M&S Consulting Achieves AWS Well-Architected Partner Status

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M&S Achieves AWS Well-Architected Partner Status

MORGANTOWN, WV, March 25, 2021 — M&S Consulting announced today they are now an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Well-Architected Program Partner. This designation highlights M&S Consulting’s adherence to cloud excellence and provides them another resource to help customers and clients design and implement well-architected cloud workloads. Customers can benefit from working with an AWS Well-Architected Partner to leverage benefits available exclusively through partners. To achieve this status a partner must have AWS-certified staff and demonstrate a history of AWS excellence. M&S Consulting is already an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner with an Education Competency and partner in other AWS programs. The … Read More

On-Premises Identity and Access Management – Vendor + Product + Feature Matrix (2021)

Ben MarckCloud and Virtualization, Identity & Access Management, Offerings, Oracle, SAP, Technical TipsLeave a Comment

Finding the best Identity Management (IdM) products for your enterprise is not a trivial task. This is especially true when different products from different vendors that accomplish other objectives or services have remarkably similar (and therefore confusing) naming conventions. Not unlike other COTS enterprise suites, the ‘cloudification’ of these products has matured rapidly. To help layout the current Identity Management vendor/product landscape as we see it, we’ve put together the following matrix of products by vendors. Click Here to enlarge the table below. Identity management is challenging in today’s world, organizations must manage user identities across a wide range of … Read More

University Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Assessment and Migration

Dom PucciCloud and Virtualization, Higher Education, Industry Trends, Offerings, Problem Solved, Technical TipsLeave a Comment

A Higher Education institution recently reached out to us for support regarding their ongoing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) migration to address a handful of pain points they had been experiencing along the way. The University wanted to leverage the enhanced VDI capabilities offered by AWS AppStream 2.0 to streamline and improve their students’ remote learning experience. Our team worked with the University to optimize the AWS AppStream 2.0 workloads by providing insight into usage patterns for the VDI applications. We also established landing zones using the hub-and-spoke account model to lay a strong foundation for the institute’s future cloud journey. … Read More

Monitoring Your Kubernetes Cluster at a Glance with Lens

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Kubernetes is an incredible technology that enables you to do so much more with your resources than ever before. But, how do you know what’s going on inside your cluster? Many folks are already aware of in-cluster solutions like Prometheus and Grafana. These de-facto tools do an excellent job of storing and displaying cluster metrics and performance over time. What if you have more than one cluster to monitor, though? You’d need to log in and view your Grafana dashboards in each cluster or create a combined dashboard showing all your clusters’ current state. Lens is a rapidly growing, free, … Read More

Overview of AWS CloudShell

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At AWS re:Invent 2020, AWS CloudShell was announced as a new service. A browser-based shell that provides access to AWS services from your web browser. This feature has been available in Azure and Google Cloud in some form for some time now; AWS CloudShell now brings the same capability to AWS. AWS CloudShell has unquestionably made many AWS tasks easier. CloudShell inherits your current user’s credentials, so there is no need to authenticate; simply click the AWS CloudShell icon, and you are ready to go. AWS CloudShell itself provides a managed Amazon Linux 2 environment. The service already includes the … Read More

Getting Started with GitOps using ArgoCD (How-To)

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Getting Started with GitOps

GitOps is a modern twist on DevOps that prescribes one or more Git repositories as the “source of truth” for the declarative state of your environment(s) and applications. In GitOps, all environment and application configuration is stored as code and actioned upon to change the state of the environment/application accordingly. In this post, we’ll explore how you can get started with this concept and try GitOps out for yourself on a local test cluster. Create a Local Kind Cluster Kind (Kubernetes In Docker) is a local cluster tool under a Special Interest Group (SIG) in the Kubernetes project space. Kind … Read More

End-of-Life Impact of Adobe Flash on Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE 11g) and Alternatives

Jimmy LutzCase Studies, Cloud and Virtualization, Offerings, Oracle, Technical TipsLeave a Comment

If you have recently installed Adobe Flash Player before December 31, 2020, you may have noticed a popup displayed by the program that informs you that Adobe Flash support is ending on December 31, 2020. As of January 12, 2021, Adobe has put the final nail into the EOL coffin and will block Adobe Flash content from running Adobe Flash Player, and all browsers before 2021 will have a “kill switch” to deactivate Adobe Flash. Adobe strongly recommends users to make the transition out of Adobe Flash in order to help protect their systems as vulnerabilities may be present in … Read More