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Microsoft Power BI: Benefits and Drawbacks

[fa icon="user"] Zachary Sersland [fa icon="calendar"]  Nov 7, 2018 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Anything that gets measured and watched will improve. That’s why it’s valuable to leverage business intelligence tools that deliver insights throughout your organization. SQL Service Reporting Services, or SSRS, has been generating reports for countless companies for years. Recently, Microsoft has been putting more emphasis on its new Power BI service. With all the hype, you may be asking yourself if you should migrate that old SSRS service, or would it just be a waste of time and resources?

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Top 4 AWS Security Features That Keep Your Cloud Secure

[fa icon="user"] Zachary Sersland [fa icon="calendar"]  Oct 10, 2018 8:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

You’ve migrated your application to the cloud. Congratulations! Now that your code is in EC2 instances and your files are in S3, you’ll need to ensure everything’s secure. AWS uses a shared responsibility model in terms of security. This means AWS is responsible for security “of” the cloud, while you and your development team are responsible for security “in” the cloud. AWS will protect the infrastructure of the cloud, including hardware, software, and networking that run AWS services. Other security, including access to your AWS resources and the security of your application, is your responsibility.

Here is an overview of four of the most common AWS security features you’ll need to keep your cloud secure.

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A .Net Lambda Function That Creates Better User Experience at Sign-On

[fa icon="user"] Zachary Sersland [fa icon="calendar"]  Jul 3, 2018 3:00:00 PM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Imagine you’re having issues with a third-party service that is called whenever a user logs in. Occasionally, the service is unexpectedly unavailable, leaving users stranded when they wanted to sign in to make a purchase. This happens about once a month, resulting in frustrated customers and some scrambling by the dev team before finding the issue.

Making calls to a third-party application is outside the realm of CloudWatch’s abilities, but there is a way to leverage AWS to combat this issue by taking advantage of the cloud’s monitoring capabilities. In this article, Senior Developer Zachary Sersland walks you through an AWS .Net Lambda function example that will prevent your third-party authentication service from becoming unavailable.

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Powering Kubernetes: Benefits and Drawbacks of Azure vs. AWS

[fa icon="user"] Zachary Sersland [fa icon="calendar"]  Jun 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Containers have been catching on with developers and executives alike in recent years as more and more people realize their usefulness. Though useful, this means you now need to manage several moving parts. That’s where Kubernetes comes in to handle container orchestration. Since implementing a Kubernetes cluster comes with its own set of challenges, a variety of tools has emerged to increase speed to deployment. Several cloud providers offer fully managed Kubernetes clusters, and each has an ecosystem to meet your unique needs.

This article focuses on Azure and AWS and provides a breakdown of the potential benefits and drawbacks of each in powering Kubernetes.

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5 Lesser-Known AWS Services That Can Benefit Your Application

[fa icon="user"] Zachary Sersland [fa icon="calendar"]  Apr 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

With so many services offered by AWS and more added all the time, it’s easy to overlook services that could benefit your application. Nearly every AWS-based website is going to use EC2 and S3, but there are a wide variety of services to expand your site in ways you may not have considered. Below are five lesser-known services every non-AWS professional should know about to take their application to the next level.

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