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You Can Save Money on Your Insurance, OK Your DR

Disaster recovery is like insurance; paying for it hurts but not having it when you need it hurts even more. The trick is to have the right insurance for your situation and risks and the right DR too. The reason … Continue reading

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Oracle Cloud VMware, Your own vSphere in the Cloud

One of the most exciting projects I worked on last year was the CTOAdvisor Datacentre project around using vSphere-on-Cloud services. The project was for the Oracle Cloud VMware Service (OCVS); they paid for the analysis. We started with the premise … Continue reading

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AWS Design Principles – Use Disposable Resources

Recycling is a good strategy for the physical world and also for your AWS resources. When you have an automated process to deploy parts of your application, you can often use that same automation to rebuild broken pieces rather than … Continue reading

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Vendor Briefing – VirtualMetric

The company name VirtualMetric might lead you to believe that the product is all about the performance numbers. While the product definitely has plenty of metrics, I don’t think that is the biggest differentiator. What stood out for me in … Continue reading

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AWS Design – Automate your environment

In a long distant former life, I looked after a farm of around a hundred Citrix servers. It was so long ago that they were physical servers, and we built or rebuilt servers following dozens of pages of written instructions. … Continue reading

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Build Day TV – AWS Networking Fundamentals

If you are just starting out with AWS, you might find the networking a little different from what you are used to on-premises. Take a look at this video series we recently ran on Build Day Live; it was the … Continue reading

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AWS Design – Enable Scalability

One of the defining capabilities of public cloud is elasticity, the ability to use more or less resource over time to meet the load requirements of your application. When your application is quiet, you should consume and pay for fewer … Continue reading

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Ten Design Principles on AWS

Having previously looked at some surprises I discovered as I learned about AWS, I’m going to take a look at some of the basic architectural design principles on AWS. As in the last series, there will be blog posts for … Continue reading

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AWS Surprises – AWS Has Virtually Infinite Resources

Sometimes the AWS surprises are not so much about how AWS is different, but how you design solutions differently on AWS than on-premises. One of the significant differences is that you have a near-infinite amount of resources available on AWS, … Continue reading

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AWS Surprises – You still need infrastructure architecture on AWS

It is a popular idea that “the cloud means I don’t have to care” however, nothing could be further from the truth. It isn’t really an AWS Surprise to me that infrastructure architecture is still essential for many customers on … Continue reading

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