Progent offers fast and affordable support from cloud connectivity experts to help you to plan, implement, manage, and debug hybrid information networks that incorporate Amazon AWS cloud-based products and services with on-premises resources as well as with other popular clouds such as Microsoft Azure.
Progent can help you assess the benefits and weaknesses of Amazon AWS services compared to competing providers, migrate applications to Amazon AWS, develop backup/restore strategies that leverage Amazon AWS cloud storage technology, and troubleshoot firewall and VPN connectivity issues. Progent offers help from Cisco-certified CCIE network consultants to show you how to create a resilient network infrastructure so your clients have a productive computing environment regardless of whether they are working from your main office, a branch site, at home, or on the road.
Amazon is a trail blazer in the public cloud computing market and is the world's top provider of cloud computing services. Amazon Web Services can provide a wide selection of cloud services including Elastic Compute Cloud for as-needed compute power for virtual servers, Amazon Simple Storage Service for dynamically expandable primary storage, and Amazon Glacier for economical extended backup. These Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) products allow organizations of all sizes to move some or all of their network infrastructure to the cloud, taking advantage of a pay-for-use approach to minimize capital expenses while simplifying management hassle and cutting the time needed to roll out new applications.
Hybrid Cloud Integration
For the majority of organizations, utilizing public cloud services is assumed. The question is how to strike the right trade-off between cloud and local resources. Many organizations have custom mission-critical applications which are not easy to adapt to the cloud. Performance-driven OLTP database applications may call for local systems to provided maximum throughput. Also, corporate policies or government regulations may require more direct control over certain IT resources than can be achieved with public cloud environments. Consequently, hybrid networks, which combine local and cloud-based infrastructure, are often selected as the right solution.
To complicate things further, Amazon AWS is in competition with other providers of public cloud services including Microsoft, whose Azure products include Infrastructure-as-a-Service options as well as a Platform-as-a-Service model optimized for Windows-based applications. Basically, careful evaluation is required for any business to select the appropriate cloud environment.
Progent's veteran solution architects can help you to plan and configure a hybrid cloud ecosystem that includes Amazon AWS in a way that optimizes business value. Progent can help you with every phase of Amazon AWS integration including needs analysis, readiness evaluation, system design and review, pilot testing, deployment, administration, performance tuning, licensing management, backup/restore solutions, and security and compliance. Progent can provide advanced expertise with firewalls and VPN access and can show you how to deploy cloud-based or hybrid cloud ecosystems that efficiently incorporate Amazon AWS resources. Progent can provide as-needed support or deliver comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to help you migrate efficiently to the Amazon AWS platform.
Popular Amazon AWS Cloud Services
The Amazon AWS family of cloud services includes dozens of infrastructure services that cover computing, storage, databases, analytics, mobility, enterprise applications, management, IoT, and cybersecurity, Amazon AWS services popular with businesses of any size and for which Progent provides advanced expertise include:
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, called Amazon EC2, is a virtual machine hosting product that allows you to configure, scale, and manage cloud-hosted virtual machines, known as EC2 instances. Subscribers can commission any quantity of instances and you pay just for the resources you actually use. You can control the individual server and the cluster-level features of a selection of operating systems, add your cloud-hosted applications, and manage access rights. You also manage your own software licenses according to a Bring-Your-Own-License model. You can use a standard Amazon Machine Image (AMI) template and deploy a virtual server immediately or you can create your own AMI that incorporates your apps, libraries, data, and configurations. Amazon EC2 can expand or release compute resources on demand to align with up or down spikes in usage, eliminating the hassle of sophisticated capacity management. You also have the option of separate host locations for improved resilience and you can request static IP addresses to work with your application environment.
Amazon Simple Storage Service, called Amazon S3, is a cloud-based storage product that offers low-latency storage for any volume of data. Amazon S3 scales easily and you are billed only for the capacity you utilize. Amazon S3 is often deployed as remote storage for data protection but is also well fitted for high-use applications, most notably Amazon's giant retail web site. Amazon S3's interface can handle a range of storage classes intended for various use cases. Examples include S3 Standard for general-purpose storage of primary data, Amazon S3 Standard-Infrequent Access for long-lived but seldomly accessed data, and Amazon Glacier for archives. You can also define your own lifecycle parameters so your S3 data automatically and transparently moves to a different storage category without requiring changes to your applications. Amazon S3 cloud storage can be integrated with Amazon EC2 or as an independent cloud service.
Amazon Glacier is a cloud storage service designed to offer affordable archiving and long-term backup for data that is infrequently retrieved. Amazon Glacier does not deliver the performance of Amazon S3 storage and is not appropriate for online applications. But restore time is glacially slow and can take hours, storage costs are less than a penny per gigabyte per month, which is less expensive than local storage. Also, you can reduce overall storage expense by defining lifecycle rules to move groups of Amazon S3 objects automatically to Amazon Glacier. Amazon Glacier can also help businesses to comply with regulatory requirements for archival data by providing highly-reliable offsite archiving with features like periodic, automatic integrity audits and automatic self-healing capability.
How Progent Can Help You Integrate Amazon AWS Solutions
If you are planning to integrate Amazon’s AWS cloud services into your information network using either a cloud-centric or a hybrid cloud/on-premises architecture, Progent can help you assess the business benefits of Amazon AWS compared to competing cloud products. Progent can help with every facet of your cloud integration project including preparedness assessment, solution design, validation testing, configuration, management, performance tuning, license management, and disaster recovery strategies. Progent can also provide access to certified cybersecurity experts to ensure. make sure your environment is protected and in compliance with applicable standards.
Progent can assist your business to identify which of your critical applications are appropriate for Amazon AWS and help you upgrade legacy or custom software so they can be migrated to Amazon AWS. Progent offers economical online and onsite consulting to help you deal with occasional technical bottlenecks, or Progent can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to ensure that you execute your cloud migration initiative on schedule and within budget.
A typical technical issue encountered while extending your information system with Amazon AWS, or with any other cloud, is configuring secure links for different devices situated either within or outside your corporate firewall. Progent can provide the skills of Cisco-certified CCIE infrastructure consultant as well as firewall configuration consultants certified by Symantec, Barracuda, WatchGuard, and others to show you how to deploy and administer security appliances for accessing the Amazon AWS cloud. Progent also offers the services of iPhone and iPad technology specialists and Android integration experts to help you to set up mobile endpoints for your Amazon AWS solution.
Examples of online integration services offered by Progent to help businesses integrate with Amazon AWS include:
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- Create or review the system architecture for hybrid environments that incorporate Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud and S3 storage
- Set up and debug VPN connections to AWS
- Configure Cisco AnyConnect and Symantec AWS Gateway Service
- Integrate and troubleshoot firewalls from Barracuda, Cisco, SonicWall, and others
- Plan, implement, and test disaster recovery solutions based on Amazon Simple Storage Service
- Create and test AMI images for Windows or Linux VMs and applications
- Set up Java utilities for Amazon Machine Images
- Define, configure and test security policies
- Debug elastic and static IP address issues
- Resolve DNS and load balancing issues
- Configure NATs for datacenters and remote sites
- Write PHP code for signing Amazon AWS requests
- Build AD LDS instances for Amazon EC2
- Provide expertise for Amazon SQS
If you need advanced help with any facet of integrating your information system with Amazon AWS cloud services, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.
Additional Hybrid Cloud Integration Services Available from Progent
Progent offers support for all major public clouds and can provide quick remote access to a hybrid cloud integration specialist. Key cloud platforms and products supported by Progent include:
Amazon Marketplace Web Service is an integrated library of APIs that enables Amazon sellers to streamline their business processes by automating key sales activities such as listings, orders, shipments, fulfillment, and reports. By leveraging Amazon's extensive online selling environment and automating their sales processes, vendors can broaden their reach, reduce their operating costs, accelerate reaction time to customers, and increase their bottom line. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) consultants can collaborate with your development staff and provide application programming, workflow integration, project management support, and mentoring to help you shorten development time and costs and get to market quickly.
Progent's Microsoft Azure planning and integration consultants can help you with every stage of Azure cloud migration including needs analysis, readiness assessment, system design, pre-production testing, implementation, automated administration, performance optimization, software license controls, disaster recovery preparedness, security policy enforcement, and regulatory compliance validation. Progent can assist you to configure and debug firewalls and VPN tunnels so that your clients can securely connect to Azure resources, and Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can assist you integrate critical Microsoft technologies to work in Azure including Windows Server, Exchange Server, SQL and Skype for Business. Progent can also help you to create a hybrid ecosystem that transparently combines on-premises datacenters with Azure-based resources.
Microsoft has made a strong effort to enable seamless hybrid networks that combine Office 365 Exchange Online and local installations of Exchange. This allows you to have specific mailboxes located at your on-premises datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes hosted by Office 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can assist your organization with any facet of designing, implementing and debugging your hybrid Exchange network. Progent's Exchange specialists can provide occasional support to help you through stubborn technical problems and also can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing to make sure your hybrid Office 365/Exchange solution is completed on schedule and on budget. For details about Progent's consulting services for integrating Office 365 and on-premises Exchange environments, see Office 365 Exchange Online integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.
Progent's certified Microsoft Office and Office 365 consultants can assist businesses of any size to incorporate Office desktop and Microsoft Office 365 applications such as Excel, Office Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Access, Visio and OneNote into a seamless solution that provides fast ROI and enables better business results. Progent can assist your company to integrate Office or Office 365 apps with one another and with other core Microsoft platforms such as SharePoint Server, Exchange Server and SQL Server running locally or in the cloud. Progent's consultants can also assist you to fix compatibility problems between various releases of Office desktop and can provide live online Office and Office 365 training to individual users and groups.
Progent's Google Cloud Platform planning and integration consultants can provide cost-effective remote and onsite support to help businesses of any size to move any portion of their critical network resources to Google Cloud Platform services. This can save management hassle and hardware costs and allow access to Google's state-of-the-art AI and machine learning tools. Progent can assist your IT team with every aspect of Google Cloud Platform migration and troubleshooting including requirements analysis, readiness assessment, system design and review, testing, deployment, centralized administration, performance optimization, software license management, backup/restore solutions, and security.