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Spotting and Solving Common Amazon Web Service (AWS) Issues

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a revolutionary and versatile suite of tools that enables organizations to leverage the cloud's power and flexibility. AWS users can develop and run their own apps on rented virtual clusters of computers, and use scalable object storage through Amazon's S3 platform.

The list of available AWS products goes beyond computing and storage to include networking, content delivery, contact center, analytics and more. In total, AWS current has 67 active ISO-certified services. The staggering available choices can be difficult to navigate without the assistance of an experienced AWS management partner. Beyond choosing the correct AWS product for your organization, it's important to manage and monitor your AWS for optimization and in order to avoid potential problems. ColoSpace provides managed AWS solutions, where cloud services are designed, deployed and supported by proven AWS experts. 

There are five areas in particular where organizations can benefit from ColoSpace's Managed AWS:

- Security
- Cost Management
- Network Performance
- Keeping Up with AWS Ecosystem
- Unwieldy Scaling

Security Concerns

The first step in addressing AWS security is to develop a security plan in advance of deployment. By strategizing security first, your organization has a valuable opportunity to integrate security into all of its practices. In addition, properly implementing a secure AWS environment requires a complete understanding of where Amazon's responsibility ends and where yours begins. A service provider like ColoSpace is able to identify your vulnerabilities and suggest security solutions after performing an analysis of your organization's needs.

Keeping a Sharp Eye on Costs

A main benefit of AWS is the ability to pay only for the computing, storage and other services that you use. This on-demand, pay-per-use platform saves costs, if managed properly. Surprise charges can occur if you do not fully understand your billing arrangement. Exceeding free-tier usage, free-tier expiration, and some automatic launching of services by other services can affect your billing.

Network Performance

AWS employs BGP in its traffic routing. As a traffic routing solution, BGP looks for the most logical path for network data. The most logical path is not necessarily the quickest. Managing and monitoring AWS may require reconfiguring routing, or ensuring that your user experience is optimized based on any potential network bottlenecks.

Keeping Up with a Changing Ecosystem

AWS products change often. So it makes economical sense to have ColoSpace as your trusted partner, overseeing your AWS management and helping you keep up with the latest changes. You benefit from ColoSpace's knowledge and expertise in the latest innovations and product offerings from AWS.

How Big is Too Big?

Some AWS services, such as EC2 Computing, permit auto-scaling so that usage can be scaled out or dialed back down based on pre-set conditions. Like many AWS tools, this can save costs and boost performance. However, as with any tool, it can be poorly used as well. It's important for your scaling conditions to be optimally set based on your needs. These conditions should also be revisited periodically as your needs change.

 

AWS offers numerous benefits for organizations. ColoSpace's end-to-end AWS solutions help customers maximize these benefits. Contact ColoSpace to learn more about AWS security, scalability, optimization and cost savings tailored to each individual customer.

Here’s How To Overcome AWS Challenges and Optimize Your Cloud Investment

Considering AWS but have some concerns? Already made the investment but in over your head?

 

A move to the cloud provides a wealth of opportunity but with these opportunities come many new challenges, creating a distraction from one’s core business focus.  Getting the most out of an AWS investment requires a team of specialists with proven experience designing, building, managing and optimizing cloud services across multiple disciplines.

The Amazon Cloud is growing ever more complex with an expansive line of products that can be combined in innumerous ways to create a single solution. Users of the Amazon infrastructure must not only be an expert in the AWS products and systems, but still maintain security, networking, server operating system, database, storage and backup expertise.

The most efficient way to optimize an investment in AWS and maintain business focus is to partner with ColoSpace, a certified expert.

ColoSpace specializes in end-to-end AWS solutions with an emphasis on security, scalability, optimization and cost savings tailored to each individual customer. We rely on our comprehensive cloud service expertise to provide in-depth knowledge across AWS’ full suite of services. ColoSpace is a trusted team member, providing customers of all sizes with AWS design, deployment and management so that they can focus on their business.

Managed Amazon Web Services Include:

  • Design and Consultation
  • Deployment and Migration Services
  • Continuous optimization
  • Fully Managed 24/7 Support
  • Multi-tiered Monitoring Solutions
  • Custom Cloud Projects

For more information on how ColoSpace can help with your cloud journey, please Contact Us.

Colo To Cloud: Begin Your Cloud Journey With Colocation

In almost every technology discussion, no matter what the topic, the Cloud seems to make its way into the middle. You will most likely hear about the substantial business and technology benefits for moving to the Cloud. While most IT professionals would agree that cloud computing is advantageous, the most common concern is how to make the move to the cloud.  As an end-to-end provider of colocation and cloud services, we have seen many companies that are either completely petrified of moving to the cloud or ready to jump-in head first with an all-or-nothing approach. To assure a smooth cloud transition, companies should follow a roadmap outlining gradual adoption. While each roadmap is different, Colocation has continued to play an important role in the journey to the cloud.  

Outsourcing some data and applications to a colocation facility is a great first step for those who are worried about letting go of some of the day-to-day control of their IT assets. Colocation allows businesses to maintain ownership of their IT systems without having to invest in space, power, cooling, and physical security. Colocation also optimizes the use of legacy hardware that companies don’t want to waste. Businesses can co-locate depreciating servers at a secure data center while accessing virtual machines on an as-needed basis and building their cloud footprint.  Furthermore, businesses that leverage the use of experts to manage assets enable their IT team to focus on more strategic and operational efforts. They can then start gradually moving applications little by little to the cloud.

By partnering with ColoSpace, an end-to-end provider of colocation AND cloud services, businesses can simplify their cloud journey by leveraging our breadth and depth of expertise, 24×7 support and security and regulatory compliance standards to implement a flexible, scalable and cost-effective cloud platform. Furthermore, ColoSpace’s expansive service offering assures that as a business’ strategy evolves, so do we, assuring that no IT investment ever goes to waste.

For many, colocation is more than a step towards the cloud. It can be an important component in an overall IT strategy. It offers many of the same benefits as the cloud and provides an easy way to connect to it, all while helping you meet changing business needs without throwing away your investment in existing IT assets.

In Part Two, we will discuss Colocation’s role as the foundation of the perfect Hybrid Cloud environment.

The Importance of DaaS In Today’s Workplace

The way we live and work is changing rapidly, driven by an influx of Millennials entering the job market. As of 2015, Millennials represented the largest generation currently in the U.S. workforce, and their expectations about what a workplace can be — alongside evolving technology — have led to a radical shift in work flexibility. And the one tool that is poised to make the job of the future a reality is desktop as a service (DaaS).

“DaaS provides streamlined, cloud-based access to operationally-vital applications from anywhere, on any machine.”

Benefits of DaaS

As we’ve written before, more businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on cloud services for their key operations. On average, many organizations use around four separate cloud services like email, backup, file-sharing and CRM. These features can increase efficiency and take the headache out of having in-house IT managing applications internally. But enterprises are constantly looking for more consolidation — with 56 percent of organizations saying they would prefer a single source for their hosted IT.

This is where Desktop-as-a-Service, like what ColoSpace offers comes in. DaaS combines desktop, applications, data and IT services into a single cloud solution, enabling users to access all of their apps and data — cloud or local — from a hosted desktop on any device — Windows, Mac, tablet or smartphone — from any location.

What is DaaS?

Configure once, manage centrally, deploy globally!
As a way to radically transform your IT operations, Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) can add value and efficiency to your company. Simply put, DaaS is a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offered and hosted on the backend by a third-party cloud service provider. This means that the desktop resides on an offsite server maintained and updated by the cloud service provider and can be made accessible from anywhere on any device. They are sometimes referred to as “hosted desktop services.”

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