With so many organizations gradually migrating their IT infrastructure to the Cloud these days – or even specifically engineering their products with Cloud deployment in mind, it’s not surprising that you may have considered going the same way at some point in the future. You may have thought that you will soon have to embrace digital transformation and what our digital era brings to the table. The benefits of doing so are, after all, numerous. And no matter if you want to move your existing systems to the Cloud, or establish there the backbone of your newly founded business from the beginning, the AWS platform is undoubtedly one of your best choices. Our topic is, of course, Amazon VPC.»
My interest in Python began rather early in my career, as it was my first programming language, to learn. Since then, I’ve been constantly building knowledge on it. Ηere at Stackmasters, I have the opportunity to use it daily. The team and I, we’re always building some pretty awesome things, using Python! But it never hurts to learn a few extra tricks alongside the Python community.»
I was looking for an opportunity to gather practical knowledge on OpenStack and Ansible. As a final year student and a member of the CONSERT lab in University of West Attica, I had already touched my fingers on cloud technology. And since Stackmasters is heavily involved in cloud management and OpenStack in particular, I chose them to apply for my internship. A Stackmasters intern, then!»
Nowadays, many IT specialists swear by the cloud. Insisting – and rightfully so, if you care about my opinion – that moving their company’s infrastructure there, has had a huge – positive – impact on their business evolution. With a Managed Service Provider or sans one.»
If you are running a business, there’s one resolution that we think you should keep in 2019. And that is simple: to steer well clear of outsourcing DevOps!»
If you want to know the secret to a comprehensive DevOps evolution it’s simple. Literally.»
How important is governance for cloud applications? The short and simple answer, in my humble opinion, is a lot. In fact, it can’t be emphasized enough.»
It’s celebration time! OpenStack is turning 8 years old and if that doesn’t call for a grand get together of “Stackers” then we don’t know what does.»
To say we live in exciting times is an understatement. In the midst of a digital transformation, today we live in a world where you can do most of your everyday activities using your mobile phone.»
Spring is well and truly in the air. Which means? This is a great time to make sure you’re IT infrastructure monitoring is running smoothly. No, really it is!»
“You have failed me for the last time.” If only Admiral Ozzel knew about site reliability engineering, aka SRE, and planning for failure, he may have been spared by Darth Vader.»
In case you did not realize it, cloud is the new black. But in order facilitate a successful implementation of managed cloud computing, then automation needs to be your friend.»
“They don’t make ‘em like they used to,” is a phrase we often hear from people complaining about perceived lower quality of today’s products and services.»
Fail to plan, plan to fail. Or so the old adage goes. And that concept is never more relevant when we are talking about choosing the right high availability tactics to handle workloads on the AWS cloud.»
We’re going to make this one short and sweet. If you want to truly streamline your IT operations then there are fewer better and more efficient ways to do it than cloud automation. Period.»
Containers are what makes the cloud go round. No doubt about it. Utilizing them and working on the cloud is allowing businesses to evolve at a fast-growing pace.»
Still running your legacy IT workloads via your own data center? Then stop! The time has come for you to think lean. Extending legacy workloads to AWS has never been easier»
Your mind is made up. The tipping point is here. You want to switch to the cloud, but you’re not quite sure how to choose the right cloud for your business.»
Last time on this space we met the first half of the dynamic duo of cloud computing, DevOps. It’s time to meet the second half.»
Batman and Robin. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Han Solo and Chewbacca. There’s nothing quite like a great partnership.»
What’s the most important and sensitive job in any organization? We might be slightly biased here but how about managing the IT infrastructure? It has to be right up there at the very top of the list.»
Business continuity is without doubt one of the most essential aspects a company faces. But how about in the cloud? We’ll be the first to admit that it’s a relatively new concept and as a result there’s a lot of hype and fanfare.
This comes par for the course with the buzz that exists around cloud computing in general. And with hype comes misinformation, misconceptions and the like. But what’s the truth behind all the pomp and circumstance?»
Private cloud. “This is not for me”. “It is too complicated and expensive”. “It’s only for large or corporate enterprises”. Right? Wrong.
The fact is that from the various types of organizations out there, it’s the small and medium-sized firms stand to reap the most benefits by switching to cloud. So what’s the problem? Why don’t they? Basically. it comes down to knowledge. Very few (and we mean very) understand how it can help their businesses.»
Deciding to move your IT infrastructure to the cloud is no easy decision. Come to think of it, it’s a bit like moving house.
The amount of planning, organization and baggage seems to stack up in front of you. And it can resemble a bit of a mini-mountain.»
So, stack. Ever found yourself on the road to nowhere with your startup’s Stack? You’re definitely not the first and certainly won’t be the last. The question you need to ask is, why are you doing this to yourself?»
Summer time and the living is easy. At least that’s the way things should be at this time of year, right?
Wrong. It’s usually the season when there’s ample surfing (on the web that is), as well as new apps, software updates and IoT devices all stretching the limits of your Stack and IT system.»
There is an old quote that describes the progress of disruptive movements and technologies in this way: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”.
Well, when it comes to Open Source in the data centre, we have been in the winning stage for quite a while now.»
In the beginning there was the lone systems administrator.
He (for it was almost always a he) drank a lot of coffee, played a lot of PC games in the office, and knew all those arcane command line incantations to make your infrastructure work.
Problem is, he was a single point of failure, being the only person who understood your system scripts and the ad-hoc and informal ways in which your servers where setup.»
One of the most popular ways to manage an OpenStack cloud is through the Dashboard, codenamed Horizon. Although no one can argue the fact that it has improved a lot since the early days, there are still some things that need to be tweaked towards a better user experience.
The launch instance dialog, for one, bugged me for a long time.»
For the past 7 years I have been working as a head system administrator with a tech startup incubator.
Mine is the (often thankless) job of ensuring that the data center runs smoothly and securely and that business software, application servers and development environments are working and available to our users.»
You’d think we’d all be accustomed to the Cloud by now. After all we’ve been hearing about Cloud technologies, Cloud this and Cloud that for over five years. But this is quite far from the truth when it comes to the enterprise Cloud.»
From its humble beginnings in early 20th century to being our most essential infrastructure today, IT has come a long way. And it was mainly two techniques that helped it get where it is: ever increasing abstractions and a “divide and conquer” approach.»
Last week’s OpenStack Summit in Vancouver was a great opportunity for members of the OpenStack community to get together, exchange views and share their experience.»
Last week we had another meeting with the local OpenStack User Group members #OSATH hosted at InnovAthens. It was exciting to see some of our old members progressing with their projects on OpenStack. Lots of new members and people interested in this community have also shown up, which is even more interesting and shows the traction OpenStack gets in Greece.»
If you follow the Greek OpenStack space you know that our involvement with the OpenStack community goes way back. As a matter of fact, in 2013, Stackmasters organized the very first OpenStack meetup in Greece, and we have been active promoting and evangelizing what we believe is the best open Cloud solution ever since, supporting #OSATH and organizing special events and training seminars.»