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    Aater Suleman

    Aater Suleman is co-founder and CEO of Flux7, an Austin-based IT consultancy helping organizations to apply cloud technology, DevOps approaches, and advanced development knowledge for business agility and efficiency. After starting his career in hardware architecture and performance optimization, Mr. Suleman has spent nearly a decade working at the forefront of cloud technology. He is a frequent speaker at Devops and Cloud development events. With a passion for research, Mr. Suleman continues to serve as a member of the faculty of the University of Texas, Austin and ensures Flux7 continually invests in research, development and testing of new technologies for the benefit of Flux7 clients.
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    The Best Cloud Migration Path: Lift and Shift, Replatform or Refactor?

     This article originally appeared on Forbes.

    With more and more infrastructure and applications moving to the cloud in support of digital transformation, one of the decisions enterprises must confront is the best approach to cloud migration for long-term success. While some favor a lift and shift model, others come down on the side of replatforming or even a refactoring approach. However, there is no single path to success. And, indeed, a hybrid approach is often the ideal answer.

    5 Expert Recommendations when Hiring a DevOps Engineer

    As DevOps adoption grows, the demand for DevOps engineers grows with it and a field of highly diverse applicants. Here at Flux7, we are frequently asked for best practices and tips when sourcing and hiring a DevOps Engineer. While we highly recommend “breeding” DevOps experts in-house, when our customers do feel the need to hire a DevOps resource, the following are our top five recommendations:

    Flux7 CEO’s High-Flying Ride: His Thoughts on Cloud Advantages & AWS re:Invent

    As I’m flying from Austin, the home of Flux7, to the Silicon Valley, my immediate thoughts are honed in on the session I’m sharing this week at the Internet of Things Expo in Santa Clara. I’ll be discussing how Docker helped our client Horan & Bird quickly advance the development of its IoT app. It’s a really good story. And one I hope you have a chance to hear at the conference.

    If you won’t be attending, you can read about it here.

    But, as my jet mates and I soar above the clouds over Nevada, my thoughts are also wandering to other significant events, both recent and upcoming.

    Docker in Austin — Before the Docker Austin March meet up

    54 signups so far and still increasing. We have the Docker Austin meet up coming up this Thursday and the Flux7 team is excited to be playing a key role in it.

    Docker saves the day at Flux7!

    Our website, flux7.com, runs inside a Docker container and last weekend we learned that Flux7’s investment in Docker is really starting to pay off. Using Docker we were quickly able to recover the website from a buggy code change, quickly reproduce and fix the bug. Here’s what happened.

    The Great Debate: Should you use Docker or not?

    We had a very interesting discussion with a client yesterday about the use of Docker and where it fits within their environment. The client’s representative was pushing back on us for using Docker and, as always, I enjoyed the constructive argument. As it turned out, we pretty much fought to a conclusion that Docker does have some clear advantages in an Dev environment. Our debate challenged me to crystallize my thoughts and to clearly articulate why we use Docker at Flux7, hence, this article.

    How to: Handle multiple AWS accounts conveniently using AWSma

    At Flux7, we believe in high productivity, so each of our engineers handle multiple AWS client accounts, and sometimes multiple engineers handle one client. As a team leader who manages 10s of client accounts, I need to switch in and out of each account several times an hour, which is a real challenge because so much customer-specific information must be loaded into files and environments that we call “customer profiles”. Each includes the following:

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