Backup to AWS S3 Calculator

By Nate Reynolds Today we launched our public beta of the Backup to Cloud with AWS estimation tool. With all of the S3 calculators available on the Internet, we’ve been unable to find any that account for the accumulation of data by course of normal backup and retention routines. To that end we leveraged our enterprise storage team to develop a calculator that takes into account data retention frequency of backup and long-term archival using S3’s platform storage tools. We’re hoping that our backup to cloud estimation tool will help you derive the ultimate cost of ...read … [Read more...]

Clearpath Announces New Managed Service DXconnect

By Nate Reynolds 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. The benefits of DXconnect include: Access to AWS VPC without traversal of the internet or VPNs You can store data in S3 & Glacier without making it publicly available/accessible Elimination of the setup … [Read more...]

Configuring AWS Auto Scaling for WordPress

In previous posts, I 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 … [Read more...]

Installing WordPress 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. Setup NFS Server for WordPress Media Library Our WordPress EC2 instances will be transient – we’ll be using AWS Auto Scaling to spin up and down web server instances as needed.  In a single server setup, WordPress expects a local (ext4) directory (/wp-content) within the web server root directory for storing WordPress content (themes, plugins, media library, images).  … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]