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Datapipe has acquired AWS assessment, automation, and migration company DualSpark. DualSpark's AWS consulting services simplify the experience of moving apps and critical infrastructure to the AWS cloud. "DualSpark has extensive cloud-native experience helping enterprises modernize and refactor applications around site and system reliability, distributed configuration management and automation at all levels," said Robb Allen, CEO, Datapipe. "Datapipe has been consistently enhancing our AWS managed services offering for more than six years. Today's acquisition is our latest step forward to help enterprises take full advantage of the AWS public cloud, all backed by Datapipe's highly experienced, certified professionals." DualSpark was founded by former AWS managers who recognized that enterprises need expert advice and DevOps training to realize all the benefits of AWS'... (more)

[session] Cloud Cost Tracking & Optimization By @ErnestMueller | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Cloud Cost Tracking and Optimization in AWS In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Ernest Mueller, Product Manager at Idera, will explain the best practices and lessons learned for tracking and optimizing costs while delivering a cloud-hosted service. He will describe a DevOps approach where the applications and systems work together to track usage, model costs in a granular fashion, and make smart decisions at runtime to minimize costs. The trickier parts covered include triggering off the right metrics; balancing resilience and redundancy vs cost, and balancing AWS purchase opti... (more)

Secure DevOps Automation for AWS From @PalerraInc | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Containers #Microservices

Palerra, the cloud security automation company, announced enhanced support for Amazon AWS, allowing IT security and DevOps teams to automate activity and configuration monitoring, anomaly detection, and orchestrated remediation, thereby meeting compliance mandates within complex infrastructure deployments. "Monitoring and threat detection for AWS is a non-trivial task. While Amazon's flexible environment facilitates successful DevOps implementations, it adds another layer, which can become a target for potential threats. What's more, securing infrastructure and meeting complianc... (more)

Our B Review of Base CRM

We review small business CRM software all the time. Sometimes we find great systems. Sometimes not. More typically, we find systems like Base CRM, a well designed and promising system that’s almost there (but not quite). Read on for our full review. The Quick and Dirty Verdict Base is a web-based CRM built by Future Simple, a venture-backed, Chicago based software company. As small business CRMs go, Base is pretty damn good: it’s easy to use, includes some neat features (client spaces!), and boasts an awesome mobile app. Unfortunately, the expensive pricing scheme, lack of cale... (more)

Connecting Clouds as Easy as 1-2-3

Hybrid cloud models continue to outpace pure-public (and pure-private) models for most organizations. There's value in being able to leverage the cloud for a variety of reasons from periodic, expanding compute resources to dev and test environments. Whatever the reason, hybrid models are here to stay. One of the difficulties experienced in executing on such models, however, is connecting them to the corporate cloud or data center. Sure, the model is simple: simply deploy resources in the public cloud and leverage them as expandable compute from the private cloud/data center. But t... (more)

Amazing Amazon

Amazon’s stock this last week crossed $300 (from $2 in 1997 when it went public, after splits) and the valuation reached $140B, twice that of Facebook, but lower than Google and Apple. This is indeed amazing. Amazon started out as a web-based book selling company. Now it has three businesses: Selling new books as well as users can sell their old books. Using its fulfillment engine to sell every other consumer goods. The Amazon Web Services platform for offering cloud based services. The last item is growing to become its number one business soon. It started monetizing its huge co... (more)