AWS Well-Architected Review

What is the AWS Well-Architected framework?

AWS Well-Architected framework presents the design principles, best practices for designing and operating secure, efficient, cost-effective systems in the cloud. It provides an approach for evaluating your proposed or existing cloud infrastructure based on five pillars: security, reliability, performance efficiency, operational efficiency, and cost optimization.

What is AWS Well-Architected review?

AWS Well-Architected Reviews use the AWS Well-Architected Framework to evaluate and remediate systems. The review is done by a cloud partner/MSP, or by a cloud engineer, who walks through a set of questions to check if the architecture and operations are aligned with AWS’s recommended practices.

What should be the frequency of AWS Well-Architected Reviews?

It is recommended to have periodic (6-8 months) Well architected reviews of workloads. It helps optimize the cloud costs better.

Cloud Consulting Services

Why is AWS better than other Cloud providers?

AWS has provided an enthralling experience to its global users (small and large) through scalability and better performance. AWS covers 70% of the world’s total Cloud computing networks by providing users access to compute and storage resources through AWS infrastructure whenever needed. With more tools, low latency rate, competitive rates, and disruption-free services, AWS is considered better than any other cloud provider.

How much does it cost to run a server on AWS?

AWS offers to its clients over 160 cloud services. No long-term contracts or complex licensing procedures are involved. You need to pay only for the individual services used and for as long as you use them. You have even servers starting from $12 a month.

How do you know an AWS Partner is genuine?

There are many challenging steps involved in achieving AWS partnership status. AWS ensures that a company has the necessary competence and compliance before awarding partner tag.

How do I know if cloud is right for my business?

Companies that choose to migrate to the cloud do so for a number of reasons. The benefits of flexibility, scalability, cost savings, etc. are weighed against availability concerns. It is important to evaluate if cloud is right for you from a strategic and operational perspective. Does your demand for IT vary throughout the year? Are the costs of your IT impacting your ability to grow as a business? If so you may consider a cloud option that can be easily scaled.

Will my company need to hire more IT staff to handle the transition?

Since one of the major appeals of working with a cloud service provider is that they handle the ins and outs of your cloud transition, you shouldn’t have to hire additional staff when shifting to the cloud. However, having some IT expertise in house is helpful to make the transition smooth. If you do not have an existing IT team, consider hiring an IT support company to help take advantage of the services that cloud providers offer and provide advise.

Cloud Migration

Why migrate to the AWS Cloud?

Migrating your applications to the cloud gives you access to on-demand IT resources designed to help you innovate faster, reduce costs, and operate more securely. AWS data migration allows you to purchase what you need on-demand and does not require minimum commitments or upfront costs.

What is the Process of Migrating to the Cloud?

The first step in migrating to the Cloud is to go through an assessment or requirements gathering process to understand your readiness for going to the Cloud. This assessment will take stock of things like internal technical skills, application infrastructure, and organization readiness for change. From there the path forward is unique to your needs, but don’t worry, your cloud partner will be able to build you a clear roadmap that addresses any of your concerns.

How long does it take?

Migration to the cloud is more than just copying files to a new destination, it often requires a change in how you operate. Migrations are typically done in phases, to minimize the disruption to your day-to-day operations. Ultimately, there’s no standard answer for the length of time to complete a migration to the cloud; it depends on the complexity of your applications, infrastructure, and related dependencies.

Is my data safe during the migration process?

One advantage of the Cloud is the inherent security protections that are always being updated and monitored to protect from evolving threats and attacks. However, many businesses are concerned about possible vulnerabilities during the migration process itself. A key part of the migration process involves understanding application dependencies, setting up a test environment, and performing stringent testing before the migration takes place. Processes will be in place to ensure that, in the event of any problems, the ability to “rollback” to a prior state is available.

How do I know if my on-premise apps and content are cloud compatible?

During the assessment/requirements gathering process, an analysis will be done to determine if on-premise applications and content are “cloud-ready” or if some kind of modernization will be required. This is a great reason to work with a cloud expert when considering the process of migrating.

What kind of servers can be migrated to Amazon Web Services using Amazon Server Migration Service?

Currently, you can migrate virtual machines from VMware vSphere and Windows Hyper-V to Amazon Server Migration Service.

Can SUDO help me migrate from on-premise databases/servers to the AWS cloud?

Yes, we can. There are many reasons to move to cloud-based databases and we are able to walk you through why this may make sense for your organization.

Can SUDO help me migrate to AWS from Azure or another cloud?

Absolutely! We have extensive knowledge and experience in both areas.

Does SUDO do the actual data migration and setup of AWS for me?

Yes, we’re experts in both strategizing and actually moving the data to AWS.

Does SUDO help me with strategy and planning for moving to AWS?

Yes, we do! We know that planning out a custom strategy and plan is key to success.

Why choose SUDO for migrating to AWS?

This is the core of our work and all we do, making us experts on the process.

DevOps Consulting Services

What is DevOps consulting?

DevOps consulting is a field of information services that helps IT companies efficiently optimize product development and delivery pipelines. DevOps consulting companies provide best practices in enterprise cloud architectures and DevOps strategies to enable IT companies to successfully market their innovative solutions.

Are DevOps consulting services worth it?

Regardless of how long your company has been providing its DevOps services, you will always be dealing with a variety of, sometimes, highly ambitious projects. It is exactly in such cases that you may lack the necessary experience and it will be difficult to guarantee the best result to the customer. As a rule, DevOps consulting companies cooperate with a very large number of clients and already have a fairly large bank of knowledge on solving the most non-standard issues, as well as more global strategic thinking. Employing the experience of consulting companies, you can guarantee the construction of a high-quality CI/CD pipeline, based on the world’s best practices and tools. By applying the best DevOps strategy consulting solutions, your business will always be very flexible in responding to a rapidly changing market.

Where can DevOps consulting be used?

Today’s reality of competition in the DevOps services market requires very fast project delivery. Often, the customer has a very limited budget, which means that the project must be done perfectly, without unnecessary waste of time and resources. In this case, with the help of DevOps consulting services, it is possible to provide a more effective relationship between the implementation of practices and the preparation of a roadmap. DevOps consulting companies help resolve any issues between developers and engineers working at different stages of software development.

Managed Cloud Services

What are managed cloud services?

Managed cloud services allow your IT team to leverage an outside provider to maximize cloud management for your business. By leveraging their solutions, support, and expertise in enabling a single or multi-tenant cloud environment, you can achieve greater optimization, lower costs, and more effective security across your operations and infrastructure.

What does a managed cloud services provider do?

A managed cloud services provider (MCSP) is a third-party provider of cloud management services. Rather than handle cloud migration, maintenance, and management in-house, you can outsource specific tasks or use cases to an outside expert who has the experience and resources necessary to manage those aspects of your cloud deployment. You can even outsource your entire cloud platform management, allowing you to focus completely on your core business and strategic projects so you can achieve more value.

What kind of services are managed cloud services?

The cloud has never been more critical to the way organizations operate. However, managing a single cloud or multiple clouds requires time, expertise, and comprehensive resources that many IT departments lack. As a result, they often struggle to maintain and scale their cloud use effectively, leaving the organization at risk of wasting money on unused cloud capacity, wasting time waiting to provision new cloud resources, and exposing themselves to cyberattacks due to an under-protected attack surface. An MSCP takes the hard work of cloud management off your hands by using their expertise, scale, and security capabilities to ensure you always have the right cloud for the right workload at the right time. A managed cloud service provider can manage your cloud-based infrastructure, applications, storage, networking, security, and more.

What kind of services are managed cloud services?

When choosing a managed cloud services provider, make sure you find a provider that can offer the following: Scalability, Flexibility, Availability, Security

What is a fully managed cloud service?

Fully managed cloud services are cloud services that are handled completely by a cloud service provider using automations. This typically means that you don’t have to take care of setting up and managing machines, patching or backing up. Additionally, these controls give you easy to set up configurations that allow you to decide how you scale and deal with High Availability (HA) and Disaster recovery (DR) situations.

AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF)

What is AWS WAF?

AWS WAF is a web application firewall that helps protect web applications from attacks by allowing you to configure rules that allow, block, or monitor (count) web requests based on conditions that you define. These conditions include IP addresses, HTTP headers, HTTP body, URI strings, SQL injection and cross-site scripting.

How does AWS WAF block or allow traffic?

As the underlying service receives requests for your web sites, it forwards those requests to AWS WAF for inspection against your rules. Once a request meets a condition defined in your rules, AWS WAF instructs the underlying service to either block or allow the request based on the action you define.

How does AWS WAF protect my web site or application?

AWS WAF is tightly integrated with Amazon CloudFront, the Application Load Balancer (ALB), Amazon API Gateway, and AWS AppSync – services that AWS customers commonly use to deliver content for their websites and applications. When you use AWS WAF on Amazon CloudFront, your rules run in all AWS Edge Locations, located around the world close to your end users. This means security doesn’t come at the expense of performance. Blocked requests are stopped before they reach your web servers. When you use AWS WAF on regional services, such as Application Load Balancer, Amazon API Gateway, and AWS AppSync, your rules run in region and can be used to protect internet-facing resources as well as internal resources.

Can I use AWS WAF to protect web sites not hosted in AWS?

Yes, AWS WAF is integrated with Amazon CloudFront, which supports custom origins outside of AWS.

Which types of attacks can AWS WAF help me to stop?

AWS WAF helps protects your website from common attack techniques like SQL injection and Cross-Site Scripting (XSS). In addition, you can create rules that can block or rate-limit traffic from specific user-agents, from specific IP addresses, or that contain particular request headers.

Does AWS WAF support IPv6?

Yes, support for IPv6 allows the AWS WAF to inspect HTTP/S requests coming from both IPv6 and IPv4 addresses.

Content Delivery Services

Why do I need a CDN?

Two major challenges for game developers are keeping players engaged over time and reducing download waiting times. CDNs solve these challenges by providing access to a steady content pipeline and reducing initial app download sizes.

What is Amazon CloudFront?

Amazon CloudFront is a web service that gives businesses and web application developers an easy and cost effective way to distribute content with low latency and high data transfer speeds. Like other AWS services, Amazon CloudFront is a self-service, pay-per-use offering, requiring no long term commitments or minimum fees. With CloudFront, your files are delivered to end-users using a global network of edge locations.

What can I do with Amazon CloudFront?

Amazon CloudFront provides a simple API that lets you: Distribute content with low latency and high data transfer rates by serving requests using a network of edge locations around the world.

How does Amazon CloudFront lower my costs to distribute content over the Internet?

Like other AWS services, Amazon CloudFront has no minimum commitments and charges you only for what you use. Compared to self-hosting, Amazon CloudFront spares you from the expense and complexity of operating a network of cache servers in multiple sites across the internet and eliminates the need to over-provision capacity in order to serve potential spikes in traffic. Amazon CloudFront also uses techniques such as collapsing simultaneous viewer requests at an edge location for the same file into a single request to your origin server. This reduces the load on your origin servers reducing the need to scale your origin infrastructure, which can bring you further cost savings.

How does Amazon CloudFront speed up my entire website?

Amazon CloudFront uses standard cache control headers you set on your files to identify static and dynamic content. Delivering all your content using a single Amazon CloudFront distribution helps you make sure that performance optimizations are applied to your entire website or web application. When using AWS origins, you benefit from improved performance, reliability, and ease of use as a result of AWS’s ability to track and adjust origin routes, monitor system health, respond quickly when any issues occur, and the integration of Amazon CloudFront with other AWS services. You also benefit from using different origins for different types of content on a single site – e.g. Amazon S3 for static objects, Amazon EC2 for dynamic content, and custom origins for third-party content – paying only for what you use.