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In this article for Forbes Technology Council, Flux7’s Aater Suleman shares insights on how cloud computing and DevOps work together to help businesses drive meaningful IT transformation that directly impacts business goals.
Microservices are a growing consideration for development teams that want to increase their agility, iterate faster and move at the speed of the market. Flux7’s Aater Suleman shares best practices and top considerations to ensure success.
Containers are an ideal foundation for migration factories, allowing organizations to create a reproducible workflow of items that enables teams to easily transition their applications into new environments.
“A lot of their competition is really co-opetition,” Suleman said of Docker and many other startups that have introduced services at various levels of the container stack. “You can’t deny the influence and value Docker is bringing to their competitors.”
In this guest article, Flux7 CEO Aater Suleman shares best practices for DevOps transformation as learned through working hands-on with leading enterprise organizations.
“Learning by example is something we recommend to anyone trying to move into the AWS space,” said Aater Suleman, CEO of Flux7. “Creating a pet project and executing on it in AWS can teach more than any demo or blog can.”
“But with monitoring and analysis come new ways of adding value to one’s organization, said Aater Suleman,” CEO of Flux7. He cited the example of a user who was able to calculate the exact cost of each customer transaction by analyzing serverless deployment data.
Voters overwhelmingly selected Flux7 as the top AWS consultancy among our list of finalists, praising the Austin, Texas, company for its innovation, breadth of knowledge and outstanding customer service.
“Orchestration opened up the floodgates,” Aater Suleman [Flux7 CEO] said. “And now the management layer is solving new problems.”
Aater Suleman, CEO of Austin, Tex.-based Flux7, said that these services make AWS IoT a particularly strong platform – especially the integration with AWS Lambda
On Tuesday, Flux7 debuted Microservices SmartStart, a turnkey offering available through the AWS Service Catalog that’s designed to help companies rapidly deploy and then customize cloud-native applications built from microservices.
Through consulting and training, these partners enable adoption of DevOps practices, to modernize applications, and implement solutions. The first few partners to achieve this status include Datapipe and Flux7 among others.
Flux7, a systems integrator based in Austin, Texas, that specializes in delivering DevOps and Internet of Things solutions on the backbone of Amazon’s cloud, is one of the initial six Migration Consulting Partners.
Docker containers allowed us to quickly and easily create microservices for Fugro that serviced its need for constant availability and reliability of service,” said Aater Suleman. “Hosting Dockerized microservices on AWS allows Fugro to dynamically scale individual services to meet demand where and when needed, while making the most efficient use of Amazon EC2 instances.
Last year, we had to implement this control for a Fortune 100 health-care client,” Suleman said. “We had to develop it from scratch ourselves using container tags and a series of controls to avoid tainting the IDs as the containers progressed in the code promotion pipelines.
AWS WorkMail Generally Available, But Still Far From Threatening Microsoft Exchange And Google Gmail
Aater Suleman, CEO of Flux7, an AWS partner based in Austin, Texas, said he’s seeing the email solution come up more frequently in conversations with customers, especially those that are less technically inclined.
The move to modernize and implement DevOps practices may sometimes feels like a self-defeating prophecy as traditional IT organizations struggle to gain the knowledge needed to manage the cloud-based elements of their infrastructure.
Dubbed Engage, Flux7’s service provides coaching to development and operations teams with a focus on gaining cloud and DevOps knowledge and practices. The entire service also revolves around the idea that Flux7 believes enterprises should own and manage their infrastructures without the presence of third parties.
A trio of new code deployment services — CodePipeline, CodeCommit and CodeDeploy — caught the eye of Aater Suleman, CEO of Flux7, an Amazon consulting partner based in Austin, Texas. “Our favorite [new products] have been the Code services, because Flux7 is focused on helping enterprises embrace DevOps,” Suleman said.
The Central U.S. could use an expansion,” said Aater Suleman, CEO of Flux7, an Amazon consulting partner based in Austin, Texas. “There’s sometimes a 37 millisecond delay from Dallas to Virginia, and several customers have asked us if there will be a central region.
The new Web Application Firewall (WAF) for CloudFront was a very welcome step, according to Aater Suleman, CEO of Flux7, an Amazon consulting partner based in Austin, Texas.
IoT is a niche today, but the uses so far are just the tip of the iceberg, said Aater Suleman, CEO of Flux7, an Amazon consulting partner based in Austin, Texas.
Flux7, an Amazon consulting partner in Austin, Texas, has had to set up complex in-house workarounds for companies in the healthcare and financial services industries in the absence of a private Docker registry, said Aater Suleman, CEO of Flux7. “Backup, scalability and high availability are the tough parts,” he said.
Ali Hussain, chief technology officer of Flux7, an Amazon Advanced Consulting Partner based in Austin, Texas, told CRN the new class will be beneficial to users turning to S3 for saving content, rather than serving content. That means archiving data, creating backups, saving logs and similar goals.
“In our experience, one of the top questions that any corporation or individual has when moving their data to the cloud is, is my data safe?” said Aater Suleman, Flux7 CEO
Mistake 10: Treating cloud resources like your physical infrastructure
“You can easily degrade the cloud to the same level as on-premise infrastructure by applying the same old principals,” said Aater Suleman, Flux7 CEO
Myth 5: Cloud security is far too difficult to maintain
“The top myth we come across about security is that security in the cloud is more difficult to maintain than on-premise,” said Aater Suleman, Flux7 CEO
Ali Hussain, CTO of Flux7, a DevOps-focused solution provider and AWS partner based in Austin, Texas, told CRN via email that “larger volumes are a much appreciated feature in the present world of growing data.”
Flux7 often has to setup multiple storage volumes for customers in a RAID configuration, which increases the complexity of the system as well as setup and maintenance costs.
For example, today big data is a fairly broad competency, encompassing both stream-based and batch-based data processing for analytics, but Flux7 CEO Aater Suleman said he’d like to see competencies in each of those fields separately. A DevOps competency would also suit Flux7, Suleman said.
Amazon Web Services now wants to host your business email in the cloud.
Amazon WorkMail, a new service released in preview on Wednesday, offers secure, enterprise-grade email that’s compatible with Microsoft Outlook and other popular email clients. Users can choose encryption keys, select the location in which they want their data to reside and pay only for the mailboxes they create.
To prepare, portable infrastructures and portable environments can be built so that they can be taken from developer laptop to on-premises, to public cloud with ease. As more container options come onto the market, and technology leaders endorse the strategy and technologies, even more developers will begin using containers to condense the test, QA [quality assurance], production lifecycle.
– Aater Suleman, CEO at Flux7, a cloud consultancy service
Amazon Web Services kicked off its 2014 AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday with a keynote to the company’s partners informing them that 2015 will bring twice the spending on its partner ecosystem, ramped up business support for partners and a number of new technological training opportunities.
Right as Docker prepared to kick off DockerCon Europe 2014, CoreOS — creators of a Docker-powered variant of Linux — came out with a radical suggestion: Docker has problems, so try our container technology instead!
The timing of CoreOS’s announcement couldn’t have been more awkward for Docker, and Docker wasn’t shy about defending its position as an industry incumbent and technology leader, as well as insisting it had solutions in the works for many of the stated problems. But the question remains whether CoreOS has legitimate points to make and whether it’ll take a full-blown schism in the Docker community to solve them.
As the cost of implementing solar panels drops, more organizations are looking to deploy solar energy solutions. Experts predict a rise in solar investment in coming years. Monitoring and analyzing data from field sensors is a fundamental part of successful solar, and wind, energy businesses. Real-time, or up to date information about the energy used and created helps businesses respond better to changes in supply, identity potential problems and manage communication throughout supply and delivery chains.
AWS is a relatively new technology that provides freedom for an enterprise to build its infrastructure as it sees fit. Because of this variability, it can be difficult for a nonexpert to tell the difference between a good AWS setup and a bad one since the devil is in the details, said Aater Suleman CEO at Flux7. A good consulting partner provides more information than what can be learned reading the AWS website, and organizations need it provided in a condensed form. APN consulting partners are able to help distill information about the best fit into meaningful guidance for the enterprise.
Kevin Ready (General Manager at Auto.com) and Aater Suleman (Founder & CEO at Flux7) share their experiences with Docker and how they automated Auto.com’s infrastructure on AWS at the first annual DockerCon event. This talk also presents their reference design that allows developers to test code in a production-like environment at a high pace, while still minimizing bugs that occur due to mismatch in local and QA/production environment.
Docker is a natural addition to the DevOps tooling movement, occupying mindshare with orchestration technologies like Chef and Puppet. Visit the the Docker registry and search for “Chef” images: at the time of this writing, there were 80 repositories created by 57 users.
Inc. Magazine Ebook for Cloud Businesses on building a Cloud implementation Strategy. The ebook also features Flux7’s CEO, Aater Suleman’s advice for small and mid-sized businesses considering Cloud Migration.