Amazon Web Services ConsultantsProgent can provide quick and economical access to cloud connectivity experts to help your organization to plan, configure, manage, and troubleshoot hybrid networking models that incorporate Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud products and services with on-premises datacenters and with additional popular clouds like Microsoft Azure.

Progent's experts can help you assess the strengths and weaknesses of Amazon AWS cloud services compared to other vendors, move applications to Amazon AWS, design data protection strategies that leverage Amazon AWS cloud storage services, and resolve 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 users have a consistent experience regardless of whether they are working at your corporate headquarters, a remote office, from home, or in transit.

Amazon is a trail blazer in the public cloud computing market and is the world's top provider of cloud services. Amazon Web Services can provide a wide range of cloud-based services including Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for as-needed compute capacity for VMs, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for dynamically scalable low-latency storage, and Amazon Glacier for economical extended archival backup. These Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions allow organizations of all sizes to transfer some or all of their network infrastructure to the cloud, using a pay-for-use approach to minimize capital expenses while simplifying management hassle and cutting the time needed to roll out new apps.

Hybrid Cloud Solutions
For the majority of organizations, using public cloud services is a given. The only issue is how to strike the right trade-off between cloud and on-premises resources. Many businesses have custom line-of-business apps which are tricky to migrate to the cloud. Performance-sensitive OLTP database applications may require on-premises hardware configurations to provided maximum throughput. Also, company culture or government and industry standards may demand more control over key IT resources than can be achieved with public clouds. In these and other cases, hybrid architectures, which integrate local and cloud resources, are often selected as the best network model.

To make things even more complicated, Amazon AWS competes with other providers of cloud services including Microsoft, whose Azure products include Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) options and also a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model specially tuned for Windows-based applications. Basically, careful evaluation is required for any organization to determine the best cloud environment.

Progent's veteran solution architects can help your company to define and configure a hybrid cloud ecosystem that incorporates Amazon AWS so that it optimizes business value. Progent can help you with every aspect of Amazon AWS migration and troubleshooting including needs analysis, readiness assessment, architectural design, testing, deployment, centralized administration, performance optimization, software license management, backup/restore mechanisms, and security and compliance. Progent can provide advanced expertise with firewall configuration and VPN access and can help you deploy all-cloud or hybrid cloud environments that efficiently incorporate Amazon AWS cloud services. Progent can provide occasional support or deliver comprehensive project management outsourcing to help you move smoothly to the Amazon AWS cloud.

Popular Amazon AWS Cloud Services
The Amazon AWS line of cloud services includes more than 70 infrastructure options that cover processing, primary and archival storage, databases, networking, mobility, enterprise applications, management, Internet of Things, and security, Amazon AWS cloud services used by businesses of any size and for which Progent provides comprehensive support include:

Amazon EC2 Configuration ExpertiseAmazon Elastic Compute Cloud, or Amazon EC2, is a virtual machine hosting product that allows you to provision, scale, and administer cloud-hosted virtual servers, known as EC2 instances. You can deploy any quantity of EC2 instances and you are charged only for the resources you actually use. You can control the server and the cluster-level features of a range of operating systems, deploy your hosted apps, and manage network access rights. You also manage your company's own software licenses based on a Bring-Your-Own-License model. You can use an Amazon Machine Image template and go online immediately or you can create your own image that incorporates your apps, software libraries, data, and configurations. Amazon EC2 can expand or release processing capacity on demand to accommodate variations in usage, eliminating the need for complex capacity planning. You also can specify multiple geographic locations for improved resilience and you can request fixed IP addresses to work with your application environment.

Amazon S3 Integration ExpertiseAmazon Simple Storage Service, or Amazon S3, is a cloud-hosted storage service that provides low-latency storage for any volume of data. Amazon S3 expands or contracts easily and you are billed only for the storage you actually utilize. Amazon S3 is often implemented as offsite storage for disaster recovery but is also suited for high-demand applications, most prominently Amazon's giant retail web. Amazon S3's web service interface supports a range of storage classes meant for different usage cases. These include Amazon S3 Standard for storage of primary data, Amazon S3 Standard-Infrequent Access for long-lived but infrequently used data, and Amazon Glacier for archival data. You can also specify custom lifecycle parameters so your S3 data automatically and seamlessly migrates to a different storage category without forcing you to make changes to your applications. Amazon S3 cloud storage can be integrated with Amazon EC2 VM hosting or as an independent service.

Amazon Glacier Integration ConsultingAmazon Glacier is a cloud storage service intended to provide affordable data archiving and long-term backup for data that is infrequently retrieved. Glacier does not deliver the throughput of Amazon S3 storage and is not appropriate for online applications. But recovery time is glacially slow and can take hours, storage costs are less than one cent per gigabyte each month, which is less expensive than local storage. Also, you can cut overall storage costs by defining lifecycle rules to migrate groups of Amazon S3 objects automatically to Glacier. Amazon Glacier can also help businesses to meet regulatory standards for data retention by offering highly-dependable offsite backup with features that include periodic, automatic data integrity checks and self-healing capability.

How Progent's Experts Can Assist You with Amazon AWS Services
If you intend to incorporate Amazonís AWS services into your information network using either a fully cloud-based or a hybrid architecture, Progent can help you assess the business benefits of Amazon AWS vs. competing public cloud solutions. Progent can provide expertise for every phase of your cloud integration migration including needs analysis, system design, pilot testing, configuration, administration, performance tuning, software license management, and disaster recovery planning. Progent also offers access to certified cybersecurity experts to ensure. make sure your system is protected and compliant with applicable regulations.

Progent can assist you to determine which of your critical applications are suitable for Amazon AWS and help you upgrade legacy applications so they can be migrated to Amazon AWS. Progent offers affordable online and onsite expertise to help you deal with stubborn technical issues, or Progent can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to make sure you execute your cloud migration project on schedule and on budget.

A common technical issue confronted while extending your network with Amazon AWS, or any public cloud, is configuring secure access for various end points located either within or outside your security perimeter. Progent offers the expertise of Cisco-certified CCIE infrastructure consultant as well as firewall integration experts certified by Symantec, Barracuda, SonicWALL, and others to show you how to set up and manage firewalls for connecting safely to Amazon AWS services. Progent can also provide the support of iOS technology consultants and Android integration consultants to help you to connect mobile endpoints for your Amazon AWS environment.

Examples of remote integration services available from Progent to assist companies interface with the Amazon AWS cloud include:

  • Plan or review the system architecture for hybrid environments that incorporate Amazon EC2 and S3 storage
  • Configure and troubleshoot VPN connections to Amazon AWS
  • Deploy Cisco AnyConnect and Symantec AWS Gateway Service
  • Configure and debug firewalls from Barracuda, Symantec, WatchGuard, and others
  • Plan, deploy, and validate backup/restore solutions based on Amazon Simple Storage Service
  • Create and verify Amazon Machine Images for Windows or Linux virtual servers and applications
  • Install Java utilities for Amazon Machine Images
  • Define, implement and test security rules
  • Debug elastic and static IP problems
  • Debug DNS and load balancing problems
  • Set up NATs for datacenters and branch offices
  • Create PHP code for signing AWS requests
  • Build Active Directory instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
  • Help with Amazon SQS
Contact Progent for Amazon AWS Hybrid Cloud Expertise
If you need advanced support with any facet of integrating your network with Amazon AWS cloud services, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

Other Cloud Integration Services Available from Progent
Progent offers support for all leading public clouds and can provide quick online access to a public cloud integration consultant. Key cloud platforms and products supported by Proegnt's experts include:

Amazon MWS Integration ExpertsAmazon Marketplace Web Service is a library of APIs that enables Amazon sellers to streamline their business processes by automating key sales activities including listings, orders, payments, inbound and outbound fulfillment, and finances. By tapping into Amazon's extensive online selling environment and automating their sales processes, merchants can broaden their reach, lower their operating costs, improve response 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 mentoring to help you cut development time and costs and get to market quickly.

Azure Integration ConsultantsProgent's Azure cloud planning and integration consultants can assist you with every aspect of Microsoft Azure integration such as needs analysis, readiness assessment, solution design, pilot testing, implementation, centralized management, performance optimization, license controls, disaster recovery strategies, security planning, and compliance validation. Progent can assist your IT staff to set up and debug firewalls and VPN tunnels so that your clients can safely access to Azure-based services, and Progent's Microsoft-certified consulting experts can assist you set up key Microsoft technologies to work in the cloud including Microsoft Windows Server, Exchange, SQL and SharePoint. Progent can also help your organization to set up a hybrid ecosystem that transparently combines physical datacenters with Azure resources.

Office 365 Integration with On-premises ExchangeMicrosoft allows you to create transparent hybrid ecosystems that integrate Office 365 Exchange Online and local Exchange. This allows you to have some mailboxes hosted on your physical datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes hosted by Office 365. Progent's certified Exchange consultants can assist you with any facet of designing, integrating and debugging your hybrid Exchange network. Progent's Exchange specialists can deliver occasional support to help you through stubborn technical problems and also offer comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365 initiative is carried out on schedule and within budget. To learn more about Progent's online consulting support for hybrid Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, refer to Exchange Online integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.

Office 365 Integration ExpertsProgent's certified Office and Office 365 experts can help companies of any size to incorporate Microsoft Office desktop and Microsoft Office 365 apps such as Office Excel, Office Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Visio and OneNote into a seamless solution that provides fast ROI and enables better business outcomes. Progent can assist you to interface Office or Office 365 apps with each other and with other key Microsoft technologies such as SharePoint Server, Exchange Server and SQL Server deployed on-premises or in the cloud. Progent can also help you to resolve compatibility issues with various releases of Office desktop and offers customized online Microsoft Office and Office 365 instruction to individuals and groups.