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Segregated Environments and DevOps Ensure High Availability and Security for Web Apps

16 Apr
By: ClearScale
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For many companies whose operations involve multiple websites and/or applications, AWS cloud services have proven invaluable. They’re cost effective, highly scalable, and reliable. Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), in particular, provides exceptional value by making web-scale cloud computing easier for developers. One of the typical mistakes, however, is low reliability and lack of redundancy when running multiple apps on a single EC2 instance. Competing for resources on a solitary EC2 instance, as well as traffic bursts, can

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How Cloud-platform Solutions are Changing the Game for Online Education

19 Mar
By: ClearScale
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As competition for prime careers becomes a global, borderless race to the peak of excellence, local school districts are struggling to keep pace. Educational professionals scramble to deploy 21st-century solutions across STEM-facing disciplines hampered by 20th-century funding. This mounting demand for a graduating workforce literate in tech skills — cloud development, data analysis — is often outside the realm of traditional teacher competency. In addition, online classes without teachers are also fast becoming the norm in many places. As budgets crumble and

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Application Development in 2020: Trends, Tools & Technologies

25 Feb
By: ClearScale
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The cloud has drastically changed the business world. To keep pace with and support those changes — and in some cases drive them, the field of application development has had to make its own changes. Among those dominating our attention in 2020 is the change to cloud application development services. Cloud-native: Beyond the Fads Cloud-native app development refers to designing apps that don’t just reside in the cloud. They’re purpose-built, deployed, and managed to leverage the cloud’s elastic

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Native App Development: One Codebase. Four Platforms. A Multitude of Benefits.

20 Jan
By: ClearScale
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When it comes to application development, native is the way to go to ensure high performance. It also yields a better user experience (UX). The problem is that a native app is built exclusively for a single mobile operating system (OS), meaning it’s “native” only for a particular platform or device. The same code can’t be deployed on different platforms. To make the app work across multiple OSs requires creating it natively for each one. That requires significant

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Moving Ahead with Application Modernization

14 Jan
By: ClearScale
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It’s the age of the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing. They’re not just changing the IT industry. They are transforming just about every aspect of business operations for companies across all industries. Nonetheless, many of the companies leveraging these technologies in their products and services are being held back by their own applications. Much of the problem stems from a lack of app modernization. That was the case for one of ClearScale’s clients. The

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SeligoAI: Using Amazon Personalize and Forecast for More Than a Match

14 Nov
By: ClearScale
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The applications for matchmaking powered by artificial intelligence (AI) go far beyond online dating. The use of machine learning (ML) can help match job seekers to jobs, startups to venture capitalists, nonprofit organizations to grants, and even prospective college students to institutions of higher education. However, it’s not just the match that matters. AI offers opportunities to do more with the data gathered for these applications. For example, the data gathered for matching students to colleges and universities could

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IoT App Development the AWS Way at ClearScale

23 Sep
By: ClearScale
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The Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses a wide range of devices, from sensor-embedded medical devices to smart cars. By 2020, it’s estimated there will be over 20 billion of those devices producing 4.4 zettabytes of data. That’s a lot of data — and it offers incredible value for businesses that know how to use it. Not surprisingly, companies of all sizes and across just about every industry want to leverage IoT-generated data, and they’re eager to develop

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Secure, Hassle-Free Resource Access Results from AWS and Office 365 Integration

04 Sep
By: ClearScale
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Research shows that allowing employees to work remotely increases employee efficiency and morale while reducing overhead and real estate costs. For one company, however, it was also causing employee stress. To increase productivity and draw from a larger talent pool, a consulting firm had expanded its remote workforce. The problem was that most of these employees required access to the company’s digital resources (primarily documents), but weren’t connected to the company’s on-premise network. Further complicating matters was

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Overcoming Open Source Vulnerabilities and Compliance Challenges

03 Jun
By: ClearScale
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It’s one thing to create a platform to support software development. But it requires special expertise to build out one that specifically employs AWS best practices and meets rigorous compliance requirements. The challenge is further intensified when the software development process relies on open-source libraries to accelerate time-to-market. With open source libraries come open-source vulnerabilities. The Assignment When a life sciences organization requested ClearScale’s assistance in creating infrastructure for a new software project, the ClearScale team knew a

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Architecting for Software Feature Development, Testing, and Deployment

17 May
By: ClearScale
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In the world of software development, the use of a feature branch workflow is a good thing. The idea is that all feature development takes place in a dedicated branch instead of the master branch. One of the benefits is that multiple developers can work on a particular feature without disturbing the main codebase. That was how a ClearScale customer was handling new feature development for the software underlying one of its key products. However, the process required dynamically and

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