Progent offers quick and affordable support from cloud integration consultants who can help your business to design, configure, manage, and troubleshoot hybrid information networks that combine Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud-based products and services with on-premises resources and with additional popular clouds like Microsoft Azure.
Progent's experts can help you assess the strengths and weaknesses of Amazon AWS services compared to competing vendors, migrate apps and infrastructure to Amazon AWS, develop backup/restore strategies that utilize Amazon AWS cloud storage technology, and resolve firewall and VPN connectivity problems. Progent can provide access to Cisco-certified CCIE networking consultants to assist you build a high-availability network architecture so your users have a consistent experience whether they are working from your main office, a branch site, at home, or on the road.
Amazon is a trail blazer in the cloud arena and is the world's leading provider of cloud computing services. Amazon AWS can provide a wide range of cloud services such as Elastic Compute Cloud for on-demand compute power for virtual servers, Amazon Simple Storage Service for instantly scalable high-performance cloud storage, and Amazon Glacier for low-cost extended backup and archiving. These Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) products enable businesses of any size to transfer some or all of their IT infrastructure to the cloud, taking advantage of a pay-for-use model to rein in hardware costs while reducing administrative overhead and slashing the time required to roll out new applications.
Hybrid Cloud Solutions
For the majority of businesses, using public cloud products and services is assumed. The only issue is how to achieve the proper balance between cloud-based and local resources. Many businesses have legacy line-of-business applications which are tricky to adapt to a cloud environment. Performance-driven OLTP applications may call for local control to deliver maximum throughput. Also, corporate policies or government and industry regulations may require more control over key types of data than can be achieved with public cloud environments. In these and other cases, hybrid architectures, which combine on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure, are often adopted as the right network model.
To make things even more complicated, Amazon AWS is in competition with other vendors of cloud services including Microsoft, whose Azure products include Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) options as well as a Platform-as-a-Service model specially tuned for Windows-based applications. Essentially, careful research and planning is required for any business to determine the best cloud solution.
Progent's seasoned solution designers can assist your company to define and configure a hybrid cloud environment that includes Amazon AWS in a way that optimizes business value. Progent can assist your IT team with every phase of Amazon AWS integration including needs analysis, readiness evaluation, system design and review, pilot testing, deployment, administration, performance optimization, licensing management, backup/restore solutions, and security and compliance. Progent can provide advanced expertise with firewalls and VPN connections and can show you how to create cloud-centric or hybrid cloud networking models that efficiently integrate Amazon AWS cloud services. Progent offers as-needed consulting or provide comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing services to help you migrate smoothly to the Amazon AWS platform.
Popular Amazon AWS Cloud Services
The Amazon AWS family of cloud-based services includes dozens of infrastructure options that cover computing, primary and archival storage, databases, networking, mobility, software development, administration, IoT, and security, Amazon AWS services popular with businesses of all sizes and for which Progent provides comprehensive expertise include:
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, called Amazon EC2, is a virtual machine hosting service that lets you provision, scale, and administer cloud-hosted virtual machines, referred to as EC2 instances. Subscribers can deploy any number of instances and you are charged just for the capacity you actually use. You can control the individual VM and the cluster-level features of a variety of operating systems, add your hosted applications, and control network access permissions. You also administer your own software licenses under a Bring Your Own License (BYOL) model. You can utilize an Amazon Machine Image template and deploy a virtual server instantly or you can create your own image that incorporates your applications, libraries, data, and configurations. Amazon EC2 can expand or release compute capacity immediately to accommodate variations in usage, avoiding the hassle of complex capacity management. You can specify separate host locations for high availability and you can use fixed IP endpoints to work with 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 capacity you actually utilize. Amazon S3 is often deployed as remote storage for data protection but is also suited for high-use applications, most prominently Amazon's giant retail web. Amazon S3's interface supports multiple storage classes intended for various use cases. These include S3 Standard for general-purpose storage of frequently accessed data, Amazon S3 Standard-Infrequent Access for long-lived but rarely accessed data, and Amazon Glacier for archival data. You can also define your own lifecycle parameters so your Amazon S3 data automatically and transparently migrates to another storage category without requiring modifications to your apps. Amazon S3 can be integrated with Amazon EC2 or as an independent cloud service.
Amazon Glacier is a cloud storage service intended to provide low-cost data archiving and long-term backup for data that is seldomly accessed. Amazon Glacier does not deliver the performance of Amazon S3 cloud storage and is not appropriate for real-time applications. But recovery time is slow and can take hours, storage costs are less than a penny per gigabyte each month, which is less expensive than on-premises storage. In addition, you can cut overall storage costs by specifying lifecycle rules to move groups of Amazon S3 objects automatically to Amazon Glacier. Amazon Glacier can also assist businesses to meet regulatory standards for archival data by offering highly-dependable offsite archiving with features like regular, automatic integrity checks and automatic self-healing capability.
How Progent Can Help You Integrate Amazon AWS Solutions
If you are planning to incorporate Amazon's AWS cloud services into your information network using either a cloud-centric or a hybrid model, Progent can help you assess the business benefits of the Amazon AWS cloud platform compared to competing public cloud solutions. Progent can provide expertise for every aspect of your cloud integration project including needs analysis, system design, validation testing, deployment, administration, performance optimization, software license management, and disaster recovery planning. Progent can also provide access to certified cybersecurity experts to ensure. make sure your environment is protected and compliant with applicable regulations.
Progent can assist you to identify which of your critical applications are suitable for Amazon AWS and show you how to you update legacy applications so they can be moved to the Amazon AWS cloud. Progent can provide affordable online and on-premises consulting to help you resolve stubborn technical issues, or Progent can provide end-to-end project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to ensure that you execute your cloud integration project on time and within budget.
A typical technical issue encountered while extending your information system with Amazon AWS, or with any other cloud platform, is establishing secure links for various devices located either within or outside your security perimeter. Progent offers the skills of Cisco-certified CCIE infrastructure engineers as well as firewall integration consultants certified by Symantec, Barracuda, SonicWall, and others to show you how to set up and manage firewalls for connecting safely to the Amazon AWS cloud. Progent also offers the support of iOS technology specialists and Android configuration consultants to help you to connect smartphones and tablets for your Amazon AWS environment.
Some examples of remote integration services available from Progent to assist companies interface with Amazon AWS include:
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- Create or review the system architecture for hybrid networks that incorporate Amazon EC2 and Simple Storage Service
- Configure and debug VPN connections to AWS
- Install Cisco AnyConnect and Symantec AWS Gateway Service
- Integrate and debug firewalls from Barracuda, Symantec, SonicWall, and others
- Plan, deploy, and validate data protection systems based on Amazon S3 storage
- Build and test Amazon Machine Images for Windows or Linux VMs and apps
- Install Java utilities for Amazon Machine Images
- Specify, configure and test security policies
- Troubleshoot dynamic and static IP issues
- Debug DNS and load balancing problems
- Set up NATs for datacenters and branch offices
- Write PHP routines for signing AWS requests
- Create AD LDS service instances for Amazon EC2
- Help with Amazon SQS service
If you need advanced support with any facet of integrating your network with the Amazon AWS cloud, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.
Other Hybrid Cloud Integration Support Available from Progent
Progent offers expertise in all leading public cloud platforms and can provide fast remote access to a hybrid cloud integration consultant. Popular public cloud platforms and services supported by Progent include:
Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) is an integrated collection of APIs that enables Amazon sellers to improve the efficiency of their business processes by automating crucial sales functions such as listings, orders, shipments, fulfillment, and finances. By leveraging Amazon's extensive online selling environment and automating their sales processes, vendors can broaden their market, reduce their cost of sales, improve reaction time to customers, and add to their bottom line. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service developers can collaborate with your development staff and provide application programming, workflow integration, project management support, and training so you can cut development time and costs and get to market quickly.
Progent's Azure cloud integration experts can help you with any aspect of Microsoft Azure integration such as requirements analysis, readiness evaluation, system architecture, pilot testing, implementation, automated management, performance optimization, software license controls, disaster recovery strategies, security planning, and compliance assessment. Progent can assist you to set up and troubleshoot firewall appliances and VPN tunnels so your users can safely connect to Azure-based services, and Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help you integrate critical Microsoft technologies to work in Azure including Windows Server, Exchange Server, SQL and Skype for Business. Progent can also help your organization to create a hybrid environment that transparently integrates physical datacenters with Azure services.
Microsoft supports seamless hybrid environments that integrate Microsoft 365 and local installations of Exchange. This permits you to have certain mailboxes hosted at your on-premises datacenter and other mailboxes hosted by Microsoft 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange consulting team can help your organization with any facet of planning, integrating and debugging your hybrid Microsoft 365/Exchange solution. Progent's Exchange specialists can provide occasional expertise to help you through challenging technical bottlenecks and also offer comprehensive project management outsourcing to ensure your hybrid Exchange initiative is completed on time and within budget. For details about Progent's consulting expertise for hybrid Microsoft 365 Exchange and on-premises Exchange systems, see Microsoft 365 Exchange Online integration with on-prem Exchange.
Progent's Office and Microsoft 365 consultants can assist businesses to integrate Office desktop and Microsoft 365 applications including Excel, Office Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Microsoft Access, Visio and Publisher into a cohesive solution that provides quick ROI and enables improved business results. Progent can assist you to interface Microsoft Office or Microsoft 365 applications with each other and with additional core Microsoft technologies including SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange Server and SQL Server running locally or hosted in the cloud. Progent's consultants can also help you to resolve compatibility problems between various versions of Microsoft Office desktop and offers live online Office and Microsoft 365 training to individuals and groups.
Progent's Google Cloud Platform (GCP) integration consultants can provide cost-effective online and onsite consulting to help businesses to migrate any portion of their core network infrastructure 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 technology. Progent can help you with every aspect of Google Cloud Platform integration including needs analysis, preparedness assessment, system design and review, testing, configuration, centralized administration, performance tuning, licensing management, disaster recovery solutions, and security.