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Idea 11 is honoured and humbled to again achieve industry recognition through placing in Australia-wide growth awards in 2018.
I’m pleased to announce that Idea 11 is one of the first Public Cloud Specialised partners for Palo Alto Networks in Australia, and the first in Queensland.
Meeting the requirements of this designation demonstrates our commitment to delivering Palo Alto Networks solutions on the AWS platform, and we’re excited to share this designation of our capability and experience.
What a year 2017 was. In addition to our AWS Rising Star Partner of the Year award, we were honoured to receive additional awards placings – the Australian Financial Review Fast 100, CRN Fast 50 and Deloitte APAC Fast 500.
Each of these awards is measured differently, but all are based on business growth. The AFR Fast 100 (formerly known as the BRW Fast 100) is measured on three year average growth rate, the CRN Fast 50 is measured on single year growth rate, and the Deloitte APAC Fast 500 is three year cumulative growth rate.
We’re ecstatic to be recognised publicly for what we’re doing. Ultimately, this is a byproduct of what we aim to do – excellent work for our customers, every day.
Every year over 950 Australian children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer. Every week nearly three Australian children and adolescents die of cancer. We think this is a tragedy. Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia has made great strides in medical research and their aim is to put an end to childhood cancer.
I don’t want to bury the lede here – I think AWS Workspaces is the future of hosted desktop platforms. I’m going to share why.
I spent an earlier part of my career designing, building, managing and fixing Citrix environments. Some of these were small, some of them large. Back then, Citrix was the right answer – often the only answer that would actually work – on how to deploy corporate Windows apps out to a distributed workforce. Other technologies emerged (VMware View) or got better (Microsoft RDS). Mostly they operate on similar principles with different implementation details.
We recently helped EB Games migrate their e-commerce platform from a traditional datacentre environment to a scalable, elastic Amazon Web Services infrastructure. At the same time EB Games modified their website to take advantage of the features of AWS.
Read about EB Games’ AWS experience in CRN Australia. We’re proud to have helped EB Games with the move.
CRN Australia article: How Nintendo taught EB Games to get the most out of AWS
Idea 11 is helping forward-thinking construction company Watpac on their journey to Amazon Web Services. Watpac’s AWS journey was recently profiled in the AFR. The flexibility and innovation provided by the cloud will allow Watpac to respond more quickly to business demands. We’re proud to be working with the innovative IT team at Watpac.
Idea 11 is honoured to be announced as the Amazon Web Services Rising Star Partner of the Year for 2017, across Australia and NZ. Thanks for our customers for choosing us, the Idea 11 team for all your hard work and the AWS team for their fantastic support.
We’re excited for the future, and aim to continue our customer obsession and determination to be Queensland’s leading next generation technology consulting company.
I’m excited to announce that Idea 11 is now an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner.
Advanced Partners are required to meet stringent requirements in certification and skills, customer success stories, revenue and dedication to the Amazon Web Service platform. Our aim is to be the leading provider of next-generation technology solutions in Queensland. Amazon Web Services is a key component of that.
Thank you to all our customers, staff, and the AWS team for helping us to get here.
We have moved to a new larger office, just up the road from our old office. Our phone and mailing details haven’t changed.
Our new office address is:
1/88 Brandl St
Eight Mile Plains QLD 4113
Chef is a popular open source configuration management and automation tool. It’s one of the tools we use here at Idea 11 to manage servers.
After we upgraded Enterprise Chef Server from version 11 to 12, the management web interface didn’t function even though we followed the official upgrade instructions. When hitting the management interface URL, all we got was an unhelpful message about it being the API endpoint.
Setting up SSL correctly is not as simple as it looks. The basics: install the certificate and check it works. But out of the box, it might not work in all browsers, and your server might not be as secure as you think.
Qualys SSL Labs is a great (free) tool to check that your SSL certificate is installed and your server configured correctly. As well as checking the basics, it checks intermediate chaining issues, browser compatibility, and whether you are using any insecure ciphers on your server. For example, did you know that you should turn SSL off, and only use TLS?
It’s worth checking your web server encryption is encrypting properly, and not just providing the illusion of security.
Yesterday there was an article in the Australian about Suncorp allowing staff to BYO their own computers and tablets. This isn’t an anomaly – it’s part of a growing trend within corporate IT. There is more focus on end user experience and less on rigid control.
Enterprise IT is being consumerised. Executives are buying iPads and
insisting that they be able to use them on the corporate network.
Marketing people require access to Twitter and Facebook. Training is
being delivered via web-based flash video. Web-based software is being
used for critical line of business applications. If a user can’t access
YouTube on the corporate network, they will fire it up on their iPhone