• Cloud

  • Cloud
    Transformation

  • Cloud Transformation >

    Cloud Strategy
    and Adoption

    Cloud Strategy and Adoption refer to the process of developing and implementing a plan for the adoption and use of cloud computing technology within an organisation.

  • Cloud Transformation >

    Cloud Strategy &
    Adoption Services

  • Cloud Transformation >

    The Benefits of
    Cloud Adoption

  • Cloud Transformation >

    Our Approach to
    Cloud Strategy

  • Cloud Transformation >

    Cloud Migrations

    Cloud migration is the process of moving a company’s digital assets, services, data, and applications either partially, or wholly, into the cloud. Cloud migration is also about moving from one cloud to another.

    Migration Services offered by cloudandthings.io:

  • Cloud Transformation >

    The cloudandthings.io
    Cloud Migration process

  • Cloud Transformation >

    Cloud Optimisation

    Cloud optimisation refers to the process of optimising cloud resources and services to achieve better performance, scalability, security, and cost efficiency. It involves identifying and addressing any inefficiencies, redundancies, or unnecessary expenditures in a cloud environment, with the goal of improving the overall efficiency of cloud platforms or workloads and reducing costs.

  • Cloud Transformation >

    Cloud Assessments

    Getting a second pair of eyes to assess and validate how your implementation aligns to industry best practices. Holistically looking at your environment from a platform to application level ensures ease of mind when operating in the cloud.

  • Cloud Transformation >

    Cloud Enterprise
    Agreements

    A Cloud Enterprise Agreement (EA) is a type of licensing agreement between an organisation and a cloud services provider, such as Microsoft Azure, and/or Amazon Web Services (AWS).

  • Cloud
    Platforms

  • Cloud Platforms >

    Cloud
    Landing Zones

    A Cloud Landing Zone is a foundational set of guidelines, configurations, and resources that facilitate a swift, secure, and standardised method of setting up an environment for operations in the cloud. Establishing a landing zone is crucial for organisations to ensure they’re adopting cloud best practices from the start. It paves the way for scalable cloud solutions and sets the ground rules for security, operations, and compliance. The cloudandthings.io services in this domain cater to designing, implementing, and optimising these Landing Zones.

  • Cloud Platforms >

    Our Offering

  • Cloud
    Engineering

    We have experience with running secure production workloads in the cloud and know what it takes to enable great engineers and product teams.

  • Cloud Platforms >

    Cloud Integration

    With so many systems, services, and platforms, integration can become complicated.

    Ensuring that data remains secure while being transferred and accessed across systems is vital. Ensuring data and systems compliance across an integrated cloud environment can be challenging. Depending on the strategy and tools chosen, integration can also become costly.

  • Cloud Platforms >

    Cloud
    Applications

    We have built and deployed multiple production applications on the cloud. We have also assisted teams in getting their application deployments back on track and automating a large portion of the work.

  • Cloud
    Operations

  • Cloud Operations >

    Cloud Managed
    Services

  • Cloud Operations >

    Cloud Managed
    Services

  • What are the cloudandthings.io Managed Services benefits?

    Increased Efficiency

    By outsourcing the management of cloud infrastructure and applications, product teams can focus on their core business activities.

    Scalability

    cloudandthings.io can help organisations scale their cloud environment and teams to meet their changing business needs.

    Expertise

    The cloudandthings.io team has a high level of expertise in cloud technologies and can provide guidance and advice on how to optimise cloud estates.

    Product Team Support

    We provide expertise in managing Cloud environments, where these skills might not exist in the organisation. We act as an extension of product teams and help them with the management of their applications linked to their accounts or subscriptions.

    We remove the mundane task of managing your Cloud environments freeing up your employees to focus on creating business value that drives their business forward.

    Overall, cloudandthings.io Cloud Managed Services can help organisations maximise the benefits of cloud computing while reducing the burden of managing and maintaining cloud infrastructure and applications.

  • What do we offer

    Landing Zone Management

    Managing the core services, accounts, and subscriptions linked to your landing zone, including, networking, security, organisation and management group structure, compliance, monitoring, and identity.

    Infrastructure Management

    Managing the underlying cloud infrastructure, including servers, storage, and networking, to ensure that it is optimised for performance and availability.

    Application Management

    Managing the deployment and monitoring of cloud-based applications, including updating and patching software, and ensuring that applications are performing optimally.

    Security Management

    Ensuring that the cloud environment is secure and meets compliance requirements, including managing access controls, implementing security policies, and monitoring for security threats and events.

    Backup and Disaster Recovery

    Ensuring that data is backed up regularly and that there are measures in place to recover from a disaster or outage.

    Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting and resolving technical issues that arise with cloud systems and applications.

  • Cloud Managed
    Services

    cloudandthings.io provides Cloud Managed Services on AWS and Azure.

    We take responsibility for managing and monitoring your cloud environment, including ensuring that it is secure, scalable, and available. We can take over the responsibility of your Cloud Platform team and/or assist product teams with applications hosted in AWS accounts or Azure subscriptions.

  • The cloudandthings.io team offers the following Cloud Application Engineering services to support application and product teams:

    Consultation & Design

    • Assessment: Understand the client’s needs, current infrastructure, and desired outcomes.
    • Architecture Design: Design the application architecture optimised for cloud scalability, resilience, and performance.
    • Strategy: Create a roadmap for migration, development, and deployment.

    Development

    • Cloud-Native Development: Building applications designed to run in the cloud, using microservices, containers, and other cloud-native patterns.
    • Application Modernisation: Refactoring and rewriting legacy applications to leverage cloud capabilities.
    • API Development: Creating APIs for better integration and extensibility.

    Deployment

    • Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD): Automate testing and deployment processes.
    • Container Orchestration: Use platforms like Kubernetes to manage containerised applications.
    • Infrastructure as Code (IaC): Manage and provision cloud infrastructure using code and automation tools, like Terraform.

    Operations & Maintenance

    • Monitoring & Logging: Use cloud-native monitoring tools to get insights into application health and performance.
    • Performance Optimisation: Regularly analyse performance metrics to optimise application delivery.
    • Security & Compliance: Implement cloud-specific security measures, ensure data privacy, and meet regulatory compliance requirements.

    Training & Knowledge Transfer:

    • Workshops: Offer workshops to train the client’s team on cloud-native practices and technologies.
    • Documentation: Provide comprehensive documentation to ensure the client’s team can operate and maintain the application.
  • Configuring multiple cloud services to connect to each other and to on-premise systems, so they can share data and processes, can be a complex task.

    The cloudandthings.io team is here to assist and offer the following integration services.

    Infrastructure Integration

    Combines different infrastructures like servers, storage, and networks from various cloud providers.

    Data Integration

    Ensures that data from different sources can be accessed, aggregated, and shared across platforms.

    Application Integration

    Allows different software applications, whether on-premise or cloud-based, to work together.

    API-based Integration, utilising application programming interfaces to create connections between systems and services.

    We aim to ensure that different components of an IT environment and application can communicate seamlessly, leading to more efficient operations, better data management, and a more cohesive technology strategy.

  • The cloudandthings.io Cloud Engineering offering focuses on architecting, building, enhancing, and supporting cloud-based applications.

    Cloud Engineering leverages the cloud’s capability to solve complex business problems across multiple fields.

    Cloud Networking

    Cloud Architecture and Design

    Cloud Security

    Cloud Integration

    Cloud Application Architecture

    Cloud Data Architecture

    Cloud Deployments and Automation

    Cloud Testing and Quality Assurance

    Cloud Governance

    Cloud Networking

    The cloudandthings.io Cloud Engineering offering focuses on architecting, building, enhancing, and supporting cloud-based applications.

    Cloud Engineering leverages the cloud’s capability to solve complex business problems across multiple fields.

  • Assessment & Strategy

    Understanding the organisations unique needs and drafting a roadmap for a cloud migration or setup.

    Design & Architecture

    Crafting a customised landing zone blueprint based on best practices and the client’s specific requirements.

    Implementation & Deployment

    Rolling out the landing zone, ensuring all configurations, resources, and permissions are appropriately set up.

    Training & Knowledge Transfer

    Educating the organisation’s IT team on the configurations, best practices, and managing the landing zone.

    Continuous Optimisation

    Periodic reviews and adjustments to ensure the landing zone evolves with the organisation’s needs and remains compliant with the latest cloud best practices.

    Integration Services

    Seamlessly integrating the cloud environment with on-premises infrastructure or other cloud platforms if necessary.

  • Key components of a Cloud Landing Zone

    Account Structure

    Segregation of duties and responsibilities, ensuring that resources, costs, and permissions are appropriately distributed and managed.

    Networking

    Configuration of a virtual network, including subnets, VPN connections, and other necessary connectivity.

    Identity and Access Management (IAM)

    Ensuring that roles, permissions, and policies are set up appropriately to maintain security without inhibiting functionality.

    Resource Organisation

    Implementing tagging strategies and resource hierarchies for easier management and reporting.

    Security & Compliance

    Integration of security services and tools to monitor and manage vulnerabilities, threats, and compliance posture.

    Logging and Monitoring

    Setting up centralised logging, monitoring, and alerting for operational and security insights.

    Operational Governance

    Establishing guidelines and automation for resource provisioning, operational hygiene, and cost management.

  • From Landing Zone to Production and everything in between.

    We engineer the solid foundations on which your businesses can build, deploy, run, and support cloud workloads.

  • We provide organisations guidance on AWS and Microsoft Azure agreements, including:

  • Well Architected Reviews

    As an AWS Well Architected Partner we can assist you in measuring and validating your workload across the 6 Well Architected Pillars in a bespoke data-driven way. Additionally our team of skilled engineers will assist in the remediation of any findings identified in your workload unlocking potential AWS credits and ensuring a more secure, reliable and performant workload.

    Security Posture Assessments

    The security posture assessment for Cloud reveals a comprehensive overview of your organization’s current state of cloud security. Highlighting key findings and insights, the summary provides you with a clear understanding of potential vulnerabilities, existing safeguards, and overall risk levels.

    FinOps Assessments

    Review how cost is managed and maintained within your organisation. A detailed list of remediations with actual monetary values attached shows you where most of your spend can be optimised. FinOps needs to an organisational paradigm shift to make it part of every person’s operations, let us help you get there.

    Cloud Assessments

    A holistic end-to-end review of your estate covering operations, security, reliability and financial optimisation from platform to application.

  • We regularly perform audits of existing Cloud Landing Zones, Platforms, and Applications to help our clients optimise their Cloud Environments. We also perform the following tasks:

    Resource Allocation

    Optimising the allocation of resources, such as computing power, storage, and networking, to ensure that they are being used effectively and efficiently.

    Capacity Planning

    Forecasting resource needs and planning for future growth to ensure that the cloud environment is properly sized and can handle anticipated workloads.

    Cost Management

    Identifying and addressing any unnecessary expenditures, such as over-provisioned resources or unused services, to reduce costs.

    Performance Monitoring

    Tracking the performance of cloud resources and services to identify any bottlenecks or areas of inefficiency.

    Automation

    Using automation tools and processes to streamline cloud management tasks, reduce manual intervention, and improve efficiency.

    Security and Compliance

    Ensuring that the cloud environment meets security and compliance requirements, such as data privacy regulations and industry-specific standards.

    By optimising cloud resources and services, organisations can ensure that they are getting the most value out of their investment in cloud technology and are better positioned to respond to changing business needs.

  • Assessment

    Evaluate current infrastructure, applications, and workloads to determine the suitability for cloud migration.

    Planning

    Develop a detailed migration plan that includes the timeline, resources, and budget required for the migration.

    Preparation

    Prepare the existing environment for migration, including backup and disaster recovery, security, and compliance.

    Data migration

    Transfer data from the existing environment to the cloud, including data backup and synchronisation.

    Application migration

    Move applications and workloads to the cloud, either through rehosting, refactoring, or re-platforming.

    Testing

    Test the migrated applications and workloads to ensure that they are working correctly and meeting performance requirements.

    Launch the migrated applications and workloads in the cloud environment, with monitoring in place to ensure they are running smoothly.

    Continuously monitor and optimise the cloud environment, including cost optimisation and the implementation of best practices.

    Provide ongoing maintenance and support for the cloud environment, including security and disaster recovery. Check out the cloudandthings.io Cloud Managed Services.

  • Rehosting (Lift and Shift)

    Moving existing applications and workloads to the cloud without making any changes to the application architecture.

    Re-platforming

    Modifying the existing application architecture to take advantage of cloud-native features and services.

    Refactoring / Re-architecting

    Moving the existing application to a different platform, such as moving from a monolithic architecture to microservices.

    Repurchasing or Rebuilding

    Replacing an existing application with a cloud-based solution, either by purchasing a new application or rebuilding the application.

    Hybrid Migrations

    Migrating some workloads to the cloud and keeping others on-premises. This requires a level of hybrid architecture and integration.

    Multi-Cloud Migrations

    Migrating workloads to multiple cloud environments, either for redundancy or to take advantage of specific cloud services.

    Service agility, innovation and differentiation, increased adaptability, scalability, and speed, streamlined operational efficiency, enhanced cost management and the ability to work with the latest technologies at scale, across multiple regions.

  • Understand the business strategy

    Technology’s main role is to support the business. The business and technology strategy should be 100% in sync.

    Assessment

    Evaluate the current state of technology and processes and identify areas for improvement. (As-is landscape)

    Goals and Objectives

    Clearly define the goals and objectives to ensure they align with the overall business strategy. Focus on creating the To-be landscape to support the identified goals and objectives. Based on the As-is and To-be create a gap analysis for achieving the desired future state.

    Prioritisation and Timeline

    Prioritise initiatives to bring the desired state to life as per the Gap Analysis. Initiatives will be prioritised based on their potential impact, feasibility, typical implementation timeline, and alignment with overall goals. Create a roadmap that clearly articulates the initiatives (technological and non-technological) that need to be implemented to support the execution of the Cloud Strategy.

    Technology Selection

    Technology Selection involves identifying the right technologies to support the Cloud Strategy as defined by the Roadmap, through the selection of disruptive digital technology solutions and platforms such as cloud computing, AI/ML, big data and analytics, or intelligent cybersecurity solutions. The focus will be on defining a Technology Portfolio to support the realisation of the prioritised Initiatives.

    Implementation

    The goal of the Implementation step is to provide a set of guidelines and recommendations to support the future implementation of the selected technologies. The focus will be on providing a clear view of which enablers, each with their own guidelines and recommendations, need to be put in place to support the successful implementation of the technology Portfolio, including aspects such as inter-dependencies, technical competencies, and skilling, impact to operating models, etc.

    Continuous Improvement

    As with any comprehensive strategy, there is a need to continuously monitor, evaluate, and improve, ensuring that it remains relevant over time and ultimately provides the desired impact as envisaged.
    There will be a focus on a value realisation framework, to ensure that the strategy is being tracked and that the expected business outcome is achieved.

  • Scalability

    Cloud technology allows organisations to quickly scale their infrastructure and services up or down based on demand, without having to invest in expensive hardware or equipment.

    Cost Savings

    Cloud services are typically pay-as-you-go, which means organisations can save money by only paying for the resources they use, rather than investing in costly hardware or equipment that may sit idle.

    Flexibility

    Cloud services provide organisations with the flexibility to work from anywhere, at any time, using any device with an internet connection.

    Security

    Cloud providers typically have robust security measures in place to protect their customers’ data, which can be more secure than on-premises solutions.

    Reliability

    Cloud providers have redundant infrastructure and built-in failover mechanisms, which means that services are often more reliable and less prone to downtime than on-premises solutions.

    Innovation

    Cloud providers are constantly innovating and introducing new services and features, which can help organisations stay competitive and ahead of the curve.
    Overall, adopting cloud technologies can help organisations become more agile, efficient, and competitive in today’s fast-paced business environment.

  • Public Cloud Strategy

    This model involves using public cloud services from providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Microsoft Azure to host applications, data, and infrastructure.

    Hybrid Cloud Strategy

    This model involves using a combination of public and private cloud services to create a hybrid infrastructure that can meet the organisation’s specific needs. It is often used by businesses that need to balance cost savings and flexibility with security, regulatory, and compliance requirements.

    Multi-Cloud Strategy

    This model involves using multiple cloud providers to host different applications and services. It is often used by businesses that want to avoid vendor lock-in, want the ability to use the best services provided by each cloud provider or ensure redundancy and resilience in case of outages linked to a specific cloud provider within a region.

    Cloud-Native Strategy

    This model involves building and deploying applications that are specifically designed to run on cloud infrastructure. It is often used by businesses that want to take advantage of the scalability and flexibility of cloud computing to support their digital transformation initiatives.

  • A cloud strategy outlines an organisation’s approach to cloud computing, including how it will be integrated into existing infrastructure, what type of cloud deployment model will be used (public, private, or hybrid), and how security and compliance requirements will be met.

    Adoption involves the actual implementation of the cloud strategy. This includes migrating applications, data, and infrastructure to the cloud, as well as training staff on how to use cloud-based resources. The adoption process can also involve optimising existing cloud environments to improve performance, reduce costs, and increase efficiency.

    An effective cloud strategy and adoption plan can help organisations leverage the benefits of cloud computing, including scalability, flexibility, and cost savings, while minimising the risks associated with cloud adoption, such as security vulnerabilities and integration challenges.

    There are several types of cloud strategy and adoption models that organisations can choose from depending on their needs and resources.

  • The cloudandthings.io Cloud Transformation offering looks at the process of adopting and using cloud technologies efficiently. It does not only focus on the technical aspects but also the changes that are required from a people and operational perspective.

    Cloud Transformation focuses on driving cloud maturity and ensuring the business needs for adopting cloud technologies are understood, achievable, and measurable. Cloud Transformation provides many benefits to businesses:

  • We have been involved in some of the largest Cloud projects in Africa.

    Our team has real production Cloud experience and has been building Landing Zones for small startups to some of the largest enterprises in Africa. We know what it takes to build Cloud Platforms from single accounts to environments that host hundreds of applications in production.

Cloud

We have been involved in some of the largest Cloud projects in Africa.

Our team has real production Cloud experience and has been building Landing Zones for small startups to some of the largest enterprises in Africa. We know what it takes to build Cloud Platforms from single accounts to environments that host hundreds of applications in production.

Cloud
Transformation

The cloudandthings.io Cloud Transformation offering looks at the process of adopting and using cloud technologies efficiently. It does not only focus on the technical aspects but also the changes that are required from a people and operational perspective.

Cloud Transformation focuses on driving cloud maturity and ensuring the business needs for adopting cloud technologies are understood, achievable, and measurable. Cloud Transformation provides many benefits to businesses:

Cloud Transformation >

Cloud Strategy
and Adoption

Cloud Strategy and Adoption refer to the process of developing and implementing a plan for the adoption and use of cloud computing technology within an organisation.

A cloud strategy outlines an organisation’s approach to cloud computing, including how it will be integrated into existing infrastructure, what type of cloud deployment model will be used (public, private, or hybrid), and how security and compliance requirements will be met.

Adoption involves the actual implementation of the cloud strategy. This includes migrating applications, data, and infrastructure to the cloud, as well as training staff on how to use cloud-based resources. The adoption process can also involve optimising existing cloud environments to improve performance, reduce costs, and increase efficiency.

An effective cloud strategy and adoption plan can help organisations leverage the benefits of cloud computing, including scalability, flexibility, and cost savings, while minimising the risks associated with cloud adoption, such as security vulnerabilities and integration challenges.

There are several types of cloud strategy and adoption models that organisations can choose from depending on their needs and resources.

Cloud Transformation >

Cloud Strategy &
Adoption Services

Public Cloud Strategy

This model involves using public cloud services from providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Microsoft Azure to host applications, data, and infrastructure.

Hybrid Cloud Strategy

This model involves using a combination of public and private cloud services to create a hybrid infrastructure that can meet the organisation’s specific needs. It is often used by businesses that need to balance cost savings and flexibility with security, regulatory, and compliance requirements.

Multi-Cloud Strategy

This model involves using multiple cloud providers to host different applications and services. It is often used by businesses that want to avoid vendor lock-in, want the ability to use the best services provided by each cloud provider or ensure redundancy and resilience in case of outages linked to a specific cloud provider within a region.

Cloud-Native Strategy

This model involves building and deploying applications that are specifically designed to run on cloud infrastructure. It is often used by businesses that want to take advantage of the scalability and flexibility of cloud computing to support their digital transformation initiatives.

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The Benefits of
Cloud Adoption

Scalability

Cloud technology allows organisations to quickly scale their infrastructure and services up or down based on demand, without having to invest in expensive hardware or equipment.

Cost Savings

Cloud services are typically pay-as-you-go, which means organisations can save money by only paying for the resources they use, rather than investing in costly hardware or equipment that may sit idle.

Flexibility

Cloud services provide organisations with the flexibility to work from anywhere, at any time, using any device with an internet connection.

Security

Cloud providers typically have robust security measures in place to protect their customers’ data, which can be more secure than on-premises solutions.

Reliability

Cloud providers have redundant infrastructure and built-in failover mechanisms, which means that services are often more reliable and less prone to downtime than on-premises solutions.

Innovation

Cloud providers are constantly innovating and introducing new services and features, which can help organisations stay competitive and ahead of the curve.
Overall, adopting cloud technologies can help organisations become more agile, efficient, and competitive in today’s fast-paced business environment.

Cloud Transformation >

Our Approach to
Cloud Strategy

Understand the business strategy

Technology’s main role is to support the business. The business and technology strategy should be 100% in sync.

Assessment

Evaluate the current state of technology and processes and identify areas for improvement. (As-is landscape)

Goals and Objectives

Clearly define the goals and objectives to ensure they align with the overall business strategy. Focus on creating the To-be landscape to support the identified goals and objectives. Based on the As-is and To-be create a gap analysis for achieving the desired future state.

Prioritisation and Timeline

Prioritise initiatives to bring the desired state to life as per the Gap Analysis. Initiatives will be prioritised based on their potential impact, feasibility, typical implementation timeline, and alignment with overall goals. Create a roadmap that clearly articulates the initiatives (technological and non-technological) that need to be implemented to support the execution of the Cloud Strategy.

Technology Selection

Technology Selection involves identifying the right technologies to support the Cloud Strategy as defined by the Roadmap, through the selection of disruptive digital technology solutions and platforms such as cloud computing, AI/ML, big data and analytics, or intelligent cybersecurity solutions. The focus will be on defining a Technology Portfolio to support the realisation of the prioritised Initiatives.

Implementation

The goal of the Implementation step is to provide a set of guidelines and recommendations to support the future implementation of the selected technologies. The focus will be on providing a clear view of which enablers, each with their own guidelines and recommendations, need to be put in place to support the successful implementation of the technology Portfolio, including aspects such as inter-dependencies, technical competencies, and skilling, impact to operating models, etc.

Continuous Improvement

As with any comprehensive strategy, there is a need to continuously monitor, evaluate, and improve, ensuring that it remains relevant over time and ultimately provides the desired impact as envisaged.
There will be a focus on a value realisation framework, to ensure that the strategy is being tracked and that the expected business outcome is achieved.

Cloud Transformation >

Cloud Migrations

Cloud migration is the process of moving a company’s digital assets, services, data, and applications either partially, or wholly, into the cloud. Cloud migration is also about moving from one cloud to another.

Migration Services offered by cloudandthings.io:

Rehosting (Lift and Shift)

Moving existing applications and workloads to the cloud without making any changes to the application architecture.

Re-platforming

Modifying the existing application architecture to take advantage of cloud-native features and services.

Refactoring / Re-architecting

Moving the existing application to a different platform, such as moving from a monolithic architecture to microservices.

Repurchasing or Rebuilding

Replacing an existing application with a cloud-based solution, either by purchasing a new application or rebuilding the application.

Hybrid Migrations

Migrating some workloads to the cloud and keeping others on-premises. This requires a level of hybrid architecture and integration.

Multi-Cloud Migrations

Migrating workloads to multiple cloud environments, either for redundancy or to take advantage of specific cloud services.

Service agility, innovation and differentiation, increased adaptability, scalability, and speed, streamlined operational efficiency, enhanced cost management and the ability to work with the latest technologies at scale, across multiple regions.

Cloud Transformation >

The cloudandthings.io
Cloud Migration process

Assessment

Evaluate current infrastructure, applications, and workloads to determine the suitability for cloud migration.

Planning

Develop a detailed migration plan that includes the timeline, resources, and budget required for the migration.

Preparation

Prepare the existing environment for migration, including backup and disaster recovery, security, and compliance.

Data migration

Transfer data from the existing environment to the cloud, including data backup and synchronisation.

Application migration

Move applications and workloads to the cloud, either through rehosting, refactoring, or re-platforming.

Testing

Test the migrated applications and workloads to ensure that they are working correctly and meeting performance requirements.

Launch the migrated applications and workloads in the cloud environment, with monitoring in place to ensure they are running smoothly.

Continuously monitor and optimise the cloud environment, including cost optimisation and the implementation of best practices.

Provide ongoing maintenance and support for the cloud environment, including security and disaster recovery. Check out the cloudandthings.io Cloud Managed Services.

Cloud Transformation >

Cloud Optimisation

Cloud optimisation refers to the process of optimising cloud resources and services to achieve better performance, scalability, security, and cost efficiency. It involves identifying and addressing any inefficiencies, redundancies, or unnecessary expenditures in a cloud environment, with the goal of improving the overall efficiency of cloud platforms or workloads and reducing costs.

We regularly perform audits of existing Cloud Landing Zones, Platforms, and Applications to help our clients optimise their Cloud Environments. We also perform the following tasks:

Resource Allocation

Optimising the allocation of resources, such as computing power, storage, and networking, to ensure that they are being used effectively and efficiently.

Capacity Planning

Forecasting resource needs and planning for future growth to ensure that the cloud environment is properly sized and can handle anticipated workloads.

Cost Management

Identifying and addressing any unnecessary expenditures, such as over-provisioned resources or unused services, to reduce costs.

Performance Monitoring

Tracking the performance of cloud resources and services to identify any bottlenecks or areas of inefficiency.

Automation

Using automation tools and processes to streamline cloud management tasks, reduce manual intervention, and improve efficiency.

Security and Compliance

Ensuring that the cloud environment meets security and compliance requirements, such as data privacy regulations and industry-specific standards.

By optimising cloud resources and services, organisations can ensure that they are getting the most value out of their investment in cloud technology and are better positioned to respond to changing business needs.

Cloud Transformation >

Cloud Assessments

Getting a second pair of eyes to assess and validate how your implementation aligns to industry best practices. Holistically looking at your environment from a platform to application level ensures ease of mind when operating in the cloud.

Well Architected Reviews

As an AWS Well Architected Partner we can assist you in measuring and validating your workload across the 6 Well Architected Pillars in a bespoke data-driven way. Additionally our team of skilled engineers will assist in the remediation of any findings identified in your workload unlocking potential AWS credits and ensuring a more secure, reliable and performant workload.

Security Posture Assessments

The security posture assessment for Cloud reveals a comprehensive overview of your organization’s current state of cloud security. Highlighting key findings and insights, the summary provides you with a clear understanding of potential vulnerabilities, existing safeguards, and overall risk levels.

FinOps Assessments

Review how cost is managed and maintained within your organisation. A detailed list of remediations with actual monetary values attached shows you where most of your spend can be optimised. FinOps needs to an organisational paradigm shift to make it part of every person’s operations, let us help you get there.

Cloud Assessments

A holistic end-to-end review of your estate covering operations, security, reliability and financial optimisation from platform to application.

Cloud Transformation >

Cloud Enterprise
Agreements

A Cloud Enterprise Agreement (EA) is a type of licensing agreement between an organisation and a cloud services provider, such as Microsoft Azure, and/or Amazon Web Services (AWS).

We provide organisations guidance on AWS and Microsoft Azure agreements, including:

Cloud
Platforms

From Landing Zone to Production and everything in between.

We engineer the solid foundations on which your businesses can build, deploy, run, and support cloud workloads.

Cloud Platforms >

Cloud
Landing Zones

A Cloud Landing Zone is a foundational set of guidelines, configurations, and resources that facilitate a swift, secure, and standardised method of setting up an environment for operations in the cloud. Establishing a landing zone is crucial for organisations to ensure they’re adopting cloud best practices from the start. It paves the way for scalable cloud solutions and sets the ground rules for security, operations, and compliance. The cloudandthings.io services in this domain cater to designing, implementing, and optimising these Landing Zones.

Key components of a Cloud Landing Zone

Account Structure

Segregation of duties and responsibilities, ensuring that resources, costs, and permissions are appropriately distributed and managed.

Networking

Configuration of a virtual network, including subnets, VPN connections, and other necessary connectivity.

Identity and Access Management (IAM)

Ensuring that roles, permissions, and policies are set up appropriately to maintain security without inhibiting functionality.

Resource Organisation

Implementing tagging strategies and resource hierarchies for easier management and reporting.

Security & Compliance

Integration of security services and tools to monitor and manage vulnerabilities, threats, and compliance posture.

Logging and Monitoring

Setting up centralised logging, monitoring, and alerting for operational and security insights.

Operational Governance

Establishing guidelines and automation for resource provisioning, operational hygiene, and cost management.

Cloud Platforms >

Our Offering

Assessment & Strategy

Understanding the organisations unique needs and drafting a roadmap for a cloud migration or setup.

Design & Architecture

Crafting a customised landing zone blueprint based on best practices and the client’s specific requirements.

Implementation & Deployment

Rolling out the landing zone, ensuring all configurations, resources, and permissions are appropriately set up.

Training & Knowledge Transfer

Educating the organisation’s IT team on the configurations, best practices, and managing the landing zone.

Continuous Optimisation

Periodic reviews and adjustments to ensure the landing zone evolves with the organisation’s needs and remains compliant with the latest cloud best practices.

Integration Services

Seamlessly integrating the cloud environment with on-premises infrastructure or other cloud platforms if necessary.

Cloud
Engineering

We have experience with running secure production workloads in the cloud and know what it takes to enable great engineers and product teams.

The cloudandthings.io Cloud Engineering offering focuses on architecting, building, enhancing, and supporting cloud-based applications.

Cloud Engineering leverages the cloud’s capability to solve complex business problems across multiple fields.

Cloud Networking

Cloud Architecture and Design

Cloud Security

Cloud Integration

Cloud Application Architecture

Cloud Data Architecture

Cloud Deployments and Automation

Cloud Testing and Quality Assurance

Cloud Governance

Cloud Networking

The cloudandthings.io Cloud Engineering offering focuses on architecting, building, enhancing, and supporting cloud-based applications.

Cloud Engineering leverages the cloud’s capability to solve complex business problems across multiple fields.

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Cloud Integration

With so many systems, services, and platforms, integration can become complicated.

Ensuring that data remains secure while being transferred and accessed across systems is vital. Ensuring data and systems compliance across an integrated cloud environment can be challenging. Depending on the strategy and tools chosen, integration can also become costly.

Configuring multiple cloud services to connect to each other and to on-premise systems, so they can share data and processes, can be a complex task.

The cloudandthings.io team is here to assist and offer the following integration services.

Infrastructure Integration

Combines different infrastructures like servers, storage, and networks from various cloud providers.

Data Integration

Ensures that data from different sources can be accessed, aggregated, and shared across platforms.

Application Integration

Allows different software applications, whether on-premise or cloud-based, to work together.

API-based Integration, utilising application programming interfaces to create connections between systems and services.

We aim to ensure that different components of an IT environment and application can communicate seamlessly, leading to more efficient operations, better data management, and a more cohesive technology strategy.

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Cloud
Applications

We have built and deployed multiple production applications on the cloud. We have also assisted teams in getting their application deployments back on track and automating a large portion of the work.

The cloudandthings.io team offers the following Cloud Application Engineering services to support application and product teams:

Consultation & Design

  • Assessment: Understand the client’s needs, current infrastructure, and desired outcomes.
  • Architecture Design: Design the application architecture optimised for cloud scalability, resilience, and performance.
  • Strategy: Create a roadmap for migration, development, and deployment.

Development

  • Cloud-Native Development: Building applications designed to run in the cloud, using microservices, containers, and other cloud-native patterns.
  • Application Modernisation: Refactoring and rewriting legacy applications to leverage cloud capabilities.
  • API Development: Creating APIs for better integration and extensibility.

Deployment

  • Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD): Automate testing and deployment processes.
  • Container Orchestration: Use platforms like Kubernetes to manage containerised applications.
  • Infrastructure as Code (IaC): Manage and provision cloud infrastructure using code and automation tools, like Terraform.

Operations & Maintenance

  • Monitoring & Logging: Use cloud-native monitoring tools to get insights into application health and performance.
  • Performance Optimisation: Regularly analyse performance metrics to optimise application delivery.
  • Security & Compliance: Implement cloud-specific security measures, ensure data privacy, and meet regulatory compliance requirements.

Training & Knowledge Transfer:

  • Workshops: Offer workshops to train the client’s team on cloud-native practices and technologies.
  • Documentation: Provide comprehensive documentation to ensure the client’s team can operate and maintain the application.

Cloud
Operations

Cloud Managed
Services

cloudandthings.io provides Cloud Managed Services on AWS and Azure.

We take responsibility for managing and monitoring your cloud environment, including ensuring that it is secure, scalable, and available. We can take over the responsibility of your Cloud Platform team and/or assist product teams with applications hosted in AWS accounts or Azure subscriptions.

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Cloud Managed
Services

What do we offer

Landing Zone Management

Managing the core services, accounts, and subscriptions linked to your landing zone, including, networking, security, organisation and management group structure, compliance, monitoring, and identity.

Infrastructure Management

Managing the underlying cloud infrastructure, including servers, storage, and networking, to ensure that it is optimised for performance and availability.

Application Management

Managing the deployment and monitoring of cloud-based applications, including updating and patching software, and ensuring that applications are performing optimally.

Security Management

Ensuring that the cloud environment is secure and meets compliance requirements, including managing access controls, implementing security policies, and monitoring for security threats and events.

Backup and Disaster Recovery

Ensuring that data is backed up regularly and that there are measures in place to recover from a disaster or outage.

Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting and resolving technical issues that arise with cloud systems and applications.

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Cloud Managed
Services

What are the cloudandthings.io Managed Services benefits?

Increased Efficiency

By outsourcing the management of cloud infrastructure and applications, product teams can focus on their core business activities.

Scalability

cloudandthings.io can help organisations scale their cloud environment and teams to meet their changing business needs.

Expertise

The cloudandthings.io team has a high level of expertise in cloud technologies and can provide guidance and advice on how to optimise cloud estates.

Product Team Support

We provide expertise in managing Cloud environments, where these skills might not exist in the organisation. We act as an extension of product teams and help them with the management of their applications linked to their accounts or subscriptions.

We remove the mundane task of managing your Cloud environments freeing up your employees to focus on creating business value that drives their business forward.

Overall, cloudandthings.io Cloud Managed Services can help organisations maximise the benefits of cloud computing while reducing the burden of managing and maintaining cloud infrastructure and applications.