Running Protected workloads on AWS

Running Protected workloads on AWS

In late January, AWS announced that it had been awarded the ability to host government workloads classified at the Protected level DLM in the Sydney AWS region The certification applies to 42 AWS services (46 if you include the different RDS database engines!). The official announcement is on the AWS Security blog. AWS haven’t had to make any changes to meet the requirements. There are no extra charges or specific […]

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AWS re:Invent survival guide

AWS re:Invent survival guide

Time to re:Invent ourselves again! AWS‘s annual conference, re:Invent, is just over a month away. Hands up who is excited? This year will be our fifth visit to re:Invent, held in Las Vegas. Suffice to say, we have seen it grow and grow since our first year in 2013. Every year it gets bigger and better and every year AWS announce a whole swag of new and exciting innovations. This […]

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AWS – the gift that keeps on giving

AWS – the gift that keeps on giving

AWS’s re:Invent may be over for another year but the announcements keep on coming! Our heads are still spinning from all the excitement and innovations (see our wrap up post) but AWS haven’t stopped. This week AWS released their Single Sign On (SSO) service. A few years ago, this would have made the cut at re:Invent but this year, with all the other releases something had to give. It’s an important service […]

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AWS re:Invent re:Cap 2017

AWS re:Invent re:Cap 2017

AWS re:Invent 2017 has drawn to close and what a whirlwind week it was! We hardly had time to draw breath between the announcements, sessions and people to meet and greet. For us, it was the best yet. As our fourth re:invent participation, we like to think that we can say that with a good level of insight. The pace of innovation continues to grow at AWS. The AWS Cloud platform now […]

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AWS PrivateLink

AWS PrivateLink

Is connecting over the internet a concern? Enter, PrivateLink For organisations that are ultra concerned about keeping their services private, especially Financial Services, one of the bug bears of using the AWS public Cloud environment is can be that all the AWS services need to be accessed over the Internet using public addressing. Not any more. Terry Wise of AWS has just announced PrivateLink at re:Invent (see the what’s new article) . It’s a new service […]

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Cloud Security – it’s up to you!

Cloud Security – it’s up to you!

There’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza… Recently, there have been a number of high profile leakages of data as a result of customer configuration of AWS S3 buckets. Let’s be clear here, this is not a problem with the AWS S3 platform. Potentially sensitive data is being stored in S3 buckets that have been set up as publicly available. It’s the kind of headline you don’t want, especially if […]

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Multi-cloud – is it what we thought?

Multi-cloud – is it what we thought?

Early ideals in multi-cloud In the early days of Cloud, there was much talk of a multi-cloud approach. As the number of public Cloud providers grew, and then subsequently shrunk, solutions emerged to enable multi-cloud. “You can move workloads between Cloud providers” they promised. “Avoid vendor lock in”. Did they deliver what they promised, and, more importantly was it a problem for which we needed a solution? Adoption of a […]

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Jumpstarting your Super Fund with the Cloud

Jumpstarting your Super Fund with the Cloud

For most people, Super is difficult to engage with. It’s too far away. It addresses something you don’t want to think about – ageing. It’s a problem for your parents. So how do Super Funds generate real interest in a majority of their customers? How can they build the engagement? What’s been holding back the Funds for all these years? Like any component of the Australian financial sector, it is […]

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Flexibility – from Staging to Production in minutes

Flexibility – from Staging to Production in minutes

I’m sure you have heard it many times, but flexibility is really one of key drivers that can lead to many organisations adopting a cloud first approach. The ability to grow and shrink, spin up and spin down environments to meet business demand has truely become possible because of the availability of cloud services. Recently we had a real world example for one of our customers. We had designed and […]

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Innovating on the Cloud – Go faster and be more secure

Innovating on the Cloud – Go faster and be more secure

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over – Richard Branson It really wasn’t that long ago that any new business idea or initiative in most organisations had to go through a whole process of internal justification, market research, business case and more. At this point, some kind of significant investment was required in technology – be it in skills, hardware, software or all […]

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