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How to Choose a Container Management Platform

The following is the fourth blog in a series about software containers and Kubernetes, and their importance in modern application delivery. In our last blog in this series, we examined the importance of utiziling a container management platform. In this blog, we’ll go further in depth on the multiple options you have when adopting a […]

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Scaling Your Contact Center for Unexpected Volume

Imagine this: your company launches a sales promotion. Customer contact revs up higher than expected, and the phones are ringing off the hook with customer calls. Your customer care team is working hard to address each call in a timely manner, but volume is too high to efficiently maintain. Most businesses have experienced a situation […]

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Recap: Amazon Connect Immersion Day Event

Last week, our content center team partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide a comprehensive Amazon Connect Immersion Day for users in Kansas City. Taking You from “What If” to “What Now” The Amazon Connect Immersion Day events empower organizations to unleash the full potential of their AWS services. The goal of the event […]

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How To Use The AWS API With S3 Buckets In Your Pen Test

Pen testers often need to stage payloads and other tools on servers outside of their own infrastructure.  In this post I’ll show you how to use the Amazon AWS command line interface (CLI) to dynamically create and manage S3 buckets that you can use in your own pen tests.  I’ll also show you how to […]

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The Benefits of Containers for Businesses

The following is the second blog in a series about software containers and Kubernetes, and their importance in modern application delivery. In our last blog in this series, we looked at what software containers are and their evolution over time. In this blog, we will examine the reasons that businesses are turning to containers and […]

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Container-Based CI/CD with CloudBees Core on Kubernetes

Getting to Know Jenkins CI/CD is an imperative for software development organizations in today’s multiplatform, multi-cloud world. As far as CI/CD platforms go, Jenkins was one of the first and remains one of the most popular options. Jenkins is lightweight, easy, and extensible. The multitude of plugins available make the platform endlessly customizable and adaptable […]

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DevSecOps in the Cloud – Policy and Practice

Cloud computing is now ubiquitous throughout the software development industry.  There are many cloud service providers offering everything from ‘bare-metal’ virtual servers to complete server-less computing platforms.  The speed by which computing resources can be reserved and instantiated is a major contributing factor to the success of DevOps, where repeatability and automation is central.  However, […]

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[Guide] Why Businesses Are Turning to Containers

The following is the first blog in a series about software containers and Kubernetes, and their importance in modern application delivery. Organizations across industries are examining their business for opportunities to digitally transform. Traditional methods of software delivery characterized by waterfall planning, arduous infrastructure provisioning, and manual changes are no longer able to deliver the […]

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EDW in the Cloud TCO

In 2016, when I did my first in-depth comparison, the resulting TCOs were usually very close. Usually, the OpEx was slightly higher for the cloud TCO versus the on-prem TCO required substantial capital investment. However, our most recent estimate was eye-opening to our client.  We were assessing a green-field implementation for a Data Warehouse at […]

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Cloud Transformation Overview

This is the final blog in a series around the subject of cloud transformation. The use of the term “transformation” in the title was a very intentional decision by the authors (Joel Thimsen & Victor Wolters) of this series. The desire is to send a message that adoption of cloud technology for any organization is […]

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Application Migration: A Cloud Journey

Application migration is a significant part of any organization’s cloud journey. There are five primary approaches for application migration to the cloud: rehost, refactor, revise, rebuild, and replace. Each of these approaches require minor adjustments depending on the detail of the specific application migration. In a few cases, it is possible you might need to […]

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Disaster Recovery – A Thing of the Past For Cloud-Based Companies

I was having a conversation with a colleague of mine about a client request. We discussed disaster recovery. In the new cloud-based computing architectures, it has become clear that this is one of the many new benefits from moving to the cloud. The following sections in this blog layout a few key elements that support […]

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Things to Consider in a Cloud Readiness Assessment

This is the next installment in a series of blogs on the subject of cloud transformation. It has been amazing to see how many clients have jumped straight from cloud mandate to cloud implementation. A very small, technical organization with a very limited separation of duties might be able to take this approach. However, this […]

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Things to Consider with Lift-and-Shift Migrations in Cloud

This is the next installment in a series of blogs on the subject of cloud transformation. We decided to call out this specific cloud lift-and-shift migration strategy because of our clients’ experience with this strategy. Many of our clients have seen both negative and positive results from this strategy, however, all of them missed many […]

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How to Host a Static Website on AWS’s Amazon S3

Nowadays mostly everyone probably knows what Amazon Web Services (AWS) is, right? AWS is a secure cloud services platform offering compute power, database storage, content delivery, and other platform services such as infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, and software as a service functionalities to help fulfill business needs. AWS itself provides a […]

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Potential Impacts Beyond Cloud Applications & Infrastructure

This is the next installment in a series of blogs on the subject of Cloud Transformation. When an organization transitions to cloud technology, it will often change the way that organization thinks about IT solutions. Cloud technology allows an organization to operate in more of an experimental/disposable way. This freedom allows an organization to “try […]

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ChefConf 2019 – Are you ready for it?

ChefConf 2019 kicks off in Chef’s (and my) hometown of Seattle in less than two weeks on May 20th.  If you’re interested in going and haven’t already registered, check out more information here and use code Hugs4Chef19 for 10% off your registration. Things I hope to hear at ChefConf This year promises to be a […]

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Kubernetes and AWS EKS Service: The Basics

What is Kubernetes? In simple words, it is an open source tool for managing high-scale containerized environments, deployments, auto scaling, etc. It was originally created by Google engineers to manage their billions of application containers and auto-deployment processes. After a while, it was given to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), part of the Linux […]

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Populating a DynamoDB table based on a CSV file

We’ve previously detailed the steps necessary to build a holiday calendar  and looked at how we can easily upload all your holidays at once. However, so far we’ve only worked with JSON, which is an easy to understand format for Node.js, but not necessarily the most intuitive for a human reader. To avoid making mistakes […]

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Maintaining your holiday calendar by bulk uploading data

We’ve looked before at the steps necessary to build a holiday calendar in DynamoDB. One of the advantages of keeping all your closure times tracked in a database is that you can easily update when the call center should be available, modify the closure reasons or add a new holiday with minimum effort and no […]

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