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An admin's guide to AWS data management

Administrators who blindly migrate data to AWS pay for it later. Devise a plan for AWS data management that covers storage, security and analytics choices.

Introduction

Storing data in the cloud has become more enticing to enterprises. Not only have prices gone up for on-premises data storage, but it can be a nightmare for IT teams to maintain the infrastructure needed to securely store growing volumes of structured and unstructured data.

AWS offers a variety of services to store, manage and analyze data. More importantly, AWS provides security and encryption options to protect data at rest and in transit. And each new product launch adds to the ever-expanding AWS data management portfolio.

IT teams need to keep pace with the twists and turns of the cloud giant's technology. While some enterprises still have concerns over data privacy and security in the cloud, AWS has made many attempts over the years to draw in those customers by assuaging their security fears while offering a more cost-effective option to on-premises hardware. In this essential guide, we explore different AWS data management services and options.

1Pump data into AWS-

Data migration and storage

Enterprises new to AWS will want to research -- and, potentially, experiment with -- the cloud and its capabilities. This helps administrators decide which data should move to the cloud -- and in which region it should be stored. Additionally, admins must carefully determine a security agenda and approach to data storage. After selecting their ideal methodology, they can migrate data to the cloud and choose between several AWS database options. At re:Invent 2015, AWS continued its focus on the enterprise, introducing a variety of new data migration services. AWS Import/Export Snowball, for example, is a physical storage appliance for receiving and shipping large-scale data. The AWS Database Migration Service and AWS Schema Conversion Tool allow businesses to migrate and convert existing databases to another format, if desired. Amazon DynamoDB is an oft-used managed NoSQL database, and AWS also offers Amazon Relational Database to fit MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle and MariaDB needs. Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is the baseline AWS data management product, offering different object storage access tiers and thorough integration with other AWS products. AWS provides options for cold, block and file system storage, suiting the many needs of its customers.

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AWS data migration tactics

Moving data from an on-premises environment to the cloud can be tricky, but AWS provides several techniques to ease data migration. Continue Reading

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Migration is a challenge among hybrid clouds

While many enterprises look to take advantage of hybrid cloud or multicloud environments, moving data from one cloud to another is not always easy. Continue Reading

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How to get started in Amazon S3

Andreas and Michael Wittig, authors of 'Amazon Web Services in Action,' wrote about various base-level AWS cloud services, including Amazon S3. Here's a sneak peek at the book. Continue Reading

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Replicate AWS data across multiple sites

It's important to craft a disaster recovery strategy to protect data and workloads. Replicating data is a crucial step to ensure availability. Continue Reading

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AWS unveils new enterprise migration tools

With an eye to the enterprise, new migration and AWS data management tools were announced at re:Invent -- further expanding its data services. Continue Reading

2Use tools to keep data safe-

Data encryption and security

AWS adheres to a shared responsibility security model. This means the cloud provider does what it can to secure its infrastructure and supply security tools, but customers must work to address application vulnerabilities. One way to secure data is through encryption. The AWS Key Management Service enables enterprises to manage the encryption keys or let AWS handle that process -- rendering data unreadable to anyone other than the administrator in both cases. Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM) restricts access to files and resources, depending on roles set by cloud admins, which can further prevent data from falling into the wrong hands. Admins can establish roles with IAM and set policies with other services, such as protecting S3 buckets and using them to control encryption in motion. IT teams must evaluate the security needs of their businesses and customers and make sure AWS can accommodate those needs. AWS has a variety of compliance certifications, but customers with particularly sensitive data might choose to keep some or all of it on premises.

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Top ways to encrypt data in AWS

AWS features and services allow IT teams to render their data unreadable without the proper permissions and/or encryption keys. Continue Reading

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How AWS KMS manages key access

While third-party options exist, AWS Key Management Service brings native functionality to a necessary aspect of data protection. Continue Reading

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AWS bolsters Aurora to protect at rest

The end of the Safe Harbor agreement left questions about international data encryption. Find out how Amazon Aurora fits into the picture for protecting resources. Continue Reading

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Lock down Amazon S3 buckets

Amazon Simple Storage Service buckets are accessible from the Internet. Enterprises can avoid data intrusions by applying these bucket security measures. Continue Reading

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RDS updates raise some eyebrows

Amazon Relational Database Service can be an effective storage tool, but new features regarding snapshot sharing could leave data vulnerable. Continue Reading

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Prevent attacks with AWS Certificate Manager

The free AWS Certificate Manager automatically renews SSL certificates, which help prevent some forms of attacks. Continue Reading

3Make use of big data-

Big data analytics

The problem with data in an increasingly technology-driven world is that it can come in many formats and in large sizes. Yet, there's value in that data. And businesses increasingly seek to mine details from data -- no matter how cumbersome. AWS has cornered the public cloud market in part due to functionality between its services. APIs connect AWS products, allowing data to be processed with ease. Relying on the strengths of its network, Amazon has beefed up its big data analytics offerings. Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining market viability, but interoperability can be a difficult task for small businesses to operate on premises. AWS' IoT platform can help enterprises boil down real-world information into actionable data. In addition, AWS offers BI products to fit a range of needs. Amazon QuickSight visualizes data processed in the cloud, while Amazon Machine Learning handles complicated calculations to predict future end user behavior based on past days. Amazon Elastic MapReduce even offers a framework for the Java-based Hadoop, which processes large data sets. For data capture, Amazon Kinesis Firehose works in conjunction with S3 and Amazon Redshift, a managed data warehouse, to absorb that information to the cloud for processing.

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Harness sensor data with AWS IoT

AWS' IoT platform enables businesses of all sizes to take advantage of real-world data through the power of the AWS ecosystem. Continue Reading

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Redshift adds user-defined functions

Amazon Redshift offers numerous benefits in big data analytics, but customers were happy to see a long-awaited feature added to the data warehouse service. Continue Reading

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Third-party analytics tools help analyze data

AWS provides several services to help process data, but many cloud customers prefer to turn to the AWS Marketplace for options to visualize data. Continue Reading

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Enterprises run the numbers on data analytics projects

Surveys show big data analytics projects are on the rise, which puts AWS in a good position to take advantage of the demand. Continue Reading

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Third-party logging deciphers data jumble

AWS has a myriad of products, and each produces a wealth of data. Log analysis tools help AWS customers gather insight from their AWS usage. Continue Reading

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Predict trends and behavior with machine learning

With the release of AWS Machine Learning, customers can prepare data sets to run through algorithms, allowing admins to predict future end-user behavior. Continue Reading

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How do I create machine learning applications for AWS?

AWS Machine Learning offers powerful predictive capabilities and can help spot ongoing issues, such as fraudulent transactions and data center equipment failures. Continue Reading

4Helpful data terms-

Glossary

Dealing with data can uncover some foreign terms for those not already familiar with the cloud. These definitions help expand your cloud data vocabulary.

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