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Cloud Enabled “Work at Home” Workforce
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Work culture has seen a paradigm shift in the recent past with the introduction of reliable and highly cost-effective cloud services. An increasing number of businesses are encouraging a cloud enabled remote workforce and bringing your own devices (BYOD).
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has made working remotely more of a necessity than an option. Lockdowns and social distancing have caused many offices to be deserted, but business continues as usual.
Are you wondering how this is possible?
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Setting up a “Work at Home” platform
As a Public Sector Partner of AWS, Cloud Computing Technologies (CCT) recommends the following process for setting up AWS solutions, which is now easier than ever.
1. AWS Terraform Landing Zone (TLZ) Accelerator
Terraform Landing Zone (TLZ), commonly known as Terraform is an AWS accelerator. It helps customers to build secure AWS Landing Zones in the least possible time while following AWS best practices. Terraform automates provisioning of Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) and other solutions, providing secure infrastructure within an automated, self-service portal.
The main benefit of a landing zone is that it allows your organization’s users to set up their accounts while giving administrators overall control and monitoring capabilities. We’ll be looking at landing zones next. Terraform Landing Zones also extends to hundreds of other third-party providers such as cloud services. So you will be able to manage all your services through one provisioning portal.
2. AWS Landing Zones
We discussed Terraform as a solution for setting up AWS Landing Zones. They are secure, multi-account portals that enable customers to quickly set up workspaces for a cloud enabled remote workforce.
The ability for users to set up their working environments and accounts is essential, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic situation. Given all the possibilities and design options available on AWS, setting up the ideal environment for your users can be time-consuming. So AWS Landing Zones come in handy in such instances by automating the set up of your environment and setting up the core accounts and resources, while taking care of the initial security baseline. Identity and Access Management (IAM), data security, logging, and much more can be automated in this manner.
The best part about AWS Landing Zones is that they deploy AWS Account Vending Machine (AVM). These are portals for creating, provisioning, and automatically configuring new remote worker accounts based on a pre-defined security baseline. It allows customers to manage user accounts and Organizational Units (OU).
AWS Landing Zones also provides additional security features like centralized logging, AWS CloudTrail for auditing, and Cross-Account Access from security accounts to user accounts.
3. Ansible for AWS
Once you have your AWS Landing Zone(s) set up and configured, the next challenge is to create multiple server instances or workspaces for your users. Depending on the size of your organization, you may need to spin up hundreds or even thousands of virtual desktops.
Ansible’s deep support for AWS will allow you to manage all the AWS services that your users require. Whether it be virtual desktops or hundreds of server instances for their applications, Ansible playbooks will come to your rescue. Once you have described your Desktop-as-a-Service instances with Ansible, you can deploy thousands of instances with ease.
Ansible comes with close to a hundred modules for managing various AWS services and over a thousand additional modules for many operating systems and platforms. Monitoring comes built-in through Ansible Tower Cloud, and you will be able to monitor all your remote worker environments even if they were deployed outside Ansible.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Microservice is the breaking up of traditionally tightly coupled application components into small specialized services that communicate through HTTPS REST and HTTPS API interfaces.
Since Microservices are small specialized services, they can be quickly and efficiently rearranged to accommodate future capabilities unknown at the present time.
Microservices are independent and modular which allows for significant flexibility in communications patterns and often prevent cascading failure.
DevOps is the combination of development and operations into a single function of software development and infrastructure management. The main priority of DevOps is the reduction of barriers to speed of delivery.
DevSecOps empowers everyone in the development process using a security focused tool set to address timely security decisions at speed and scale of each development stage. The main priority of DevSecOps is risk reduction through DevOps security accountability and governance.
Security automation in DevSecOps increases speed of code releases while reducing the risk using static application security testing (SAST), dynamic application security testing (DAST), and code dependency checking.
High business value is realized from quick and efficient response to market opportunities and challenges, optimization for innovation, and reduction of technical debt all lead to superior competitive advantage.
CCT is pleased to discuss your requirements and present a proposal for your review and consideration. Call us today at 1-800-804-9726 x105.
AWS Solutions for Remote Work and Telework Solutions
If the ease of setting up your cloud environment for remote working hasn’t convinced you, here are the other major benefits of an AWS Cloud enabled “Work at Home” workforce:
1. Remote Collaboration
Communicating with your teams has never been easier. Amazon Chime is a one-stop solution for all your chat, screen sharing, call, meeting, and collaboration needs. It connects all your remote workers through a user-friendly app with support for all your devices.
2. Secure Content Collaboration
Amazon WorkDocs is a versatile tool for creating and managing documents and collaborating. WorkDocs allows you to easily migrate your legacy file-sharing systems and local files so that you can get started without a hassle.
3. Secure and Scalable Remote Network Access
AWS Client VPN allows your cloud enabled remote workforce to securely connect to their work resources irrespective of whether they are on AWS or on-premises. It supports VPC subnets, computer and mobile support, and various levels of authorization to ensure proper levels of authorization.
4. Virtually manage your Contact Center
Amazon Connect is a virtual platform for contact center agents. They will be able to connect from where ever they are and continue to accept and make calls as if they were seated in the office. Additional features include monitoring and training tools for supervisors and coaches.
What clients say about Cloud Computing Technologies
"CCT's diverse skills and expertise has reduced our technical debt by millions of dollars to which we have reinvested into future capabilities."
"With CCT migrating our critical systems into the AWS, 80% our staff is now remote working."
"CCT showed us how to meeting regulatory compliance in AWS Landing Zone and greatly improved our cloud security controls."
"CCT provided our agency with application rationalization services and successfuly applicaton migrations meeting all KPIs and SLAs."
"I highly recommend the data science team at CCT. They are technically proficient, great communicators, unbiased, and reduced our false positives by 68%."
"The team at CCT is knowledgable and insightful in developing a cloud architecture leading to our mission success."
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