2017 Year in Review: AWS Case Studies Highlight AWS Best Practices

 Flux7 reviews the best DevOps blogs of 2017

As we look back on 2017, it was a year full of transition. And, one in which many organizations began -- or continued to -- invest in their transition to cloud computing. According to research by IDC, public cloud services spending was expected to reach $128 billion in 2017, a 25% increase over 2016. Much of this was driven, according to polling by TechTarget, by senior IT executives looking to increase innovation, and reap cost efficiencies from the cloud. Indeed, those among this audience who grew their 2017 budgets, 64% said they would increase their budget for cloud services, including computing, storage and applications -- more than any other area TechTarget asked about.


AWS Case Studies

Yet, as cloud spending continues to grow, the primary challenges organizations face in executing their cloud strategy, according to research by RightScale, is expertise, security, and spend. Each of which were named as the top challenge for 25% of its survey respondents. As a result, it’s no surprise that among the most popular articles featured on the Flux7 AWS blog this year were AWS case studies of how enterprises successfully tackled a specific cloud challenge. Our most popular use case stories this year discussed:  


AWS Migration: Urgent AWS Migration Shows Need for Automation, Preparation, Flexibility

Like many companies facing the convergence of markets and new customer demands, this blog tells the story of a multimedia company who embarked on a metamorphosis. The Flux7 DevOps team helped usher the organization through an IT transformation and AWS migration in support of the company’s metamorphosis through a three-step engagement process -- Assess, Attune, Engage. We began by building an AWS architecture, which led to the development of an infrastructure delivery process, and the clearing the company’s backlog. Read the rest of the story here, including how we migrated the environment -- with 100 production application services -- to a new VPC within a tight timeframe.


AWS HIPAA Compliance: AWS ECS and Vault Paired for HIPAA-Compliant Secret Management

In this article, we examine the use case of a healthcare organization that sought an enterprise grade solution that could help automate and streamline the process of secrets management while also ensuring its data met HIPAA compliance regulations in order to protect patient healthcare records. Read on to learn how the Flux7 DevOps consulting team helped this healthcare firm achieve a balance between security and agility with automated secret management.


Securing AWS: Fortune 1000 Manufacturer’s Serverless Monitoring and Notification Pipeline

As an international, publicly traded organization, this company is careful about managing security, risk and compliance. As a result, this manufacturer asked if the AWS consulting partner, Flux7, could set up an audit and notification system that would alert operations and information security teams of any known issues surfacing in the account. The system needed to be both low maintenance and extensible so that new rules could be conveniently added and the same system could be used to audit multiple AWS accounts. Read how Flux7 took a serverless approach to this notification system.


Microservices Architecture: Building Microservices Speed Time to Market for Data-Driven Start-Up

While microservices benefit a variety of organizations on multiple fronts, this blog examines how one startup used a microservices architecture to give developers greater agility and add automation to gain a competitive advantage in its industry. As a data driven organization, this start-up has a massive data pipeline from which it parses and applies intelligence for its customers. With some automation already in place, the company’s engineering leadership knew that a greater application of automation framed in DevOps methodology would help streamline processes for the firm. As a result, automation that freed up developers to focus on coding, not time-consuming manual processes, was a key goal of the project. Discover how a microservices architecture allowed this fim’s developers to increase code throughput and decrease operational overhead.


DevOps Security: QSR Builds Service Catalog for Better IT Governance

In this article we shared the story of how we helped a quick serve restaurant achieve security with agility, effectively balancing IT governance with their workload reduction and wait time elimination goals. This household name reached out to the DevOps team at Flux7 as they looked for solutions that would allow the development team to quickly build a new digital platform that would support this organization's digital evolution. We analyzed the business, security and IT requirements and recommended the use of AWS Service Catalog to provide agility and DevOps security guardrails. For full details on how the Service Catalog solution benefits development, operations and security, read on.


Agile AWS DevOps: Balancing Robustness & Security in Financial Services

Balancing security with agility was also a theme in this very popular story about a digital financial services provider who had embarked upon a new product with a large revenue opportunity. With demand growing quickly and the service evolving rapidly, the company needed to make sure that the new product was highly available, while ensuring data security. This AWS case study shares how the firm was able to achieve its goals by implementing infrastructure as code, tightening several security standards, and implementing a DR plan, resulting in a new product that is highly available and scalable, with developers able to easily add new features and functionality. To understand the implementation details and AWS strategy, read the original blog story here.


Bonus: While learning from others’ stories is quite helpful in building a strategy of your own, growing internal skill sets is also important. As a result, as a bonus, we are re-sharing the story of, “Building AWS Experts: The Skills that Matter Most” as it is full of tips on rounding out your AWS skills for internal expertise and ongoing success.


At Flux7, we are motivated by helping our customers fill an internal skills gap by educating them as we shepherd them through their DevOps and IT modernization projects. We seek to use our expertise to make you better each and every day. We are honored to be an ongoing source of AWS best practices for your organization and look forward to continuing to share our tips, tricks, analysis and AWS case studies for you through our DevOps blog in 2018, and beyond.  


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