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How Azure Site Recovery Works and Why We Use It

[fa icon="user"] Craig Kaneshiro [fa icon="calendar"]  Sep 11, 2019 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Wildfires are a reality that can strike at any moment. The Camp Fire that swept through the town of Paradise, CA in 2018 took a terrible toll on its residents, destroying more than 80% of their homes. Houses that survived did so because their owners had been proactive in protecting their property. They prepared well in advance by doing things like planting fire-resistant hardwood trees or covering vents with mesh screens to prevent smoldering material from getting in.

Companies should approach the maintenance of their software applications in the same way. Just like a house, software applications represent substantial investments that would result in disaster if significantly damaged. If your app lives in Microsoft Azure, you can use a service provided called Azure Site Recovery (ASR). This article provides an overview of how ASR works to help minimize downtime and ensure business continuity in the event of a disaster.

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Value Stream Mapping for Improved Software Delivery Practices

[fa icon="user"] Lisa Koci [fa icon="calendar"]  Sep 4, 2019 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

When it comes to software development, there are often wasteful steps along the way that complicate the process, decrease efficiency, and reduce the return on investment overall. Many IT leaders and DevOps teams are turning to the principles of value stream mapping (VSM) to identify how to create software that delivers higher value to the organization and customers. Here’s a brief overview of what VSM is, how to get started, and the benefits of using it.

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AWS Backup Solutions that Simplify Disaster Recovery

[fa icon="user"] Zachary Sersland [fa icon="calendar"]  Aug 28, 2019 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

One of the biggest fears of any product owner is opening your website one morning and finding nothing there. Your site has disappeared without a trace, and you’re left scrambling to pick up the pieces. Fortunately, one of the many benefits of having your application live in the cloud is the ease with which your data can be backed up.

AWS offers reliable backup services for many of its resources. Here are some effective strategies for backing up data in Amazon’s RDS, EBS, S3, and AMI. By implementing these procedures, your worst nightmare becomes only a temporary setback!

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Monolith to Microservices Using the Strangler Pattern, SNS, and SQS

[fa icon="user"] Andrew Curran [fa icon="calendar"]  Aug 21, 2019 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

There’s a growing trend among developers to shift applications from the traditional monolithic architecture to the more agile and flexible microservices architecture. One common approach to making the transition is the Strangler pattern, where microservices replace small pieces of functionality until the legacy system is finally decommissioned. This pattern minimizes migration risks and simplifies the process, but it can get complex to run both architectures concurrently.

AWS has two messaging tools that make using the Strangler Pattern more manageable – Simple Notification Service (SNS) and Simple Queue Service (SQS). This article outlines what these tools are and how they help keep distributed databases in sync.

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Building Better, More Diverse Workplaces for Mothers with Allison Robinson

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Aug 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

It seems like every entrepreneur’s background story starts with the same idea: scratching their own itch. For today’s guest, Allison Robinson, the problem wasn’t how to use some new technology or improve an existing product. It was how to return to the workforce as a mother.

Finding herself looking for the resources she needed and coming up empty, Allison founded the Mom Project to help one of the most underserved parts of the population: mothers. Pat and Shelli talk to Allison about her work expanding opportunities for mothers, the rise of the gig economy, and how the Mom Project matches experienced mothers with companies desperately looking to hire.

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