Where Cloud Engineers Grow

Availability vs. Cost: Finding a Balance

One of the biggest problems businesses face today is finding the balance between availability and cost. It’s likely that this question has come up in your organization: should we sacrifice application availability to save on cloud spending… or vice versa? In traditional data centers, companies own the servers and host applications on these servers. In

5 Study Tips for Passing your AWS Certification Exam

So you’ve decided to get AWS Certified… what’s your plan to get there? Studying for the exams is not easy, and it will require a ton of work. And let’s face it, studying usually isn’t fun. Often, people focus too much on the rewards of earning their certification and not enough on the process of

Extend your Network to Google Cloud using Cloud VPN

The ability to connect your private, on premises network to secured resources on Google Cloud Platform is incredibly powerful. By connecting your GCP resources to your private network over a virtual private network (VPN), you are able to create an encrypted tunnel that places GCP resources on the same private network as the rest of

How the North Pole Migrated to the Cloud: Episode 6

If you’ve followed along this December, you’ve seen the trials of the North Pole’s infrastructure migration. But now that the holidays are over, let’s take a more positive look at the changes that Santa and the elves were able to make. In the final part of our series, we’ll examine the North Pole’s new infrastructure,

How the North Pole Migrated to the Cloud: Episode 5

Earlier this week, we explored security at the North Pole. As you might have guessed, a hundreds-of-years-old system like theirs had plenty of unpatched vulnerabilities (which are finally being fixed this year!). Today, we want to examine arguably the biggest factor in Santa’s decision to migrate to the cloud… How would he pay for it?

My History with (and Love for) Virtual Reality

Almost three years ago, I participated in the 2015 Oculus Mobile VR Jam. The Jam was a Virtual Reality development competition sponsored by Oculus for the newly released Samsung Gear VR. Up until a few months prior, I had never used VR – however I picked up the Gear VR right around Christmas time. I

How the North Pole Migrated to the Cloud: Episode 4

Last week, we examined some of the North Pole’s testing methods that were used in assessing the skills gap. These metrics were crucial to the success of the elves’ migration operation to the cloud. Measuring skills is just one aspect, however. Once Alby Snowball had a clear vision of his team’s needs, he encountered a