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Should you move your legacy Microsoft applications to AWS? 

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 14, 2018 12:42:00 PM / by Ben Rodrigue posted in Security, Technology, web, Windows

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While most web facing, modern workloads are primarily running on Linux, 67% Linux vs. 33% Windows¹, many mission-critical business applications are still running on a Microsoft technology stack. Many of these Microsoft workloads are legacy, and, by nature closely coupled with corporate networks and aging hardware. So, one might ask the logical question of whether they can move their legacy Microsoft workloads to the AWS like their newer, cloud-ready, workloads.

The short answer is, yes. You have many choices to make along the migration journey but, yes, you can gain the same redundancy, automation, security, and even cost controls as you can with your cloud native applications. The first decision to make is which partner to work with. As self-serving as this advice sounds, the right partner can help you make the right decisions on day one to guide you away from any pitfalls that could have cascading effects.

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Going Native on AWS: 3 Cloud Management Tools You Need

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2017 10:49:00 AM / by Ben Rodrigue posted in AWS, Monitoring, Security, Technology

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by Kartik Nighojkar, Technical Contributor

The ability to manage your cloud resources in a straight  forward, fast manner is invaluable to running an effective infrastructure. In both cloud and hybrid infrastructures, management tools allow organizations to cut costs, increase efficiency, and prevent unwanted downtime. Multiple software solutions exist to aid in resource management, from both third-party sources as well as from cloud vendors.
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Six Nines: AWS re:Invent Recap

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2017 7:15:00 AM / by Ben Rodrigue posted in AWS, DevOps, Security, Technology

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Wow, what an incredible week in Las Vegas. If you were there, I'm sure you are as exhausted as my team. re:Invent weeks always serve as a reminder of just how fast AWS and the cloud industry is moving. It felt like a new, relevant announcement was made on an hourly basis. Now that we are all settled back into our daily work schedules, with a warm cup of coffee in hand, I want to provide you with a detailed list of the updates that took place and links for how to research them further. All of the announcements are arranged in the categories of their function. If I missed anything, please contact me at Ben+Insider@SixNinesIT.com or message us below.

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AWS Security Best Practices: User Management using IAM and Automate using Chef

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 11, 2017 7:54:00 AM / by Ben Rodrigue posted in AWS, Security, Technology

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by Nitheesh Poojary, Six Nines IT, Cloud Architect

1. Introduction

This white paper gives insights into the best practices for managing users on the AWS cloud. First, I will cover how efficiently we can manage users in AWS using IAM services and AWS CloudTrail. Next, how we can use Chef to automate the users and SSH key management at OS/System level.

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