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Using the AWS Config Service to Detect Unexpected Resource Usage

Posted by Doug Toppin

May 25, 2017 3:07:36 PM Cloud Enablement, aws

This is the first of a few related posts on the subject of the importance of controlling and constraining your AWS account resource creation abilities particularly in terms of IAM accounts.

A recent lesson learned caused us to research the area of unexpected resource usage in an AWS account. Trying out the AWS Batch service inadvertently resulted in the launch of an EC2 c4.large instance which ran for a day before we noticed that it was running. This was a surprise because the launch was not explicit, nor was the instance tagged with a descriptive name.  After terminating the instance we realized that with this particular account only a limited set of instance types should ever be run and the AWS Config service can be used to detect things outside of normal operational expectations.

AWS Config can be set up using rules that are evaluated and a report generated for anything that fails the rule checks. In this case a rule was created listing the 3 instance types that would be expected to be found for this account. When the Config rules are checked any instance not falling in that list will be reported as non compliant. Note that this service does not prevent the launch of out of norm types but only reports on them so you have to take the action to correct the issue. A subsequent post will cover how IAM policies can be used to prevent a launch in the first place.

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OpenShift 3 Road Show Is Coming To a City Near You

Posted by Isaac Christoffersen

Aug 11, 2015 2:54:00 PM Cloud Enablement, DevOps, OpenShift

Coming to a city near you - The OpenShift 3 Road Show

Are you looking at embracing a DevOps culture in your organization? Are you interested in achieving "One Feature Flow" and realizing the vision of "The Responsive Cloud"? Would you like to learn Docker containers can help accelerate your application development cycles? Then you should be sure to check out the OpenShift 3 Roadshow as it lands in a city near you.

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The Responsive Cloud and Future-Proofing IT

Posted by Isaac Christoffersen

Jun 17, 2015 9:39:00 AM Cloud Enablement, DevOps, Agility, OpenShift, Agile

Today’s businesses move at a breakneck speed, and IT departments across the globe are under great pressure when it comes to delivering new technology. Organizations are responding by upgrading and modernizing their IT solutions to adapt to the current pace, scale, and economic climate amidst the fear of being destroyed by the competition. Hybrid cloud services and automation technologies are the new salvoes in any IT-enabled business. As these new tools become core components, the risk of siloing critical information is making it harder to implement a cloud solution that is in alignment with the business and that responds to its demands.

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Install Ghost Blogger on Amazon EC2 ... Ridiculously Fast.

Posted by Chris Britz

Jan 26, 2015 9:27:18 AM Cloud Enablement

After already writing a blog post on installing ghost on Amazon EC2, found here: Installing Ghost on EC2, I found that there is a much easier way now if your running the Amazon Linux image on EC2.  Below, is the directions on how to do this.

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How to Copy or Move Objects from one S3 bucket to another between AWS Accounts - Part 1

Posted by Ben-Johan van der Walt

Jan 5, 2015 11:13:00 AM Cloud Enablement, Amazon Web Services

So you one day get the task to move or copy some objects between S3 buckets. "How difficult can it be?" you ask yourself.

Your first thought is to check the AWS S3 Console, but, to your surprize, you find the options are fairly limited. Perhaps there are other tools or methods to get the job done?

I'll start off this post with a short summary of the tools available at the time I wrote this blog as Part 1 of 2, and will present my complete solution and recomendation in part 2.

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Streaming Video Across the Globe with Amazon Web Services

Posted by Doug Toppin

Dec 9, 2014 9:30:00 AM Cloud Enablement

Amazon presents a comprehensive platform for compute, storage and digital data delivery. In a previous post we looked into the Amazon Elastic Transcoder service as a way to improve the end user video viewing experience.


Yet, transcoding the video is only part of the solution for improving the user experience. Another part is to have the file being streamed to the user's device be as geographically close to them as possible so as to reduce latency issues.

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How to Improve the Quality of Streaming Video in Amazon Web Services

Posted by Doug Toppin

Dec 3, 2014 5:25:00 PM Cloud Enablement

For video it is not unusual that there is a need to tailor the stream for the device that is consuming it. The form factor, display size, and the bandwidth available for communicating with the device are all constraints that impact the user experience when viewing video. Providing video media that accommodates the display device or user selected preference will lead to an improved experience for the user.

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DHCP: Cloud Orchestration's Best Friend

Posted by Eric Noriega

Nov 12, 2014 8:00:00 AM Cloud Enablement, DevOps, Cloud Orchestration

One common point of contention that we see often in cloud conversions is the uncomfortable squirming that comes from talking about DHCP in the datacenter.  This conversation comes up all the time, and is often brought up after the need for automation is well understood and even desired.

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Docker Containers & Virtual Machines: What you need to know

Posted by Eric Noriega

Nov 5, 2014 6:45:00 PM Cloud Enablement

Docker, in case you weren't aware, is a toolset for setting up, orchestrating and breaking down containers under Linux. (Other systems as well, but just Linux for now).

"What is a container?" -- you might then ask.  A container is a set of processes which have been isolated together by the Linux kernel.  The exact technologies are covered here, but the basic idea is that you can make a container, move it around, and replicate it.  You can start it up, and shut it down, and toss it out when you're done.  You can share it with your workmates, and publish it to the world.

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APM in the Cloud: Using AppDynamics with Openshift

Posted by Anil Mirge

May 22, 2014 5:55:00 PM PaaS, Application Performance Management, Cloud Enablement

This blog post is about two technologies that we here at Vizuri are particularly fond of: AppDynamics and OpenShift.  As a solutions engineer I frequently work with both of these technologies, and I'm excited to tell you about how to you can use them together.

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