group: A single boss: Hiroshi Lockheimer A unified IoT platform: includes the Google Home smart speaker and other Home products A more coordinated strategy (tbd) to address the Smart Home market Cost efficiencies and economies of scale Less squabbling These are good moves. But they still don't solve the un... (more)

Using the Porticor Agent

The Porticor Agent enables you to encrypt disks on your server, using Porticor’s highly secure key management technology. The Agent connects to a key management appliance – a Porticor virtual machine deployed in your cloud account, which is responsible to safeguard your master key so that you do not have to trust anybody else with your keys, not even Porticor. The Agent is provisioned with an API key, which allows it to access its own managed crypto keys, but not the master key. All disk encryption takes place locally on the server that runs the Agent, and the disk-encryption keys are split between the key management appliance and the Porticor Virtual Key Management (PVKM) service. Installing the Agent Download the agent from this link (for Debian/Ubuntu) or this link (for RHEL, CentOS or Amazon Linux). Install the package on your application server: On Ubuntu, run ... (more)

ESG Benchmark: Superior Performance on AWS Exhibited by ClustrixDB | @CloudExpo @Clustrix #Cloud

Clustrix unveiled the results of its benchmark test performed by ESG. Tested against two competing database services, the firm found that ClustrixDB delivered the best performance handling high-value transaction volumes. This offers particular benefits to organizations that anticipate high growth and/or have a high financial stake in their database's ability to process thousands of simultaneous transactions accurately - such as those in ad tech, gaming, e-commerce or IoT. ESG Lab compared the performance of ClustrixDB to two other cloud databases owned by an industry-leading cloud vendor (referred to throughout the ESG Lab report as CloudDB1 and CloudDB2). All tests were run in Amazon AWS and configured to simulate a real-world OLTP workload that consisted of single-load reads and writes. "For all acceptable measurements, ClustrixDB delivered the most transactions ... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

Cloud Security – Implementing a Secure Cloud Backup Case Study

Secure cloud backup is a scenario which increasingly gains traction. It allows organizations to implement an off-site backup while maintaining costs at a minimum. In this blog post I would like to focus on a specific use case of secure cloud backup. The system we describe is comprised of an on-premise replication server, Porticor Cloud Security, and Amazon S3 as the final backup destination, all integrated by one of our fine cloud integrators. Secure Cloud Backup – The Business Need In this use case, an enterprise organization was struggling with an inefficient and costly offsite backup infrastructure that was meant to manage an incrementally expanding database.  An offsite server farm was costly to operate and maintain and the tape backup and recovery methods used were time consuming. Furthermore, the company failed to meet regulatory requirements with regard to da... (more)

Storage Made Easy Announces Single Sign-on Integration with Active Directory & BYOD support

London, United Kingdom, December 01, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Storage Made Easy today announced that its Cloud File Server and Cloud Service Broker Platform have been integrated with Active Directory (AD), allowing its clients to authenticate directly with Active Directory credentials. In addition to this the company also announce that it has updated its platform to enable its business users to take advantage of Bring your Own Device (BYOD) management. “Given the rise of cloud computing services within businesses, consolidated identity and access management is critical to companies of all sizes,” says Jim Liddle, CEO, Storage Made Easy. "Our Active Directory integration authenticates users via their existing Windows credentials. It also allows IT to consolidate access and authorization for public and private information services." “Bring Your Own Device management is somethi... (more)

AWS Starting New Enterprise Unit

Amazon Web Services is starting up a new unit focused on getting the Fortune 2000/mid-market segment to adopt its widgetry. According to Network World, it has also raided VMware for the guy who's going to be its VP of worldwide commercial sales, Mike Clayville. Clayville has been VP of product marketing for VMware's cloud infrastructure offerings for the last year having previously been VP of North American sales. What's still unclear is whether Amazon means to chase after VMware's private cloud business while VMware tries to step on Amazon's toes and go into the public cloud business. Back in March Business Insider had some research done based on LinkedIn data and found out that Amazon had hired 200 enterprise sales reps since 2011 when it had practically no enterprise sales people at all. It is also trying to keep its $600 million contract to develop a private c... (more)

Keepalived and HAProxy in AWS | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Keepalived and HAProxy in AWS: An Exploratory Guide This article originally published on the Logentries Blog. We're going to explore high availability and load balancing using Keepalived and HAProxy. Keepalived is a routing software designed to provide simple and robust facilities for load balancing and high-availability to Linux systems and Linux-based infrastructures. HAProxy is an open source load balancer/reverse proxy generally used for load balancing web services, but also has the functionality to load balance TCP traffic. Together, Keepalived and HAProxy provide some unique benefits Specifically, they provide a low cost solution for high availability compared to proprietary hardware-based load balancers. Keepalived uses the VRRP protocol to detect when HAProxy is down and fails with minimal downtime. The following documentation is focused on setting up Keepal... (more)

AWS Database Migration Service Now Available to All Customers | @CloudExpo @AWSCloud #Cloud

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), has announced that the AWS Database Migration Service, a fully managed service that allows customers to migrate their production Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL databases from on-premises datacenters to AWS with virtually no downtime, is now available to all customers. Customers, including global enterprises and startups from a range of industries, used the AWS Database Migration Service preview to move more than 1,000 databases to the AWS Cloud since January 1, 2016. Many of these customers also used the AWS Schema Conversion Tool to switch database engines and break free from the cost and complexity of old guard commercial databases. To learn more about the AWS Database Migration Service, visit https://aws.amazon.com/dms. Customers migrating their databases to the cloud have faced a difficult choice: either take... (more)