The Cloud

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As an AWS Consulting Partner, Metal Toad has posted a lot about the Cloud!  Despite our specialization in AWS we've done work with all the major providers: GCP & Azure.  Enjoy!

  • Media Supply Chain + Cloud

    Media Supply Chain + Cloud

    In this interview, I chat with Erik Åhlin about media supply chains, how M&E companies can leverage the power of the cloud, and what he sees for the future of the industry. 

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    How Cloud became the most important buzzword in business

    Cloud is not the first (and probably not the last) disruptor to business via software.  Over the past 50 years or so there have been four major epochs of software, with Cloud being the latest. SaaS software is dying and the Cloud is coming for all of us.

  • Bill Martin Editorial

    Cloud + Live Events

    As CIO at sports and music entertainment giant AEG, Bill Martin drives the convergence of business and technology to deliver innovative success. Bill and I got together to talk about how businesses are actualizing the promise of the...

  • Carmen Editorial

    Cloud + Higher Education

    Carmen Lidz is the Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer at Los Angeles Community College District, where she shapes the technology vision and implements strategies, infrastructure, and enterprise systems and services to support the entire...

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    Cloud + Healthcare

    Bridget Barnes has spent over 15 years leading strategic information system architecture at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU)—one of the nation’s most prestigious hospitals and a vibrant hub of groundbreaking...

  • Chales Editorial

    Cloud + Utilities

    Charles Eckstrom is the CIO of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He’s been leading teams that successfully deliver large tech-driven portfolios for nearly two decades.

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    The Cloud May Be ITs Antidote for COVID-19

    These are unprecedented times where it's hard to get anyone to pay attention to anything other than the COVID-19 epidemic sweeping the globe.  But what is the answer for IT if we are looking at a prolonged period of distributed work?

  • Jim editorial

    Cloud + Manufacturing

    In this interview, Jim gives his take on the future of cloud, the building blocks of evaluating enterprise tech solutions, and his advice for other execs navigating the ever-changing cloud landscape.

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    AWS re:Invent Insights—Amazon Rekognition

    As the CEO of an AWS managed services company I go to a lot of events and conferences (talking to fellow cloud evangelists is one of the best parts of my job) and AWS re:Invent is the show of the year when it comes to sheer volume of innovation on display.

  • How to Choose the Right Cloud Provider

    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.

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    What is AWS Cloud?

    I spend a lot of my time talking about AWS these days: it's at the heart of the services our company offers, but many savvy business people have never heard the term before.  Taken literally AWS is an acronym for Amazon Web Services, but that doesn't really help to clarify what it is.  D

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    ReactJS Amplify App Pt II - Storage

    The banner and food feed have placeholder images that are ready to accept an avatar image. Now on to storing and retrieving an avatar in an s3 bucket using Amplify Storage, and displaying it using Amplify React S3Image!

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    ReactJS Amplify App Part I - Overview and Auth

    This is a three part post about our experience using AWS Amplify to develop a food logging app for the Metal Toad hackathon. Here in part one we cover the initial project overview/setup and our experience implementing Amplify Auth. Part two will cover Amplify Storage, with part three covering Amplify AppSync and PubSub.

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    2019 State of Video+Cloud for M&E VIP Luncheon: AWS Elemental

    The cloud is transforming everything, and the Media & Entertainment industry is feeling this shift acutely. Being on top of the latest innovations—and knowing what’s coming over the horizon—is mission critical for executives in the video space.

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    Building a cloud-native CMS instead of off the shelf

    Over the past several years, Metal Toad has launched several successful cloud-first web and mobile applications, often with hardware components. With each release, I'm noticing how product management, UX, and engineering are frequently able to produce the same features of a CMS faster and cheaper than using Drupal, Wordpress, Salesforce, and Adobe.

  • Los Angeles City skyline with palm trees

    The Battle for Cloud dominance in Los Angeles

    Los Angeles is a massive metropolis.  While only #18 by population - with a mere 18.7 million people - Los Angeles is 3rd in the world in GDP with over a trillion of dollars produced annually.

  • Streaming fail

    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.  

  • Portland at sunset

    The Battle for Cloud Marketshare in Oregon

    Oregon has always been well known for its timber industry.  Indeed at one point in the 1970s fully 12% of the States GDP was produced by timber.  While timber's former dominance is not a surprise, many p

  • cloud boxing

    Saas vs. Cloud

    I talk a lot about the Cloud. And while, "the cloud" is certainly a candidate for buzzword bingo, unlike some other buzzwords, I really do believe this one lives up to the hype.

  • Well Architected Framework

    How to win with the AWS Well Architected Framework

    Over the years, we've perfected our standards regarding product management, scrum management, code quality, peer review, continuous deployments, and others.

  • Cloud computing competition

    The Cloud War: Battlefront IBC (2 of 4)

    At IBC2019, the biggest international conference for the Media & Entertainment industry I am evaluating which cloud provider is showing up with the most substantial ecosystem to tackle the concerns of the industry.

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    The Cloud War: Battlefront IBC (1 of 4)

    At IBC2019, the biggest international conference for the Media & Entertainment industry, there were some major themes:

  • Alibaba.com Panel

    Metal Toad's CEO Talks Future of eCommerce at Alibaba.com Seminar

    On July 26th, Metal Toad’s CEO and Founder Joaquin Lippincott, spoke at Build-up, an event hosted by Alibaba.com in partnership with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and California Market Center.

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    The Cloud is More Secure Than Your Facility

    A recent article in the Wall Street Journal ominously titled Capital One Breach Casts Shadow Over Cloud Security, veers dangerously close to blaming an internal company error at Cap

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    The Value of Android, iOS, and React to the Cloud

    As an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, Metal Toad helps our clients identify their cloud solutions.  However, one question I frequently hear is, “If we are building cloud solutions, then why is there a need for engineers in Android, iOS, and React specialties?”.

  • Man jumping in clouds

    Why the Cloud Movement Is the Future of All Business

    Cloud computing is quickly becoming not just another tech innovation, but a fundamental shift in the way businesses function. Learn the top 6 advantages of moving to cloud and the ONLY 3 ways to accomplish innovation.

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    Data Warehousing With AWS Snowflake

    I recently had a chance to work on a data warehousing project for a client that wanted a centralized data repository of data from a number of analytics providers to run reports against for business intelligence purposes. For this project the client chose...

  • Iot Data Pipeline

    Building an Expandable IoT Data Pipeline - Part 1

    Background and problem description In late 2016 we were approached with an opportunity to build a data pipeline for one of our large clients.

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    Managing IIS Configuration With Puppet Powershell DSC

    Many of us in DevOps/Cloud/Site Reliability/System Engineering have long been using Puppet to manage our Apache and Nginx configurations.

  • Worked Fine In Dev, Ops Problem Now...

    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.

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    Evolution of the Custom Cloud: Part 1 "Architecting the Cloud"

    Last year Metal Toad launched its Custom Cloud Service. Since then, our Custom Cloud Architecture has evolved to handle the increased complexity and security requirements of our clients cloud applications.

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