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Cost Optimization with AWS Reserved Instances

Oftentimes when organizations purchase a variety of EC2 Reserved Instances in AWS, they do it with the hope of saving some money.  Unfortunately, many of these companies lack a way to confirm whether this is actually saving costs or if, worse, those AWS Reserved Instances are costing them more money each month. Understanding Reserved Instances [...]

What AWS EC2 Instance Type Is Best for Your Needs?

Often in on-premise environments, workloads get over-provisioned. Many times, this is due to not knowing which AWS EC2 instance type is best for your organization’s needs. You might find that you’re maxing the number of cores but are only utilizing ¾ of the available memory (or vice versa). You over-provision as a practice, just to [...]

January 15th, 2019|Categories: Cloud, Infrastructure|Tags: , |

Security vs Short-Term Profitability: Enabling Long-Term Sustainability

Investing in security is expensive, and it’s often tempting to focus first on your current profitability. But not investing in security costs organizations even more. If you fail to implement a robust long-term, scalable security infrastructure in your environments from the start, then you run the risk of suffering a catastrophic event that can eventually [...]

Benefits of Working with a Boutique Cloud Vendor

Major cloud providers offer a broad spectrum of features and solutions. But what if you need more personalization? Often, many small-to-medium-sized businesses are inundated with more features than they know what to do with, and they often lack the expertise needed to efficiently manage and secure their cloud environments. This is where boutique cloud services [...]

November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Cloud, Cloud Security|Tags: , |

Migrating Legacy Workloads to the Cloud

You’ve decided. It’s time for your organization to start migrating legacy workloads to the cloud. You know you have the bandwidth to maintain existing environments, but moving your legacy applications to public cloud is a different story. You have a lot of work ahead, and you might not entirely sure where to start. Here are [...]

Creating DDoS Resiliency in AWS

The average number of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks doubled from January 2017 to January 2018. Not only are DDoS attacks growing in frequency, they are also becoming more complex due to lack of security for IoT connected devices and recent Memcached software exploits. Are you secure in your DDoS resiliency in AWS? With [...]

Cloud Security Best Practices: Are You Secure?

You’ve heard it before. A company gets breached, its critical data made available, and its brand suffers as a result. Hacking events like these demonstrate how vulnerable organizations (and their users) can be. With such grim headlines, it’s not surprising that some companies are still reticent to adopt cloud technologies. Implementing and following cloud security [...]

October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Cloud, Cloud Security|

Moving from Physical Infrastructure to Cloud? Here are Three Steps for an Easier Transition

It’s easy to get stuck in the weeds with a giant migration initiative, but distilling the cloud prep and migration process into manageable phases for the move from a physical infrastructure to cloud presents an overview that fosters a more holistic and accurate approach. Here are three phases to a smoother cloud transition: PHASE 1 [...]

August 14th, 2018|Categories: Cloud, Infrastructure|Tags: , |

IT Project Management: The Key to Reaching Your Goals

As an IT Manager, with the in-house intricacies of planning for and facilitating new hardware rollouts, security programs, maintenance overhauls, cloud initiatives, and more, you often find yourself stepping into an IT Project Management role. Naturally, a percentage of these projects require the aid of external vendors, and, as a result, you do double duty [...]

July 20th, 2018|Categories: Cloud, Infrastructure, Security|Tags: |

SaaS Subscription Sprawl

Many companies don’t have a formal process or policy for technology subscription consumption. As a result, these approval inconsistencies and misunderstandings surrounding authorization and governance create an uncontrolled growth known as subscription sprawl. Often, this can result from a lack of oversight due to “shadow IT.” In fact, Gartner said as far back as 2012 [...]

June 20th, 2018|Categories: Cloud, Infrastructure|Tags: |
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