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Using AWS Macie to Enforce a No Data Breach Policy

15 Oct
By: ClearScale
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Read or watch the news on any given day and there will undoubtedly be an announcement that a high-profile data breach has occurred in a heavily used financial or healthcare organization, website, or social media channel. As unfortunate as these incidents are, most are preventable with proper security policies, active data breach monitoring, and audit logs that can track any breach before it becomes an issue. Not all data breaches are due to outside attackers launching attacks or ransomware heists

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Modernizing the Support Center with Amazon Alexa

25 Sep
By: ClearScale
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Any business operating today is familiar with the need to provide support to their customers. Typically, this involves a call center solution when a product or service is first rolled out and, over time, grows to include support tools like online forums or knowledge bases to help manage the increased complexity to support a growing customer or product base. Although technologies continue to advance and changes have been made to how support centers operate, the costs to maintain or sustain

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Using AWS Batch to Analyze and Extract Information from Large Document Data Stores

12 Sep
By: ClearScale
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The growth of data stores has grown significantly over the last decade, especially with the introduction of IoT managed devices, such as medical devices. From a business perspective, attempting to run reporting and analysis against an ever-growing data store presents issues with some technologies due to the processing time it takes to do transformation routines on increasing volumes of information. When dealing with large volumes of data, finding ways to easily apply transformations and enrichment to data objects can be

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Ways to Optimize Data Ingestion and Analysis with AWS Glue

27 Aug
By: ClearScale
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The wealth of data and information that resides in databases from one organization to the next is only as valuable or useful as the tools that are able to extract that information and the subsequent analysis that uncovers usable knowledge. As companies move their applications and data into cloud implementations, the ability to aggregate many disparate data sources into a single data store and be able to easily query the data becomes critical for their continued operations. There are many

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Securing AWS EKS with Calico and Kube2iam

13 Aug
By: ClearScale
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As containerized orchestration management solutions have matured due to the needs of businesses deploying their solutions to cloud platforms, feature-rich Kubernetes has stood out against the competition due to its ability to manage complex deployments without much overhead and has become de-facto industry standard. Until recently, many companies vying to get Kubernetes deployed in their AWS solutions have sometimes experienced challenges in the deployment and maintenance of the Kubernetes clusters. In June, 2018, AWS introduced a Kubernetes-specific service called AWS

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Recognizing the Power of AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service

19 Jul
By: ClearScale
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As many organizations have grown their cloud applications, they have found a need to scale their environments quickly in response to increased demand by their customer base. Several software offerings in the market have attempted to address this by offering container orchestration services which works by managing infrastructure and container deployments when certain thresholds have been met. None have been adopted so quickly or have been so popular than the open-sourced container orchestration tool Kubernetes. Created in 2014 by Google

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Implementing Fingerprint Scanner Technology on AWS Infrastructure

12 Jul
By: ClearScale
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In an effort to fight and prevent online fraud, many laws and technologies have been implemented over the years. This fraudulent activity puts an increased responsibility on both the business doing transactions and the individual engaging in them. From a business perspective, state and local authorities require store owners and operators to verify the identity of the customer they are doing business with. This information is either stored, shared, or validated with law enforcement agencies during or after the transaction

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Rebuilding Infrastructure following AWS and DevOps Best Practices

02 Jul
By: ClearScale
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The Challenge One nonprofit organization, a client of ClearScale’s, an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, has attempted to manually deploy Craft CMS, a modern, forward-facing platform in AWS. But they ran into some troubleshooting errors and needed to review infrastructure, redesign it following AWS and DevOps best practices, and then leverage the scalability and automation that AWS can provide, in order to minimize operations team overhead from their provisioning and managing environment. The ClearScale Solution Since its inception, Amazon Web

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Using Amazon ElasticSearch to Improve Performance when Querying Data in MySQL

18 Jun
By: ClearScale
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Search tools have increasingly grown power and functionality over time, and both users and companies have become more reliant on them to identify information and patterns quickly and efficiently. However, even the most robust search tool can experience issues when compiling information from large sets of data. This can be due to either complex relational database joins or the sheer volume of data a single query must parse through to identify the necessary information. Every industry experiences this at some

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Leveraging Rsync and Rundeck to Replicate AWS Elastic File System

04 Jun
By: ClearScale
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Since its inception, Amazon Web Services has created numerous Cloud-based services to give their clients the ability to create phenomenal architectures and applications with minimal investment and high scalability and redundancy. However, some of those services provide the backbone of basic functionality with just enough to make it useful but not necessarily enough to meet each and every need of clients that rely on them. In times like this, it falls on customers of AWS to find alternative and creative

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