This week's roundup of all the cloud news.
When you are working with Microsoft Azure, there is no doubt you appreciate the value and necessity of great network topology diagrams. 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.
When moving your data and applications to AWS or developing a solution from scratch, you are most likely going to be faced with the challenge of selecting the most appropriate of the multitude of database options offered by AWS.
If you used Arcentry in the past to document your cloud infrastructure, the closure of the service earlier this year probably came as a bit of a shock.
While quite a newcomer having only been established in 2018, the decision to shut the doors at short notice potentially left a lot of people high and dry that were using the service to diagram their cloud infrastructure.
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.
The best and most perfect cloud architecture is next to useless if no one in your organisation understands it. What maybe even worse is if everyone misunderstands it, which is why we believe accurate documentation is an essential step in network architecture design and implementation.
With the availability of multiple cloud platforms each with their own strengths and cost advantages, it is not uncommon for DevOps engineers and cloud architects to take advantage of resources from multiple cloud vendors when designing a cloud based application.
We're happy to announce general availability of the new hava.io user interface. The result of many many hours of performance tweaks and design improvements this implementation of the cleaner UI has delivered improved navigation, more screen area for your diagrams so you can focus on the things that matter to you.
We are pleased to announce the general availability of Compliance Reporting as an addition to our AWS diagram tools. Hava's new reporting module centred around the AWS trusted advisor / well architected methodology is available on selected subscription plans and self hosted enterprise solutions.
There are countless reasons why you would want to accurately document your AWS environments. Knowing exactly what is running based on the actual resources configured in your AWS environments is probably the number one reason to use automated AWS Diagram Software over manually drawn diagrams.
If your systems or applications process electronic payments or store client payment and transaction data, then PCI compliance should be a high priority for your business.
There's no question that having industry certifications under your belt is one of the best ways to advance your cloud computing career. It's also a great way to help you break into the industry if you are contemplating a career change or looking to show value to a potential employer.
If you are looking for something interesting to fill your earbuds in 2020, here's a list of 50 podcasts worth a listen.
Mostly focused on Cloud Platforms, DevOps and Security there is sure to be something in there that resonates with you.
We’ve all heard the cliche “A picture paints a thousand words”, but there is real value in using images to explain complex technical information.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) have launched a re-designed set of diagram icons, the first version release was for AWS re:invent 2018, with the official public release on the 2nd of February 2019. Hava now supports diagrams using the new icon set, so you can discover, diagram, diagnose, and document your environments straight from the source of truth with a familiar style.
Cloudcraft is known for their isometric AWS diagrams and often one of the tools used to depict the layout of your cloud environments, along with Lucidchart and Draw.io. We all need to start somewhere with our network diagrams, whether it's on a whiteboard, in a drawing tool or in a drag and drop builder.
Canalys estimates cloud infrastructure services spend reached US$20 billion in Q2 2018. The top three cloud providers account for 57% market share.
AWS security groups act as a virtual firewall for your EC2 instances to control inbound and outbound traffic.
"Security groups act at the instance level, not the subnet level. Therefore, each instance in a subnet in your VPC could be assigned to a different set of security groups." - AWS Documentation
Trawling through your VPC flow logs helps provide visibility into your network traffic to detect anomalous traffic and provides insights, however, it still comes with its own risk of error.
Generating a visual diagram from the source of truth with automated layouts to display your network infrastructure as it is right now can eliminate the potential risk of human error.
Hava offers several ways to assist with diagnosing security within your network.
There is no doubt that as we continue to move further into cloud networking and infrastructure our environments are evolving daily. This rapid pace of change is failing to keep up with the expectation that your team knows "how it works" and "what it looks like". Keeping network diagrams up to date is often the last thing on most engineers mind, until the time you need them which in some cases is too late.
Manual creation and updating of diagrams are tedious and time-consuming and not that effective with continuous change. These days we have the ability to automate the process of generating and drawing a diagram, getting the information straight from the source of truth.
So you’ve got approval to hire a consultant on a six-month contract to fast track your project. You’ve found the perfect consultancy with proven success in everything you need to implement. Your Scope of Work (SOW) has been signed off on and your consultant starts in a week. Hoorah!
You want the project to be a resounding success, right?
Onboarding your cloud consultant properly is the most critical thing to you can do to maximize your ROI. They have limited time to deliver you results, not being prepared means your consultant sits idle, and that costs you money.
Sydney’s wild weather brought down an availability zone in AWS’s AP-SOUTHEAST-2 Region on Sunday night.
Websites went down, customer service calls went up, twitter went nuts, engineers scrambled to find work arounds and management started asking “Why?”.
If your website crashed, you know by now that it’s probably because your application wasn’t designed for region failure.
One outage should not be reason for you to start thinking that the cloud isn’t right for you, or that you should move service providers. But it should make you revisit your architecture.
Failure in cloud services is inevitable regardless of your provider. Outages happen so you must design for failure. Your actual infrastructure availability is irrelevant to your application availability. 100% uptime should be achievable even when your cloud provider has an outage regardless of its size.
AWS has invited Hava to be part of the AWS Startup Pavilion on Day 1 of the AWS Sydney Summit. Having attended AWS Summits and conferences for years, it’s exciting to be on the other side demoing Hava.
If you're registered for Summit, we'll be at the Startup Pavilion on Wednesday so come over and say hello. We’d love to step you through Hava and show you how we can save you time and headaches visualizing your AWS cloud infrastructure clearly.
How are you currently creating your cloud diagrams? Are you spending quality time with your whiteboard hand drawing them? Or are you trolling through your AWS console, then clicking and dragging in a drawing tool?
Imagine being able to extract real-time diagrams of your actual AWS environments. That would be pretty cool, right?
Well that’s exactly what Hava does!
With DevOps now firmly placed in the enterprise sights, we are seeing that automation visibility is becoming critical. Having the view of the state of the delivery pipeline ensures there is an increased awareness of the system as a whole. The question that often arises is “Yes, we need monitoring, but what do we monitor?” There are numbers components of your environments that you should be monitoring, and this blog explores what they are, and why it’s important to monitor them.