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Why Cloud Native?

Posted by Thomas Orozco on Feb 27, 2014 2:00:00 PM

It is a known fact that cloud adoption has ushered in new best practices for infrastructure design and application management. These best practices are usually described as cloud native, and the most prominent among these are designing for failure and building horizontally scalable services.

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Topics: Strategy, openstack, cloudnative, opinion, cloudmanagement

Tips: Getting Your OpenStack All-In-One POC off the ground

Posted by Thomas Orozco on Feb 12, 2014 12:35:00 PM

A couple weeks ago, I was working on Scalr’s new Chef-based installer. As a good cloud citizen with a slow laptop, I was using AWS EC2 to provision VMs to run my tests. The tests themselves were run through Chef’s “development environment”: test-kitchen.

But I hit one of those issues inherent to Public Cloud: the latency was just too high. For every iteration (those were numerous!), I had to wait for my cookbooks to be uploaded to AWS on my slow DSL connection (I work remotely).

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Topics: openstack, technical, Tips

Why You Can't Afford Not To Have a Multi-Cloud Strategy

Posted by Thomas Orozco on Jan 22, 2014 11:30:00 AM

(Tip: It's Not About Availability)

In 2014, Multi-Cloud is an integral part of any corporate cloud strategy. The argument we hear most often is that multi-cloud lets your company seamlessly transition from one provider to another provider in case the former goes down.

This is, of course, a huge asset to your business! There is, however, a significant flaw in that reasoning.

Remember Netflix, the company that pioneered cloud-native infrastructure? When did you first hear about them? Maybe in 2012, when they released their famous Asgard tool.  Well, at that point, they had been using AWS for two years already.

Nonetheless, it wasn’t until December 2013 that they finally announced that they were capable of doing hot cross-region failovers — the kind where you switch clouds in real-time for disaster recovery. That is three years after they started using AWS — and they’re doing it between AWS regions, not even between different clouds.

There are two important learnings here. First: three years is a long time to see return on your investment. Second: you don’t actually need multi-cloud to do hot failovers (note: us-east and us-west have never gone down simultaneously).

Ultimately, availability just isn’t the most significant driver for multi-cloud. Don’t worry, though! Multi-cloud is  still a good idea, but here’s why:

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Think Through Your Cloud Adoption

Posted by Thomas Orozco on Jan 14, 2014 9:14:00 AM

Ever wondered what successful cloud adoption looks like? You’re in luck! We are proud to present our latest customer case study, created in collaboration with the fantastic team at Think Through Math.

Think Through Math had been using Heroku for a while, but as performance started dwindling, they had to look for a replacement. After an evaluation period, they settled on Amazon EC2, but were concerned that EC2 complexity would constrain developer productivity.

They selected Scalr to improve developer agility. The icing on the cake? It took only a couple months for Think Through Math to start reaping the rewards of their investment!

Curious to know how Scalr could benefit your business? Get the case study on our website.

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Topics: scalr, Case Study

Quick tip: Secure access to AWS infrastructure with IAM Roles

Posted by Thomas Orozco on Dec 27, 2013 10:03:00 AM

If we had to name just one thing we love about Amazon’s Cloud (Amazon Web Services — AWS), it would certainly be the seemingly infinite list of on-demand services that are available.

Indeed, AWS is not just EC2. There’s also S3 and Glacier, DynamoDB, ElastiCache, RDS, RedShift, etc. The list is just too long, but I’m sure you get the point: there’s a lot of choice.

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Topics: governance, security

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