In this post, we’ll go over a complete workflow for continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) for infrastructure as code (IaC) with just 2 tools: Terraform, and Atlantis. What is Terraform? So what is Terraform? According to the Terraform website: Terraform is a tool for building, changing, and versioning infrastructure safely and efficiently. Terraform […] The post CI/CD for Infras...
Picking up where we left off… In my previous blog I gave a fairly high-level overview of what automated AWS account management could (or rather should) entail. This blog will drill deeper into the processes and give you some real-world code samples of what this looks like. AWS Organizations and Linked Account Creation: As mentioned […] The post Automated AWS Organizations and Linked Account Creati...
Compliance is a constant challenge today. Keeping our system images in a healthy and trusted state of compliance requires time and effort. There are millions of tools and technologies in market to help customers maintain compliance and state, so where do I start? Amazon has built a rich set of core technologies within the Amazon […] The post Utilizing Amazon Systems Manager to ensure systems are s...
What does that even mean? What I am talking about here is the automation of the following: – AWS Linked Account Creation (the creation of secondary accounts under a single master account) – Account Initialization and Configuration – Continuous Compliance It is commonplace for organizations to manage their AWS assets/resources across a wide range of […] The post Automated AWS Account Management app...
Why do it? Alexa gets a lot of use in our house, and it is very apparent to me that the future is not a touch screen or a mouse, but voice. Creating an Alexa skill is easy to learn by watching videos and such, but actually creating the skill is a great way to […] The post Creating a simple Alexa Skill appeared first on 2nd Watch.
Find tips on how to make it to a fully coded and automated DevOps process The post Fully Coded And Automated CI/CD Pipelines: The Process appeared first on 2nd Watch.
Tech leaders are increasingly turning to the cloud for cost savings and convenience, but getting to the cloud is not so easy. Here are the top 5 pitfalls to avoid when migrating to the cloud. 1. Choosing the wrong migration approach There are 6 migration strategies, and getting to these 6 takes a considerable amount […] The post Five Pitfalls to Avoid When Migrating to the Cloud appeared first on ...
Sometimes stories that explode in the media fade just as quickly – tempests in a teapot. But this week’s revelation about two critical flaws in nearly every processor made in the last 20 years is most assuredly not a tempest in a teapot. The tech community will be assessing the implications of these vulnerabilities, dubbed […] The post Seattle, We Have a Problem appeared first on 2nd Watch.
For some IT organizations the cloud computing paradigm poses critical existential questions; How does my IT organization stay relevant in a cloud environment? How does IT still provide value to the business? What can be done to improve the business’ […] The post Cloud Transformation Through ITIL Service Strategy appeared first on 2nd Watch.
In cloud migrations, the elastic nature of the cloud is often touted as a critical capability in delivering on a business’ key initiatives. However, if not accounted for in your Security and Compliance plans, you could be facing some real […] The post AWS re:Invent 2017 Session: Continuous Compliance on AWS at Scale (VIDEO) appeared first on 2nd Watch.
While AWS re:Invent 2017 is still fresh in our minds, here are some of the highlights of the most significant announcements. Aurora Multi-Master/Multi-Region: This is a big deal! The concept of geographically distributed databases with multiple masters has been a […] The post AWS re:Invent 2017 Recap and Initial Impressions appeared first on 2nd Watch.
“Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who argue with you.” – John Wooden Many AWS customers and practitioners have leveraged the Well-Architected Framework methodology in building new applications or migrating existing applications. Once a build or […] The post Well-Architected Framework Reviews appeared first on 2nd Watch.
Thursday’s General Session Keynote kicked off with Amazon CTO, Werner Vogels, taking the stage to deliver additional product and services announcements with the inclusion of deeper, technical content. Revisiting his vision for 21st Architectures from the 1st Re:Invent in 2012, […] The post AWS re:Invent Keynote Recap – Thursday appeared first on 2nd Watch.
I have been looking forward to Andy Jassy’s keynote since I arrived in Las Vegas. Like the rest of the nearly 50k cloud-geeks in attendance, I couldn’t wait to learn about all of the cool new services and feature enhancements […] The post AWS re:Invent Keynote Recap – Wednesday appeared first on 2nd Watch.
The sixth annual AWS re:Invent is less than a week away, taking place November 27-December 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Designed for AWS customers, enthusiasts, and even cloud computing newcomers. The nearly week-long conference is a great source of information […] The post The Top 7 Things to Avoid at AWS re:Invent 2017 appeared first on 2nd Watch.
AWS re:Invent is less than twenty days away and 2nd Watch is proud to be a 2017 Platinum Sponsor for the sixth consecutive year. As an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network Premier Consulting Partner, we look forward to attending […] The post 2nd Watch Enterprise Cloud Expertise On Display at AWS re:Invent 2017 appeared first on 2nd Watch.
Tag Strategy is key to Cost Allocation for Cloud Applications. Have you ever been out to dinner with a group of friends and at the end of the dinner the waiter comes back with one bill? Most of us have […] The post Best Practices: Developing a Tag Strategy for AWS Billing appeared first on 2nd Watch.
The annual Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference is just around the corner (the show kicks off November 27 in Las Vegas). Rest assured, there will be lots of AWS-related products, partners, and customer news. Not to mention, more than […] The post What to Expect at AWS re:Invent 2017 appeared first on 2nd Watch.
When it comes to managing cloud-based resources, it’s hard to find a better tool than Hashicorp’s Terraform. Terraform is an ‘infrastructure as code’ application, marrying configuration files with backing APIs to provide a nearly seamless layer over your various cloud […] The post Migrating to Terraform v0.10.x appeared first on 2nd Watch.
The 2nd Watch Cloud Management Platform is a robust system that leverages cutting edge software with years of cloud experience, which reduces your risk and simplifies what you have to manage. This is not a self-proclaimed statement—it is what the world’s leading brands say about 2nd Watch and our Managed Cloud Services. With our automation and technology, we are able to monitor, patch and optimize...
Doug Schneider, CEO of 2nd Watch, discusses the company’s choice to build its business on AWS. 2nd Watch, a Premier APN Consulting Partner, is a born-in-the-cloud company devoted to supporting a wide range of enterprise customers as they transform their businesses on the cloud. 2nd Watch has had customers experience between 70 - 80% cost savings by moving to and optimizing their workloads on AWS.