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THE N2WS BLOG

Media & Publishing in the Cloud- N2WS blog

Written by Friday, 26 May 2017

Media and publishing in the cloudThe role of the cloud is changing the way that entire industries are being run, and publishing is no exception. Large media companies such as Time Inc., the Hearst Corporation, and AOL have already benefitted from moving data centers to the cloud.


What makes the move to the cloud attractive to media companies is that cloud technology not only enhances the ability to create and deliver content to customers, it also provides a way to significantly reduce costs associated with on-premises data centers. Cutting infrastructure costs by moving storage, production workflows, and content delivery to the cloud can be directly reinvested into the company.

This post will look at some of the basics of how cloud computing offers a revolutionary way to transform how media businesses operate and how the cloud can meet specific challenges faced by publishers and media companies.

How to Integrate Automated Cloud Backup in your DevOps Pipelines (CI, CD) - N2WS blog

Written by Thursday, 11 May 2017

blog-integrate-automatic-backup-devops-pipeline Think of an application which goes through development, followed by staging and finally the production process. With different kinds of sanity checks, source code management as well monitoring and rollback needs, if your development workflow doesn’t have a CI/CD system, chances are that your team has to deal with builds which are inconsistent and unpredictable, with random issues that are generally hard to track down and fix. For instance, there could be a feature that works on the developer’s machine, but doesn’t work as expected in a different environment.


What You Need to Know About HIPAA-compliant Disaster Recovery - N2WS blog

Written by Monday, 08 May 2017

HIPAA-compliant disaster recovery In developed countries around the globe, healthcare is well on its way to going completely digital. Personal electronic health records that provide a holistic, always-accessible view of a patient’s medical history are becoming the norm. As the quantity of this very sensitive data has grown exponentially over the last decade, the market for the IT systems that capture, store, and retrieve electronic medical records has grown to $25 billion and is expected to increase by 13.4% a year in the foreseeable future.


Big Data: How To Perform Cloud Backup And Other Sizeable Challenges - N2WS blog

Written by Thursday, 04 May 2017
blog-big-data-cloud-backup-challengesThe past few years have seen unprecedented growth in the big data field. Unlike traditional database systems, big data sets are distributed over a network and require parallel processing for greater efficiency. Backup of huge file systems and databases over these distributed systems has presented a significant challenge. While the backup process has become simpler and more affordable with the development of incremental transfers, cloud-based servers, and commodity hardware, DevOps teams still face many challenges

Why Is AWS Leading the Cloud? - N2WS blog

Written by Monday, 24 April 2017

Iblog-post-graphic-pointingn February, Amazon Web Services (AWS) reported its quarterly results. Unsurprisingly, the results were very good, even if they fell short of expectations. The company’s revenues have steadily grown, and each quarter since q1 2015 there has been a noticeable rise. But even more important than revenues are the operating margins; as noted in CNBC “The cloud-computing unit provides a much more profitable business for Amazon. AWS has an operating margin of 31.3 percent of all AWS net sales, while the North American retail business has an operating margin of 5 percent of net sales.”

The Secret to a Highly Resilient AWS Environment – Recorded Webinar!

Written by Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Dispel any myths around the public cloud and cloud backup and learn exactly why backing up your cloud infrastructure should be an essential part of your backup and disaster recovery strategy.



During this webinar, we discuss:

  • Why backing up public cloud resources is important
  • The solutions/choices available to perform regular backups
  • Why you should consider an enterprise-level solution
  • How to perform cross-region or cross-account backups for disaster recovery

Backup Your High-Availability Wordpress Website with CPM using AWS Tags

Written by Friday, 14 April 2017

how-to-backup-high-availability-wordpress-website-AWS-tagsIn the first article we learned about AWS Tags and best practices associated with this. For an organization working in the cloud with a number of servers the backup strategy is very important for them. If the resources are in the AWS cloud, you must take advantage of Auto Scaling and Elastic Load balancing to achieve scalability along with cost optimization. In this case automation will play a key role for the backup since AutoScaling may launch new EC2 resources as well terminate resources based on defined conditions.

Why Universities Migrate to the Cloud

Written by Saturday, 08 April 2017

why-universities-migrate-cloudIntroduction

Universities and cloud infrastructure are ready for each other. Cloud services provide turnkey solutions that can respond to the needs of university administration. Despite its obvious importance – a university’s website is its face to the world – interest in and traffic to the university website fluctuates. For this reason, a cloud-based solution, in which the university is charged only for the bandwidth or provisioned server instances actually used, is a practical move.

Securely Managing Multiple AWS Accounts With Cross-Account IAM-Roles

Written by Tuesday, 28 March 2017

secure-accountsCredential management is a top concern on the list of security best practices. If there are multiple AWS accounts within the same organization and some users need access to data from other AWS accounts, it may not be easy to enforce password policy or implement keys rotation and set up various other authentication methods.

For example: you have a production environment and multiple images stored in the AWS S3. The testing account wants to replicate the same data for test simulation. How would they access data from the production account? Managing credentials and providing access to various AWS accounts and users is a challenging and complex task.

Overcoming Cloud Backup Challenges with N2W Cloud Protection Manager

Written by Friday, 17 March 2017

overcoming-cloud-backup-challenges-cloud-protection-managerAt AWS re:invent 2016, Tommy Johnston, senior cloud administrator at software company Aptean, made the case for moving from traditional backup architecture to cloud-based protection. Aptean needed a highly reliable, full backup solution that also allowed for ease of scale, automation, and instant recovery in case of a failure. They turned to AWS Marketplace Solutions to find a cloud-based backup solution that would help them take full advantage of AWS Snapshots and also be a suitable fit for their diverse client base, which spans six continents.

Flying High, Crashing Fast: The Airline Industry IT Problem

Written by Thursday, 09 March 2017

FlyingHighAirports are, at best, an inconvenience: A multitude of people occupying the same small space; too-high prices for food and drink; delays upon delays upon delays. Airports are not places in which you want to be stuck; they are places you want to leave.

In fact, being stuck in an airport can be a nightmare. Why? Not just because it is a nuisance, but one you have little to no control over. One of the most frustrating air travel-related incidents is a flight cancellation. And as reality teaches us - no traveler is immune.

Cloud Service Outages Caused by Bad Code

Written by Thursday, 09 March 2017

badCodeAs companies today migrate more and more into cloud-based production environments, any downtime can cause substantial damage and have a significant impact on both their bottom line and customer base. And while enterprises are increasingly reliant on the ability of cloud service providers to guarantee their uptime and maintain service, outages still happen. The cause can be due to any number of reasons, including cloud vendor failures, database errors or insufficient failover mechanisms.

While your cloud provider might very well be the culprit for service outages, there’s another elephant in the room that’s often a major cause of outages today: faulty code. This includes logical pitfalls in your code, service and code integrations or simply human errors in uploading bad code. Software fails of this nature are rampant, and in this article, we’ll talk about how these failures come about, and discuss ways to prevent them.

The Financial Industry in the AWS Cloud

Written by Wednesday, 22 February 2017

financial-industry-amazon-cloudAWS has made great strides recently to accelerate agility and enable innovation for financial institutions. NASDAQ’s story is a good example: the stock exchange recently utilized Amazon Redshift to replace its existing data warehouses for its U.S. equities and options exchanges. On a nightly basis, NASDAQ loads more than 5 billion rows of data into Redshift. This has helped NASDAQ satisfy several security and regulatory audits, and significantly reduce their operational expenses and overhead.

Hey, Cloud Developer - Are You Using Amazon Lightsail Yet?

Written by Saturday, 18 February 2017

lightsailAmazon Lightsail basically lets anyone start his or her own website, including helping to create the cloud storage that the website will need. Normally we wouldn’t bother you with such a trivial purpose, but because of its nature, the Lightsail service has a fully exposed Easter egg: it enables developers to easily deploy pre-configured virtual private servers.

Separate from the AWS console, its clean and simple interface includes every element (such as a virtual machine, SSD-backed storage, DNS management, data transfer and a static IP address) needed to launch a project for a predictably low price. You can use the Lightsail console for managing its instances, or you can use the Lightsail API and Command Line interface (CLI). After creating an instance, a user can easily connect using an Amazon browser-based SSH terminal.

The Airline Industry in the Amazon (AWS) Cloud

Written by Wednesday, 08 February 2017

airline-industry-amazon-aws-cloudThe airline industry has always been ripe for technological innovation. Areas such as flight optimization and predictive maintenance – along with the large amounts of data generated from bookings and reservation systems – provide an opportunity to accelerate aviation’s digital transformation through analytics-based applications and large-scale integration in the cloud.

The benefits of the cloud for the airline industry are clear. Cloud computing can be used in the airline industry in a variety of ways, including estimating travel times, identifying aircraft, emission controls, traffic modeling, integrating fare management, and increasing effectiveness of customer loyalty programs.

Cloud computing also provides airlines with a highly scalable infrastructure, as well as availability and innovation. When it comes to availability for example, airlines can store their availability data in the public cloud. This data can then be accessed by an airline’s website, a travel agency, or other source. Carriers can then manage this availability for the different channels through a single source.

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