Top 3 signs that you need modern AWS cloud operations (CloudOps)

Jun 28, 2021 | Announcements, Migration, MSP

Do any of these sound familiar?

  1. Your developers spend time maintaining hundreds, or sometimes thousands, of microservices, and you wish they had more time to develop innovative new features instead.
  2. You are not able to roll out application features fast enough due to the lack of an efficient, consistent CI/CD pipeline.
  3. Your platform and operations teams spend hours setting up infrastructure for every development team.

If you can relate to any (or all) of the above signs, your company needs to modernize cloud operations (CloudOps) on AWS.

What are the key drivers of CloudOps modernization?

Successful companies have made CloudOps modernization a priority in response to:

  • The accelerating pace and intensity of competition, which in turn drives companies’ need for faster innovation.
  • Customer expectations of fast product/service delivery and a frictionless customer experience, which in turn drives companies to focus on customer-centricity to drive better business outcomes.

What do we mean by “modern cloud operations” or “modern CloudOps?”

Think of CloudOps as an extension of DevOps, focusing on the processes of managing and delivering cloud computing infrastructure services to optimize the health, availability, flexibility, and efficiency of cloud services.

According to an analysis by MarketsandMarkets, the worldwide serverless architecture market size is projected to grow from USD 7.6 billion in 2020 to USD 21.1 billion by 2025. The growing use of serverless and microservices necessitates that CloudOps take a complementary approach to cost optimization, governance, and performance management.

  • A dynamic microservices architecture requires dynamic (real-time or near-real-time) monitoring of costs, usage, performance, security, and compliance.
  • In a serverless platform, events trigger cloud functions. Therefore, governance should be function-based.

How modern CloudOps delivers business benefits

CloudOps processes Business benefits Examples of tools & services used
  • Manage and measure the performance of cloud-native architecture (microservices and containerization) in production based on observability and actionable insights from monitoring.
  • Proactively prevent performance issues.
  • Optimize performance and reliability.
  • Minimize website downtime.
Amazon CloudWatch

nOps cloud management platform

AWS CloudFormation Guard 2.0

nClouds’ Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) Services

  • Automate software delivery, application management, server management, and provisioning.
  • Balance speed of innovation and governance (controls).
  • Save time and money.
  • Keep applications up-to-date.
  • Reduce toil. Refocus engineers on higher-value activities.
  • Ship better code faster.
AWS Proton

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)

nOps cloud management platform

How to modernize operations on AWS

Successful companies are implementing modern CloudOps on AWS by:

  • Aligning with the Operational Excellence pillar of the AWS Well-Architected Framework. Focus on supporting business objectives, running workloads effectively, gaining insight into workloads’ operations, and continuously improving processes and procedures to deliver business value. nClouds uses nOps to help build and operate well-architected AWS environments that are compliant, secure, cost-optimized, reliable, efficient, and operationally excellent.
  • Implementing fully managed application deployment for container and serverless applications using AWS Proton, a self-service, single interface for infrastructure as code, CI/CD pipeline, and observability. nClouds uses AWS Proton to:
    • Improve productivity by centrally managing application provisioning, deployment, and monitoring.
    • Manage complexity and enforce consistent standards. AWS Proton’s curated application stacks have built-in AWS Well-Architected Framework best practices, and it provides developers with updates for out-of-date applications.
    • Implement the right balance between flexibility and control. Developers are free to innovate, while operations administrators can rest assured that development is performed in a secure and governed manner.
    • Easily manage applications by integrating AWS Proton with the AWS and third-party CI/CD and observability tools already in your cloud ecosystem.

nClouds also leverages additional CloudOps tools to help with customer success today:

  • AWS Control Tower governs secure, multi-account AWS environments with organizational best practices, security and compliance features.
  • Container orchestration platforms such as Amazon ECS and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) ensure optimal performance capacities, efficient resource utilization, and cost optimization.
  • nClouds’ nCodeLibrary offers a massive collection of optimized CloudFormation Terraform-based infrastructure modules, which helps nClouds improve the velocity of AWS infrastructure buildouts.
  • Datadog monitoring service for cloud-scale applications provides monitoring of servers, databases, tools, and services.

The nClouds team applies its deep experience in DevOps, containers, serverless, and as an AWS Well-Architected Partner to help accelerate customers’ adoption of AWS Proton. “For example,” explains JT Giri, CEO & Co-founder at nClouds, “we help with the development of AWS CloudFormation scripts and third-party integrations to bridge the gap between customers’ existing platform and the standardized AWS Proton-based platform.”

nClouds is an AWS Premier Consulting Partner that collaborates with its customers to build and manage modern infrastructure solutions that deliver innovation faster. “As we migrate more workloads to microservices, we’re providing ways to help customers manage the growing complexity of their infrastructure,” said JT Giri. “We are excited to leverage AWS Proton to help customers enforce best practices and increase developer productivity in their modern operations.”

Need help with DevOps, AWS Proton, or CloudOps modernization on AWS?” nClouds is here to help with all your AWS infrastructure requirements. Contact us.

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