Managed Cloud

We audit, optimise, and manage your platform 24x7, responding to any alerts or issues in real-time and providing reports that give you complete transparency over the performance and costs of your AWS workloads.

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AUDIT, OPTIMISE AND MANAGE WORKLOADS USING THE AWS WELL-ARCHITECTED FRAMEWORK

If you rely on an IT platform hosted in the cloud, you need to keep a constant close eye on its operation. If you’d rather focus on your business, we provide a full range of tailored, managed services that enable you to gain the most from the AWS cloud. We use the Well-Architected Framework to audit, optimise and manage your workloads, working with you to ensure agreed business outcomes are delivered and SLAs are met. Our unrivalled experience of AWS and numerous certifications assure you of the optimum balance of availability, security and affordability for AWS-hosted applications.

Read more about our capabilities across the pillars: Performance Efficiency; Reliability; Cost Optimisation; Operational Excellence; Security

PERFORMANCE EFFICIENCY: ACHIEVE RELIABLE AWS-BASED SYSTEMS THAT CAN BE MANAGED WITH MINIMAL EFFORT

CirrusHQ monitors your infrastructure 24×7 – using metrics and SLAs aligned to your business needs – to minimise business impact from any incidents that arise. We test recovery procedures and the ability to recover automatically from failure and implement horizontal scaling (across multiple AWS instances) to increase aggregate system availability. We automate capacity management for greater stability and can also create and implement back-up strategies, working as necessary with third party tools to back up to non-AWS systems. All change is managed through automation for optimum robustness.

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RELIABILITY: OPTIMISING SERVICE SELECTION AND PERFORMANCE WITH AUTOMATION AND INSIGHT

At the outset, we work collaboratively with you – whether via a Well-Architected Review or through our team of consultants – to select the AWS services best suited to your application. Our account managers will update you on an ongoing basis with the findings from our internal tools and information on new AWS services and features: we will align these with your business strategy to ensure that you are using the optimal solutions for your business needs.

Our in-house software integrates a series of automated performance checks on your AWS systems, assessing whether infrastructure may be over-loaded in order to identify potential causes of performance issues. Our AWS certified engineers will respond to and diagnose any reported problems, leaving you free to concentrate on other areas of your business. When any alerts arise, we will conduct a Root Cause Analysis to determine what happened and how to stop it in future, whether that is tweaking the architecture or checking for issues in the software.

COST OPTIMISATION: DRIVING DOWN COSTS WITH AWS EXPERTISE AND OUR BILLING PORTAL

Our expertise in AWS and its pricing model underpins our ability to make recommendations – ranging from strategic advice on the hundreds of new services AWS introduce annually to simply switching off certain services outside of peak times – that will save money and improve profitability. Typically, we look at best practice in four areas: cost-effective resources; matching supply and demand; using our portal to improve awareness of expenditure and optimising use of AWS services over time.

AWS’s pay-as-you-go structure can lower costs significantly but also makes it hard to know where you are incurring costs and where savings can be made – particularly if you have multiple AWS instances for different internal users or departments. Our custom-built portal enables detailed analysis of expenditure, based on service, usage type, specific infrastructure resources, tagging and more; and automatically alerts you to potential cost overruns and cost saving opportunities. Billing information is updated every few hours and daily emails give you a rolling weekly breakdown of your AWS costs.

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OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE: KEEPING UNEXPECTED ISSUES TO A MINIMUM AND MAXIMISING UPTIME

Our commitment to operational excellence starts with a determination to align operations processes to business objectives using standardised operations procedures and response plans. We support Agile development processes such as DevOps and Continuous Integration/ Continuous Deployment (CI/CD). Furthermore, our expertise in the AWS Cloud enables us to use ‘Infrastructure as code’ to rapidly spin up test environments for customers. We also test for responses to unexpected events and aim for continuous improvement of operational activities.

SECURITY: UNDERSTANDING AND COMPLEMENTING AWS CAPABILITIES FOR OPTIMISED SECURITY

We help customers understand the AWS Shared Responsibility Model and the best practices that keep your infrastructure secure and stable and compliant with all relevant legislation. Our AWS certified engineers will review your current and/or planned infrastructure and determine how to strengthen and harden the solution and how to ensure your systems are secure and correctly monitored. For customers requiring levels of security beyond those provided with the AWS platform, CirrusHQ has partnered with the industry’s leading security providers to ensure it can meet even the most stringent of requirements.

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