By Mike S
Something you should read if you store data with Amazon, or even if you don’t, because:
“They basically are telling you compliance is all up to you regardless of the regulation,” said Joe Granneman, an information security professional with experience in the heavily regulated industries of health care and financial services. “This makes a lot of sense because there is no good way for Amazon to guarantee compliance when it only provides the infrastructure. The customer connects the infrastructure together and builds on top of it, which Amazon cannot guarantee. This document drives home the fact that compliance is still up to the customer and not the IaaS provider.”
By Mike S
ShareFile presents: How to leverage the cloud to avoid downtime!
“ShareFile is spread across multiple availability zones on Amazon’s EC2 data center and uses all five of their major data centers in Northern Virginia, California, Ireland, Singapore and Japan. In addition, we have a whole farm of servers, spread across availability zones, that handle our customers’ uploads and downloads, and the servers are more or less interchangeable so that if one, or a handful of servers go down, our customers are not affected by any downtime.”
If an availability zone were to incur an issue, ShareFile has a monitoring system that will constantly monitor servers for a bi-directional data transfer heartbeat. Should that server become unavailable, it is dropped from the aggregated server farm automatically. I inquired specifically as to the sequence of events that happened in the US-East region and how ShareFile accommodated the outage, to which Lipson responded:
“When Amazon experienced it’s outage in one of the availability zones on the East Coast, the affected servers were automatically dropped from ShareFile’s server farm without any human intervention and the upload/download success rates were normal. The next day our team added some extra server capacity on the West Coast as a precautionary measure in case the issue got worse on the East Coast, but our customers didn’t experience any downtime. Since we are focused on businesses that share large and sensitive files externally and internally, there’s an expectation that these files reach the right people at the right time and we’ve been pretty conscious, since ShareFile’s inception, to provide continuous service for our customers.”
So basically, the same way you’d avoid downtime in your own server farm, but with cloud resources. Well done.
By Mike S
A new service from Amazon to help you deploy to their cloud!
AWS Elastic Beanstalk is an even easier way for you to quickly deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud. You simply upload your application, and Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring. At the same time, with Elastic Beanstalk, you retain full control over the AWS resources powering your application and can access the underlying resources at any time. Elastic Beanstalk leverages AWS services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Amazon Simple Notification Service, Elastic Load Balancing, and Auto-Scaling to deliver the same highly reliable, scalable, and cost-effective infrastructure that hundreds of thousands of businesses depend on today. AWS Elastic Beanstalk is easy to begin and impossible to outgrow.
10 things you may not know about using Amazon Web Services in the enterprise | 10 Things | TechRepublic.com
By Mike S
An article with 10 points of note about AWS:
Amazon Web Services just held a powwow for potential enterprise customers and a bevy of details emerged, ranging from contracts to security to procedures ensuring that employees don’t procure a cloud server en masse for giggles. Here’s a reporter’s notebook from Amazon Web Services’ enterprise powwow.
This point, in particular, is one to watch:
2: Watch your budget when you move to AWS
A handful of AWS customers said that cloud computing is less expensive but can be too easy to use and blow your budget. Simply put, any developer with a credit card can provision a machine. If too many people use AWS, you have cloud sprawl quickly and blow your computing budget. “It’s too easy and that can hurt your cost controls,” Dispensa said. “It’s cheaper, but can get unwieldy.”
For my hobby sites, my math showed I’d get everything I need from a basic Hostgator plan for a fraction of the cost of an always-on small Linux instance.