THE N2WS BLOG
Credential 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.
At 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.
Airports 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.
As 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.
AWS 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.
Amazon 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 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.
On the morning of August 8, Delta, the world’s 2nd biggest carrier (by revenue and fleet size) lost power at its operations center, which meant that computers for booking passengers and flying jets were down for nearly five hours.
Those five hours started a domino effect that forced the company to cancel 1000 flights that day, and a similar number over the following two days. The outage caused a loss of $150 million for the company, as well as angry calls and emails from many customers.
It’s an important equation: five hours of downtime = $150 million. The solution is pretty simple, though: every business needs to carefully consider and choose a reliable backup.
As healthcare becomes more digital and more collaborative, the industry’s move to the cloud is happening quickly. According to Hytrust, in fact, 77% of healthcare companies understand the need for the cloud, and plan to put their data in a public cloud within the next year. And in November 2015, GE made a major announcement with the introduction of the GE Health Cloud. This initiative was designed to connect 500,000 imaging machines via a new cloud ecosystem that will connect radiologists and clinicians to speed, efficiency and collaboration.
For years, the healthcare industry has been content with the status quo of having their applications on premise. But as the need for flexibility and cost-efficiency grows - and the industry becomes more patient-centered and data-driven - healthcare organizations are seeing the need to move to the cloud.
The cloud provides healthcare companies with the ability and flexibility to conveniently share large data files, save on costs and increase efficiency. Moving to the cloud also provides critical mobility for medical personnel to be able to access all types of data - from anywhere and on any device.
When migrating applications to the cloud, companies are increasingly going ‘all-in’ with AWS, and declaring AWS as their strategic cloud platform. Part of the migration strategy to AWS and other cloud solutions involves forming a strategy that ensures that your apps will work as intended, and at the same time be flexible and cost-effective. You won’t simply be shifting a virtual machine from your data center location; you’ll be moving an entire working service to a complex and new IT environment.
A major factor in the drive to the cloud comes from organizations realizing the cloud’s scalability and convenience, with even traditional organizations now shifting their apps to the cloud. However, there are many challenges involved in cloud migration, and a proper application migration plan needs to be devised to overcome the challenges and potential barriers along the way.
When it comes to CIOs and their enterprise cloud strategies, more and more of their focus today is turning to public cloud solutions. The usage of public cloud services by IT organizations continues to grow, due to cost savings and resource sharing that can’t often be achieved with private cloud solutions.
Spending on cloud storage is expected to rise from $2.4 billion to $8.7 billion in the next 3-5 years, with 23% of that being spent on cloud backup. Through Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other similar solutions, CIOs have been able to avoid the efficiency and security issues that sometimes plague in-house backup.
Amazon offers various storage options to support static content, databases, archives, and multiple other use cases. Their pay-as-you-go model offers flexible options for storage, including what might be the most important building block – the EBS volume. These are durable, block-level storage volumes that can be easily attached to an EC2 instance. EBS is best suited as a primary storage for cases that require persistent data such as databases and file systems.
As technologies and organizational requirements continue to evolve, enterprises today are looking to fundamentally change their backup and recovery strategies. With media volumes and data expanding rapidly, traditional approaches such as tape backup simply cannot keep up with today’s fast pace of information growth. Companies are looking for new and faster ways to protect their applications and backup, and secure their data.
When he spoke about protection as a top priority at this year’s re:Invent AWS conference in Las Vegas, AWS CTO and keynote speaker Werner Vogels did not mince words. As Vogels said, “I really believe that you have no business on the Internet if you do not make protection of your customers a top priority. We are responsible for the security of the cloud. And fortunately, we innovate rapidly so you have the tools to protect your business in the cloud”.
Not only are the number ransomware attacks on enterprises growing exponentially, but it's becoming clear that they are manifesting themselves in more diverse strains and affecting varied platforms more than ever before. By using effective backup and DR strategies and having more control over recovery processes, enterprises can take preventative measures to try to fight back against ransomware.