18 Jan 2018

Ensure 2017 Retail Gains: AWS Best Practices for eCommerce Insurance

by Flux7 Labs / January 18, 2018 / DevOps, Security, Scalability 0

AWS Best Practices: eCommerce Insurance

According to eMarketer, ecommerce in 2017 increased 23%, continuing to surpass traditional retail growth rates; total retail sales -- including ecommerce gains -- were 5.8% in 2017. Yet, as we look into a competitive retail landscape for 2018, and begin to field calls from retailers looking to parlay 2017 gains into 2018 advantages, one discussion point is often around what role AWS best practices can play in ecommerce insurance. That is, through the process of digital transformation, building in consistency and availability for retail customers regardless of the channel they choose.

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16 Jan 2018

AWS Configuration Management with AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate

AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate, Automated Configuration Management

As the New Year rings in, we’ve been hearing more from companies whose resolutions focus on deepening automation to further streamline their AWS configuration management efforts. One way that organizations are achieving this goal is through the use of AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate. So, to get you started toward this goal, we have collected for your today a few resources and ideas of how to start 2018 with a more automated configuration management process.

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11 Jan 2018

Automating AWS Account and Amazon VPC creation with AWS Step Functions

At Flux7 we work with a wide variety of customers and regardless of their level of IT maturity we are passionate about helping them apply DevOps processes in their pursuit of continuous improvement. In doing so, we naturally find ourselves moving from simple application driven problems to layers deeper in the technology stack where DevOps automation can play a significant role in growing efficiency and productivity. Today we’d like to share the story of how we deployed AWS Step Functions to help drive DevOps automation in pursuit of continuous improvement for a Flux7 customer.

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09 Jan 2018

How to Organize Infrastructure as Code in your Source Code Repository

 

Moving to the cloud allows you to manage infrastructure in new and incredibly powerful ways. Unlike traditional, manually managed infrastructure, the cloud empowers Infrastructure as Code(IaC) in which entire infrastructures can be implemented and managed with automation. While IaC offers real benefits in ensuring environmental consistency, growing the pace of innovation, and increasing overall quality, to effectively manage your code, it is important to codify and version it, which is best done through a source code repository. Yet, that is often easier said than done with teams in agile DevOps environments needing to effectively navigate, retrieve and collaborate on code. At Flux7, we have implemented several DevOps best practices for organizing source code repositories which makes this collaboration easier, in turn saving time and potential rework.

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05 Jan 2018

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

 

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.

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03 Jan 2018

2017 Year in Review: DevOps Methodology and Digital Transformation

As 2017 draws to an end, we are taking a moment to look back on the year that was and share some of the most popular insights from the Flux7 DevOps blog. Industry-wide, interest in  DevOps soared in 2017, and that was reflected in our readers’ blog choices as well. More and  more companies are undergoing digital transformation and embracing the idea that technology is core to their business and provides them with an advantage in the marketplace. These companies are increasingly insourcing their technology and adopting a DevOps methodology as a way to become more agile and speed their time-to-market, proving the adage that “every company is a technology company.” Helping these organizations on the path to DevOps success were several very popular blogs.

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28 Dec 2017

AWS Case Study: Using KOPS to Run Kubernetes with CIS Benchmark AMIs

by Flux7 Labs / December 28, 2017 / Docker, Migration, Security, AWS Case Studies 0

As an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, we are often asked about using the Kubernetes container management system within AWS. While Google created Kubernetes (K8s), Google’s Cloud Platform is generally seen as a better fit for running K8s clusters. However, until the recent re:Invent announcement of EKS, KOPS, the Kubernetes project for managing production-grade K8s clusters, was the best tool to deploy and manage K8s clusters in AWS. Which brings us to the topic of today’s blog, a customer story of how we used KOPS to run AWS-based K8s clusters. Stay tuned for the second part of today’s AWS case study in which we discuss the details of doing so with Ubuntu CIS benchmark images.

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21 Dec 2017

Golden AMIs Help Drive DevOps Automation, Agility, and Stability

 

In the middle ages Byzantine emperors and European monarchs issued decrees with a golden seal that was testament to the origin of the decree. Fast forward to today and we can see how the idea of a golden seal -- or golden copy-- is used in technology to express that something is the official or master version. Taking the idea of a golden copy one step further, today we will discuss the concept of the golden Amazon Machine Image (AMI), its role in supporting a successful DevOps model, and how it can generate greater agility and stability.

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19 Dec 2017

Flux7 Among Top 100 Cloud Services Provider for its AWS Consulting

by Flux7 Labs / December 19, 2017 / Company News and Events 0

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For the past seven years, Talkin’ Cloud has recognized the leading cloud services providers in its annual Top 100 report. We are proud to report that Flux7 has been named to this year’s Talkin’ Cloud Top 100 Cloud Services Providers list, based on user feedback from the organization's’ online survey, as well as Flux7’s annual cloud services revenue growth, and input from Channel Futures editors.

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14 Dec 2017

Agile DevOps Adoption: The Advantages of Remote Delivery

by Flux7 Labs / December 14, 2017 / DevOps, Costs, Scalability, Time to market 0

We embrace the transformative opportunities DevOps provides and when coupled with agile practices, enables us and our customers to move quickly and drive innovation. One of the ways our team embodies agility is through remote service delivery. While this practice runs counter to how consultants have traditionally worked, we are often asked about the advantages of remote delivery and thought we’d share today the upsides of this approach and how it supports the agile DevOps model.

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