Can you add change management rigor to AWS and still go fast? (Hint: Absolutely!)

07Nov,17 Post Image

5 ways to do change management at the speed of DevOps. Change is inevitable. In fact, if you’re practicing Agile and DevOps, of all the “continuous” states that you aspire to, there’s one you can count on, and that’s continuous change. Your team is continuously changing the infrastructure to deliver value to your customers in […]

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nClouds Earns Spot on CIOReview “20 Most Promising IT Service Management Solution Providers 2017”

20Oct,17 Post Image

At nClouds, we’re thrilled to be included in the CIOReview annual listing of “20 companies that are at the forefront of providing IT Service Management solutions and impacting the marketplace.” The list is compiled by a panel of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, industry analysts, and the CIOReview editorial board. They were particularly excited about nOps and […]

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5 Takeaways from Prodea’s DevOps Journey (So Far)

18Oct,17 Post Image

nClouds recently kicked off the 5C’s Series of webinars that presents customer case studies on CI, CD, Containers, Cloud and Culture, in collaboration with co-sponsors, Amazon Web Services (AWS). In our first session, I was joined by Jarrod Sinclair, Chief Architect, Prodea; Doug Cliche, Solution Architect, AWS; and Alan Shimel, Editor-in-Chief, DevOps.com. We explored key […]

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Simplify Kubernetes deployments with Helm (Part 3) – Creating configmaps and secrets

21Sep,17 Post Image

In Part 1 of this blog series we introduced you to Helm. Then, in Part 2, we saw how to specify parameters for a particular Helm release and showed examples that could be applied to other Kubernetes components like stateful and daemon sets. Earlier we created the files and templates for deployments and services that […]

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Simplify Kubernetes deployments with Helm
(Part 2)

17Aug,17 Post Image

In our first installment of this blog series we introduced you to Helm and gave you an overview. Need a quick refresh? Read “Simplify Kubernetes deployments with Helm (Part 1)” Now let’s dig a little deeper. Let’s investigate the Chart we have been using for our example. Instead of installing the Chart like we did […]

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3 (expensive) misconfigurations on AWS

04Aug,17 Post Image

Here at nClouds we work extensively with AWS while assisting our clients with cloud migration, building deployment pipelines, or just managing their cloud infrastructure. We all know that AWS innovates fast. They are always adding new services and then updating them. Even for an organization like ours that specializes in AWS consulting, it’s sometimes hard […]

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Moving to the Cloud? Here’s Why You Need Change Management

03Aug,17 Post Image

Cloud adoption is on the rise. According to a recent study, 85 percent of enterprises adopted a multi-cloud strategy in 2017, up from 82 percent in 2016. The business benefits of cloud computing are quickly becoming well understood, especially in the financial sector, where personal security and compliance play a significant role in ensuring customer […]

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nClouds Hires Former IBM DevOps and Cloud Executive as New Chief Marketing Officer

02Aug,17 Post Image

nClouds has appointed Randy Newell as chief marketing officer. Newell previously led IBM’s DevOps, IT service management and cloud management marketing. Randy brings domain expertise in DevOps and cloud, and a proven record in category creation and revenue growth. His executive experience with startups and mega brands in software, cloud and professional services is invaluable […]

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nClouds Named to “20 Most Promising DevOps Solution Providers” by CIOReview

24Jul,17 Post Image

nClouds was honored by CIOReview as one of the “20 Most Promising DevOps Solution Providers – 2017.” A panel of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, industry analysts and the CIOReview editorial board shortlisted companies who “exhibited expertise in solving the impediments in software development.” It’s a pretty short list — even shorter when you consider only the […]

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Simplify Kubernetes deployments with Helm
(Part 1)

20Jul,17 Post Image

In this multi-post blog series, I’ll share best practices for simplifying Kubernetes deployments using Helm. In this first post in the series, we’ll give you a basic introduction to Helm. Mainly, we’ll discuss why you need a tool like Helm. Separately, we’re also releasing a series of blog posts on best practices for provisioning and […]

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How to use Chef to automate your KMS encryption process

17May,17 Post Image

Since its inception in 2009, Chef has quickly become the go-to configuration management tool for developers and companies. While the tool is highly successful at streamlining the tasks of configuring and maintaining a company’s servers, handling sensitive data within Chef continues to be a bit of a challenge. For companies that are dealing with extremely […]

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DevOps toolbox: 10 tools you must install on your machine

26Apr,17 Post Image

“What’s Mailvelope?”, asked one of our DevOps engineers we recently hired. I showed him how this Chrome extension makes it super easy to encrypt and decrypt secrets using PGP keys. Does he love the extension? You bet he does! Engineers normally know they need to install Chef, Ansible, or Sublime, but there are some additional […]

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How to reduce alert fatigue and simplify post mortem

05Apr,17 Post Image

Optimizing the on-call process is as important as fixing repetitive incidents. The on-call process must eliminate the need to interact with multiple systems and enable engineers to provide effortless feedback on incidents. In this blog post, we’ll talk about two improvements we made to our on-call process to reduce alert fatigue and simplify post mortem. […]

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Considering TeamCity for Continuous delivery? Here is what you need to know

04Apr,17 Post Image

The practice of Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) allows projects to integrate, test and release software in short cycles. Along with version control and automated tests, CI/CD forms the backbone of modern software development projects. Among existing CI/CD tools, Jenkins has emerged as the de-facto leader. Jenkins, which began as a collaborative and […]

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6 things you need to know about using Spinnaker for your multi-cloud deployment

24Mar,17 Post Image

In our business of building and maintaining cloud infrastructures, there is considerable interest among our clients in building and deploying apps across multiple clouds. This idea is appealing because some clients don’t want to be tied to a single cloud, or they want to take advantage of credits provided by a different cloud provider. In […]

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Terraform Multi State Management

06Mar,17 Post Image

Terraform_remote_state resource allows the state produced by one config to be consumed by another so that you can test your changes in isolation. If you’re testing something in QA, you can feel pretty confident that you are not going to affect production resources. If you are managing route53 domains using Terraform, you should have a […]

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Local development to ECS

25Feb,17 Post Image

Building fully automated local development increases the feedback loop because finding and fixing issues earlier in development lifecycle prevents issues from becoming catastrophic in production. Here at nClouds, we focus on building a local environment that’s similar to your production environment. Or else you continue to run into issues like “it works on my machine`. […]

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nClouds secures AWS DevOps Competency status

18Feb,17 Post Image

nClouds is proud to announce that we have earned the Amazon Web Services (AWS) DevOps Competency Partner status. This achievement is granted to organizations who consistently deliver fast, high-quality software using a scalable and robust continuous delivery pipeline. AWS DevOps Competency Partners must have proven technical proficiency and success in helping customers implement CI and […]

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Getting visibility into Celery: ECS, Cloudwatch, Grafana

15Jan,17 Post Image

nClouds is a Managed DevOps Solutions Provider. We help to implement effective processes and tools to reduce unplanned work and provide visibility. We manage many Celery deployments. A quick Google search on Celery and you’ll find that people have issues with Celery’s performance, especially if you are using Redis as a broker— apparently, this is […]

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ECS auto scaling: Here is what you need to know

Whenever we build ECS clusters, the topic of ECS scaling seems to be the most confusing for our customers. We wrote this blog post to explain two basic concepts you need to know about: scaling ec2 instances and scaling containers. Scaling EC2 instances As illustrated in the image above, you should configure your autoscaling to […]

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