Neeraj Gupta

AWS, Cloud Managed Services

AWS Migration: On-Premise Data Center to Cloud in 7 Steps

Cloud provides you with various benefits, including significant cost savings, increased workforce productivity, operational resilience and continuity of services, along with business agility. Organizations around the world realize the importance of Cloud, with 83% of enterprise workloads expected to be in the cloud by 2020. According...


AWS, DevOps

AWS Cost Optimization Series | Blog 5 | Spot Instances for Non-Prod Environments

In our current setup, we are using multiple technologies but the most used ones are AWS ECS and Elasticsearch Cluster. As discussed earlier we are using AWS ECS for powering our application layer in all the environments and Elasticsearch for centralized logging and as a database for our core application. AWS ECS uses auto scaling groups...


AWS, DevOps

AWS Cost Optimization Series | Blog 4 | Databases Consolidation and Optimization

This is a blog series in continuation to a Use Case on How the team at TO THE NEW reduced monthly AWS spend from $100K to $40K in 90 days for a client. In this blog, I would explain how MongoDB consolidation and RDS optimizations have helped one of our clients to generate significant cost savings. Earlier in our ecosystem, every...


AWS, DevOps

AWS Cost Optimization Series | Blog 3 | Leveraging EC2 Container Service (ECS)

Organizations are taking a plunge and leveraging AWS to varied benefits. In this blog, I would be highlighting how we were able to successfully generate 35% cost savings for a client. To know more about the Client and their environment, read through the parent blog of this use case - AWS Cost Optimization Series | Blog 1 | $100K to...


AWS, Technology

AWS Cost Optimization Series | Blog 2 | Infrastructure Monitoring

This is a blog series in continuation to a Use Case on How the team at TO THE NEW reduced monthly AWS spend from $100K to $40K in 90 days for a client. In this blog, I would explain how we leveraged infrastructure monitoring to save cost by removing idle resources. Before getting deeper into any Cost Optimisation strategies, let us...


AWS, DevOps

AWS Cost Optimization Series | Blog 1 | $100K to $40K in 90 Days

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has significantly changed the IT world as more and more companies are adopting AWS for hosting their QA, Dev, Stage, Prod workloads. This has led to an increase in their monthly AWS spent and there comes a need to re-examine their cloud strategy to bring these costs down. It is a five blog series, I will be...


AWS, DevOps

How To Automate Docker Deployments in AWS ECS

Through this blog, I would be explaining how to automate Docker deployments in AWS ECS using a Use Case. Prerequisite: Basic understanding of how Docker and AWS ECS  works would be helpful. In the given use case, we have used microservices architecture, and earlier deployments were done manually. It used to take 15-20 minutes per...


AWS, DevOps

Elasticsearch Cluster with AWS Spot Instances

One of the most challenging tasks in any microservices ecosystem is the centralized log management, and there are many open source and paid solutions available in the market. In our ecosystem, we are using ELK stack as it provides scalability and the multitenant-capable full-text search engine that easily integrates with Logstash and...


AWS, DevOps

Monitor AWS ECS Agent & Automatically Restart Agent on Failure

Amazon EC2 Container Service is a container management service that makes it easy to manage docker containers on EC2 instances. AWS ECS you can create task definition to define container configuration like memory, cpu, environment variables, mount point and services to scale docker containers. Use Case: In one of our project we setup...


AWS, DevOps

Setup Kubernetes Cluster on AWS EC2

What is Kubernetes / K8s? The name Kubernetes originates from Greek, meaning "helmsman" or "pilot", and is the root of "governor" and "cybernetic". The Kubernetes is an open-source project started by Google in 2014. It helps in automating deployment, scaling and operations of application containers across clusters of hosts. In this...



CHEF Test Kitchen: How to test CHEF recipes on your workstation

Prerequisite: It is recommended to have basic understanding of CHEF and its components. In case you want to go through the basics of CHEF click here Use Case: If you are already using CHEF in your environment, you often write new cookbooks and for testing those you either need to start new virtual machines or cloud instances. This...



How to deploy MongoDB Docker Containers using Chef

In my last blog, we discussed how to setup MongoDB replica set on Docker, and in this blog we'll be discussing setting up MongoDB docker containers using Chef. After going through this blog, you will be able to setup multiple MongoDB customized docker containers with ease. Use Case: As discussed in the previous blog, we earlier use...