Progent can provide fast and economical access to cloud integration experts who can help you to design, implement, manage, and troubleshoot hybrid networking models that combine Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud-based products and services with on-premises datacenters as well as with additional public clouds like Microsoft Azure.
Progent's experts can help you evaluate the advantages and weaknesses of Amazon AWS cloud services relative to competing providers, move applications to Amazon AWS, develop data protection strategies that leverage Amazon AWS cloud storage services, and troubleshoot firewall and VPN connectivity issues. Progent can provide access to Cisco-certified CCIE networking experts to show you how to build a high-availability network architecture so your clients have a consistent computing environment whether they are working at your corporate headquarters, a remote office, from home, or on the road.
Amazon is a trail blazer in the public cloud computing market and is the world's leading vendor of public cloud services. Amazon AWS can provide a broad range of cloud-based services including Elastic Compute Cloud for as-needed compute capacity for VMs, Amazon Simple Storage Service for instantly scalable primary storage, and Amazon Glacier for low-cost long-term backup. These Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) products allow organizations of any size to move some or all of their IT infrastructure to the cloud, taking advantage of a pay-for-use approach to minimize hardware expenses while simplifying management hassle and cutting the time required to roll out new applications.
Hybrid Cloud Solutions
For most businesses, using public cloud services is a given. The only question is how to find the right balance between cloud-based and local resources. Many businesses have custom mission-critical applications which are difficult to migrate to the cloud. Performance-sensitive transaction processing database applications may require on-premises hardware configurations to provided the highest possible throughput. In addition, corporate culture or government and industry standards could require more control over certain IT resources than is possible with public cloud environments. Consequently, hybrid networks, which integrate local and cloud-based resources, are often selected as the right solution.
To make things even more complicated, Amazon AWS competes with other vendors of cloud services such as Microsoft, whose Azure offerings include Infrastructure-as-a-Service options as well as a Platform-as-a-Service model specially tuned for Windows-based environments. Simply put, careful evaluation is needed for any organization to determine the right cloud environment.
Progent's seasoned system designers can help your company to plan and implement a hybrid cloud ecosystem that includes Amazon AWS in a way that optimizes business value. Progent can assist your IT team with every phase of Amazon AWS migration and troubleshooting including needs analysis, preparedness assessment, architectural design, testing, configuration, centralized administration, performance optimization, licensing management, backup/restore solutions, and security. Progent offers advanced expertise with firewall configuration and VPN connections and can help you deploy cloud-based or hybrid cloud ecosystems that efficiently integrate Amazon AWS services. Progent can provide as-needed consulting or provide comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to help you move efficiently to the Amazon AWS cloud.
Popular Amazon AWS Cloud Services
The Amazon AWS family of cloud-based services offers dozens of infrastructure services that address computing, storage, databases, analytics, mobility, software development, administration, Internet of Things, and cybersecurity, Amazon AWS cloud services popular with organizations of any size and for which Progent offers comprehensive support include:
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, or Amazon EC2, is a virtual machine hosting product that allows you to configure, expand, and manage cloud-hosted virtual servers, known as EC2 instances. You can deploy any quantity of instances and you pay just for the resources you actually use. You can control the individual VM as well as the cluster-level functions of a selection of operating systems, add your hosted apps, and manage network access permissions. You also manage your company's own software licenses based on a Bring-Your-Own-License model. You can use a standard Amazon Machine Image (AMI) template and go online immediately or you can build your own AMI that incorporates your applications, software libraries, data, and configurations. Amazon EC2 can expand or release processing resources on demand to accommodate up or down spikes in usage, avoiding the need for sophisticated capacity planning. You can specify separate geographic sites for improved resilience and you can request fixed IP endpoints to accommodate your application environment.
Amazon Simple Storage Service, called Amazon S3, is a cloud-hosted storage service that offers low-latency storage for any volume of data. Amazon S3 scales easily and you are billed only for the storage you actually consume. Amazon S3 is often deployed as offsite storage for disaster recovery but is also appropriate for high-use applications, most notably Amazon's giant retail web. Amazon S3's web service interface supports a range of storage types intended for different use scenarios. These include S3 Standard for general-purpose storage of primary data, Amazon S3 Standard-Infrequent Access for persistent but infrequently used data, and Amazon Glacier for archival data. You can also define custom lifecycle policies so your S3 data automatically and transparently migrates to a different storage category without forcing you to make changes to your apps. Amazon S3 can be used with Amazon EC2 VM hosting or as a standalone cloud service.
Amazon Glacier is a cloud storage service intended to provide low-cost archiving and long-term backup for data that is seldomly accessed. Glacier does not offer the low-latency of Amazon S3 cloud storage and is not appropriate for online applications. But recovery time is glacially slow and can take hours, storage costs are less than a penny per GB per month, which is lower than local storage. In addition, you can cut overall storage costs by defining lifecycle rules to move groups of Amazon S3 objects automatically to Glacier. Amazon Glacier can also help businesses to meet regulatory requirements for archival data by providing ultra-reliable remote backup with features like periodic, systematic integrity checks and automatic self-healing capability.
How Progent Can Assist You with Amazon AWS Services
If you are planning to incorporate Amazon’s AWS services into your business using either a fully cloud-based or a hybrid cloud/on-premises architecture, Progent can help you assess the advantages of Amazon AWS vs. alternative cloud products. Progent can provide expertise for every phase of your cloud integration migration including needs analysis, system design, validation testing, deployment, management, performance optimization, license management, and disaster recovery planning. Progent can also provide the help of certified cybersecurity consultants to ensure. make sure your system is safe and in compliance with applicable regulations.
Progent can assist you to identify which of your key applications are appropriate for Amazon AWS and show you how to you update legacy or custom applications so they can be hosted by the Amazon AWS cloud. Progent can provide affordable remote and onsite expertise to help you deal with stubborn technical issues, or Progent can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to ensure that you complete your cloud migration project on time and within budget.
A typical issue encountered while extending your network with Amazon AWS, or with any public cloud, is setting up secure access for various end points situated either within or outside your security perimeter. Progent offers the skills of Cisco-certified CCIE network consultant as well as firewall configuration experts certified by Symantec, Barracuda, WatchGuard, Check Point and others to help you deploy and administer firewalls for accessing Amazon AWS services. Progent can also provide the services of iPhone and iPad technology specialists and Android configuration consultants to assist you to connect mobile endpoints for your Amazon AWS environment.
Examples of remote integration support available from Progent to assist businesses integrate with the Amazon AWS cloud include:
Contact Progent for Amazon AWS Hybrid Cloud Integration Consulting
- Propose or review the solution architecture for hybrid networks that incorporate Amazon EC2 and Simple Storage Service
- Configure and debug VPN connections to AWS
- Set up Cisco AnyConnect and Symantec AWS Gateway Service
- Integrate and troubleshoot firewalls from Barracuda, Symantec, WatchGuard, and others
- Plan, implement, and validate disaster recovery solutions integrated with Amazon S3 storage
- Create and test AMI images for Windows or Linux virtual servers and applications
- Set up Java utilities for Amazon Machine Images
- Specify, implement and verify security policies
- Debug dynamic and static IP address problems
- Debug DNS and load balancing issues
- Configure NATs for headquarters and branch offices
- Write PHP routines for signing Amazon AWS requests
- Build AD LDS service instances for Amazon EC2
- Provide expertise for Amazon SQS
If you need expert support with any aspect of integrating your network with Amazon AWS cloud services, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.
Additional Cloud Integration Support Available from Progent
Progent offers support for all major public clouds and can provide quick remote access to a public cloud integration specialist. Key public cloud platforms and services supported by Proegnt's experts include:
Amazon Marketplace Web Service is an integrated collection of APIs that enables Amazon sellers to streamline their operations by automating key sales functions including listings, orders, shipments, fulfillment, and finances. By leveraging Amazon's extensive online selling environment and automating their sales, merchants can broaden their reach, reduce their operating costs, improve reaction time to customers, and add to their bottom line. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service consultants can work with your development staff and provide programming, workflow integration, project management support, and training so you can shorten development time and get to market quickly.
Progent's Microsoft Azure planning and integration consultants can help you with every aspect of Azure cloud migration such as requirements analysis, prerequisites assessment, system architecture, pilot testing, implementation, automated administration, performance tuning, license controls, disaster recovery strategies, security planning, and regulatory compliance validation. Progent can help you to configure and debug firewall appliances and VPN tunnels so that your users can safely connect to Azure-based services, and Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help you set up key Microsoft platforms to run in the cloud including Microsoft Windows Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server and SharePoint. Progent can also assist you to set up a hybrid environment that seamlessly integrates physical datacenters with Azure-based resources.
Microsoft supports transparent hybrid environments that combine Office 365 Exchange Online and local Exchange. This permits you to have some mailboxes located at your physical datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes hosted by Office 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified consulting team can help your organization with any phase of planning, integrating and troubleshooting your hybrid Office 365/Exchange solution. Progent's Exchange consultants can provide occasional support to help you resolve challenging technical problems and also offer extensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365/Exchange initiative is completed on time and on budget. For details about Progent's consulting support for integrating Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, visit Office 365 Exchange Online integration with on-premises Exchange.
Progent's Microsoft Office and Office 365 experts can help businesses to integrate Office desktop and Office 365 apps such as Office Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Access, Project and OneNote into a cohesive solution that offers fast return on investment and promotes better business results. Progent can help you to interface Office or Office 365 apps with each other and with other core Microsoft technologies including SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server running on-premises or in the cloud. Progent can also help you to fix compatibility issues with various releases of Microsoft Office desktop and can provide customized online Office and Office 365 instruction to individual users and teams.
Progent's Google Cloud Platform (GCP) planning and integration consultants offer affordable remote and onsite support to assist companies of any size to migrate any portion of their core network resources to Google Cloud Platform (GCP). This can save management hassle and equipment costs and enable access to Google's cutting edge AI and machine learning tools. Progent can help your IT team with every phase of Google Cloud Platform integration including needs analysis, preparedness evaluation, system design and review, pilot testing, configuration, centralized administration, performance tuning, licensing management, backup/restore solutions, and security strategies.