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IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

Wonder how your DevOps efforts compare to others in the industry? Atlassian recently surveyed 500 software development and IT professionals about their tools and practices and released seven key findings from their research. Namely, the average respondee uses 3.3 different tools to unearth the status of a project (the company notes that for Jira users, it’s a mere 2.3); a full three-fourths of dev teams face bugs, defects, or delays at release; 71% of teams who use microservices report that it’s easier to test or deploy features; and 47% of teams ship changes and receive customer feedback faster with a CI/CD cloud solution.

Enabling a Blue/Green Rolling Deployment with Amazon EKS

We recently had the opportunity to work with a publicly traded media organization to enable blue/green and rolling restart deployment pipelines for its customer-facing website. Part of a larger effort to replatform its entire data center with hundreds of applications, the website is moving from on-premise to the public cloud. (See our blog, DevOps Adoption Case Study: Developing an AWS Cloud Migration Path for additional background.) Running Amazon EKS in AWS, the overarching goal of the project is to increase this organization’s agility, assuring uptime and high availability of the website as it is the company’s revenue engine. 

Game Maker Pairs AWS, Docker & Kubernetes for Scalability, Efficiency

Developing games is much like the movies, novels, or any other business that relies on the ever-changing taste of popular culture. While not every game, (or book or film for that matter) will be a hit, which one will ultimately skyrocket in popularity remains more art than science. However, that doesn’t mean that the infrastructure supporting them needs to be an artistic production. Drawing another kind of aesthetic, the development team at our customer, who creates and markets video games, has applied the latest developments in DevOps automation to streamline its infrastructure, optimizing the technology and HR resources needed to support each of its games.

AWS Case Studies: Flux7 Landing Zone Offers Secure Foundation

For scalable, secure AWS DevOps, it’s important to start on the right foot. For this reason, we were recently contacted by our client, a marketing solutions provider to more than 500,000 small businesses across America, to help them with their cloud-based DevOps transition. The company wanted to bring Development, IT and Security under one umbrella, gain AWS skills and enhance security with its new AWS DevOps initiative.

G6 Hospitality Leads Business Transformation with Cloud First Strategy

At G6 Hospitality, it is their mission is to build on the iconic heritage of their brands — Motel 6 and Studio 6 — to become the universally recognized leader in economy lodging. G6 Hospitality operates its business with the drive and creativity of an entrepreneur, guided by a heart that’s dedicated to hospitality and service.

AWS Migration: Investment Firm’s Trades Flow at the Speed of the Market with Flux7

The idea of the trading floor conjures images of people in funny jackets gesticulating wildly and madly scribbling on notepads when they aren’t shouting orders. Yet, this hectic vision of a trading floor is slowly becoming a relic of the past as trading goes virtual and traders handle more and more business through the Internet. In this new paradigm, those trading firms who are primed for speed have a clear advantage. As a result, we recently had the opportunity to work with an investment firm who was looking to gain competitive advantage by migrating its on-premise systems to AWS with a goal to grow the robustness of its trading, analysis and financial management functions while maintaining a secure posture -- all without breaking the bank. Read on for this AWS migration case study.

AWS Case Study Research Firm Attains Secure High Performance Computing

We recently had the opportunity to work with a privately-held clinical research organization that was interested in updating the systems that its internal team of research scientists uses for data analysis. It was interested in moving to the AWS cloud as the team’s large data-related demands had outgrown its on-premise system and needed the benefit of a highly secure, elastic, high performance computing environment.

AWS Case Study: Kubernetes on CIS Benchmarked Ubuntu AMIs using KOPS

AWS Case Study: Kubernetes on CIS Benchmarked Ubuntu AMIs using KOPS

In a recent blog, we shared the AWS case study of a major US airline and how we used the Kubernetes project for managing production-grade Kubernetes (K8) clusters, KOPS, to run its AWS-based K8 clusters. The goal was to host the company’s applications in an AWS-enabled framework, which the team at Flux7 helped implement in the form of its Enterprise DevOps Framework (EDF). As promised, today we will share the second part of their story, illustrating how we used Ubuntu CIS benchmarked images to help proactively safeguard against security threats.

Enterprise Reduces AWS VPC Creation from Days to Minutes

Enterprise Reduces AWS VPC Creation from Days to Minutes

Today we’d like to share the story of how the DevOps team at Flux7 worked with a Fortune enterprise customer to help them automate their AWS VPC creation, which reduced several days of manual, repetitive tasks into a simple user interface, concluding with a single click. Saving this firm days of manpower has meant that these resources can now be used for more strategic, business-impacting activities. Read on as we share a business view into this AWS case study.

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.

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

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.

AWS Case Study: AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate Migration

We recently worked with a data analytics organization who specializes in data-based decision support within the insurance and financial services industries. Their goal was to migrate their Chef community server to an AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate (OWCA) server in order to reduce management overhead and accelerate high velocity apps. This project was a step in the company’s larger plan to create a DevOps highway in which it sought orchestration automation, configuration management, and CI/CD with AWS services and Chef.

AWS Case Study: Pharmaceutical Migrates R&D Analytics to AWS

We recently had the opportunity to work with a pharmaceutical company that is breaking new ground when it comes to treatments for life-threatening ailments like cancer. Seeking to innovate across the organization -- from R&D to IT -- this company reached out to the DevOps team at Flux7 to help it migrate its Cloudera Hadoop-based analytics systems to AWS. Specifically, the vision was to take all of its diverse data sets to the cloud, establishing a highly available and secure environment where the firm could conduct data modeling and data analysis while protecting sensitive data and ensuring GxP and HIPAA compliance. Read on for the full AWS case study.

Flux7 Achieves AWS Service Delivery Partner Status for Amazon CloudFront

We are delighted to announce our recognition today as having achieved AWS Service Delivery Distinction for Amazon Cloudfront. AWS CloudFront is a preferred service by our DevOps consulting team for its  help in improving the user experience. By using the native AWS service as part of an integrated solution, we can design and build solutions that provide fast, stable and secure content delivery.

AWS Case Study: Scalability, Availability & Security in Healthcare

We work with a variety of healthcare companies and recently had the opportunity to work with one who brings the fun of fitness to customers. This firm pairs motivational workouts with gamification elements to ensure that its customers attain health and fitness.

AWS Case Study: TechnipFMC Migrates SharePoint Sites to the Cloud

We are excited to announce that one of our customers, TechnipFMC, a world leader in project management, engineering, and construction for the energy industry, has been featured as an AWS case study. TechnipFMC had a specific challenge they were looking for help with when they called the AWS consultants at Flux7. Specifically, they were looking to ensure security and compliance for its global sites and the perimeter networks that support its client-facing applications.

AWS Case Study: Balancing Robustness & Security in Financial Services

Companies call Flux7 with a variety of business needs and balancing agility and security is chief among them. This is really no surprise as we often work with organizations that must simultaneously meet regulatory and risk management goals while successfully launching new services to market. Today’s story of a digital financial services provider whose clientele consists of many of the largest U.S. banks is a prime example.

AWS Case Studies: QSR Builds Service Catalog for Better IT Governance

We recently had the opportunity to work with a quick serve restaurant (QSR) to help it achieve security with agility, effectively balancing IT governance with their workload reduction and wait time elimination goals. This household name reached out to the AWS experts 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.

AWS Case Studies: CRM Provider Speeds Time to Market with Microservices

AWS Case Studies: Serverless Monitoring and Notification Pipeline

We recently worked with a Fortune 500 manufacturer of heavy equipment that is focused on quality, productivity, and effectively connecting its customers with data-driven insights via technology. As an international, publicly traded organization, it is also careful about managing security, risk and compliance. So, when this manufacturer asked if we could set up an audit and notification system, we were happy to roll up our sleeves and begin work. (You can read here the full case study of this Fortune 100 customer.)

Setting the Stage for SaaS Provider’s Microservices Architecture

 

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and, that’s exactly what this SaaS sales application provider asked for the AWS experts at Flux7 to come in and provide. Knowing our deep background and knowledge of the ins and outs of AWS services -- and the ecosystem of technologies that work with it -- they asked if we could validate their AWS roadmap and help them take full advantage of the benefits AWS provides.

Mass AWS Migration Grows Developer Efficiency & Productivity with Self-Serve IT

As an Austin, TX based DevOps consulting firm, we work often with organizations in the energy space, empowering them to directly address business drivers and see their ideas come to life with the application of modern technology. So it was in this vein, that we were approached by a publicly traded, global solar company who wanted to use a cloud migration as an opportunity to overhaul its business processes. (You can read the full case study here.) Specifically, they were looking to use the opportunity to grow developer agility, gain global access for their workers and to save on capital expenses while maintaining compliance and building-in standardization.

AWS Case Studies: Building Microservices Speed Time to Market

While microservices benefit a variety of organizations on multiple fronts, (for a deeper discussion on this, please check out our blog, “Microservices Trend as IT Competes on their Respective Strengths”) today we are examining how one startup used a microservice architecture to give developers greater agility and add automation to gain a competitive advantage in its industry.

AWS Case Studies: Autoscaling:  A Multi-region High Availability Website

Flux 7 Helps HomeAway Save Christmas in the Nick of Time

 

As the world’s leading online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, HomeAway aims to help families and friends find the perfect vacation rental to create unforgettable travel experiences together.

And while many families like to get away for the holidays, two-thirds of kids worry that Santa won’t find them if they aren’t home on Christmas. As a result, this past holiday season HomeAway launched a marketing campaign to proactively address the issue.

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