The Uptime Institute announced findings of its ninth annual Data Center Survey, unveiling several interesting -- and important -- data points. Underscoring what many in the industry are feeling about the skill gap, the survey found that 61% of respondents said they had difficulty retaining or recruiting staff — up from 55% a year earlier. And, according to the synopsis, “while the lack of women working in data centers is well-known, the extent of the imbalance is notable” with one-quarter of respondents saying they had no women at all on their design, build or operations teams.
On the eve of re:Invent, which we will cover as the week progresses, there are several interesting AWS news announcements that apparently didn’t make the cut for this week’s keynotes. In addition, Q3 data by Synergy Research Group find that AWS is still the global leader in the public cloud services market, as measured by revenue across North and Latin America, EMEA, and APAC regions. Follow our IT Modernization blog for ongoing AWS news analysis from our CTO, Ali Hussain, over the course of re:Invent.
Earlier we shared our analysis of the new AWS Systems Manager as a stand-alone service to manage AWS. If you missed that story, you can find ourwalk through of the announcement here. As promised, in today’s blog we will illustrate how the new features of AWS Systems Manager can benefit existing SSM users. While Flux7’s DevOps consulting teams are heavy users of SSM, we’d like to call out two enterprise AWS case study stories for you today that effectively illustrate how the new AWS Systems Manager can streamline and improve operations and compliance for SSM users moving forward.
As heavy users of Amazon’s EC2 Systems Manager (often referred to as SSM), to manage AWS environments, we were very interested in the recent announcement of AWS Systems Manager as a stand-alone service. Given the management tool’s prolific use across AWS accounts, we thought we’d walk you through the announcement, clarifying some of the confusion around AWS’s nomenclature, and in a second, follow-up blog, illustrate how its new features can benefit SSM users.
As systems become more complex, it’s more important than ever to ensure you have a strategy for effective and efficient secrets management. While we will dive into the technical aspects of doing just this within AWS, let’s first review what exactly secrets are and why you need to manage them.
At re:Invent 2016 Werner Vogels, AWS CTO, donned a Transformer shirt to tell us we can be Transformers. And, Andy Jassy, AWS CEO, emphasized in his presentation that we can all be superheroes, with superpowers. This emphasis on the ability to easily control, manage and even transform your AWS environment -- from x-ray vision to immortality -- was a great way to frame the two themes of the show which boiled down to increased ease of use and a greater acceptance for the hybrid cloud model.
Now that the first wave of innovators and early adopters have moved their workloads to the cloud, we are seeing majority, more pragmatist organizations, migrating to the cloud. However, unlike early movers who were willing to navigate the complexity of AWS tools and technology, this second wave of organizations puts a higher premium on ease-of-use. Given that, let’s look at how AWS has done just this through our lens of operations, DevOps and Security.