Amazon AWS ExpertsProgent offers fast and economical support from cloud connectivity experts to assist your organization to plan, configure, maintain, and debug hybrid networking models that incorporate Amazon AWS cloud products and services with on-premises resources and with additional popular clouds such as Microsoft Azure.

Progent can help you evaluate the benefits and weaknesses of Amazon AWS services compared to other vendors, move applications to Amazon AWS, design data protection strategies that utilize Amazon AWS cloud storage services, and troubleshoot firewall and VPN configuration issues. Progent offers help from Cisco-certified CCIE network consultants to show you how to create a high-availability network infrastructure so your clients have a productive experience regardless of whether they are working from your corporate headquarters, a branch office, at home, or on the road.

Amazon is an innovator in the public cloud computing market and is the world's leading vendor of cloud services. Amazon Web Services offers a broad range of cloud services including Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for on-demand compute power for virtual servers, Amazon Simple Storage Service for instantly expandable primary cloud storage, and Amazon Glacier for economical extended backup and archiving. These Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions allow organizations of all sizes to transfer some or all of their IT infrastructure to the cloud, taking advantage of a pay-for-use model to rein in hardware investments while reducing administrative overhead and shortening the time needed to roll out new apps.

Hybrid Cloud Solutions
For the majority of organizations, utilizing public cloud services is assumed. The only issue is how to achieve the appropriate trade-off between cloud and on-premises resources. Many companies have legacy line-of-business apps which are difficult to adapt to the cloud. Performance-sensitive transaction processing database applications may require on-premises systems to provided maximum throughput. In addition, corporate policies or government regulations may demand more control over key IT resources than can be achieved with public cloud environments. Consequently, hybrid architectures, which integrate local and cloud-based resources, are frequently adopted as the right solution.

To complicate things further, Amazon AWS is in competition with other vendors of public cloud services such as Microsoft, whose Azure products include Infrastructure-as-a-Service options and also a Platform-as-a-Service model specially tuned for Windows environments. Essentially, careful research and planning is required for any organization to select the best cloud solution.

Progent's veteran system architects can assist you to define and deploy a hybrid cloud ecosystem that includes Amazon AWS in a way that maximizes business value. Progent can help your IT team with every phase of Amazon AWS integration including needs analysis, preparedness evaluation, architectural design and review, testing, deployment, administration, performance optimization, software license management, backup/restore solutions, and security strategies. Progent offers advanced expertise with firewall configuration and VPN technology and can show you how to create cloud-based or hybrid cloud environments that seamlessly incorporate Amazon AWS services. Progent offers as-needed support or provide comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing services to help you move smoothly to the Amazon AWS cloud.

Popular Amazon AWS Cloud Services
The Amazon AWS line of cloud products offers more than 70 infrastructure options that address computing, storage, databases, analytics, mobility, enterprise applications, administration, Internet of Things, and security, Amazon AWS cloud services popular with businesses of any size and for which Progent provides advanced expertise include:

Amazon EC2 Configuration ConsultingAmazon Elastic Compute Cloud, or Amazon EC2, is a virtual server hosting service that lets you configure, expand, and administer cloud-based virtual servers, referred to as EC2 instances. Subscribers can deploy any number of instances and you pay just for the resources you actually use. You can manage the virtual server as well as cluster-level functions of a variety of OS platforms, deploy your cloud-hosted applications, and control network access permissions. You also manage your company's own software licenses according to Amazon's Bring-Your-Own-License model. You can use an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) template and deploy a virtual server instantly or you can create a custom AMI that includes your applications, software libraries, data, and configurations. Amazon EC2 can scale processing resources immediately to accommodate up or down spikes in workloads, eliminating the need for sophisticated capacity planning. You also have the option of multiple geographic sites for improved resilience and you can request fixed IP endpoints to work with your application requirements.

Amazon S3 Integration ConsultingAmazon Simple Storage Service, or Amazon S3, is a cloud storage service that provides low-latency storage for any amount of data. Amazon S3 scales easily and you are billed only for the storage you utilize. Amazon S3 is commonly implemented as offsite storage for data protection but is also appropriate for high-use applications, most notably Amazon's giant retail web site. Amazon S3's interface can handle multiple storage classes intended for different usage scenarios. Examples include Amazon S3 Standard for general-purpose storage of frequently accessed data, Amazon S3 Standard-Infrequent Access for long-lived but less frequently used data, and Amazon Glacier for archival data. You can also specify your own lifecycle parameters so your S3 data automatically and transparently moves to another storage class without requiring changes to your applications. Amazon S3 can be integrated with Amazon EC2 VM hosting or as an independent cloud service.

Amazon Glacier ConsultingAmazon Glacier is a cloud storage service intended to offer affordable data archiving and long-term backup for data that is rarely retrieved. Glacier does not deliver the throughput of Amazon S3 storage and is not suitable for online apps. But restore time is slow and can take hours, storage costs are lower than a penny per GB each month, which is lower than local storage. Also, you can reduce overall storage costs by defining lifecycle rules to migrate sets of Amazon S3 objects automatically to Glacier. Amazon Glacier can also help businesses to comply with regulatory standards for data retention by providing ultra-reliable remote backup with features like regular, automatic integrity checks and self-healing capability.

How Progent Can Help You Integrate Amazon AWS Services
If you are planning to integrate Amazonís AWS cloud services into your information network using either a cloud-centric or a hybrid cloud/on-premises model, Progent can help you evaluate the advantages of the Amazon AWS cloud platform compared to competing public cloud solutions. Progent can help with every facet of your cloud integration migration including preparedness assessment, solution design, feasibility testing, configuration, management, performance optimization, license management, and disaster recovery planning. Progent also offers access to certified data security consultants to ensure. make sure your environment is protected and compliant with applicable regulations.

Progent can help your business to identify which of your critical apps are suitable for Amazon AWS and help you update legacy or custom applications so they can be hosted by Amazon AWS. Progent offers economical online and onsite expertise to help you resolve stubborn technical issues, or Progent can provide end-to-end project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to ensure that you complete your cloud integration initiative on time and on budget.

A common technical issue confronted while integrating your network with Amazon AWS, or any other cloud platform, is configuring secure links for various devices located either inside or outside your corporate firewall. Progent offers the expertise of Cisco-certified CCIE infrastructure engineers or firewall configuration consultants certified by Symantec, Barracuda, WatchGuard, and others to show you how to deploy and administer security appliances for connecting safely to the Amazon AWS cloud. Progent can also provide the support of iPhone and iPad technology specialists and Android configuration consultants to assist you to set up smartphones and tablets for your Amazon AWS environment.

Some examples of online integration support provided by Progent to assist companies integrate with the Amazon AWS cloud include:

  • Create or review the system design for hybrid environments that incorporate Amazon EC2 and Simple Storage Service
  • Set up and troubleshoot VPN connections to Amazon AWS
  • Install Cisco AnyConnect and Symantec AWS Gateway Service
  • Set up and troubleshoot firewalls from Barracuda, Cisco, SonicWall, Check Point and others
  • Plan, deploy, and test disaster recovery systems based on Amazon Simple Storage Service
  • Create and test AMI images for Windows or Linux VMs and apps
  • Set up Java utilities for Amazon Machine Images
  • Specify, configure and test security policies
  • Resolve elastic and static IP issues
  • Troubleshoot DNS and load balancing issues
  • Configure NATs for headquarters and remote sites
  • Write PHP code for signing Amazon AWS requests
  • Create AD LDS instances for Amazon EC2
  • Help with Amazon Simple Queue Service
Contact Progent for Amazon AWS Consulting Services
If you need advanced help with any facet of integrating your network with Amazon AWS cloud services, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

Additional Hybrid Cloud Integration Support Available from Progent
Progent offers expertise in all leading public clouds and can provide fast remote access to a public cloud integration consultant. Popular cloud platforms and products supported by Proegnt's experts include:

Amazon MWS Integration ConsultingAmazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) is an integrated library of APIs that enables Amazon sellers to streamline their operations by automating key sales functions including listings, orders, payments, fulfillment, and finances. By tapping into Amazon's vast online selling environment and automating their sales, vendors can broaden their market, lower their cost of sales, accelerate response time to customers, and add to their bottom line. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service developers can work with your development team and provide programming, workflow integration, project management support, and training to help you cut development time and costs and get to market quickly.

Azure Integration ConsultantsProgent's Microsoft Azure planning and integration consultants can help you with any aspect of Microsoft Azure migration including requirements analysis, prerequisites evaluation, system architecture, pilot testing, implementation, automated management, performance tuning, license management, disaster recovery preparedness, security planning, and regulatory compliance validation. Progent can help your IT staff to set up and debug firewalls and VPN connections so your users can securely connect to Azure-based services, and Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help you set up key Microsoft platforms to run in Azure including Windows Server, Exchange, SQL and Skype for Business. Progent can also assist your organization to create a hybrid environment that seamlessly combines physical datacenters with Azure resources.

Office 365 Integration with On-premises ExchangeMicrosoft has made a strong effort to enable transparent hybrid ecosystems that integrate Office 365 and local installations of Exchange. This allows you to have some Exchange mailboxes located at your physical datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes hosted by Office 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange consultants can help your organization with any phase of designing, integrating and troubleshooting your hybrid Office 365/Exchange solution. Progent's Exchange specialists can deliver occasional support to help you resolve stubborn technical issues and also offer extensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365/Exchange solution is successfully completed on time and on budget. For more information about Progent's online consulting support for hybrid Office 365 and on-premises Exchange environments, see Office 365 Exchange Online integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.

Office 365 Support ExpertsProgent's Office and Office 365 experts can assist businesses to integrate Office desktop and Office 365 applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Access, Project and Publisher into a cohesive solution that provides quick return on investment and enables better business results. Progent can help your company to integrate Office or Office 365 applications with each other and with additional core Microsoft technologies such as SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server running locally or in the cloud. Progent's consultants can also help you to resolve compatibility issues with various versions of Office and offers customized online Office and Office 365 training to individual users or groups.

Google Cloud Platform Integration ConsultingProgent's Google Cloud Platform (GCP) planning and integration consultants can provide affordable remote and onsite support to help companies to move all or part of their core IT resources to Google Cloud Platform (GCP). This can save management hassle and equipment expense and enable the use of Google's cutting edge machine learning tools. Progent can help you with every phase of Google Cloud Platform migration and troubleshooting including needs analysis, preparedness evaluation, architectural design and review, pilot testing, deployment, administration, performance tuning, software license management, backup/restore mechanisms, and security.

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