Category Archives: AWS

Protecting your workloads behind AWS CloudFront

If you run a website serving static data and need a caching solution, AWS CloudFront is the go-to service for this. It works by providing multiple ‘edge’ locations, which are simply data centres located in geographical hot-spots around the world. Data is accessed from the nearest data centre. For example, when accessing your London-region hosted … Read more

AWS silly season – here we go

The AWS re:Invent annual conference in Las Vegas kicks-off next week, which means we are about to be snowed under by hundreds of new service announcments, product updates and the like. This year, AWS have started this process slightly early, so as not to overwhelm people during the week of the conferenece. There have been … Read more

The Capex to Opex Shift

Despite all the benefits of cloud, we often hear concerns about cloud. These generally fall into the following 6 categories which can be addressed with skills/knowledge or processes, be that creating or updating. One concern within Business is the capex to opex shift. Whilst on premise kit is treated as capex because they are owned … Read more

AWS Savings Plans

AWS have announced a new pricing feature called Savings Plans, offering a way of saving up to 72% on your compute (EC2 and Fargate) spend. Even though I suspect that in most cases the realised savings will be lower than this headline figure, there is no doubt that they will be substantial in many cases. … Read more

Immerse yourself in AWS

The Cloud is becoming ever more central to all parts of higher and further education from central IT to research, teaching and learning. Amazon recognises that help is needed to find your most appropriate route through what can be a maze. AWS immersion days will show you best practices for deploying applications, optimising performance, monitoring cloud … Read more

What does data egress mean for higher education?

Researchers are beginning to rely on cloud computing to help them drive through breakthrough science projects and they need to be able to feel confident about how much this is going to cost. Amazon recognizes this and last March they offered a discount for qualified researchers when they are downloading or sharing data. Amazon have … Read more