Combat Covid-19 With 3 Free AWS Homeworking Solutions

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It’s fair to say that the world was unprepared for a global pandemic such as Covid-19.  We’ve seen outbreaks in the past – SARS, Ebola, but nothing that has spread so quickly and with such far reaching consequences.  Bill Gates told us in 2015 that we were not ready for such a global outbreak and he was right – all around the world healthcare systems are struggling to cope, and people are being told to work from home where possible.   If you… Read More »Combat Covid-19 With 3 Free AWS Homeworking Solutions

Don’t get Caught Out by AWS Data Egress Fees…

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It’s no secret that AWS, like most cloud providers, charge nothing for data ingress.  It’s free to put your data in to the cloud, yet they do charge for data egress – getting your data back out again.  This fact is often overlooked when modelling the business case for cloud versus on premise. Recently NASA have committed to upload hundreds of petabytes of data in to AWS, and it seems they failed to factor egress costs into their business case.… Read More »Don’t get Caught Out by AWS Data Egress Fees…
aws database migration

What is AWS Database Migration Service?

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AWS Database Migration Service is a simple and cost effective way to migrate live, petabyte scale databases both into and out of the AWS Cloud with virtually no downtime. Those databases could be hosted on premise, already in the AWS cloud, or in another cloud.

AWS Migration with AWS Server Migration Service

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Server Migration Service (SMS) from AWS is an agentless service that enables customers to simplify the AWS Migration process by automatically replicating live server volumes from their on premises servers in to AWS.  AMIs (Amazon Machine Images) are automatically created from the replicated volumes, which can be used to launch the servers as AWS EC2 instances.  SMS can be used to migrate live running server instances from VMware, HyperV and Microsoft Azure environments. How does AWS Server Migration Service Work?… Read More »AWS Migration with AWS Server Migration Service

AWS Migration in 5 Simple Steps

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Migrating your on premises workloads to AWS may seem like a daunting task to the uninitiated.  It is however a process that has been repeated by many AWS customers, and one which has evolved and been refined over the years.  Here I’m going to outline the 5 major steps to an AWS Migration to demystify the process. Step 1 – Evaluation – Understand the Why? Many cloud migration projects have been doomed to fail because businesses have simply jumped on… Read More »AWS Migration in 5 Simple Steps
Amazon Redshift Data Warehouse

What is Amazon Redshift?

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Amazon Redshift is a Data Warehouse in the Cloud. Amazon Redshift is the AWS Data Warehousing solution enabling business intelligence in the AWS cloud.  Redshift enables customers to query petabytes of structured and semi structured data using standard SQL queries. AWS customers can start building a Redshift Data Warehouse for as little as $0.25 per hour, and can scale up their data warehouse in line with business requirements. How does Amazon Redshift Work? Redshift can be configured either as a… Read More »What is Amazon Redshift?

AWS Price Reductions January 2020

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Cloud Endure Disaster Recovery. AWS has recently announced what amounts to an 80% price drop of their Cloud Endure disaster recovery software, used for replicating on premise workloads to the cloud for DR purposes. Prior to the price, drop, the list price for Cloud Endure was $45 -$99 per server per month, depending on number of servers and term commitment.  The recent announcement has converted Cloud Endure to ‘on demand’ pricing of $0.028 per server per hour, which equates to… Read More »AWS Price Reductions January 2020
Amazon S3 Guide

Full Amazon S3 Guide (2020)

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What is Amazon S3? Amazon S3 stands for ‘Simple Storage Service’ and it is an object ‘Storage’ ‘Service’ which provides secure, durable and highly scalable object storage as a service for IT teams and developers.  Amazon S3 is very ‘Simple’ to use, offering a web services interface which enables customers to store and retrieve their data from anywhere on the web. Objects are essentially flat files including documents, pictures, videos etc. Amazon S3 Objects consist of:  Key – essentially the… Read More »Full Amazon S3 Guide (2020)

AWS EC2 – Everything You Need to Know About EC2 Instances

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EC2 is short for Elastic Compute Cloud, and it is Amazon Web Services IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) offering, enabling developers to gain easy access to compute resources in the AWS cloud. AWS offer 275 instances all with set configurations of CPU, RAM, storage type and network performance.  They are grouped into categories of instance types which are optimized for different compute workloads. Fight Dr McPixie! A Cloud Guru have an amusing mnemonic in their AWS training programs to help… Read More »AWS EC2 – Everything You Need to Know About EC2 Instances

New Year’s Resolution – Gain Control of Cloud Costs in 2020!

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Happy New Year!  We all make New Year’s resolutions – lose weight, get fit, get a new job etc.  What will yours be?  If you are looking to reduce public cloud costs in 2020 then read on as Logicata may be able to help. According to ‘The Cloud Infrastructure Report 2020’ published by Cloudcheckr, only 30% of businesses consider themselves to be managing, tracking and optimizing public cloud costs very well.  This leaves a whopping 70% of businesses with cloud… Read More »New Year’s Resolution – Gain Control of Cloud Costs in 2020!

What’s All the Fuss About VMware Cloud on AWS?

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VMware Cloud on AWS has been in the market for over 2 years now, but what exactly is it, and why might a business consider using VMware Cloud on AWS rather than simply migrating all workloads directly to AWS? Let’s take a closer look at VMware Cloud on AWS and try to answer this question. Firstly, let’s look at how VMware itself is looking to transform as a business. According to VMware ‘Within 2 years VMware Cloud Services will be… Read More »What’s All the Fuss About VMware Cloud on AWS?

AWS Outposts – Your Questions Answered

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Last week at re:Invent, AWS announced the general availability of AWS Outposts, the hybrid cloud play from AWS which has been in preview since re:Invent 2018.  If customers have workloads that they simply have to run on premise, then AWS now have an option to provide AWS services running on AWS hardware running in a rack delivered and installed by AWS in the customer’s on premises datacenter.  Why Would You Need AWS Running Locally? But why would you need AWS… Read More »AWS Outposts – Your Questions Answered
AWS Managed Apache Cassandra Service

Why Should you Care About Amazon Managed Apache Cassandra Service?

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Last week at re:Invent 2019, AWS CEO Andy Jassy announced the launch of the preview for the new Amazon Managed Apache Cassandra service (MCS).  But what exactly is it, and why should you care? Apache Cassandra is a free, datacenter scale No SQL database, originally designed by Facebook engineers to power the Facebook Inbox Search feature, and then later open sourced by Facebook.  Apache Cassandra is designed to manage huge datasets across commodity server clusters, providing high availability with no single points… Read More »Why Should you Care About Amazon Managed Apache Cassandra Service?

6 key Announcements from the AWS re:Invent Global Partner Summit

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Today saw the AWS re:Invent Global Partner Summit Keynote delivered by Doug Yeum, Head of Worldwide Channels and Alliances at Amazon Web Services.  After showcasing partner solutions from Amdocs and partner successes with BP, there were a number of announcements, as you would expect from a Keynote!   Don’t have time to view the whole keynote?  Here is a quick summary of the key announcements.   1. BP Going All-In on AWS BP have announced that they are going ‘All In’ on… Read More »6 key Announcements from the AWS re:Invent Global Partner Summit

21 Brand New AWS Services Announced by Andy Jassy at re:Invent 2019

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Today, AWS CEO Andy Jassy launched the annual AWS re:Invent conference with his 3 hour long keynote addressing the 65,000 attendees.  With the CEO of Goldman Sachs DJing before the event, and the re:Invent band introducing Andy’s announcements there was plenty of razzmatazz.  Don’t have time to watch the 3 hour replay?  Here are the key product launch announcements. 1. New Graviton EC2 instance TYpes Andy announced the launch of new M6g, R6g and C6g instance types powered by the… Read More »21 Brand New AWS Services Announced by Andy Jassy at re:Invent 2019
Public Cloud Migration

What are the 6 R’s of Cloud Migration?

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When looking to migrate your on-premises IT infrastructure and applications to the public cloud, there are 6 strategies that you can adopt. It is important to analyze your existing application portfolio and categorizethem against the 6 Rs so you can build out your public cloud migration plan.  The 6 Rs were originally devised by Amazon Web Services but are now widely adopted by cloud managed service providers regardless of the chosen cloud service provider.  So, what are the 6 Rs,… Read More »What are the 6 R’s of Cloud Migration?

UK Tech Awards 2019

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Last night I once again had the pleasure of being invited to the annual UK Tech Awards ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Hotel in London.  The event is a gathering of the brightest companies in the UK technology industry, together with their investors and advisors.  The event is sponsored by PWC and Silicon Valley Bank, and hosts over 500 guests at a gala black-tie dinner.  This year’s hostess was Babita Sharma, BBC news presenter, who did a great job… Read More »UK Tech Awards 2019
AWS Snowball

5 Ways to Get Your Data into AWS.

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So, you’re ready to take the plunge and migrate workloads into AWS.  But you have terabytes or petabytes of data – how are you going to get this from your on-premises datacentre into the AWS cloud?  Don’t worry, of course AWS have a bunch of services that can help you, but which is the right choice for you?  The answer to this question will largely depend on several factors: What is the volume of data to be transferred? What Speed… Read More »5 Ways to Get Your Data into AWS.

Cloud Computing is too Expensive (Says Mark Zuckerberg)

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At a recent conference about bio-sequencing, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, called out that cloud computing costs are getting way too expensive, and that this is holding up advancements in medical research. He specifically called out AWS (Amazon Web Services) and jokingly suggested he may call Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to discuss. Perhaps he has a point in relation to this specific use case – genome sequencing is hugely compute intensive and is an expensive process whether you run it… Read More »Cloud Computing is too Expensive (Says Mark Zuckerberg)

Why do I need a Public Cloud Managed Service Provider?

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This is a question posed by businesses we speak to – why do I need a Public Cloud Managed Service Provider like Logicata? Why can I not just manage my own cloud? Why should not just deal directly with AWS and Azure and do it all myself? And the answer of course is yes – you can do it yourself, as long as you have access to the necessary skills & tooling that you will need to manage your cloud… Read More »Why do I need a Public Cloud Managed Service Provider?