Clearpath’s Blog on IT Infrastructure, Hybrid Clouds and IT Security

Clearpath Announces New Managed Service DXconnect

Posted by Nate Reynolds on Wed, Aug 07, 2013 @ 01:48 PM
Today I am pleased to announce the availability of Clearpath DXconnect.  DXconnect is a managed networking service, which can connect your datacenter or MPLS network to Amazon Web Services VPC.  Like the AWS direct connect service, DXconnect allows your company to connect directly to Amazon Web services without traversing a VPN or standard Internet connection.
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Topics: Cloud Services, Amazon Web Services

Partnering for Success with AWS

Posted by Nate Reynolds on Mon, Aug 05, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

Many of you know that Clearpath partnered with Amazon Web Services starting in early 2013. We did this because our customers were already using the AWS platform, asking us for integration assistance, and pushing the envelope of hybrid cloud. Prior to our partnership with AWS, Clearpath delivered managed cloud services through our managed services division, Clearpath hosting. Clearpath hosting - a sister company to Clearpath Solutions Group, was founded in 2008 and originally launched as a private cloud computing service provider, with bolt on managed services for clients hosted in our cloud. In June 2013, Clearpath hosting was renamed to Clearpath Cloud Services (CCS), a division of Clearpath. CCS now provides managed services on the Amazon Web Services platform as well as our own private label VMware vCloud environment. We also deliver comprehensive managed services through our Clearpath Select platform – which is run out of CCS.

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Topics: Cloud Services, Amazon Web Services

Setting up Read-Only Access to S3 using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

Posted by Imran Ahmed on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 @ 01:52 PM

A common problem with a very simple solution. Let’s say that you have an IAM user that you’ve created, and you want to provide that user read-only access to an S3 bucket. An example of this that may be common is for those vendors, such as Newvem, that request programmatic access to your billing data.

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Topics: Cloud Services, Amazon Web Services

Setting up Multi-Factor Authentication with Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Posted by Imran Ahmed on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

Introduction

Amazon Web Services provides a very robust permissions and policy management system through IAM, or Identity and Access Management. One step further that a corporate administrator can go to help protect some of their most restricted accounts.

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Topics: Cloud Services, Amazon Web Services

Getting Started with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Part 4

Posted by Josh Townsend on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 @ 01:17 PM

Configuring AWS Auto Scaling for WordPress

In previous posts, we covered the basics of Amazon Web Services, Preparing AWS Services to support our sample WordPress workload, and Installing WordPress in AWS with ElastiCache and S3/Glacier backups.  In this post we’ll look at how to configure an AWS Auto Scaling group of WordPress servers that respond dynamically to the load placed on them by creating new EC2 instances on demand, or spinning down unnecessary instances during low demand to save on operational expenses.  Auto Scaling uses AWS Cloud Watch to monitor AWS components and responds to alarm metrics (CPU utilization, number of connections, etc.).
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Topics: Cloud Services, Amazon Web Services

Getting Started with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Part 3

Posted by Josh Townsend on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 @ 11:06 AM

Installing WordPress Components on AWS

Now that we have our AWS infrastructure configured to support a sample WordPress workload (see Part 1 and Part 2 of this series) we can get into installing and configuring WordPress, AWS ElastiCache, and S3 / Glacier backups.

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Topics: Cloud Services, Amazon Web Services

Getting Started with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Part 2

Posted by Josh Townsend on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 @ 01:14 PM

Preparing Amazon Web Services (AWS) for an Auto-Scaling WordPress Site

In my last article I covered the basics of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Now it’s time for some hands-on configuration. The example I’ll be working with in the next few posts is a WordPress based site. I’ll leverage a bunch of services within AWS to support my site – Route 53 for DNS, RDS (MySQL as a Service), Elastic Load Balancers in front of auto-scaling EC2 instances (monitored by CloudWatch), ElastiCache, Simple Storage Services (S3), and CloudFront. As you can see, this setup will be very different from the shared hosting or VPS server you might be on today. Taking advantage of these different AWS services lets me scale much easier (and automatically) than just installing everything on a single server.

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Topics: Cloud Services, Amazon Web Services

Getting Started with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Part 1

Posted by Josh Townsend on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

Introduction to Amazon Web Services (AWS)

As Virtualization Practice Manager, I spend most of my time focused on the VMware stack, but I’m also working with various other technologies including Amazon Web Services.  Many Clearpath customers are expressing interest in hybrid cloud to support their evolving architectures, applications, and business requirements.  As a value added reseller (VAR), Clearpath is in a unique position to guide customers through the transition to a hybrid cloud through our strong partnerships with VMware, Cisco, EMC, and Amazon Web Services.  By drawing on our history of providing private cloud architectures based on VMware, Cisco and EMC, our experience as a cloud service provider, and our multidisciplinary team of engineers we help customers put the right workload in the right cloud at the right time. 
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Topics: Cloud Services, Amazon Web Services

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