Category Archives: General

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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New Zealand Is like the Boy in a Bubble

You may have seen the new, New Zealand has no active COVID-19 cases, the coronavirus has been eliminated from New Zealand. As of Monday, 8 June, the last infected person had recovered, and it has been over three weeks since … Continue reading

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I Want Network Integration, I’m Not Getting It

I like having consistent management interfaces and having a single operational model across as much of my IT estate as possible. I don’t like point solutions that function or are managed differently; they add up to more problems. With this … Continue reading

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AWS Surprises – One Datacentre Is Not Enough

Most on-premises IT infrastructure designs treat a datacentre as a highly available platform, having an entire datacentre off-line is a disaster. It is a bit of a surprise then that AWS recommends we treat a datacentre as a failure domain … Continue reading

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