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IT is Unprepared for Cloud Management, Survey Finds

The vast majority of enterprises plan to migrate more workloads to the cloud in 2016. But IT teams may not be prepared to maintain cloud resources, a new survey by Logicworks finds. According to the report, nearly half of IT decision makers believe their organization’s IT workforce is not completely prepared to address the challenges…

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There is No Such Thing as Managed IaaS

The age of managed infrastructure is coming to an end. Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) have spent the last decade developing platforms that eliminate the manual, time-consuming maintenance of hardware, network, and storage, and enabling infrastructure to be controlled via software, i.e. infrastructure as code. But contrary to what you might expect, enterprises are…

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Immutable Infrastructure in AWS: Q&A with Phil Christensen, DevOps Engineer

It is expensive, time-consuming, and often boring to fix a server. So why fix a server when you can just throw it away and build a new one? This is the essence of immutable infrastructure design, a.k.a. disposable infrastructure. This week we sat down with Phil Christensen, Sr. Systems Engineer, at Logicworks, about immutable infrastructure…

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Migrating Health Care Data to the AWS Cloud

There will be an estimated 25,000 petabytes of patient data in the US by 2020. For many health organizations and health care SaaS providers, the cost of continually expanding on-premise storage is already unsustainable — and it will only get worse. These pressures make cloud an attractive option. Mature cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services…

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DevOps Engineer: #1 Hardest Job to Fill

DevOps engineers are notoriously difficult to find. If you needed further proof of this fact, a new study by Indeed.com has revealed that DevOps engineer is the #1 hardest IT job to fill in North America, leading a list that includes software and mobile engineers. An organization’s inability to hire (and retain) systems engineers, build…

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3 Common AWS Migration Mistakes

Cloud migration is full of potential pitfalls. However, not all mistakes are as immediate or glaring as downtime or data loss; some mistakes can only be seen months later, when their impact is deeper and harder to change. Here are 3 common AWS migration mistakes that have the biggest impact on the long-term success of…

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How to Accelerate AWS Migration: Q&A with Cloud Project Manager

Sixty-three percent (63%) of enterprises on the cloud plan to migrate more workloads in 2016. But many enterprises struggle with how do you get from one or two apps on AWS to a mature, governable AWS environment at scale. This week we sat down with Irina Reznik, Logicworks’ Operations Project Manager, who oversees large-scale AWS migration…

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The Future of AWS Cloud: Infrastructure as an Application

Infrastructure as Code has defined the last five years of systems engineering, and will likely define the next five. But as we became better and better at manipulating infrastructure with declarative languages, we started to look beyond JSON to find more full-fledged, dynamic programming languages to create and configure cloud resources. In many ways, this…

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6 Reasons Why Cloud DevOps Teams Need AWS CodeDeploy

“There should be two tasks for a human being to perform to deploy software… to pick the version and environment and to press the “deploy” button.” ― David Farley, Continuous Delivery Hundreds of tools exist to partially or fully automate a CI/CD deployment pipeline. Most large-scale web applications already have some degree of automation, enabling…

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Software-Defined Infrastructure Security and Compliance: Announcing Cloud Patrol

Nearly 65% of IT leaders struggle to enforce corporate security policies. Security professionals are no longer worried about the security of the cloud itself, nor their ability to set up secure policies on Day 1. It is enforcing security on Day 400+ — the continual possibility that the system could “fall out” of compliance without…

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