Cloud Security

The AWS Outage Means You Need More Cloud, Not Less

Unless you were off the grid this past Tuesday, you were likely affected by Amazon’s massive S3 outage. Thousands of websites and applications lost functionality or went completely offline. Even with a 99.99% availability, Amazon can cost its customers millions in lost revenue and productivity during an outage.

The outage isn’t a sign that companies are foolish to use public cloud services. In fact, it’s a sign of the opposite. You’re only a victim of a cloud outage if you don’t have enough cloud.

Liar Liar Pants on Fire. The Broken Promises of the Cloud

The promise of the cloud is what initially captured my attention and affections. The promise of freedom (No more vendor lock-in! Portability!). The promise of flexibility (Rapidly scale applications in real time!). The promise that I could do all of this without sacrificing security or control. Essentially, the cloud was promising a better way of doing things. And, to some extent, the cloud delivered. But not in the way it was promised or in the way I expected. Once I was in the trenches, I realized that there was a huge gap between the promises and the reality.

“Why Nano-Segmentation Matters” and Other Apcera Meetups

Here at Apcera we care deeply about sharing our passion for innovation with the local community and beyond. One of the ways that we like to get involved is by hosting meetups at our headquarters in SoMa San Francisco. Some of the upcoming meetups we’re hosting include:

Software Circus - Tuesday, August 9th @ 5:30pm

Containers 101 - Wednesday, August 17th @ 5:30pm

Mounting AWS EFS volumes inside Docker Containers

Amazon announced the development of the Amazon Elastic File System (AWS EFS) in 2015. EFS was designed to provide multiple EC2 instances with shared, low-latency access to a fully-managed file system. On June 28, 2016 Amazon announced that EFS is now available for production use in the US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland) Regions.

Docker in Production with the Trusted Cloud Platform

Docker containers are all the rage these days. These containers offer the speed and flexibility that developers crave, which is why the Docker Hub has received over 2 billion pulls since 2013!

While the hype is well-deserved, Docker containers are used more in test/dev environments—not in production. Why is this?

The Big and the Small of IoT

The world of the Internet of Things (IoT) is commonly described within a swirl of superlatives: ”billions of devices,” “brand new business models,” “the destruction of business as we know it,” and the list goes on. Such a technological revolution seems too big to be tamed. So how is a cloud platform developer to approach and assimilate such a beast?

Our customers have posed this same question to us here at Apcera. Interestingly, some of these customers already have pretty specific desires or “proof points” in mind as they approach the whole concept of purpose-built IoT.

Mark Thiele States Don't Forget to Invest in Your IT

Quick! Which is cheaper? The public cloud or on-premises infrastructure?

Not so fast. Before you scoff and say “Public cloud, naturally,” you might want to hear what Mark Thiele, Apcera’s Chief Strategy Officer, recently had to say on the subject.

Is Network Ingress or Egress More Important to Your Security?

If you are ever in a hotel bar with a several people who do security for a living and you have some time to kill, ask one of them whether they think ingress (incoming connections to) or egress (outgoing connections from) systems are a greater threat to security. If your spark catches the tinder just right, you may be able to start a multi-hour debate amongst all of the bar denizens.