Why COVIDSafe chose AWS

Why COVIDSafe chose AWS

The Australian federal government released the COVIDSafe app this week. It’s a contact tracing app designed to help find close contacts of COVID-19 cases. The app is intended to assist health officials to quickly contact people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. In Australia, use of the app is completely voluntary. However, it has stoked a significant debate on privacy concerns, spawning a number of urban myths at the […]

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Providing a scalable VPN solution with AWS

Providing a scalable VPN solution with AWS

With a move to remote working as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations are looking for solutions that can provide a secure and simple experience. One of the common ways to ensure secure communications when home working is through a VPN solution. It also has the advantage of providing an “on the corporate network” experience for remote workers. In recent times, IT departments have been challenged with supporting remote […]

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A scalable virtual desktop with AWS

A scalable virtual desktop with AWS

With a move to remote working as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations are looking for solutions that can streamline the experience. Some of the challenges of remote working often start with having the appropriate end user device. It might be a corporate managed laptop but equally it might be an uncontrolled personal device. Can a virtual desktop help? With end devices, what software is installed? Have you installed […]

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Least privileged access with AWS

Least privileged access with AWS

The principle of least privileged is king when it comes to managing access. It’s a simple approach. You give your users access to the services and the actions on those services that they need and nothing more. Importantly, this approach is critical for regulated environments, such as PCI DSS. However, when we adopt an everything as code approach it can get more complicated. Similarly with automation, you end up with […]

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re:Invent for the Builders

re:Invent for the Builders

The re:Invent keynotes for 2019 have wrapped up with Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon, focussing on the platform they have build for the builders. It was light on announcements but heavy on fascinating insight. You can read about the tsunami of major announcements here. Midnight Madness; Keynote part 1; Keynote part 2. Werner focussed on how they re-imagined virtualisation. He also covered how they architected serverless compute for scale. AWS […]

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AWS re:Invent 2019 keynote (part 2)

AWS re:Invent 2019 keynote (part 2)

This is part two of our round up of the announcements from Andy’s AWS re:Invent 2019 keynote! You can find part one here. “I can’t move from on-premises” Let AWS help you with that. Sometimes, it can be really hard to move from on-premises. It may be due to legacy support (see the announcement of the AWS EMP service for Windows which may help you). Often, though, the workload (such […]

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AWS re:Invent 2019 keynote (part 1)

AWS re:Invent 2019 keynote (part 1)

Andy Jassy delivered a ripping AWS re:Invent 2019 keynote. The key theme was around transformation. Of course, there were heaps of exciting announcements. Strap in for our wrap up! As there’s a lot to cover, it’s split into two parts with this being the first. Transformation So, following the theme, if you are going to transform your business with the Cloud, what are the key considerations that you need to […]

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Midnight Madness! re:Invent is go!

Midnight Madness! re:Invent is go!

AWS’s re:Invent 2019 is off and running with Midnight Madness kicking off the fun. It’s not all play, though. There’s a number of interesting new announcements already. Here’s our pick for day zero at re:Invent. IAM and S3 access analyser This is probably our favourite announcement from Midnight Madness! IAM and S3 access analyser are new feature that analyse IAM and S3 bucket polices for access paths. All possible access […]

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AWS Savings Plan – get more for less

AWS Savings Plan – get more for less

Did you know you can power a light bulb off of a potato? The chances are you can’t power all your compute off even a field of potatoes. So how can you keep your compute costs lean? AWS compute on demand is a fantastic model and Reserved Instances have been around for a while as a way to reduce that cost. There is a now an alternative with the release […]

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Pre re:Invent announcements (part 2)

Pre re:Invent announcements (part 2)

AWS’s re:Invent 2019 doesn’t start until next week but the pre re:Invent announcement keep on coming. Here’s the second part of our round up of the key announcements before the week that is re:Invent. It’s about all of the things If you are dealing with distributed edge devices, the chances are IoT is a signifcant part of your world. If it is, there’s been some significant IoT announcements – see […]

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