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How to Build a Sustainable Digital Business in the Cloud

Technology and Information

How much digital technology is required for your business to operate? Unless this document has traveled back in time, the chances are quite a lot. Now consider how much digital technology your vendors require to operate. The scope of technology grows quickly when you consider how vast the interconnected ecosystem of digital business really is. But digital business isn’t just about technology, it’s about information. For many companies, the information they handle is just as critical as the systems that process it, if not more so.

Filed under: cloud, cyber risk, digital resilience, misconfiguration, cyber resilience

Check your Amazon S3 permissions. Someone will.

Nearly all large enterprises use the cloud to host servers, services, or data. Cloud hosted storage, like Amazon's S3, provides operational advantages over traditional computing that allow resources to be automatically distributed across robust and geographically varied servers. However, the cloud is part of the internet, and without proper care, the line separating the two disappears completely in cloud leaks— a major problem when it comes to sensitive information.

Filed under: security, AWS, cloud, S3, Procedures

Making Your Organization Digitally Resilient to Natural Disasters

The high likelihood of falling victim to security compromises has led firms to adopt more digitally resilient strategies. Unfortunately, these measures do not address the ominous threat of natural disasters looming on the horizon. A myriad of business continuity solutions exist to mitigate the effects of natural disaster-induced downtime, but there's no telling at the end of the day how digitally-dependent organizations will fare when catastrophic events of unprecedented proportions occur.

Filed under: amazon, cloud, Azure

Enterprise DevOps & the Cloud

There has been plenty of discussion as of late regarding whether the DevOps movement has left the “enterprise” behind, plus where automation and the cloud fits in DevOps. There is more and more evidence that automation creates less collaboration and shows signs of a turf war between the chasm of tools that are needed to ‘do DevOps’. In the spirit of trying to address and debunk some of these myths, we asked Kevin Behr, the co-author of The Phoenix Project: A Novel and the VisibleOps Handbook to join us in a discussion about some of the trends plaguing enterprise IT as they struggling to align legacy IT infrastructure to business goals while becoming more agile.

Filed under: IT automation, cloud, devops, enterprise

Weekly Recap - Google I/O, the Expanding Cloud, Configuring CERN, and More

After taking a week off, the weekly updates are back! Here's some of the news that interested us over the past week:

Filed under: google, puppet, cloud, devops

The Cloud and DevOps

I recently came across this article about DevOps. I’ve seen a lot of “DevOps explained” articles and blog posts, but this one stood out to me, both because it was well-written and because it made me think more about why DevOps is important to cloud computing.

Filed under: cloud, devops, Software Defined Networking, SDN

Weekly Recap – Cloud Computing, SDN, DevOps, and More

Here’s some of the news we came across that interested us this week

The Open DayLight Project – A pretty big development for Software-Defined Networking:

Filed under: configuration management, cloud, devops, SDN

Configuration Testing in the Enterprise

Many enterprise network workers are now adopting automation technology as a means of completing operational tasks, and of creating a more efficient environment within an IT enterprise. One of the advantages of adopting IT automation is that it helps to deliver optimal IT management, without the need for any significant capital investment.

Filed under: configuration testing, cloud, devops, Legacy systems, Configuration Drift

The Case For Sector Focused Cloud Providers

There is no disputing the fact that cloud computing has led to a number of remarkable changes in the way many companies do business. Cloud-based solutions have been instrumental in streamlining IT functions and other business processes, resulting in a considerable savings in terms of time and monetary output.

Filed under: SaaS, amazon, cloud, IaaS

Configurations as a Service

Cloud CMDB - Where to Next?

Cloud providers and IT shops must engage in unit testing for infrastructure management. A cloud provider is an organization that provides a component of cloud computing to businesses or individuals. The cost is usually based on a per-use model.

Filed under: ALM, chef, SDLC, puppet, cloud, CMDB, ITIL

Top 5 Configuration Errors in the Cloud for 2012

Misconfigurations are a major cause of problems in all areas of IT, from Development through to Operations. They can be responsible for data loss, security breaches, even total service outages.

Filed under: configuration testing, system misconfiguration, cloud