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For the organizations to stay competitive in today’s technology world, have to think of ways to keep their infrastructure automated, highly available, flexible, reproducible, scalable for high productivity and reliability.

In this blog, we will see how the AWS powered NextGen Infrastructure as a code(IaC) helps us to achieve organizations objective compared to the traditional infrastructure as code (IaC).

Traditional Infrastructure as code:

The traditional IaC is to enable and manage the data centers, storage, networking manually. The respective admin will set up the disk, install operating systems and applications. The period required before the launch could be days or weeks. Not only it is time-consuming, but it consumes a big chunk of the workforce plus the higher cost. Imagine of hardware failure, the time required to wait for the manufacturer production, ship, and delivery. What if the hardware malfunctions after all the waiting period. Again the business had to wait for the subject matter expert to handle the situation.

NextGen Infrastructure as code:

With AWS powered DevOps Infrastructure as a code (IaC), we can automate the entire infrastructure setup. How easy does it sound? Simply put, IaC is to manage and provision the infrastructure through the code which pushes into the operational environment. The whole process flow of the development and test can deal with the complexity of the hybrid IT platform. With the NextGen Infrastructure as Code, the MSP can automate, reproduce the systems, and self-document the entire infrastructure. How easy will it be for anyone in the team, different teams, and the developers?

With the traditional IaC, flexibility, elasticity, scalability, reproducibility was a dream for the stakeholders. With the principles of NextGen IaC and AWS DevOps,  it makes it easier for collaboration and automation. It has become easier to build custom templates, configure repeatable changes, deploy as a single service or as a group. We can automate the scaling resources based on the traffic.  

The critical aspect of infrastructure is disaster recovery and backup. The traditional backup runs on fixed time intervals. Imagine, if there is a failure or network latency, it could lead to data loss that could affect the productivity and reliability of the organization. Cloud Computing has made it so simple and flexible for organizations to enhance data protection, easy deployment, and cost efficiency.

With the right back up strategy and predefined templates,  we can implement cross region backups and recovery through automation. Using reliable AWS services like S3 and Direct Connect we can sync the backup solutions at defined regular intervals. For Business Continuity Planning/Disaster Recovery (BCP/DR), we can implement CloudFormation templates for ease of use to make a highly reliable, available, and scalable or upgradeable AWS infrastructure.

Necessity is the mother of all inventions, understanding this phrase in recent times isn’t that difficult. Over the past few weeks, we have seen many businesses across the globe innovate in their approach towards reaching customers and running their operations. This brings us to a juncture in understanding what is common apart from Covid-19 and lockdown across all these organizations, that “One Common” binding factor is going Cloud.

We as Cloud Comrade have always believed in cloud-first strategy for all our customers and globally, we now see that organizations that embarked on cloud strategy were able to adjust to the change in operations. However, all this said we still believe that post-Covid-19 all business needs to go back to the board and strategize. In this new strategy, their “One Common” aspect would be Cloud and Cloud Security. In this ever-changing world, the decision of securing the cloud infrastructure is as important as taking the cloud-first strategy and that is the reason we as CloudComrade work with partners such as InfraGuard

There are 3 steps to maintaining a strong Cloud Security practice, they are Access Control, Patch Management and SOP Automation.

Step 1 of a good security practice starts with absolute and monitored control of your infrastructure access. As a cloud computing consultancy, our suggestion to customers is to opt for a Zero-Trust model for bulletproof security.

Infraguard provides a custom access protocol that is built on role-based policies making sure only necessary personnel can access the server. The solution also provides built-in integration for existing identity providers that are available as part of the infrastructure. This custom access protocol makes sure that granular options are available to limit the actions that are available to each employee (both internal and external). All actions that have been performed are also preserved in forever logs for post-action audit and reporting.

The access controls in Infraguard.IO also have features such as Automated Key Expiry, Historical Key-Request logs, Multifunctional Key Rotation Policy and Ticketing System Integration that are part of the Privileged Access Management functionality. The standard process that is followed for an employee requesting access would follow a sequence such as Raise Key Request with Reason à A Ticket Number Allocation à Ticket Approval à Admin Approval Process à Approval or Denial Request resulting in time defined SSH/RDP key generation.

Step 2 of maintaining a strong and good cloud security practice is to make sure that the security patch is updated and this requires a good patch management solution. Infraguard.IO provide patch management as part of its server security management tool. Processes such as Selection and exclusion of patches, back up the creation and automated patching can be set scheduled across both Windows and Linux systems. This automation allows administrators to focus more on valuable tasks such as monitoring and acting on issues when required and send respective reports to stakeholders.

The 3rd and final step in making sure that good SOP Automation for cloud security practice is in place. SOP Automation, when set up correctly, can enormously reduce your operational error rates and plug security gaps that manual processes always leave open. There are 3 ways SOP automation can be placed are Central Script Inventory, Application Detection & Automation and Operational Policies.

Use CaseWorkflowBenefits
Central Script InventoryAn easily accessible central script inventory is available on our dashboard. Privileged users can edit and run scripts from this view on multiple servers without remote login.Create your own library of commonly run scripts reducing error rates. Allow only specific users to access this dashboard. Save time by executing on multiple servers at one go.
Application Detection & AutomationCommon actions are encoded at button clicks and custom actions are turned into scripts that can run on an automated schedule.Easily manage complicated applications through the same interface that manages your servers.
Operational PoliciesNeed to Start/Stop instances at defined times? Clear caches on servers every few hours? Want to send scan reports at defined intervals? All actions can now be on auto-pilot.Your SOPs can now be set at Company level, audited for compliance and then set on automation to remove manual intervention and errors.

Cloud Comrade is an integrated partner with Infraguard.IO. We are only South-East Asia headquartered AWS Partner Network Premier Tier Consulting Partner, Google Premier Partner, and Microsoft Gold Cloud Competency Partner. We partner with only the best solution providers working in the field of cloud computing such as to ensure that our customers have access to the highest quality, fastest-growing and most innovative cloud advisory toolsets that are available today.

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GoCloud with Cloud Comrade will help ICT SMEs modernise their IT infrastructure and enhance their digital capabilities to be future-ready

SINGAPORE, 8 January 2020—Cloud Comrade, an enterprise-focused, Singapore-based cloud computing consultancy company and Google Cloud have joined forces to help ICT SMEs in Singapore take advantage of opportunities in a Services 4.0 era via GoCloud with Cloud Comrade, an Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) initiative

The GoCloud initiative by IMDA supports local ICT SMEs to transform traditional software architecture and development practices to applications deployed and delivered as Cloud Native applications using Microservices and DevOps, so that they can be more agile, flexible and scalable. IMDA-appointed Service Providers will provide consultancy and training to equip development teams of ICT SMEs with digital capabilities in Cloud Native, Microservices and DevOps.

The addition of GoCloud with Cloud Comrade to IMDA’s GoCloud initiative gives ICT SMEs in Singapore more cloud and managed service options when seeking a trusted partner to help them embark on their digital transformation journey. Together, Cloud Comrade and Google Cloud will help ICT SMEs modernise their legacy infrastructure and adopt agile microservices-based architecture, upskill in-house talent, and better respond to customer needs quickly. 

Successful GoCloud with Cloud Comrade applicants will receive S$3,000 worth of Google Cloud Platform (GCP) credits to help them prototype their Cloud native applications and  scale their business. They can also take advantage of free training and coaching opportunities by Cloud Comrade and Google Cloud engineers, as well as apply for Google Cloud Certification—many of which are also endorsed by CITREP+.

Howie Lau, Chief Industry Development Officer of IMDA, said, “We are glad to have Cloud Comrade on board as one of the service providers for IMDA’s GoCloud programme. Their addition to the GoCloud programme provides more options of service providers and cloud platforms for ICT SMEs, and is an important step to help our ICT SMEs raise their digital capabilities.”

Andy Waroma, Co-Managing Director of Cloud Comrade, said, “As the future of digital services and applications increasingly employ the use of the cloud, it is crucial that companies embrace cloud native technology in order to maintain their competitive edge. As a Google Cloud Premier Partner, we are confident that GoCloud with Cloud Comrade will be a key enabler in helping ICT SMEs equip themselves with the digital ability and agility to build future-ready architecture for their services—one that puts them in the perfect position to scale elastically and cost-effectively, and thrive in today’s disruptive economy.”

According to a recent Google Cloud-commissioned study by the Boston Consulting Group, public cloud deployments have the potential to contribute up to US$31 billion to Singapore’s GDP cumulatively and create 43,000 jobs from 2019 to 2023. 

“SMEs are the backbone of Singapore’s economy and cloud technology has become a critical foundation for companies of all sizes to build on and to scale their business and achieve their growth ambitions. GoCloud with Cloud Comrade will not only help ICT SMEs assess their current state of digital capabilities, it will give them access to the cloud tools, expertise and hands-on coaching that they need to upskill in-house talent, digitise and modernise their operations and offering,” said Taru Dahiya, Head of SMB Sales, Google Cloud Asia Pacific. 

Availability

Qualifying ICT SMEs in Singapore can apply for GoCloud with Cloud Comrade from today via www.cloudcomrade.info/gocloud. Interested applicants are invited to learn more by attending an IMDA GoCloud Industry Briefing 2020 with SGTech on Thursday, 23 January 2020 at 2 pm – 3.30 pm at Mapletree Business City Auditorium. 

About Cloud Comrade

Cloud Comrade is a Singapore-based cloud computing consultancy company with a presence also in Indonesia and Malaysia. The company offers a comprehensive range of services from strategy and design, to deployment, migration and management of customers’ IT infrastructure. Cloud Comrade partners with the best solution providers in the field of cloud computing and is a managed service provider for top cloud service providers including Google Cloud. In January 2019, ST Telemedia (sttelemedia.com), an active strategic investor specialising in communications & media, data centres and infrastructure technology businesses, acquired a majority stake in the company. More information on Cloud Comrade can be found at cloudcomrade.com.

About Google Cloud

Google Cloud provides organisations with leading infrastructure, platform capabilities and industry solutions, along with expertise, to reinvent their business with data-powered innovation on modern computing infrastructure. We deliver enterprise-grade cloud solutions that leverage Google’s cutting-edge technology to help companies operate more efficiently, modernise for growth and innovate for the future. Customers in more than 150 countries turn to Google Cloud as their trusted partner to solve their most critical business problems.

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Andy Waroma, Cloud Comrade: andy@cloudcomrade.com: +65 3158 3181Tate Anzur for Google Cloud: googlecloud@tateanzur.com

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AWS is the market leader in Cloud Computing. It offers high availability, reliability, efficiency, scalability, and cost-effective solutions to enterprises resulting in high productivity. Hence, we see an increase in the number of enterprises with business-critical SAP landscape systems acclimatizing private/hybrid/ public cloud solutions.

As announced, SAP will extend maintenance support for their customers until the end of 2025 for SAP Business Suite 7 core application releases including SAP ERP 6.0, SAP Customer Relationship Management 7.0, SAP Supply Chain Management 7.0, SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7.0, and SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA 2013.

SAP is reforming their traditional support into Next-Generation Support. SAP Next Generation Support is designed for speed incident resolution, helps prevent incidents with proactive resources before they happen.

If the business decides to stick with SAP, they can fully realize all the benefits of SAP S/4HANA and SAP HANA in the AWS Platform

Difference between SAP S/4 HANA and SAP HANA

SAP S/4 HANA stands for SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA. It is the next generation business suite built by SAP replacing both the ERP and BI.

In the three Tier architecture of SAP system, SAP HANA is the database layer, SAP S/4 HANA is the application layer, SAPUI5Fiori is the presentation layer.

What is SAP HANA?

SAP HANA Database is a full-fledged, in-memory, relational database which is designed to replicate and ingest structured data from SAP and non-SAP relational databases, applications, and other systems quickly.

SAP HANA is a platform for real-time analysis of big data. It stores all the data in the server memory and processes a large amount of data faster than a traditional database system.

Why opt for SAP HANA in the AWS cloud?

  1. To install SAP HANA in AWS platform is made easy and swift with AWS SAP HANA Quick Start tool (With the Quick Start tool it take just hours compared on traditional on-premises servers installation, where it will take weeks).
  2. AWS has the broadest range of SAP certified instances. It comes with support up to 12TB memory on a single instance and 48TB on four scale-out instances compared to any other public cloud provider.
  3. With the AWS available services, the customers can build secure, highly available, scalable and cost-efficient SAP HANA instances.

 

AWS Well-Architected framework provides the customers to evaluate the architecture and build secure, high-performing, reliable,  cost-effective, resilient, and efficient infrastructure for their SAP applications

The businesses are dealing with the rise of new customized technologies. The systems to be managed range from on-premise to the cloud (public and private), the data is both within the enterprise and outside of it.

The AWS Well-Architected Framework uses a structured approach including strategies to compare the SAP workload with the AWS best practices, to produce secure, stable and efficient systems.

AWS Well Architected Framework focuses on five pillars,

Most of all, choosing the right managed service partner is the key. Cloud Comrade, with its expertise in SAP landscape and HANA, can come up with a customized cloud strategy for high performance, availability, and security requirements for mission-critical systems.

It was those old days where were no complex applications, and the servers used to run in the most okay conditions. In this current world, as the technology grows along with the complexity, and the expectation from customers are growing as well. They are looking for one stop automated solution for business as usual.

After the break/fix model became impracticable for business-as-usual, we saw the rise of Managed Services Providers. The objective of the MSP is to increase the productivity of organizations with minimal operating costs.

Then, it was a huge success. All the customers were looking for MSP whom they can rely upon for their entire infrastructure solutions. As days pass by, the complexity of the applications and infrastructure are continuously changing,  and the expectations from the customers as well.

Let’s have a look at Traditional MSP – Manual

  • Monitoring, Management, and Security
  • Storage, Warehouse Management
  • Backup and recovery
  • Authentication
  • Streamlining the Systems/ Applications
  • Reports

Traditional MSP was a manual process, and also the primary concern for clients. The business wanted to have automated systems that can automatically scale up/down, and balance the load with business as usual. As there was an increasing number of customers looking for transparent and automated business technology services, DevOps focused AWS NextGen MSP’s offers enterprises build and deliver applications on AWS.

AWS powered DevOps offers an efficient workflow, that helps businesses automate day to day activities and provide full-lifecycle services to run, and support customers applications and infrastructure. The AWS powered advanced monitoring services which have predictive analysis plus the continuous monitoring, and anomaly detection helps the business to analyze the current facts and predict the future events that the organizations can take proactive measures to increase their productivity and efficiency.  The AWS management reporting helps the business to make data-driven decisions for business performance.

AWS powered DevOps brings remote individuals and in-house teams together and ensures that they are in sync with each other. DevOps focused AWS NextGen MSP help enterprises find the ideal solutions and infrastructure that is cost-effective. It provides efficient business outcomes by continuously assessing and monitoring systems to optimize performance.

Let’s have a look at NextGen MSP – Automated

  • Cloud delivery
  • Security and daily operations
  • 24/7X 365 days IT support
  • Backup and recovery
  • Access management
  • High security
  • Compliance
  • Advanced continuous monitoring and report management

As a Managed Service Provider (MSP) in the AWS environment, Cloud Comrade is committed to building a sustainable automated business powered by AWS, that will continue to support and grow with our clients on the Cloud.

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