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Lessons from Disney+ Launch

We have been waiting, like many people, for the launch of Disney+.  We were genuinely disappointed by the outages and management issues that were covered so widely in the press.  

From our perspective, the outages could have been caused by a combination of three things:

By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager
November 15, 2019

Advantages of Google Cloud

Choosing a cloud provider can be a difficult process that has long-term impacts to productivity, cost, and features. Do you select based on your existing environment's Microsoft investment and go with Azure? Do you use the largest provider, Amazon Web Services(AWS)? Or do you choose the newest provider, Google Cloud Platform (GCP)? 

By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager
October 7, 2019

How to Choose the Right Cloud Provider

The promise of cloud technology has spawned tremendous innovation by some of the biggest, most powerful companies in the world. Choosing a cloud provider is a very important undertaking. Get it wrong, and you’ll incur big costs, delays, and headaches; get it right, and you’ll position your firm for a more scalable and profitable future.

To make the right decision, it’s critical to understand the differences among the top cloud providers. Each brings a different set of strengths and weaknesses to the table.

By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager
June 14, 2019

Team Knock-Knock Answers the “Who’s There?” Question With AR

Metal Toad’s winter 2018 hackathon was all about Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR and AR). At its most basic, AR is taking a camera and adding extra information to it, like PokemonGo or AR Stickers on the Pixel Camera

The idea

By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager
January 15, 2019

Devopsing a Legacy World


Devops has been picking up steam since around the year 2009.  ( It could be argued it was around in other forms longer but for argument's sake let's go with 2009) Today it is mainstream and there are whole conferences built around devops. But not everyone is doing the devops thing. 

By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager
September 7, 2018

Hackathon 2018: Four Guys in a Garage. On Laptops. In a Minivan.

This year’s hackathon was all about the Internet of Things (IoT)—pulling data from the real world and sending it to the cloud, then finding ways to analyze and manipulate that data for insights.

By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager
August 21, 2018

What Is DevOps & How to Achieve It

Ever since I had the privilege of attending DevOps Days Portland, I have been hearing the way people use the word “DevOps” in a whole new way. Most of the time, DevOps is not the word they should be using.

By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager
September 19, 2016

Using Capistrano with Dynamic Virtual Environments

The Problem

At Metal Toad we use Capistrano to facilitate deploying projects. It allows us to support different environments, pulling and pushing databases and files, for all sorts of products.

By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager
January 9, 2016

NFS Performance on AWS

Last year, I wrote a blog about the performance of various NFS Solutions in AWS. Earlier this year, Amazon announced its own NFS Solution called Elastic File System, “EFS”.  I wanted to test EFS the same way and measure its performance compared to the other NFS Solutions I had tested and used in the past.

By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager
July 27, 2015

Custom Cloud Construction

In my previous blog series, Evolution of a Custom Cloud, I went over how our base design for a custom cloud has improved and how we setup our current VPC network architecture.

The current design combines high availability in multiple AZ’s, while allowing for a DMZ and private network. See the below diagram.

VPC Architecture

By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager
December 19, 2014

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