Amazon AWS ConsultingProgent can provide quick and economical support from cloud connectivity experts to help you to design, configure, manage, and troubleshoot hybrid networking models that combine Amazon AWS cloud-based services with on-premises datacenters as well as with additional public clouds such as Azure.

Progent's experts can help you evaluate the advantages and drawbacks of Amazon AWS cloud services relative to competing vendors, migrate applications to Amazon AWS, develop backup/restore solutions that leverage Amazon AWS cloud storage technology, and resolve firewall and VPN connectivity problems. Progent offers access to Cisco-certified CCIE network consultants to assist you build a resilient network infrastructure so your users have a consistent experience whether they are working at your main office, a branch office, from home, or on the road.

Amazon is a trail blazer in the cloud arena and is the world's top provider of public cloud computing services. Amazon Web Services offers a wide range of cloud-based services including Elastic Compute Cloud for as-needed compute capacity for virtual servers, Amazon Simple Storage Service for instantly scalable low-latency storage, and Amazon Glacier for value-priced extended backup and archiving. These Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) products allow organizations of all sizes to transfer some or all of their IT infrastructure to the Amazon cloud, taking advantage of a pay-for-use model to minimize capital expenses while simplifying administrative overhead and slashing the time required to deploy new applications.

Hybrid Cloud Solutions
For most businesses, using public cloud services is a given. The only issue is how to find the appropriate balance between cloud-based and on-premises resources. Many companies have developed custom mission-critical applications which are tricky to migrate to a cloud environment. Performance-driven OLTP applications may call for on-premises hardware configurations to deliver maximum throughput. Also, corporate culture or government and industry regulations may demand more direct control over certain types of data than is possible with public clouds. In these and other cases, hybrid architectures, which combine local and cloud infrastructure, are commonly adopted as the right 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 options as well as a Platform-as-a-Service model specially tuned for Windows applications. Simply put, serious research and planning is required for any business to determine the best cloud environment.

Progent's veteran solution designers can help your company to define and deploy a hybrid cloud ecosystem that includes Amazon AWS so that it optimizes business value. Progent can help your IT team with every phase of Amazon AWS integration including requirements analysis, readiness evaluation, system design, testing, configuration, administration, performance tuning, licensing management, disaster recovery mechanisms, and security and compliance. Progent can provide advanced expertise with firewall configuration and VPN access and can show you how to deploy all-cloud or hybrid cloud networking models that seamlessly integrate Amazon AWS resources. Progent offers occasional consulting or deliver end-to-end project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to help you move smoothly to the Amazon AWS platform.

Key Amazon AWS Services
The Amazon AWS family of cloud products includes more than 70 infrastructure services that address computing, primary and archival storage, databases, analytics, mobility, software development, administration, Internet of Things (IoT), and security, Amazon AWS cloud services used by organizations of any size and for which Progent provides comprehensive expertise include:

Amazon EC2 Configuration ExpertiseAmazon Elastic Compute Cloud, called Amazon EC2, is a virtual machine hosting product that allows you to provision, expand, and administer cloud-based virtual servers, referred to as EC2 instances. Subscribers can commission any number of instances and you pay only for the capacity you actually use. You can manage the VM as well as cluster-level functions of a variety of OS platforms, deploy your hosted applications, and control network access permissions. You also manage your own software licenses based on a Bring Your Own License (BYOL) model. You can utilize an Amazon Machine Image template and deploy a virtual server immediately or you can create a custom image that incorporates your applications, libraries, data, and configurations. Amazon EC2 can scale compute resources on demand to align with up or down spikes in usage, eliminating the hassle of sophisticated capacity management. You can request separate host sites for high availability and you can use static IP addresses to accommodate your application requirements.

Amazon S3 Integration ConsultingAmazon Simple Storage Service, or Amazon S3, is a cloud-based storage service that provides high-performance 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 remote storage for data protection but is also appropriate for high-use applications, most prominently Amazon's giant retail web site. Amazon S3's interface can handle a range of storage classes intended for different use cases. Examples include S3 Standard for general-purpose storage of frequently accessed data, Amazon S3 Standard-Infrequent Access for long-lived but infrequently accessed data, and Amazon Glacier for archival data. You can also define your own lifecycle parameters so your S3 data automatically and transparently migrates to a different storage category without requiring changes to your applications. Amazon S3 cloud storage can be used with Amazon EC2 or as a standalone service.

Amazon Glacier ConsultingAmazon Glacier is a cloud-based storage service designed to offer low-cost data archiving and long-term storage for data that is seldomly retrieved. Glacier does not offer the low-latency of Amazon S3 cloud 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 per month, which is less expensive than local storage. Also, you can cut overall storage expense by specifying lifecycle rules to move sets of Amazon S3 objects automatically to Amazon Glacier. Amazon Glacier can also assist businesses to meet regulatory standards for data retention by providing ultra-reliable remote backup with features that include regular, automatic data integrity checks and automatic self-healing functions.

How Progent Can Assist You with Amazon AWS Solutions
If you intend to incorporate Amazonís AWS services into your information network using either a cloud-centric or a hybrid model, Progent can help you evaluate the advantages of the Amazon AWS cloud platform compared to competing cloud products. Progent can provide expertise for every facet of your cloud integration migration including preparedness assessment, solution design, validation testing, deployment, administration, performance tuning, license management, and disaster recovery strategies. Progent also offers the help of certified data security consultants to ensure. make sure your system is safe and in compliance with applicable regulations.

Progent can help your business to determine which of your key applications are suitable for Amazon AWS and help you upgrade legacy or custom applications so they can be hosted by Amazon AWS. Progent can provide affordable online and on-premises consulting to help you deal with occasional technical issues, or Progent can provide end-to-end project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to make sure you complete your cloud integration initiative on schedule and within budget.

A common technical issue encountered while integrating your information system with Amazon AWS, or any other cloud, is establishing secure links for different end points situated either within or outside your security perimeter. Progent can provide the skills of Cisco-certified CCIE infrastructure engineers or firewall integration consultants certified by Symantec, Barracuda, SonicWall, Check Point and others to show you how to set up and manage firewalls for accessing Amazon AWS services. Progent also offers the support of iOS technology specialists and Android integration consultants to assist you to set up mobile endpoints for your Amazon AWS solution.

Some examples of remote integration support provided by Progent to assist companies interface with Amazon AWS include:

  • Propose or analyze the system design for hybrid environments that incorporate Amazon EC2 and Simple Storage Service
  • Set up and troubleshoot VPN connections to AWS
  • Set up Cisco AnyConnect and Symantec AWS Gateway Service
  • Install and troubleshoot firewalls from Barracuda, Symantec, WatchGuard, and others
  • Design, deploy, and validate disaster recovery systems integrated with Amazon Simple Storage Service
  • Create and verify AMI images for Windows or Linux VMs and applications
  • Install Java tools for AMI images
  • Specify, implement and verify security policies
  • Troubleshoot elastic and static IP address issues
  • Debug DNS and load balancing problems
  • Configure NATs for datacenters and branch offices
  • Write PHP routines for signing AWS requests
  • Build AD LDS instances for Amazon EC2
  • Help with Amazon SQS service
Contact Progent for Amazon AWS Expertise
If you are looking for advanced help with any facet of integrating your network with the Amazon AWS cloud, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

Additional Hybrid Cloud Integration Services Available from Progent
Progent offers expertise in all leading public clouds and can provide quick remote access to a hybrid cloud integration consultant. Key cloud platforms and products supported by Progent include:

Amazon MWS Integration ConsultingAmazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) is a collection of APIs that allows Amazon sellers to streamline their operations by automating crucial sales functions such as listings, orders, payments, fulfillment, and reports. By leveraging Amazon's extensive online ecosystem and automating their sales, vendors can expand their market, lower their cost of sales, accelerate response time to customers, and increase their bottom line. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service developers can work with your development team and provide application programming, workflow integration, project management support, and training so you can cut development time and costs and get to market quickly.

Azure Integration ConsultantsProgent's Microsoft Azure cloud planning and integration consultants can help you with every stage of Azure cloud integration such as needs definition, readiness evaluation, system design, pre-production testing, implementation, centralized management, performance tuning, license controls, disaster recovery strategies, security planning, and compliance validation. Progent can assist you to set up and troubleshoot firewall appliances and VPN tunnels so that your clients can securely connect to Azure-based resources, and Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help you integrate critical Microsoft technologies to work in Azure including Windows Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server and Skype for Business. Progent can also help your organization to create a hybrid ecosystem that seamlessly integrates on-premises datacenters with Azure services.

Office 365 Integration with On-premises ExchangeMicrosoft supports transparent hybrid networks that combine Office 365 and on-premises Exchange. This permits you to have specific mailboxes located on your on-premises datacenter and other mailboxes hosted by Office 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified consulting team can assist you with any phase of designing, integrating and debugging your hybrid Office 365 network. Progent's Exchange consultants can provide occasional expertise to help you resolve challenging technical issues and also can provide extensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365 solution is carried out on time and within budget. For more information about Progent's consulting expertise for integrating Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, see Exchange Online integration with on-premises Exchange.

Microsoft Office 365 Integration ExpertsProgent's certified Microsoft Office and Office 365 experts can help businesses to integrate Microsoft Office desktop and Microsoft Office 365 applications including Office Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Microsoft Access, Visio and Publisher into a cohesive productivity solution that offers quick ROI and promotes better business outcomes. Progent can help your company to integrate Microsoft Office or Office 365 apps with each other and with additional key Microsoft platforms such as SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange Server and SQL Server running on-premises or in the cloud. Progent can also assist you to fix compatibility issues with various versions of Microsoft Office and can provide live online Microsoft Office and Office 365 training to individuals and teams.

Google Cloud Platform Integration ConsultingProgent's Google Cloud Platform planning and integration consultants offer cost-effective online and onsite consulting to assist companies to migrate any portion of their critical network resources to Google Cloud Platform services. This can save time and equipment costs and enable access to Google's cutting edge AI and machine learning tools. Progent can help your IT team with every aspect of Google Cloud Platform migration and troubleshooting including needs analysis, readiness evaluation, architectural design, pilot testing, configuration, administration, performance tuning, software license management, disaster recovery solutions, and security strategies.

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