In the fast paced world of cloud computing, keeping track of dynamic environments can become a time consuming and costly exercise.
As the cloud platform vendors roll out new features and methodologies, the chances of your cloud environment configurations remaining static for very long are less now than they have ever been. Add the dynamic nature of resources like autoscaling groups and the task of keeping tabs on exactly what you have running and where is an ever increasing challenge.
But we’re pretty sure that no-one would shy away from the fact that in these days of ever increasing compliance…
There are so many reasons why you should accurately document your AWS cloud environments with Network Topology Diagrams. They visually portray how your network is constructed, what is running where and how resources are grouped and connected.
This is a major time saver when explaining your network to new engineers, consultants or other internal stakeholders.
The only decision you need to make is whether to manually construct diagrams based on reviewing your console configuration, or to use an automated AWS Diagram Creator to scan your AWS environments and build the diagrams for you.
The former method is often time consuming…
Security is possibly the most important consideration for any organization storing data or hosting applications on public cloud infrastructure.
In this post, we’ll take a look at what AWS recommend you consider when approaching the subject of Security on the AWS platform. We’ll cover both the security considerations of the cloud itself and also what you can do within your own infrastructure to ensure your data is secure as explained in the 2021 AWS Security Fundamentals course.
AWS operates a shared responsibility model in that AWS assumes responsibility for the infrastructure that runs all of the services offered in AWS…
AWS is one of three major cloud platforms that Hava generates automated cloud diagrams for. AWS offers a host of services that fall under several major service categories. In this post we’ll take a look at the services available for you to build, manage and monitor applications on the AWS cloud platform.
Amazon Athena is a serverless query service that allows you to query and analyze data in your S3 buckets using standard SQL. Athena is easy to use. Simply point to your data in Amazon S3, define the schema, and start querying using standard SQL. Most results are delivered…
Accurate network topology diagrams play a major part in monitoring and internally communicating the design of well engineered AWS infrastructure.
The problem has always been the time it takes to manually draw diagrams. Depending on the complexity of your network It can take days or even weeks. Then of course, you need to spend even more time keep the diagrams up to date. We know this because the team behind Hava are engineers that come from a cloud consulting background.
We were faced with the same problems you face. When you take on existing infrastructure or need to deploy new…
In this Post we will look at a high level overview of all the different AWS container services you can use on AWS. If you want to run a containerized application on AWS you have multiple options to choose from depending on your application requirements and orchestration software preference.
We will take a look at ECS (Elastic Container Service) and what it’s used for then we’ll compare it to EKS (Elastic Kubernetes Service)
We will also look at different ways of running containers using manually provisioned EC2 instances and container runtime options like Docker or letting AWS handle the underlaying…
On top of the services AWS provide to help you build and deploy applications and virtual networks on AWS detailed in our recent AWS Services List post, AWS also provide a ton of tools and services to monitor the activity and performance of the applications and networks you build on AWS.
The following is a summary of the AWS management and governance tools you can use to keep track of the activity, alerts and performance of your applications and AWS network infrastructure
CloudWatch provides you with data and actionable insights to monitor your AWS applications, respond to system-wide performance changes…
If you have worked with Microsoft Azure for any length of time, you no doubt appreciate the value and necessity of great network topology diagrams. Azure Architecture Diagrams provide a visual cue for better communication and understanding of your cloud infrastructure at all levels of your organisation, from management down to freshly onboarded engineers and consultants.
If you have spent too many hours of your valuable working day manually creating Azure network diagrams to keep tabs on your network design, then you also appreciate how much time is saved and how many errors are eliminated when you automate the process.
Tags are an incredibly useful yet often overlooked feature of most cloud computing platforms. Once created they let you manage your infrastructure more effectively by providing the ability to filter resources and perform tasks and actions based on nominated tag values.
Let’s look at Leveraging Tags and Labels for AWS, GCP and Azure
Tags are essentially pairs of user defined metadata made up of a name and a value that are added to resources when they are created.
Tag Name : Tag Value
environment : development
team : security
department : devops
status : production
In AWS and Azure these…
The AWS Well-Architected Framework provides guidance on applying best practices in the design, delivery and maintenance of AWS environments.
The framework addresses general design principles and specific best practices across the five pillars or conceptual areas of the framework.
The AWS Well-Architected Framework lets you assess the pros and cons of decisions you make when building systems on AWS infrastructure and provides the mechanism to consistently measure your architecture against best practice and identify areas for improvement.
The Five Pillars of the framework are :
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