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Plan for the Unplanned: ClearScale's Overnight Migration to AWS WorkMail

28 Mar
By: ClearScale

ClearScale has a long-standing history of success with helping our clients implement solutions for their specific needs from the simplest engagement to the most complex. We’ve devoted thousands of hours at leveraging our experience across hundreds of clients. Little did we expect that we ourselves would be placed in a position of needing a solid solution quickly. In business you have to prepare for the unexpected. If any of your key systems are suddenly impacted with an outage, having

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How Medallia Launched an Elastic Self-Service Portal on Amazon Web Services

07 Nov
By: ClearScale

Medallia enables global brands to improve the experience they deliver to their customers. It captures customer feedback across web, social, mobile, and contact center channels, transforms that data it into insights, and then delivers it to everyone inside a company — all in real time. The Challenge The sales organization needs to demo the complete Medallia platform to many potential new customers in multiple verticals. The initial infrastructure for Medallia’s demo environment was hosted on traditional hardware in a data

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Latest Amazon Outage and Designing for Failure

09 Aug
By: ClearScale

Folks, I am getting really tired of people bashing the cloud by saying things like “Amazon’s outage in third day: debate over cloud computing’s future begins”. People need to understand that the cloud is not some magical place you put your applications into and never have to worry ever again. There are always a bunch of servers in racks somewhere or some power lines going to the data center, and there is always a driver that can run

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Amazon RDS is pretty cool!

05 Jul
By: ClearScale

I was playing around with Amazon RDS today. It’s a web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. In other words, Amazon manages MySQL on the server level and you can connect to it via your application or a MySQL command line. You are also able to perform various database administration tasks via an Amazon API or using something like a RightScale management platform. Here are some of the

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Amazon CloudFront

05 Jul
By: ClearScale

I have been setting up CloudFront CDN to serve static content for client websites. CloudFront is a CDN service provided by Amazon and is very easy to set up. Most CDN providers like Akamai, Limelight, and Edgecast require you to sign a contract, but CloudFront is pay-as-you-go. In order to use CloudFront, you need to create a “distribution”, which is in basic terms an association of an S3 bucket containing your static files to an Amazon generated domain name like

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