Agilant Consultants, Architects, and Solutions Architects utilize industry recognized cloud adoption strategies to help business understand how cloud adoption will transform the way they work. Business have a unique perspective on which cloud adoption journey is right for their business. Our Cloud SMEs are expert with AWS, Google, Microsoft Azure, etc. and welcome an opportunity to discuss our tried, tested and true frameworks.
Private, Public and Hybrid Clouds each offer a great opportunity to improve upon your security posture. But the tools, processes, and approaches can be different for each and are very different than they were in more traditional models. Security is essential and a must for all phases of cloud adoption.
Effective cloud security starts with understanding and assessing the effectiveness of your current and proposed cloud security posture, identifying gaps where desired security objectives are not being met, and taking corrective actions for improvement.
Architecture & Design
Agilant helps clients to design cloud environments that meet their business requirements, while incorporating best practices for operability, efficiency, and security. Creating a sound cloud architecture requires an in-depth understanding of the relevant cloud platform, and all its various services. Our knowledge and skill are the true differentiators.
Cloud adoption is often an opportunity to improve on existing processes, but at a minimum, critical governance elements must be replicated or otherwise accounted for. Some tools and techniques will be new to the organization, and some will be modified to exist in a hybrid architecture. Ensuring that all scenarios are accounted for requires a detailed understanding of the interaction between tools, users, and cloud providers.
Most cloud platforms and software tools are designed to be executed through an API. This creates a scenario where anything can be automated, instead of by people. Humans are prone to error, and executing repetitive tasks is both time consuming and an inefficient use of peoples’ time. Automation also permits executing tasks much more frequently, meaning cloud resources can be turned on or off as requirements vary even by small amounts. By instigating automated actions with known triggers, the human element can be completely removed from a wide variety of cloud activities.
Cloud Operations / Dev Ops
The public cloud represents both an opportunity and a threat for businesses. Adoption of cloud methodologies promises to offload traditional operational tasks and alleviate ‘high-water mark’ infrastructure planning — which historically has led to inefficiency. Since public cloud eliminates many traditional barriers to entry, it also enables competitors to grow quickly. But a proverbial “race” to the cloud is never an effective model and can, in the long run, do more damage than good.
Success in the cloud is more than just the code from the “dev” part of DevOps or the “cloud” part of CloudOps. The operations themselves are actually the key to cloud success. And taking the time to prepare and get them right from the beginning is paramount.
More than ever, it is critical for companies to focus all their energy on defining their continuous cloud strategy and operations. And from there, to invest in fully understand the processes, core components, tools and best practices that are a part of doing business in the cloud.
Cloud-based platforms are:
- Distributed and stateless
- Infrastructure agnostic
- Location transparent
- Latency tolerant
- Loosely coupled
- Dual active (or active/active)
- Cost metered
- Data that is shared, replicated, and distributed
Continuous Integration & Delivery
Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), and Continuous Deployment (CD) are three buzz phrases often used in tandem with discussions about modern cloud development practices. Continous Integration is an automation process for developers. Successful CI means new code changes to an app are regularly built, tested, and merged to a shared repository. It’s a solution to the problem of having too many branches of an app in development at once that might conflict with each other.
Continuous delivery usually means a developer’s changes to an application are automatically bug tested and uploaded to a repository, where they can then be deployed to a live production environment by the operations team. It’s an answer to the problem of poor visibility and communication between dev and business teams. To that end, the purpose of continuous delivery is to ensure that it takes minimal effort to deploy new code.
Continuous deployment refers to the automatic release of a developer’s changes from the repository to production, where it is usable by customers. It addresses the problem of overloading operations teams with manual processes that slow down app delivery. It builds on the benefits of continuous delivery by automating the next stage in the pipeline.
In the end, just remember that CI/CD is really a process, often visualized as a pipeline, that involves adding a high degree of ongoing automation and continuous monitoring to app development. Agilant DevOps engineers have extensive expertise with many modern toolsets with a focus on the deployment phase, where automation tools interact with cloud infrastructure and services.
Hybrid Cloud Solutions
Leveraging the cloud properly, along with your existing on-prem infrastructure, brings a hybrid model that can help solve many pain points such as security, elasticity, flexibility and budget.
Agilant Hybrid Cloud Solutions bridge the gap between public and private cloud resources, so organizations can provision workloads smarter and respond faster to customer demand.
Our architects and engineers can provide a balanced hybrid solution that incorporates your business strategy, while providing the support you desire. We provide the assessment expertise to determine the best path for your cloud journey, and the subsequent migration services, to get you to your destination.