To support hybrid working and learning to help the client lower IT spending and overcome challenges, CCT explored technology that allowed employees and students to access and use IT services from anywhere.
At the same time, the IT solution had to be flexible enough to support the client’s changing needs while featuring security, data management, disaster recovery, and business continuity capabilities. It meant finding a cost-effective, reliable IT infrastructure. Amazon Web Services (AWS) fit the bill.
CCT decided to move the client’s enterprise apps to the cloud to address the underlying issues.
AWS was chosen as the preferred solution for the client’s challenges because it is easy to manage costs with the platform.
With AWS, institutions can avoid high input costs. Teams can use the AWS Pricing Calculator to determine operating expenses. To satisfy university budget objectives, they could also modify service plans. Pay-as-you-go choices, reserved capacity, and volume savings are all provided by AWS.
Another benefit of using AWS is that it makes it simple for university students, faculty, and staff to access shared resources, maintaining the continuity of instruction and remote work. Students can access the programs and software they require from any location using resources like Amazon AppStream 2.0 and Amazon Workspaces. AWS collaborates with academic institutions to develop voice technology, artificial intelligence, and machine learning-based solutions that enable cutting-edge teaching and learning paradigms.
Lastly, AWS ensured robust cloud monitoring and security, essential to meeting a critical technical challenge for the client.
Amazon and partners, including CDW AmplifiedTM Services and Amazon CloudWatch, provide tools that collect real-time analytics. Higher education institutions are in charge of handling very private data from many different sources.
The scalability of AWS solutions doesn’t compromise security. Teams may select how actively particular services are used after setting monitoring based on established goals. Is uptime generally consistent? Is activity typical, or may it be a sign of anything malicious, such as a hack or a distributed denial of service attack?
Users can also monitor active ports, root access, and credential integrity and set up role-based access control to strengthen AWS security.
Using AWS native features, CCT reimagined the architecture and development of the client’s apps. It was motivated by a critical business requirement to add functions, scale, or performance that would be challenging to implement in the application’s current context.
The client’s applications were migrated to AWS by CCT using the AWS Application Migration Service (MGN), a highly automated lift-and-shift (rehost) solution that sped up the process and cut costs. It made it possible for CCT to move a lot of physical, virtualized, or cloud servers without encountering compatibility problems, performance issues, or lengthy cutover windows.
Source servers from MGN were replicated into the client’s AWS account. For the client to take advantage of the cost benefits, productivity, resilience, and agility of the CloudCloud, it immediately converted and launched its servers on AWS. Lift-and-shift became a speedy path to modernization once the client’s apps were operating on AWS.
They could take advantage of its services and capabilities to quickly and easily
re-platform or rework those applications.
Thousands of virtual machines and numerous petabytes of data had to be moved during the migration to AWS.
The client now had the flexibility to create new features and capabilities more rapidly than it could in its data centers since its platform was being run on the AWS Cloud. Due to AWS’s global reach, the Client was also in a stronger position to quickly and inexpensively introduce its applications to new markets.
CCT can assist the client in entering emerging markets much more quickly than it could in the past by relying on AWS’s extensive global footprint and utilizing the knowledge and technology of the AWS Cloud.
It is normally a highly expensive endeavor to open new data centers in some of the international markets where the client is trying to expand. The cost of entry is significantly lower for the client because AWS is already present in numerous areas. Additionally, as the Client enters each new market, CCT can provide a high level of stability and redundancy by utilizing AWS Availability Zones.
A landing zone is an AWS infrastructure that is well-designed, multi-account, flexible, and secure. It is a place to start for the client to quickly develop and deploy workloads and applications while feeling confident in their infrastructure and security setup.
To create a landing zone, it was necessary to make technical and business selections on account structure, connectivity, safety, and access control that were consistent with the client’s long-term growth and business goals.
By developing core accounts and the resources necessary to monitor several accounts, CCT’s AWS Landing Zones completely streamlined the setup procedure. The process’s elements included logging, identity and access management, governance, network design, and data security.
For the Client, CCT developed a System Security Plan that offered a systematic approach and techniques for preventing the use of the Client’s Systems by unauthorized individuals, protected against virus infections and worms as well as any other incident/event/process that could adversely impact the security of the underlying system.
Higher education institutions must increasingly adhere to numerous federal and state regulations focusing on data privacy and protection.
If a higher education institution establishes a university-wide IT compliance framework to assure high compliance with multiple applicable federal and industry standards, the possible overlap of effort in achieving these criteria can be avoided. CCT implemented an IT infrastructure and IT solutions that allowed the client to ensure compliance with the applicable standards by providing data privacy and protection.
CCT began by transferring many of the Learn clients of the Company to AWS, utilizing a number of crucial services, including Amazon Lambda, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elasticache, Amazon Elasticsearch, and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS).
Later, the company used a similar technological footprint to transfer additional components of its Educational platform. The client was able to close four data centers as a result.
The client had to pay for and manage the physical infrastructure that was housed in four data center facilities before migrating to AWS. By migrating the client applications and IT infrastructure, CCT allowed the client to close the data centers, helping to eliminate a sizable operational cost for the client that added to the IT costs.
Inventory that a company does not think it can utilize or sell because there isn’t enough demand is referred to as obsolete inventory, also known as “excess” or “dead” inventory. After a predetermined period, inventory often reaches the end of its useful life and becomes obsolete.
The client had a lot of obsolete legacy IT equipment, and it was vital to get rid of it since it added to the client’s expense. CCT helped the client by identifying a source to buy and liquidate their legacy IT equipment, thus helping the client reduce costs.
The platform of the Client, which is housed in AWS, offers its users the finest user experience, enabling educators and students worldwide to succeed. The client has been able to accomplish these objectives thanks to AWS, which also provides the client the freedom to expand and develop its educational platform in order to offer more connected experiences and data-driven insights as market demands change. The following outcomes resulted from actions mentioned above taken by CCT to help the client overcome their technical and financial challenges.
CCT assisted the customer in achieving industry-compliant communications and interoperability by minimizing data silos. The CCT-provided interoperability solutions allowed the client to safely share information, enhancing productivity and elevating the educational experience.
Technical debt is a metaphor that describes the accumulation of code quality issues that make it challenging to adapt code for new features. The additional work needed to introduce new features due to these code flaws is comparable to the interest you pay on a debt. The technical debt is what CCT helped the client to shed.
The Client won’t have to worry about constructing, provisioning, and maintaining data centers on its own and may benefit from technological advancements because it can rely on AWS to handle its technology infrastructure. AWS constantly promotes innovation and offers a reliable infrastructure to support our current solutions, which the Client may employ to further enhance its platform.
CCT helped the client to avoid a lot of unnecessary licensing that it would have needed to continue to host its servers and other IT assets in a physical data center.
Given that its design is made available to the public, open source is a decentralized production paradigm that enables anybody to contribute and change technology. The ideal place for users to create and use open-source software in the Cloud has always been Amazon Web Services (AWS).
By utilizing these advantages afforded by AWS, the client has been able to concentrate more intently on its primary goals, which are to assist in enhancing learning across the globe by cost-effectively reaching millions of students globally and to work with the education community in quickly expanding and changing technological landscape.