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Best Practices for Kubernetes on AWS - Takeaways from re:Invent 2020

18 Dec
By: ClearScale
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AWS re:Invent 2020 was jam-packed with cloud insights, tips, and demonstrations. We especially enjoyed learning more about how to leverage Kubernetes and optimize infrastructure for containerized applications on AWS. Our Technical Lead from the Systems Engineering team, Alexander Ivenin, sat in on sessions that covered a wide range of Kubernetes-related topics, including how to migrate legacy applications to containers and how to operate Kubernetes clusters with Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). We also learned best practices for how to

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Microservices and Containers: A Match That Benefits Application Modernization

01 Dec
By: ClearScale
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In a previous blog, we talked about how microservices have changed application modernization. A somewhat related concept that’s also had an impact is that of containers. And, as it so happens, microservices and containers work well together for app modernization. As a refresher, with microservices an app is broken down into a collection of small, loosely coupled services. Each service is continuously developed and separately maintained, and communicates through a clearly defined, lightweight framework to achieve a business objective

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New AWS Services Optimize Application Development Process

19 Oct
By: ClearScale
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is always busy introducing new services, enhancing existing ones, and, quite often, driving trends. However, the company has upped its game even more in recent months. In the first half of 2020, AWS announced an astonishing number of developments that enable technology interoperability, simplifying legacy feature removal, creating greater flexibility and time-savings for developers, and putting new capabilities at the fingertips of end-users. This is the first in a series of blogs in which we’ll

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Cloud-Native App Development: Containers and Serverless Computing

30 Jun
By: ClearScale
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At a time when business leaders are trying to create more value with fewer resources, containers and serverless computing enable organizations to reduce IT overhead, improve deployment speed, streamline app development, and more. However, taking advantage of these technologies requires much more than simple “lift-and-shift” migrations. To achieve maximum performance, your applications must be built for the cloud. Otherwise, you risk leaving tremendous growth and cost-savings opportunities on the table. One of our Solutions Architects led a webinar recently discussing

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Is It Time to Go Serverless for App Development?

23 Jun
By: ClearScale
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For app development, infrastructure is usually cloud-based or server-centric. But developers do have another option — one that can help them significantly decrease their go-to-market time. It’s called serverless, and it’s what the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) considers to be the next step in cloud-native computing. Despite the name, serverless doesn’t mean that there’s no need for servers to host and run code. It simply means that developers don't have to provision them or manage infrastructure

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How Containers Facilitate Cloud-native App Development

11 Jun
By: ClearScale
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Although they’re not restricted to running in the cloud, “containers” increasingly pop up in discussions about cloud-native application development. But before getting into the “why,” here’s a brief overview of what containers are. In simple terms, a container is a standardized package of software. Everything needed for the software to run is inside the container, including the software code, runtime, system tools, system libraries, and settings. Containers isolate apps’ execution environments from each other, but share the underlying

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The Road to the Cloud Entails Containers

29 Aug
By: ClearScale
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For all its well-documented benefits, the cloud isn’t the place for all workloads. Some don’t perform the same in the cloud as they do in on-premise environments. Others may be restricted to an on-premise data center or on-premise private cloud due to regulatory or other requirements. That was the case for a recent ClearScale customer. A sports and entertainment ticketing company, wanted to migrate from its on-premise, bare metal infrastructure to the AWS Cloud. However, data privacy and

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Containers, Automation, and Nextflow Accelerate Genomic Data Processing

22 Aug
By: ClearScale
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From climate-resistant crops to the ability to predict the level of disease risk in healthy individuals, genomics — the study of the full genetic balance of an organism — holds great promise for the world. It’s a data-intensive field where reproducibility, efficient management, and fast processing of large amounts of data are essential. One thing that slows down that processing is doing things manually. That was the case for a recent ClearScale customer. Lack of the right IT architecture required one

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Container Security Risks and Recommendations

22 Jul
By: ClearScale
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Container technology continues to grow in popularity. It’s considered by many in the IT industry as the go-to strategy for virtualization. In fact, we get a lot of requests here at ClearScale by customers who are interested in using the technology to meet their project needs. Like most technologies, however, containers have security risks. In 2017, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a guide that identifies many of those risks and offers recommendations for mitigating them

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Freeing Up Local IT Resources by Outsourcing Container Infrastructure to AWS Fargate

24 Jan
By: ClearScale
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The Challenge Amazon Web Services (AWS) has freed up enormous potential at organizations by allowing them to access computing resources that they could never administer on their own. Now, AWS is offering additional services that enable enterprise IT departments to place even more processes on the cloud, reducing the need to run local infrastructure and allowing projects to smoothly transition in scale. Its latest tool is AWS Fargate, introduced in November at the AWS Re:Invent conference. Amazon has previously

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