When your website’s infrastructure is in AWS, it can be tough to keep track of your resources. An often-underutilized solution is AWS CloudWatch, a service that does just what it sounds like - watches everything in your cloud and sends email alerts when something isn’t right. Here are six essential CloudWatch metrics that provide critical insight into how to optimize your AWS environment and ensure your site is meeting your needs.
Testing has always been an important stage of the software development lifecycle. Teams that do it well clearly understand the benefits and are often the strongest advocates for the practice. Unit tests should be a given in any web application’s code base. Automated functional testing takes this a step further and allows application testing on the user-interface level, which adds another layer of protection that helps catch mistakes before they reach production.
In this article, you’ll learn more about how cloud-based automation testing tools help software development teams reduce costs, create higher code quality, and increase velocity so they can move forward quickly.
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?
Lift and shift is a common cloud migration strategy that involves recreating the on-premise hosting infrastructure in the cloud while making minimal application changes. The benefit of this strategy is that it’s less invasive to the application code, and the hosting environment maintains a level of familiarity, which can be beneficial for teams working in the cloud for the first time. Once an application is stabilized in the cloud using the lift and shift strategy, the real fun can begin - taking advantage of cloud native features.
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.