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

David SmithbauerCloud and Virtualization, Industry Trends, Technical TipsLeave a Comment

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

Selecting the Best Cloud Option for an Oracle E-Business Suite Migration

Jimmy LutzBusiness Strategy, Cloud and Virtualization, Offerings, Oracle, Problem SolvedLeave a Comment

Strategic Oracle EBS Move to OCI

A nation-wide professional services company was running an on-prem version of Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) Financials and Projects and needed an unbiased evaluation as their hardware aged, support costs began to increase as relative performance decreased. Like many other companies, they began to explore moving to the cloud, but they were unsure how to choose from the wide range of cloud options with licensing and compliance implications to consider. Our team evaluated hosting Oracle EBS on AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). After careful evaluation, OCI provided the best combination of low total cost of ownership, flexibility, and … Read More

Public Transportation Authority Jump-started with Salesforce Nonprofit Starter Pack

Jimmy LutzCloud and Virtualization, Problem Solved, SalesforceLeave a Comment

A local transit authority and provider of public transportation needed online capabilities to manage their routes, riders, and inventory. In addition, their eCommerce and shopping cart capabilities needed to integrate with their transportation platform. M&S Consulting was able to help meet their needs through Salesforce, by customizing a solution specifically for their needs. Drivers now have a tablet mounted by their seat to access a Salesforce instance containing route and rider information. This enables drivers to be aware of the passengers riding their buses, including their booking reservations, pickup points, special seat arrangements, and, importantly, when they enter and exit … Read More

Managing a Complex Migration to Oracle Cloud

Jimmy LutzCloud and Virtualization, Identity & Access Management, Oracle, Problem SolvedLeave a Comment

A publicly-traded company dealing with health information planned to migrate their primary business application suite to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), including Fusion Middleware components (SOA, IdAM, EDQ). The initial challenge was the number of interconnections between applications (over 70), each with complex security requirements. If the various components of the migration were not carefully timed and coordinated, the availability of critical business functions could be affected. To make it more challenging, the migration needed to be transparent to the business owners and thousands of users, with minimal downtime during cutover. Our combined team, in close collaboration with the customer, performed … Read More