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Work Smart
in the Cloud.

We accelerate business initiatives and lower IT costs with cloud-readiness assessments, strategies and deployments designed to bypass bottlenecks and reach goals.

The RightBrain Networks team empowers organizations — from small start-ups to large enterprises — with battle-tested road maps to bring their cloud initiatives from whiteboard to reality.

We Build Awesome.

Let us build a customized web application to power your next marketing initiative, social networking concept, e-commerce site —  anything you can imagine.

Our dynamic solutions are designed to immediately scale up or down in response to fluctuations in traffic and can self-heal to withstand the failure of a single instance, data center or an entire region.

Pick our brains today and be unstoppable tomorrow:

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What We Do

  • CLOUD STRATEGY
  • SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
  • DevOps and Cloud Training
  • Managed Services

CLOUD STRATEGY

RightBrain Networks specializes in advising across organizational boundaries (from IT to Marketing) about how cloud resources can help accelerate business initiatives.

Because we were among the first consulting firms certified as an Amazon Web Services Advanced Partner — launching over 100 AWS deployments in the past two years– we can provide the technical support and employee education you need to get the most from AWS.

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

We love to build. Our software engineers are fluent in a multitude of programming languages and utilize the very latest design principles and technologies.

We can assess the cloud-readiness of your existing applications or build a self-healing application ready to deploy.

Our applications are built from the ground up to be fully-redundant and able to withstand the failure of a single instance, datacenter — even an entire region,

DevOps and Cloud Training

We believe that understanding and implementation of a DevOps philosophy is critical for cloud adoption and long-term success. We can advise your organization on the best practices needed for IT teams to work seamlessly on cloud initiatives.

We also provide educational tools to aid in developing cloud applications.

CloudLab Works is a customizable curriculum designed to boost employee knowledge of cloud formation and utilization beyond just the basics. The platform features learning modules, videos and a complete sandbox environment that can be tailored to your company’s unique use of AWS.

Managed Services

ACP-MSPC

Our managed services are backed by an SLA which includes:

24/7 support for mission-critical applications.You’ll get a dedicated, 100% US-based engineering team — the same team that built your apps and infrastructure.

All critical issues are escalated to our on-call engineers. We guarantee  a 30 minute response time to critical problems during business hours and a 2 business day response to non-critical issues. If necessary, we’ll provide direct escalation to Amazon support engineers.

We provide automated, proactive monitoring of all applications and infrastructure.

Every production environment spans multiple Availability Zones and utilizes autos-scaling groups for unparalleled application uptime and performance.

All resources are contained in an AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) for increased security and manageability. CloudTrail and IAM are also employed to provide audit logging and controlled, per-person access to your application.

Because we design your AWS deployment to automatically adjust to the number of servers used throughout each day (based on application traffic) you only pay for what you actually use.

How We Do It

Our Philosophy: DevOps

DevOps is the belief that software developers and operations architects should work closely together to build and maintain applications in the cloud. This philosophy of shared responsibilities, coupled with an agile software development process, allows us to rapidly develop and deploy your applications and their supporting infrastructure.

Our Process

Discovery/Assessment:

If you’re developing a cloud strategy with us, our engineering team will perform a thorough assessment on your existing applications and infrastructure and make recommendations to get you cloud-ready. If you’re developing an application with us, we’ll help you define project goals, set a timeline and then start building.

Sprints:

We manage projects in two week cycles called Sprints. Each Sprint ends with client feedback and a list of future action items. Sprints allow us to dig into your project right away and provide you with regular progress reports. We begin with Sprint Zero which is our exploration of your application or infrastructure to assess weak points,functionality and any security concerns.

 

Who We Are

  • CLIENT SERVICES TEAM
  • THE ENGINEERS
  • THE FOUNDER
  • CHIEF MORALE OFFICER
Not everyone here writes code. Our client services team draws on diverse backgrounds in business development, web design, technical writing and IT security to support the engineering team and manage our vast project load.

Our team of software and site reliability engineers collaborate to rapidly develop and securely deploy custom applications to the public cloud.

RightBrain Networks does not outsource any work to an offshore “B” team. We are 100% based out of our Ann Arbor, Michigan office. From inception and development to deployment and maintenance, your application will stay with the DevOps team that built it.

An early adopter of DevOps, Jamie Begin leads the team with more than seventeen years of professional experience in internetworking systems engineering and application
architecture.

He currently holds seven industry certifications and is experienced in supporting open source, Windows, and cloud-based solutions as a proficient software developer in a variety of programming languages.

Founder of the AWS Michigan user group, Jamie has used EC2 since the beta in 2006 and is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect.

He speaks regularly about DevOps and consults on proposed technology curriculum for the CIS Advisory Committee at Washtenaw Community College.

Relying on cuteness and a limited vocabulary, Elise Begin is responsible for team morale and making sure our office is kid-friendly.

WORK WITH US

We’re looking for risk takers, big thinkers and those with true grit. We tackle projects that challenge our creativity and spark our curiosity every single day.

Careers at RightBrain Networks include:

Kickass teammates Project variety Competitive salaries Extensive benefits package Cool Workspace Remote work Flex schedules Continuing education opportunities Conferences and networking events Chicken wings

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ENGINEERING BLOG

Nov 26 2014

Thankful For My Team

by Donna Campbell I was able to make a perfectly-timed engineering joke during a client conference call this week and everyone laughed. This was not out of character for me because I like to goof around. What made it memorable was that I’m not an engineer. I am RightBrain’s communications manager. I provide the narrative […]

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Nov 21 2014

Functions vs. Methods: Know the Difference

By Jason Brown I know grammar nerds who gleefully correct others for using accept when they should be using except. And while I’m not usually one to correct others,  I do occasionally hear colleagues using function and method interchangeably. I think it’s important to point out that the two concepts, while very similar, do not mean the same […]

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Client Stories

Infrastructure That Guarantees the Party Never Stops

“Constant reliability and zero downtime are essential for plug.dj to be successful. We support millions of extremely passionate music fans in +190 countries around the world and they expect us to be running without a hiccup 24×7.” – Alex Reinlieb, CEO & Founder of plug.dj

Plug.dj is an international community where people enjoy music/videos together in a socially interactive environment. With a large number of concurrent users synchronously listening at any given time, plug.dj relies heavily on a well-built application and the scalable infrastructure to support it.

Just two years after conceiving the site, founders Steven Sacks, Alex Reinlieb, and Jason Grunstra were excited by plug.dj’s early success. In order to keep up with increasing traffic, the application required infrastructure that could heal itself quickly and scale up flexibly to meet demand.

The RightBrain Networks team built infrastructure that was more reliable and scalable than the existing platform, meeting plug.dj’s challenge of providing nearly 100% up time to its fast growing community.

RightBrain was also able to make recommendations about which Amazon Web Services tools were a best fit for plug.dj’s application. This included a CDN service that provided seamless, efficient loading of the site’s trademark, stylish animation to its fans around the world. In addition, by leveraging Amazon’s auto-scaling features, RightBrain was able cut Plug.dj’s infrastructure costs by automatically adding and removing servers to accommodate traffic.

Plug.dj

Software That Protects the Great Lakes

“The real issue is that we don’t fully know the scope of this problem. What we do know is that the Internet provides an efficient pathway to traffic invasive species.”
– Erika Jensen, Great Lakes Commission Project Manager

Invasive species cause billions of dollars worth of damage to ecosystems every year. Conservation agencies like the Great Lakes Commission believe that preventing the online sale or purchase of aquatic invasive species is a critical step in limiting their destructive impact.

In October 2012 The Great Lakes Commission received a grant from the EPA to fund development of a customized software application that could provide data about online trafficking of both regulated and nonregulated invasive species.

RightBrain Networks developed a custom-built software application (the Internet Sales of Invasive Species Detection System or IS2DS) which employs both natural language processing and machine intelligence components to scrape, sort and collect thousands of web pages across the Internet. The application focuses on keywords including both the scientific and common names of regulated species across auction sites (Craig’s List, eBay) and search engines (Google, Bing) and can identify whether or not the page contains information about an actual sale or trade. The data collected provides a basis for community outreach, education and, if necessary, follow up action from law enforcement agencies.

To date, the software has collected thousands of pages of actual sales of invasive species.

Great Lakes Commission

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