Amazon VPC – Network Security Basics

Amazon VPC - Network Security Basics

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.

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Amazon VPC – Network Security Basics was last modified: August 27th, 2019 by Stackmasters

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Getting closer to the Python community

Getting closer to the Python community

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.

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Getting closer to the Python community was last modified: December 23rd, 2019 by Stackmasters

Mastering OpenStack as a Stackmasters intern

Mastering OpenStack as a Stackmasters intern

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!

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Mastering OpenStack as a Stackmasters intern was last modified: December 23rd, 2019 by Stackmasters

Hiring a Managed Service Provider

Infrastructure centralization

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.

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Hiring a Managed Service Provider was last modified: December 23rd, 2019 by Stackmasters

Software, Cloud and the digital transformation

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.

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Software, Cloud and the digital transformation was last modified: June 11th, 2019 by Stackmasters

OpenStack Summit 2018: collaboration is everything

Openstack Summit 2018

Spring is always a good time to visit Vancouver. But this week it’s extra special. Why? Because the OpenStack Summit 2018 is in town.

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OpenStack Summit 2018: collaboration is everything was last modified: December 23rd, 2019 by Stackmasters

If you do one thing in 2018, make it cloud automation

Cloud Automation

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.

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If you do one thing in 2018, make it cloud automation was last modified: June 11th, 2019 by Stackmasters

Extending legacy workloads to Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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

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Extending legacy workloads to Amazon Web Services (AWS) was last modified: December 23rd, 2019 by Stackmasters

What to watch out for at the Sydney OpenStack Summit

Sydney OpenStack Summit

G’day, mate. How are you going? You may be wondering why we’re talking like an Australian. Well Strewth! The truth is, we’re pretty excited about the upcoming OpenStack Summit in Sydney.

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What to watch out for at the Sydney OpenStack Summit was last modified: June 11th, 2019 by Stackmasters

Private, public or hybrid: how to choose the right cloud for your business

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.

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Private, public or hybrid: how to choose the right cloud for your business was last modified: December 23rd, 2019 by Stackmasters

Slack for Customer Care and Collaboration

Slack ffor customer care

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.

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Slack for Customer Care and Collaboration was last modified: December 23rd, 2019 by Stackmasters

Disaster Recovery on the Cloud

Disaster recovery on the cloud

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?

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Disaster Recovery on the Cloud was last modified: June 11th, 2019 by Stackmasters

Private cloud: not just for the big boys

Private cloud: not just for the big boys

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.

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Private cloud: not just for the big boys was last modified: December 23rd, 2019 by Stackmasters

A 3-step guide to moving to the cloud

Move to the cloud

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.

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A 3-step guide to moving to the cloud was last modified: June 11th, 2019 by Stackmasters

Stay on the Highway, keep your Stack on track

Stay on the highway - Keep your Stack on track

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?

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Stay on the Highway, keep your Stack on track was last modified: December 23rd, 2019 by Stackmasters

Get your stack in tip top shape this summer

Get your stack in tip top shape this summer

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.

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Get your stack in tip top shape this summer was last modified: December 23rd, 2019 by Stackmasters

Open source software in the modern data centre

Open source software in the modern data centre

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.

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Open source software in the modern data centre was last modified: June 11th, 2019 by Stackmasters

Managed Services: infrastructure on tap

Managed Services: infrastructure on tap

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.

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Managed Services: infrastructure on tap was last modified: December 23rd, 2019 by Stackmasters

Tip: Enable the new generation launch dialog in OpenStack

Launch Dialog

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.

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Tip: Enable the new generation launch dialog in OpenStack was last modified: June 5th, 2019 by Stackmasters

Cloud 9: a sysadmin meets OpenStack

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.

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Cloud 9: a sysadmin meets OpenStack was last modified: June 5th, 2019 by Stackmasters

Reach for the Cloud

Reach for the cloud

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.

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Reach for the Cloud was last modified: June 5th, 2019 by Stackmasters

Construction on Abstraction

Construction on abstraction

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.

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Construction on Abstraction was last modified: June 11th, 2019 by Stackmasters

Data Storage in clouds (#OSATH presentations)

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.

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Data Storage in clouds (#OSATH presentations) was last modified: June 5th, 2019 by Stackmasters

OpenStack and Docker (Stackmasters’ #OSATH presentations)

Docker in OpenStack

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.

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OpenStack and Docker (Stackmasters’ #OSATH presentations) was last modified: June 5th, 2019 by Stackmasters