15 Nov 2017

Flux7 CEO Aater Suleman Presents on AWS Edge Security at AWS reInvent!

We are excited to announce that Flux7 CEO, Aater Suleman, will present at this year’s AWS reInvent. If your plans take you to AWS reInvent this year, we’d encourage you to attend this session in which Dr. Suleman will be joined by AWS’ Tom Witman, Head of BD, Edge/Security, and Shawn Marck, Systems Development Manager, to presentLiving on the Edge, It’s Safer Than You Think! Building Strong with Amazon CloudFront, AWS Shield and AWS WAF.”

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13 Nov 2017

Flux7 CEO, Aater Suleman, to Present at IT Roadmap

by Flux7 Labs / November 13, 2017 / DevOps, Automation 0

IT Roadmap is a series of one-day events held across the country to encourage IT leaders to discuss technologies and strategies to manage and digitize the enterprise. Specifically, IDG has established this road show to encourage technology leaders to discover the latest in dynamic infrastructure, cloud, data, agile methods, security, DevOps methodology and more.

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09 Nov 2017

Flux7 3rd Fastest Growing Austin Company in ABJ Fast50

by Flux7 Labs / November 09, 2017 / Company News and Events 0

The Austin Business Journal recently unveiled its annual Fast 50 Awards, naming Flux7 the third fastest-growing company in Central Texas in the small company category. In what has come to be an influential ranking of large and small companies in the Austin region, the ABJ Fast 50 ranking recognizes Flux7 for its 338% revenue growth rate over the last three years, a testament to the hard work of the incredible Flux7 DevOps consulting team and dedication to customer success.  

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08 Nov 2017

Flux7 Named Impact Award Finalist for Best AWS Consulting Partner

by Flux7 Labs / November 08, 2017 / Company News and Events 0

We are thrilled and humbled to be named for the fourth year running, a finalist in the TechTarget Modern Infrastructure Impact awards for Best AWS Consulting Partner. This category recognizes the top consultants and integration partners in the field, those that consistently excel at creatively solving customer challenges through AWS services.  

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07 Nov 2017

AWS Case Study: Migrating an Atlassian Stack to AWS Infrastructure

by Flux7 Labs / November 07, 2017 / Migration, Financial Services 0

Any journey begins with a first step and that’s exactly the approach this financial service firm had in mind when they asked the AWS experts at Flux7 to come in and help. Specifically, the IT team wanted to start with a small project that would set them up for future success. Using Flux7’s Enterprise DevOps Framework, we were able to help them focus on an achievable first step, the migration of their Atlassian stack to AWS, with a longer term roadmap. Read on as we share this AWS case study.

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02 Nov 2017

What Comes First: Cloud Or DevOps?

by Aater / November 02, 2017 / DevOps 0

This article first appeared in Forbes.

I like to use an analogy when comparing traditional IT to DevOps. It goes like this: Traditional IT operations are comprised of highly trained specialists who are like drivers on the treacherous Lowari Pass who can flawlessly execute specific tasks. 

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24 Oct 2017

Flux7 Take: HashiCorp News & DevOps Best Practices

At the recent HashiConf 2017 here in Austin, HashiCorp announced several updates and new features that we are pretty excited about. If you are a regular follower of this blog, you know that we’ve become heavy users of many HashiCorp tools of the past few years as they excel at helping further DevOps automation for greater efficiency, security and productivity. Today we’re going to share with you which new announcements we’re most excited about and why.

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19 Oct 2017

Infrastructure Provisioning Update: Terraform and CloudFormation

Over the past few months, the DevOps team here at Flux7 has noticed a growing trend among our projects. An increasing number of client assessments result in the use of Terraform by HashiCorp in support of DevOps automation and more specifically, infrastructure as code (IaC). We thought we’d devote today’s blog to why we are becoming heavier Terraform users and its benefits. And, we’ll also share the situations in which we recommend its use to clients, as well as situations where we might recommend the use of both AWS CloudFormation and Terraform.

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17 Oct 2017

Why we Recommend Everyone use Amazon CloudWatch Logs

by Flux7 Labs / October 17, 2017 / Security, Amazon CloudWatch 0

For assured success, it is important to monitor your systems for ongoing operational efficiency, security and compliance to internal policies. In June we shared with you our Enterprise DevOps Framework in which inspectors, like logs, play a critical role in analyzing services in the pipeline and landing zone to ensure compliance with operational, security, and regulatory requirements. At Flux7 we universally recommend customers use Amazon CloudWatch Logs for this purpose -- even if you are using Splunk or another log solution, we recommend CloudWatch Logs as a first stop for your logs as it is a more robust solution as we will discuss. First, let’s review Amazon CloudWatch, and CloudWatch Logs and then we’ll discuss why they should be the first stop for your AWS system logs.

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12 Oct 2017

AWS Best Practice: Azure AD SAML Authentication Configuration for AWS Console

by Matt Buchner / October 12, 2017 / AWS Accounts, AWS IAM 0

As AWS experts, we often get asked how different technologies can work with AWS. Most recently we had a customer ask us how to use Azure Active Directory (AD) to manage user authentication to access the AWS console. While we don’t often discuss hybrid cloud technologies in this blog, we thought we’d share with you how we configured Azure AD to manage access to the AWS console.

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