Storage Providers

Using Amazon S3 Pre-Signed URLs for Temporary Object Access

Protecting your S3 buckets is a critical security measure when using AWS. There have been numerous bad stories about unprotected S3 buckets, from established contractors like Accenture and Booz Allen Hamilton, to huge companies like Verizon Wireless and Time Warner Cable.

In this article, we'll learn how and why to use pre-signed S3 URLs to provide secure, temporary access to objects in your S3 buckets. We will discuss generating pre-signed S3 URLs for occasional, one-off use cases as well as programmatically generating them for use in yourapplication code. There are multiple code examples for each use case. Continue reading

MSP Voice Episode 10: James Vickery, Benchmark365

James is the CEO of Benchmark 365, a private label helpdesk for Managed Service Providers. James is also the owner of I Know IT, an MSP he started in Sydney, Australia in 2003.

In this episode, we discuss James’ experiences and also spend a good amount of time discussing pricing of services.

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Cloud Disaster Recovery: Building a DR Plan for the Cloud

Cloud Disaster Recovery Guide

You can never know when a disaster will occur to your cloud infrastructure. You can, however, prepare a cloud disaster recovery plan that enables you to restore operations quickly whenever disaster does strike your cloud. This article explains how. Continue reading

Cloud Certifications Guide: AWS vs. Azure vs. Google

Top cloud certifications: AWS, Azure, Google

Where can you find cloud certifications? If you choose to get a cloud certification, should you obtain one from a certain cloud vendor -- such as AWS, Azure or Google -- or should you pursue a general-purpose cloud certification? Which categories of cloud computing certifications are available currently?

Those are all important questions for IT professionals to ask themselves in the present age of cloud-native everything. Keep reading for an overview of the main cloud computing certifications available today. Continue reading

ITAR Compliance: Data Management and What You Need to Know

ITAR Compliance: Guidelines for Companies Dealing with USML

ITAR is a set of rules that regulate your data management when your company deals with US military organizations. In this article, we are going to cover what ITAR compliance means, why you need ITAR-compliant cloud storage, and when it may be necessary for your company’s operations. Continue reading