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TECH BLOG


With great knowledge, comes great responsibility to share it. We’ll write about our wins, fails, and experiences to make your cloud a better place to automate.

11 Sep
2017

With stateful clusters, the idea is to create storage and network interface before a VM is created. The storage and ENI are then associated with the VM on start up.

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31 Jul
2017

Last week, Microsoft launched two new series of virtual machines, the D_v3 and the E_v3 which are follow-ups to the D_v2-Series. This launch introduces new sizes that use Hyper-Threading Technology (running on Intel Broadwell E5-2673 v4 2.3GHz processor, and the Intel® Haswell 2.4 GHz E5-2673 v3), shifting from physical cores to virtual CPU's (vCPU). They will also be priced 28% lower than their predecessors. 

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Azure VM

27 Jul
2017

AWS has recently introduced Lambda@Edge which gives you the possibility to run Lambda code in Edge locations. What does it mean for CloudFront users and what can you achieve with it?

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AWS Code AWS Lambda

14 Jul
2017

AWS announced yesterday they had released a new set of EC2 GPU-powered instances specifically geared towards graphic intensive applications. G3 applications can now be launched to acquire 'a powerful combinaiton of of GPU, CPU, and host memory for workloads such as 3D rendering, 3D visualizations, graphics-intensive remote workstations, video encoding, and virtual reality applications.'

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AWS AWS EC2

05 Jun
2017

The recent Onelogin breach, shown here in their official blogpost highlighted to us that account access permissions can be devastating if not done right.

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Security Onelogin

16 May
2017

For over a year now we have seen the rise of chatbots all over the planet and in many different industries. The same trend is being seen in the Cloud and IT market, especially since we've been working with Amazon Web Services very closely. Last year, there has been the "AWS Serverless Chatbot" competition where one tool left the jury absulutely breathless: opsidian.ai.

At Nordcloud, we are working closely with the team at Opsidian.ai to get the latest and best out of using chatbots for both our customers and our own operations teams. Especially in the context of our Managed Cloud Service, this is a highly relevant aspect. We integrate with our customers on a deeper level and partner more closely through the use of chatbots and the related features and functions. In this blog post we want to describe some of these aspects and encourage all of you to take a look at opsidian.ai in the near future. 

 

Enabling real ChatOps

Opsidian helps you monitor and manage your AWS Infrastructure from Slack. Opsidian is a part of increasingly popular trend, called ChatOps. ChatOps is about bringing your DevOps work to your chats and conversations within a team. You can, for example, deploy code, monitor servers, close issues in a bug tracker just by talking to a chatbot, which understands natural language or special commands. We have recognized that trend and Opsidian.ai was born - an AWS chatbot developed jointly with Nordcloud to manage AWS environments directly from Slack channels.

With Opsidian.ai you can bring your everyday cloud mananagement and monitoring tasks to where you team is - a Slack channel. This way, team members gain a better visibility into the discussed items and accelerate change by having a common view on a problem.

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AWS Lambda ChatOps Slack

03 Mar
2017

If you noticed that S3 recently went down in us-east-1 and were looking at cross-region-replication as a backup solution, you might want to read this first. - Hamin Mousavi

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AWS S3 S3 ACL AWS Lambda

01 Dec
2016

Yesterday was the formal start of re:Invent, with the first major Keynote from Andy Jassy, the CEO of the company that is largely responsible for changing the way we consume IT.

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AWS Big Data re:Invent IoT Compute AI

30 Nov
2016

I’m at AWS re:Invent this week and at my first seminar, our hosts have said they would most like us to leave with the following thoughts;

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AWS re:Invent Disaster Recovery DR

22 Sep
2016

Recently one of my favourite ways to tackle an infrastructure issue has been to write a Kubernetes controller that deals with the issue.

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