Can Serverless Infrastructure and AWS Lambda Radically Transform Your Business?
Anyone who has worked in a traditional development shop knows that in order to deploy a digital product to market, a multitude of resources and a wealth of multi-disciplinary knowledge is vital. Not only does the development team have to consider how to properly code the application, they have to be able to integrate it with a database backend, a presentation layer, and numerous configurations of routers, servers, firewalls, and the like. As such, these development efforts tend to beRead more
Don’t Let Your Data Slow Down Your Business: ClearScale Migrates Client’s Databases to Cloud Using AWS Snowball
Any firm operating in the digital space these days has a basic reality in their daily operations: customer or client data coupled with sensitive and proprietary information that needs to be transferred and stored in a secured cloud location. For many organizations, gathering the data isn’t the issue; rather, it’s the complexity of transferring, storing, and processing it that poses a real challenge. For anyone with previous experience in information technology, it comes as no surprise that maintainingRead more
Plan for the Unplanned: ClearScale's Overnight Migration to AWS WorkMail
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, havingRead more
Latest Amazon Outage and Designing for Failure
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 runRead more
Amazon RDS is Pretty Cool!
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 theRead more
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 in basic terms is an association of an S3 bucket containing your static files to an Amazon generated domain name likeRead more
Cloud Application Architectures
I just finished reading Cloud Application Architectures by George Reese. It’s good reading for folks that are just getting into cloud computing but are already somewhat technically savvy around systems engineering. The book is focused on AWS, as it's the prevalent and most feature-rich public cloud out there. It’s a good primer for folks getting started with AWS and has some cool AWS command line tool examples and goes over some of the AWS services and concepts. TheRead more