17 Nov 2016

New Amazon Linux Container Image Removes Branch from Decision Tree

AWS kicked off November with the announcement of a new Amazon Linux container image for cloud and on-premises workloads. As power users of AWS, EC2 and Docker, our AWS consultants are excited at this news; it will greatly ease the upfront planning process for clients, eliminating a dimension from the complex decision matrix we navigate designing a Docker-based setup in AWS.

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15 Nov 2016

Flux7 CEO, Aater Suleman, Presents at re:Invent!

This year’s re:Invent is bound to be bigger and better than ever. With over 400 sessions designed to tackle topics as varied as how the cloud impacts your business, deep dives into specific areas like IoT, and new perspectives on cloud issues, there will certainly be a lot to learn.

We’d like to encourage you to attend the re:Invent session that Hemanth Jayaraman, Sr. Director, DevOps at Rent-A-Center will present with our very own Flux7 CEO, Aater Suleman. In this session they’ll be sharing how to deploy scalable SAP Hybris Clusters using Docker.

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03 Nov 2016

Skip the Downtime with the New AWS Server Migration Service

AWS has announced a new service that simplifies and streamlines the process of migrating existing virtualized applications to Amazon EC2. Joining AWS’s Database Migration Service and Service Discovery, AWS Server Migration Service simplifies the migration process by allowing users to incrementally replicate live VMs to the cloud, in the process removing the need for lengthy maintenance periods that previously may have taken critical systems offline longer than the business has tolerance for. In the process, AWS makes its service that much more attractive -- and sticky -- by allowing users to quickly and easily migrate to AWS for free.

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03 Oct 2016

Monitoring AWS EC2 Run Command Execution

AWS launched EC2 Run Command in October 2015 to provide a simple way of automating common administrative tasks like installing software or patches, running shell commands, performing operating system changes, managing local groups and users, altering configuration files and more in Windows instances. AWS quickly followed the launch with the same feature for Linux instances, and in May 2016, they added the power to Manage & Share Commands, and the ability to use additional predefined commands along with any custom commands that users have created for their accounts.

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12 Sep 2016

AWS EC2 Run Command Expands to On-Premises & Multi-Cloud Support

 

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the largest public cloud currently available, has added the ability to use the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)’s powerful  “Run Command” feature with a single log-in to execute commands in multiple locations, including EC2 instances, on-premises servers or virtual machines (VMs) from other cloud providers. Prior to this, it was necessary to log into each instance, server or VM separately.

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01 Aug 2016

AWS EC2 Run Command Enhancements for Greater Control and Reliability through Automation

Automating common administrative tasks to improve workload reliability and decrease potential risk is a common theme our consultants at Flux7 help our clients with. Doing so simplifies administration, encourages security through consistency and helps improve control over users and permissions. Amazon launched EC2 Run Command in October 2015 to help attain these benefits.

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15 Jul 2016

Microservices Security: AWS Increases Container-Enabled App Security

As AWS experts we work closely with organizations who handle a wide variety of sensitive information – from patient health records to credit card data and more. Resultantly, we are always on the look-out for technology and best practice-based improvements to ensuring cloud-based security. With more and more of our clients looking to embrace a microservices architecture, cloud security and compliance naturally didn’t stop being a focus which is why we are happy at the news from AWS today that they’ve addressed how to help secure container-enabled applications with IAM Roles for ECS tasks.

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01 Apr 2014

What the AWS price cuts mean to Startups, Mid-Size and Enterprise Companies

by Flux7 Labs / April 01, 2014 / Amazon EC2, S3 0

Amazon is the undoubted leader in the public cloud space today. They offer more features than any other provider today have reached a level maturity that is making them the top choice for Enterprise and the government. Their competitors are looking for ways to differentiate from them. IBM for example is touting their Enterprise experience. Rackspace is using their customer intimacy. Microsoft is using their muscle giving away tens of thousands in free credits for trying Azure. And then we have Google, who are using their performance, usability, and lastly price. Google Computer engine is a great bang for the money. Google has some very interesting features that people had desired Amazon to add for a while, and higher network performance too. At a lower price, Google does become a very compelling option. Undoubtedly, we are not the only ones who find Google a viable alternative -- so does Amazon Web Services themselves. They showed this by responding to Google’s price cuts at the AWS Summit last Wednesday.

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01 Apr 2014

How is Flux7 leveraging the AWS price cuts

by Flux7 Labs / April 01, 2014 / Amazon EC2 0

At Flux7, we are hosting all our large multi-GB files on S3 already so we are seeing the benefit. Additionally, we use c3 instances wherever possible thus allowing us to leverage these new cuts. In this post, we'll discuss what you need to do for leveraging the AWS price cuts.

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04 Feb 2014

Benchmarking: CPU Performance analysis of i instances| Part 1 Coremark

by Flux7 Labs / February 04, 2014 / Benchmarking, Storage, Amazon EC2, Database 0

Amazon recently introduced new types of storage-optimized instances. This new generation of instances is available within the I2 and HI1 families. All provide high storage and better IO performance compared to other instance families in AWS. Flux7 Labs decided to benchmark these new instances to better understand the tradeoffs between them that our customers face.

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