Author Archives: Eric Shanks

AWS Service Catalog

AWS Service Catalog

Many cloud initiatives require having a portal for users to choose which workloads can be deployed. Think of this as a supermarket full of servers, networks, databases, or all of the above. There are product offerings from VMware, Cisco, RightScale and Redhat, used for these deployment methodologies. If you’re an AWS customer though, you’ve got… Continue Reading

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Intermediate vRA Course on Pluralsight

Intermediate vRA Course on Pluralsight

It’s the moment you’ve all (really a few of you) been waiting for! The long anticipated sequel to the “Getting Started vRealize Automation Course” is now live on the Pluralsight catalog. This new course will join the likes of other sequels that were even better than the originals including: Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan… Continue Reading

Pros and Cons of Amazon’s Key Management Service

Pros and Cons of Amazon’s Key Management Service

Not everyone who encrypts data uses a key management solution. Since the days we started worrying about storage of personally identifiable information (PII) we’ve had different methods of protecting it. In a small environment, simple PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) keys were used to manually encrypt data and decrypt it. Storing keys for a few different partners… Continue Reading

Ubiquiti in the Lab

Ubiquiti in the Lab

It’s one of those “first world problems” where you have either not enough wireless coverage at home, or you’re getting too much interference from the neighbors to have satisfactory wireless coverage. I had an Linksys AC3200 providing all of my house’s wireless connectivity and for the most part, it did a good job. I have about… Continue Reading

Are You Proud of What You’ve Done?

Are You Proud of What You’ve Done?

My father was an electrician for over thirty years and has worked on houses, power plants, and manufacturing facilities for most of his life. When travelling around the region near the small town where I grew up, you can see physical structures that my Dad has helped to construct. There must be a certain sense of pride to see… Continue Reading

Cisco UCS Director Catalog Request

Cisco UCS Director Catalog Request

Cisco UCS Director Catalog Requests are the entire reason for having a cloud management platform in the first place. It’s the end user’s store for where they can request machines and services. To request a service, login to the UCS Director Portal with an account that has the “Service End-User” role. This role provides a… Continue Reading

AWS Step Functions

AWS Step Functions

This year at AWS re:Invent Amazon announced a new service called Step Functions. According to AWS, Step Functions is an easy way to coordinate the components of distributed applications and microservices using visual workflows. That pretty much sums it up! When you’ve got a series of small microservices that need to be coordinated, it can… Continue Reading