In a recent survey of over 70,000 developers, HackerRank found that professional growth and work-life balance are the two most important workplace considerations for developers, closely followed by interesting projects to work on. Curious by nature, and in an industry where ongoing learning is a career imperative, at Flux7 we have taken a unique approach to professional development, empowering our employees to grow personally and professionally through mentorship, ongoing team training, and the Flux7 library.
Flux7 never set out to be a traditional company. From its inception, founders Aater Suleman and Ali Hussain knew they wanted to place a priority on corporate culture. Their goal: to create an environment where innovation, transparency, and humbleness would be key drivers in how everyone went about their work, regardless of role. Five years later, corporate culture remains a driving force at Flux7, and the company focuses on reinforcing these values with each new hire.
We are thrilled and humbled to announce today that Flux7 has been named the winner of the 2018 Stratus Award for Cloud Integrator, Small Company from The Business Intelligence Group. The Stratus Awards honor companies, products and people that offer unique solutions that take advantage of cloud technologies.
There is a lot to be said for working remotely. From less stress and lower commuting costs, to greater employee productivity and reduced turnover, remote workforces offer a true win-win. Yet, to ensure that everyone transitions as seamlessly as possible into an 100% remote workforce, onboarding is a critical step. At Flux7 we feel that onboarding and even pre-onboarding help set the stage to ensure that every new employee feels welcome and has a good understanding of the lay of the land. While a lot goes into achieving this goal, we thought we’d share today the Flux7 onboarding process.
Over the years I’ve found myself saying that any given job is comprised of two things: what you do and who you do it with. And, at Flux7, we’ve been able to incorporate the best of each of these into our corporate culture. We are privileged to do challenging and rewarding work alongside some of the brightest, most team-oriented people in the business. How do we achieve this mix? Through a communicative, proactive and collaborative culture starting with this tone being set from the top.
Every year Built in Austin compiles a list of 50 Austin, TX-based Startups to Watch in which they highlight local companies founded in the last five years that they think are poised to make a real impression. How do they define an impression? As companies that have “got the ideas, the talent and the tech to usher Austin’s startup ecosystem into new levels of success.” We are thrilled to be included in this year’s list.
For four years in a row, Flux7 has been named a finalist for the Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards for its AWS DevOps expertise. We are truly wowed and honored to be named for a fourth year the Best AWS Consultant or Integration Partner Impact Award winner.
Join us at the IDC CIO Perspectives conference as Flux7 CEO, Aater Suleman, shares technology-based strategies for successful digital business transformation. in a “fireside chat” format with CIO Programs Executive Director, Mary Fran Johnson, he will share examples of enterprise IT transformation projects, and how businesses are able to use DevOps process improvement as a means to effectively balance the needs of operations, security and development to achieve specific business goals -- from faster time to market to improved code quality, optimized security and more.
In a constantly-changing industry, standing still is not an option -- for your business or your career. And the same is true for the Flux7 DevOps blog where we aim to provide you with valuable content that propels you forward, building your personal knowledge and transforming your business.
Join us Wednesday, February 7th in Austin, TX as Flux7 hosts a dynamic discussion with Consul HashiCorp Engineer Preetha Appan, who will share how Consul can solve several specific infrastructure and distributed systems problems.
Flux7 was founded in 2013 by Aater Suleman and Ali Hussain with the intent of creating a workplace that everyone enjoys coming to and being a part of. As such, they have focused on building our culture and firmly believe that it is critical to our success. While a company is so much more than its benefits or time-off policy, today we are taking a deeper dive into the Flux7 culture and what it really means to be a Flux7 employee. To take us on that journey, we interviewed several employees and have shared their combined thoughts here:
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.
The Austin Business Journal recently unveiled its annual Fast 50 Awards, naming Flux7 the third fastest-growing company in Central Texas in the small company category. In what has come to be an influential ranking of large and small companies in the Austin region, the ABJ Fast 50 ranking recognizes Flux7 for its 338% revenue growth rate over the last three years, a testament to the hard work of the incredible Flux7 DevOps consulting team and dedication to customer success.
We are thrilled and humbled to be named for the fourth year running, a finalist in the TechTarget Modern Infrastructure Impact awards for Best AWS Consulting Partner. This category recognizes the top consultants and integration partners in the field, those that consistently excel at creatively solving customer challenges through AWS services.
In just four short years since Aater Suleman and Ali Hussain began Flux7, the company has blossomed from two innovators to a significant team of talented professionals. Founded with the vision of creating a virtual workplace that everyone enjoys being a part of, Aater and Ali have focused on building a company culture centered in humility, innovation and transparency.
We are truly excited to announce today that Flux7 has been named a Premier Consulting Partner in the AWS Partner Network. Premier tier Consulting partners in the APN have invested significantly in their AWS practice, have extensive experience in deploying customer solutions on AWS, a strong bench of trained and certified technical consultants, at least one AWS Competency achievement, expertise in project management, and have a healthy revenue-generating consulting business on AWS.
We are excited to bring you news today that we at Flux7 have achieved our fifth AWS Service Delivery Partner status, this time as an AWS Management Tools launch partner. (Others include AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF), AWS Service Catalog, Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Aurora.) This is an important recognition as the AWS Service Delivery Program only highlights AWS Consulting Partners who have a track record of success delivering verified customer solutions with specific AWS services. Comprised of AWS CloudFormation, Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, AWS CloudTrail and AWS Config, the AWS management tools collectively enable effective and efficient cloud operations management.
At the recent Austin DevOps Days Conference, Flux7 CEO Aater Suleman gave a talk on the "Top Ten Considerations When Planning Docker-based Microservices”. For those of you unable to attend the conference, you can listen to a replay of the presentation here. Or, read on as we share part of his talk focused on the synergy between DevOps, Docker and building microservices.
Flux7 DevOps consultants have worked with more than 150 companies over the years as they have gone through the DevOps transformation process. And, we’ve learned a lot along the way, including the patterns that emerge in the DevOps journey and where most people land and/or have the vision to land. We’d like to share that journey with you today and more importantly, how we’d encourage you to think about the DevOps framework that helps gets your organization there.
Flux7 CEO Aater Suleman will be speaking at DevOps Days Austin 2017, taking place May 4-5, 2017 Aater’s talk, titled "Top Ten Considerations When Planning Docker-based Microservices” is on Friday May 5th, starting at 4:50 pm. See the full program here.
Microservices are being adopted widely across organizations of all sizes and all industries for their ability to increase service delivery and speed time to market while decreasing team overhead. Replacing monolithic apps -- or building greenfield ones -- with microservices makes some applications easier to build and maintain, making it easier to deliver technology quickly in today’s competitive landscapes.
Docker containers are a natural fit for microservices as they inherently features autonomy, automation, and portability. Docker is known for its ability to encapsulate a particular application component and all its dependencies thus enabling teams to work independently without requiring underlying infrastructure or the underlying substrate to support every single one of the components they are using. In addition, Docker makes it easy to create lightweight, isolated containers that can work with each other while being very portable.
However, before jumping head first into a container-based microservice strategy, careful planning and implementation is needed. Doing so will help avoid costly rework and other headaches down the road.
Based on proven success using Docker, Flux7’s Aater Suleman shares essential tips and requirements for building, deploying and operating successful microservices on Docker-ized infrastructure.
If you're attending DevOps Days Austin, please join Aater for his talk or drop us a line to say hello. And, if your organization is interested in learning more about microservices and container strategy, please access our articles on the topic here, or subscribe to our blog below for ongoing analysis, case studies, and tips & tricks.
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We are so excited to share with you all that April marks the fourth anniversary of the founding of Flux7. In this time, we have seen significant demand for our DevOps consulting expertise and have greatly enjoyed working on a wide variety of engaging, challenging projects over the years. Part of our business growth means that we get the opportunity to expand and further support our clients. In that vein, we are happy to announce that we have opened offices in Chennai, India, joining our presence in Australasia and our Austin, TX headquarters.
Last fall we asked if you would consider voting for Flux7 in Modern Infrastructure magazine’s annual Impact Awards. We truly value this award as it is given by the community to the companies that they value most in their journey to DevOps and IT modernization. Thank you for voting and naming Flux7 as the winner in the 2017 Best AWS Partner/Consultant Category.
AWS recently announced the expansion of the AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF) to include coverage for application load balancers. Working with a wide variety of organizations to design and build secure applications within the AWS cloud, we frequently call upon WAF as a critical component of our solution. In fact, we were recently recognized for having achieved AWS Service Delivery Partner Status for AWS WAF.
At the re:Invent conference in Las Vegas last week, we had the opportunity to present a Flux7-powered case study of a successful containerized migration to AWS. As part of the session, “Getting Technically Inspired by Container Powered Migrations”, Flux7 CEO, Aater Suleman, shared Flux 7’s recent work with Rent-A-Center to perform a Hybris migration from their datacenter to AWS.
Yesterday at re:Invent, we were delighted to be recognized as having achieved AWS Service Delivery Partner status for AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF). As you can see from the news release we issued, the AWS Service Delivery Program is designed to highlight AWS Partner Network (APN) Partners who have a track record of delivering verified customer success for specific Amazon Web Services (AWS) products.
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.
We are honored to be named for a third year running, a finalist in the TechTarget Modern Infrastructure Impact awards for Best AWS Consultant/Partner. This category recognizes the top consultants and integration partners in the field, those that consistently excel at creatively solving customer challenges through AWS services.
Enterprises are migrating critical infrastructure to AWS at increasingly rapid rates and seeking to partner with experts to help speed migrations and reduce the risks of adopting this new technology. Late last week AWS announced its official migration competency partners and Flux7 is on the list, chosen for our deep experience and proven ability in helping businesses move successfully to AWS.
Just last month we wrote about Docker upping the security ante with a number of new security controls built into Docker 1.10 and here we are yet again. Dockercon 16 is coming up fast - June 19-21, 2016 in Seattle - and we're looking forward to sharing the Dockercon stage for second time with a customer - Fugro this time - to talk about how enterprises can use Docker and AWS to address common challenges. Check out the speaker list here.
The Austin Docker Meetup for August is right around the corner, and we’re excited to be hosting it! Taking place on Thursday, August 6 at 6 p.m., Flux7 CEO Aater Suleman will be speaking about “Building a Learning Lab Solution Using Docker”.
Furthering our mission of helping customers confidently manage their own cloud infrastructures, we’re excited to announce that our collaboration withCloudamize is helping us offer the cloud lifecycle information that our customers need to effectively administer their workloads.
As Docker containers picks up steam, the last weekend in March, Austin enjoyed the first Container Days #cdatx. This event was modeled after the highly successful DevOps days. It was a great event and credit goes to Boyd Hemphill from Stack Engine for spear-heading the effort.
Last week, our life sciences and healthcare solution practice was officially recognized as a Life Sciences Competency Partner by Amazon Web Services. We share this recognition with the seven original systems integration partners, announced with the launch of the program in October 2014. However, the small size of this expert group is not reflective of the amount of innovation in the health sector, but rather the complexity of issues subject matter expertise relevant for success with cloud infrastructure in this area.
Last week was AWS re:Invent 2014, the annual Amazon Web Services conference. Every year, the event brings with it the newest announcements in Amazon cloud products, services and strategies.
Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent conference this week in Las Vegas will have something for every cloud provider.
The Flux7 team is there in full force building on its strong AWS Advanced Consulting Partner relationship. We’re there to soak in all we can to continue successfully helping launch startups into a self-managed mode of business agility. Each team member’s eyes are wide open and ears finely tuned to the developing conversations that will be forged and shared
And, it’s a good thing, too. There are those depending on us to do just that.
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.
Next week, the Flux7 team is attending the first annual DockerCon, a two-day Docker-centric event that is being organized by Docker Inc. By far the most exciting part for us will be presenting our developing productivity workflow with our client Auto.com, a Chicago-based online portal that delivers information and services for finding new and used vehicles, and a subsidiary of Classified Ventures.
DevOpsDays Austin 2014 came to an end earlier this week, on Tuesday. It was a great event; one of the best I have been to during the past year. The event was well organized by Ernest Mueller and other volunteers.
As we expected it to be, the AWS Summit this week was an excellent experience. We talked to a lot of interesting people, new and old. We gathered several customer leads, shared technology best practices, talked about business development strategies, and explored several partnership opportunities. As promised, I am now sharing with you my experience in San Francisco, so please read on.
After my post last week about using AWS in the cloud, I thought I’d share the sessions at the upcoming AWS Summit in San Francisco that have us excited. These sessions are heavily influenced by my own interest coming from my role within Flux7 and the technology development I work on both internally at Flux7 and for our professional services clients.
AWS Summit is this Wednesday and Ali and myself are getting our bags ready to fly. We fly in to San Jose Tuesday night and leave Thursday morning. We arrive in San Jose because we have a meeting in San Jose late Tuesday night. I am excited and looking forward to the Summit. Two reasons: I am looking forward to meet a few key friends I haven't met since re:Invent, namely, David Pellerin (of AWS), Dave Ward (AWS), Stephen Elliot (AWS), Alex Roosakos (of Forghorn consulting), Ofir Nachwani (@IAmonDemand), and Aaron Klien (of Cloudcheckr). I also cannot wait to make new connections. I am currently lining up meetings for the trip if anyone if interested.
It seems like only yesterday that Aater and I were in Las Vegas immersed in the Amazon Web Services re:Invent experience. AWS re:Invent was an incredibly well run conference featuring pertinent and informative sessions. Participants comprised a variety of cloud users, from decision makers to the feet-on-the-ground folks, from those just dipping their toes to those managing massive clusters. It was a rich learning experience and a wonderful networking opportunity. Flux7 Labs received an honorable mention for VyScale, our spot optimization solution, at the Spotathon, and we’ve since made several sales since then. And now it’s already time for the AWS Summit in San Francisco.
At Flux7 we are very interested in Docker as a technology and the new capabilities it can add to the DevOps world. To further explore what Docker can do in the hands of brilliant programmers we started a Meetup in Austin to discuss Docker.
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.
On January 11, Aater and I attended Data Day Texas 2014 here in Austin. Sponsored by Geek Austin, it was such a great event that I thought I’d share some highlights. Data Day Texas holds special significance for Flux7 Labs because it was at Data Day 2013 that we made our first presentation, when Aater gave a talk on the role of microservers in big data, which you can find here.
At Flux7 Labs, as part of our consulting, we found ourselves solving the same problems in cost and performance optimization for our clients. We have productized some of these learnings into our product VyScale. A major feature of VyScale is its management of spot instances. We have been working closely with users of spot instances and Amazon to come up with strategies to use spot instances. As part of that, today, we hosted a Hangout on spot instances. The idea was to get people out from working in silos and offering a platform to share knowledge and ideas.