In our DevOps consulting services, we work daily with AWS architectures on behalf of a wide variety of large enterprises. As a result, we were excited to see that Amazon announced AWS Transit Gateway at re:Invent. Indeed, one of the most talked about launches of the show, AWS Transit Gateway addresses pent-up demand for a simplified solution to connectivity across multiple Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) and on-premise networks. Having had a little time to explore the new solution, in today’s blog we’ll walk through what the service entails, our impressions of the new service, and how we hope to see it evolve. To receive future takes on new technology from the DevOps consulting team at Flux7, sign up for our blog: What is AWS Transit Gateway AWS Transit Gateway allows operators to connect VPCs and their on-premises networks with a single gateway. Said another way, AWS Transit Gateway acts as a network transit hub to connect thousands of VPCs and on-prem networks, helping enterprises more easily scale the number of workloads in AWS across multiple accounts with simplified connectivity and greater control. Before AWS Transit Gateway According to Amazon, VPC is one of AWS’s most popular features with people creating hundreds of VPCs. However, before AWS Transit Gateway, these many VPCs led to a complicated network design with an array of peer-to-peer relationships that are difficult to manage — made exponentially more difficult as the number of VPCs grows. Peer-to-peer networking of VPCs is simply complicated, requiring extra care and attention to watch for potential errors, conducting necessary rewiring that inevitably crops up, and managing the accompanying documentation. Making the process more challenging is the lack of a central hub for monitoring and establishing routing policies.
Cloud computing has upended the infrastructure and operations landscape. While early benefits — like the ability to minimize infrastructure costs through a pay-as-you-go model — still apply, as cloud providers have grown the maturity of their offerings, enterprises are finding more advanced benefits like extreme scalability and reduced time-to-market. These…
At Microsoft’s Ignite conference last week, the firm announced several updates for Azure, most notably Azure Arc which will allow enterprises to run Azure cloud tools on competing clouds, deploying VMs, databases and more on AWS or the Google Cloud. Using Kubernetes as the base for building hybrid cloud deployments,…
A large security provider wanted to offer its threat detection, incident response, and compliance management solution to government agencies in the cloud. However, Federal government agencies are required to use FedRAMP authorized products; FedRAMP is mandatory for federal agency cloud deployments and service models at the low, moderate, and high-risk impact levels. As a result, the security firm turned to the cloud consulting team at Flux7 to help it prepare its solution for AWS GovCloud FedRAMP certification in the AWS cloud.
From competing with big-box operators to weathering seasonality in the business, specialty retailers face unique challenges. One specialty retailer that we’ve had the opportunity to work with recently is facing these challenges head-on with a proactive approach based on its core values to provide superior customer experience and continuous improvement. These two values combined in a drive to technology transformation that would simultaneously create digital improvements and an enhanced eCommerce experience.
Gartner has released its annual Top 10 technology trends for the year ahead and has structured this year’s trends around the notion of people-centric smart spaces. According to David Cearley, vice president, and Gartner Fellow, in a press release, “Putting people at the center of your technology strategy highlights one of the most important aspects of technology — how it impacts customers, employees, business partners, society or other key constituencies. Arguably all actions of the organization can be attributed to how it impacts these individuals and groups either directly or indirectly. This is a people-centric approach.”
According to a new Cloud Foundry Foundation Global Perception Study, “63% of respondents say that a technology’s ability to integrate with their environment is the touchstone that makes technology better.” This is in-line with a quick snapshot survey conducted by Flux7 and GigaOm in a recent Webinar in which we found that difficulties integrating legacy systems is one of the biggest challenges organizations face.
Digital transformation and M&A have a common aim: to grow a company’s competitive position in the market. Today we share the story of a Flux7 customer who sought to grow its competitiveness through both facets, resulting in application modernization and technology transformation that brought in new customers, and grew existing customer satisfaction, resulting in a net positive ROI.
FANG, four companies so powerful that they have their own acronym, comprise about one-eighth of the S&P 500. Yet, Facebook (‘04), Amazon (‘94), Netflix (‘97) and Google (‘98) are all relatively young companies given the powerful position they hold. These organizations are often looked to as examples of DevOps done right and of the positive outcomes experimentation and innovation can drive for business success. However, not every business needs to be Netflix or Amazon.
As the leading cloud provider, Amazon Web Services offers an overwhelming variety of services, with a complex pricing scheme to match. For this reason, there are many third-party solutions designed to help you plan and manage your AWS usage and take advantage of integrated tools. Amazon also offers several features designed to make your cloud-based processes faster and easier to manage. A major advantage of AWS is that it allows you to automate many processes, which will save you time and money if done correctly. The following tips should provide you with an idea of the processes and services that lend themselves to automation.
The customer we’re highlighting today is a juggernaut in the pharma industry whose drugs and vaccines earn it multi-billions in revenue. Clearly, its R&D and supporting business functions are doing a lot right. In these situations we often hear the old adage, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ Yet, the IT team saw a clear opportunity to take its practice to the next level, bringing greater throughput, additional repeatability, scalability and reliability to the business. With lots of ideas and no clear starting point, the pharma company called on the strategic IT consulting services team at Flux7 to help create a strategic IT roadmap.