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Container Orchestration: ECS vs EKS

14 Sep
By: ClearScale
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Containers are inherently lightweight and ephemeral. Their portability and reproducibility help ensure that containerized applications run the same anywhere. For all the benefits that containers offer, however, scalability can be an operational challenge. Containers are typically used for microservices, with each service running in its own container. It’s not unusual for a single containerized app to require managing hundreds or even thousands of containers. It’s one thing to manage the deployment and maintenance of 10 containers. There’s

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Considerations for Choosing Serverless, Containers or Both

07 Sep
By: ClearScale
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By Alexandr Ivenin, System Technical Lead, ClearScale Whether you’re developing cloud-native applications or modernizing existing apps, it’s good to have choices ─ particularly in terms of technologies like serverless and containers. After all, cost, time to release, app scalability, complexity, use case and other factors can have a significant impact on the development process and project objectives. Some technologies are better at addressing these different issues than others. But how do you determine which approach to use? Both serverless

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5 Must-Use AWS Services for IoT Applications

31 Aug
By: ClearScale
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing our world in tremendous ways. IoT networks today underpin smart cities, enable predictive maintenance, power last-mile transportation, and much more. IoT devices are even making their way into homes, giving everyday consumers visibility into how well their appliances are running. In 2020, the IoT industry was worth nearly $310B, according to Fortune Business Insights. The market is projected to grow to more than $1,850B by 2028 as the number of smart devices

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Cloud Managed Services Provider vs. DIY: 5 Considerations

24 Aug
By: ClearScale
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It’s a quandary many organizations face regarding cloud and related IT services. They can go the do-it-yourself route, keeping most, if not everything, related to their IT environments in-house. Or, they can outsource some or all the responsibilities to a third-party company. Both options can offer opportunities for cost savings and other benefits, depending on a company’s specific circumstances and business needs. The problem – one of them, anyway – is that IT operations today go far beyond applications and

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What Are Cloud-Native Apps?

17 Aug
By: ClearScale
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What are cloud-native applications? At first glance, the definition of a cloud-native application seems simple. It’s an app born in the cloud. But what does that really mean and, more importantly, are cloud-native applications better than traditionally developed apps? Architecture Differences Cloud-native apps are purpose-built to exist and run in the cloud, taking advantage of the cloud’s inherent qualities to increase speed, flexibility, and quality and to reduce deployment risks. Developed using modular architecture and flexible infrastructure, these

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Big Data Analytics Applications - Best Practice Architecture Considerations

10 Aug
By: ClearScale
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Big data – specifically the insights it offers – is transforming organizations across all industries. Big data analytics is enabling healthcare professionals to make better medical decisions while delivering an ever-increasing quality of patient care. It’s allowing educators to predict learning outcomes and help students find colleges and majors that fit their interests and skills. It’s providing marketers with information to create better customer experiences and facilitate customer loyalty. Unfortunately, developing applications that employ or enable big data analytics is

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University Automates AWS Deployments to Minimize IT Burden and Centralize Security

03 Aug
By: ClearScale
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At one university based in the western United States, research is so integral to its mission that many professors need dedicated cloud environments to store and process sensitive data. Consequently, the university’s IT department spent a lot of time deploying Amazon Web Services (AWS) environments with robust security specifications. This manual process was time consuming and inefficient, prompting the university to explore alternative approaches. IT management reached out to ClearScale after learning about a comparable project we completed for

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ClearScale Wins Best Innovative Project in Channel Partner Insight’s MSP Innovation Awards

27 Jul
By: ClearScale
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“The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.” - Jonas Salk Recognition for a job well done is always appreciated. That’s why we’re excited to have won another award. This time it’s the Channel Partner Insight 2021 Best Innovative Project Award. This prize is for ClearScale’s cloud managed services project for SavvyMoney. Judging was conducted by Channel Partner Insight’s editorial staff. We’re proud of this accolade. It shows how ClearScale

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Migrating and Modernizing Windows Workloads on AWS

15 Jul
By: ClearScale
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Cloud adoption statistics continue to rise, but that doesn’t mean your company should jump on the cloud bandwagon — at least not without the right strategy and assistance. It’s one thing to implement software-as-a-service (SaaS) or a cloud-first strategy for new systems. It’s an entirely different ball game when it comes to migrating Windows workloads to the cloud — particularly legacy systems and those that require high availability. When moving to the cloud, it’s usually not enough to

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5 Big Data Challenges and How AWS Can Overcome Them

08 Jul
By: ClearScale
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Without a doubt, big data is among an organization’s most valuable business assets. It can provide insights into consumer behavior and enhance customer experiences. It can be used to cut costs and increase revenues. It can drive product development. And much more. However, big data can also be one of the most difficult and complex business assets to manage. And analyzing that data comes with its own set of challenges. Here are five big data challenges and a brief

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