managed services

AWS Cross-Account Roles and Consolidated Billing

Amazon Web Service recently introduced support for cross-account roles. What this now means, is that you can use one IAM account to access multiple AWS accounts. For the Metal Toad Managed Services team, this means less logins to keep track of, resulting in higher security for our Custom Cloud clients, as well as a great level of convenience for our Cloud Engineers when they need to switch to the AWS Console for a different client.

Custom Cloud Construction Nathan Wilkerson Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:59

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

AWS NAS Test

As part of Metal Toad’s Managed Services Team, I have worked extensively in custom cloud based solutions. There is no doubt Amazon Web Services (AWS) leads the pack in Cloud hosting, but when it comes to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution, I have found a shortfall...a fast solution.

Simple Storage Service (S3) is AWS’s file solution to NAS, and it is a great system, but without refactoring our code to serve the images directly from S3, we are left with using the S3 Fuse Driver which responds slowly when serving content.

Reliably Monitoring MySQL Replication

Replication is a wonderful thing for your clients. Having a 'hot spare' of their database(s) for redundancy, or being able to off-load read operations from the main database to increase performance, giving your client peace-of-mind about their data and application. I won't go into setting up MySQL Replication; there are more than a few guides on that already out there (here's the official documentation).

Metal Toad Managed Services Dashboard - Part 1: The New Dashboard

For some time now, our clients have had the ability to login and see their server stats with Munin or Kibana. The problem is, both of these give more information than what is needed and the client is forced to use multiple sites to see the information.

To help solve this problem, I built the Metal Toad Managed Services Dashboard.

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