Insights Portal

Our bespoke portal integrates and automates best-practice and performance benchmarks from AWS; bringing our own experience to provide recommendations that boost efficiency, save you money and help safeguard your systems.

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A CUSTOMISED DASHBOARD ENABLING YOU TO SIMPLY MANAGE YOUR AWS ACCOUNTS AND WORKLOADS

Our Insights Portal aggregates data across your AWS accounts and runs automated checks on all your AWS workloads, comparing existing settings to best practice. Areas of concern are automatically highlighted: these can be investigated or remediated. This is much more efficient than logging into each individual account, running the diagnostics and then manually remediating issues. This also enables the visibility of costs across all of your AWS estate – bringing actionable control and visibility.

EASY-TO-USE ACCESS TO ALL THE DATA YOU NEED

The portal streamlines and democratises access to the AWS platform, making information available – without the need for any detailed technical training – via a graphical dashboard. Data is provided on a near real time basis allowing for rapid identification of potential issues. The portal is bespoke for each client and page views can be customised to individual employees for further ease of use. Historical data is available so comparisons can be made.

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OPTIMISE YOUR CLOUD-HOSTED APPLICATIONS ACROSS FOUR KEY CRITERIA

The portal includes best practices and benchmarks deriving from CirrusHQ’s extensive familiarity with the AWS platform. It also includes all the data in AWS’s Trusted Advisor service which provides recommendations in four areas: Cost Optimisation, Security, Fault Tolerance, and Performance.

The Insights Portal is provided to CirrusHQ’s customers at no additional charge as a value-added service.

COST OPTIMISATION: COMPLETE VISIBILITY OF BILLING INFORMATION 

Cost management is a key advantage of the cloud’s capabilities, providing core metrics for every business. As well as letting you have oversight of your entire AWS estate, our Portal gives you insights you would otherwise miss out on, such as illustrating savings you can make by moving workloads from unreserved to reserved capacity (which enjoys cost reductions of as much as 75%). It can also reduce your bills by eliminating unused or idle resources. If you are managing your customers’ AWS workloads, you can view billing data by individual account to have better visibility of cost allocations. The portal will also highlight any provisioning errors, enabling these to be corrected so unnecessary charges can be avoided.

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SECURITY: SAFEGUARD YOUR APPLICATIONS AND DATA WITH AUTOMATED ALERTS

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) has created detailed benchmarks for the security of workloads on the AWS cloud. However, interrogating each workload and determining whether these comply with the benchmarks ordinarily requires a huge volume of work and many vulnerabilities remain undetected and unaddressed – until something goes wrong. The portal incorporates these CIS benchmarks and automatically assesses your workload for compliance with them. Exceptions are flagged and recommendations provided.

FAULT TOLERANCE: ENSURING THE ROBUSTNESS OF YOUR AWS APPLICATIONS

The portal provides recommendations that help increase the resiliency of your AWS solution by highlighting redundancy shortfalls, current service limits, and overutilized resources. It can also help to increase the availability and redundancy of your AWS application by taking advantage of auto scaling, health checks, multi AZ, and backup capabilities.

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PERFORMANCE: OPTIMISING YOUR AWS WORKLOAD FOR MAXIMUM THROUGHPUT

Our Insights Portal can enhance the performance of your workload by checking service limits to ensure that this is no more than 80% of the service limit. It can also ensure you take advantage of provisioned throughput, and monitor for overutilised instances. Overall, this can greatly improve the speed and responsiveness of your cloud-hosted applications.

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