AWS re:Invent 2019 – Global Partner Summit Announcements

AWS re:Invent 2019

1. Introducing AWS Retail Competency Partners: AWS Retail Competency Partners provide innovative technology offerings that accelerate retailers’ modernization and innovation journey across all areas in the enterprise. Read More

2. Introducing AWS Public Safety & Disaster Response Competency Partners: AWS Customers can quickly identify top-tier APN Consulting Partners who identify, build, and implement technology offerings aimed at improving organizational capacity to prepare, respond, and recover from emergencies and disasters, globally. Read More

3. New AWS Service Ready Program to help customers find tools that integrate with AWS services: AWS Partner Network (APN) announced AWS Service Ready Program, a new way for AWS customers to identify if a tool or application will integrate with AWS services running in their cloud environment. Read More

4. New APN Global Startup Program, helping startup APN Technology Partners grow their cloud-based business: AWS Partner Network (APN) announced the APN Global Startup Program, a dedicated go-to-market (GTM) program for eligible Startup APN Technology Partners. Read More

5. Introducing a new benefit for APN Consulting Partners, APN Immersion Days: AWS Immersion Day workshops provide a customizable AWS experience delivered by AWS Solution Architects and Account Managers to AWS customers. Read More

6. AWS Marketplace makes it easier for you to discover relevant third-party software and data products: AWS Marketplace, a digital catalog with over 7,000 software listings and data products, has announced Discovery API, a new API created for select partners. Read More

7. AWS Marketplace announces a simplified fee structure and the expansion of Seller Private Offers: Starting today, all registered sellers with a public listing in AWS Marketplace can extend a custom contract through Seller Private Offers. Read More

AWS re:Invent 2019

AWS re:Invent 2019

Event Details: At re:Invent 2019, you can expect deeper technical content, more hands-on learning opportunities, and more access to AWS experts than ever. Each year at re:Invent, we bring you over a thousand sessions, chalk talks, workshops, builders sessions, and hackathons that cover AWS core topics and highlight the emerging technologies that we are developing. This year, re:Invent will be no different.

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About Idexcel: Idexcel is a Professional Services and Technology Solutions provider specializing in Cloud Services, Application Modernization, and Data Analytics. Idexcel is proud that for more than 21 years it has provided services that implement complex technologies that are innovative, agile and successful and have provided our customers with lasting value.

Anand Allolankandy – (Senior Director, Cloud Services Practice at Idexcel) will be attending this event. For further queries, please write to anand@idexcel.com

Idexcel Achieves AWS Migration Competency Status

Idexcel Achieves AWS Migration Competency Status

Herndon, VA – October 15, 2019 – Idexcel, a professional services and technology solutions provider, announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Migration Competency status. This designation recognizes that Idexcel provides proven technology and deep expertise to help customer’s move successfully to AWS, through all phases of complex migration projects, discovery, planning, migration and operations.

Achieving the AWS Migration Competency differentiates Idexcel as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member that provides specialized demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success with specific focus on Migration Consulting and Delivery. To receive the designation, APN Partners must possess deep AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS.

“Idexcel is excited and proud to achieve AWS Migration Competency status,” said Allolankandy Anand, Senior Director of Cloud Services Practice at Idexcel. “This is a testament to our team’s dedication and commitment in helping our customers achieve their technology goals by leveraging the agility, breadth of services, and pace of innovation that AWS provides.”

AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify Consulting and Technology APN Partners with deep industry experience and expertise.

Idexcel’s cloud migration services help organizations not only undergo a successful cloud adoption journey, but also benefit from a structured well architected framework that guides them through the process of enhanced and accelerated transformation of their infrastructure, processes, people and technology. Our migration approach specializes on aligning architectural design with a data driven approach and AWS WAF (Well-Architected Framework) principles to create an on-demand environment for experimentation and innovation for our customers.

About Idexcel

Idexcel is a professional services and technology solutions provider specializing in Cloud Services, Application Modernization, and Data Analytics. Idexcel is proud that for more than 21 years it has provided services that implement complex technologies that are innovative, agile and successful and have provided our customers with lasting value. Our name, “Idexcel” is a representation of our core principle “Ideas to Excellence” We are relentlessly driven by results and take pride in our customer-centric engagement models. We blend our clients’ needs with proven delivery models and highly talented execution teams to deliver an exceptional customer experience.

Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, Idexcel has offices and delivery locations in the US, Europe and Asia supporting global clients.

Idexcel DevDay – Herndon, VA

Idexcel DevDay - Herndon, VA

About Idexcel DevDay
HashiCorp and Idexcel are excited to invite you to this exclusive DevDay in Herndon, VA. This is a free, half-day technical event brought to you by Idexcel and HashiCorp with the support from Amazon Web Services(AWS). The session aims to focus on some of latest topics in Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment and Configuration Management and the latest DevOps offerings from AWS and HashiCorp. The session also includes an interactive demo on Idexcel’s automated CI/CD pipeline utilizing AWS CodePipeline integrated with Terraform.

Idexcel DevDay with HashiCorp & AWS will run from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST) and will include an interactive demo session, a round-table Q&A with experts from AWS and HashiCorp experts, and a happy hour wrap-up.

Who Should Attend

  • Systems Reliability Engineers
  • DevOps Engineers/Managers
  • Release Engineers/Managers
  • IT/OPS Engineers/Managers
  • Enterprise Architects
  • Product Managers
  • QA Engineers/Managers
  • Security Engineers/Managers
  • Compliance Engineers/Managers

In this workshop you’ll learn how to:

  • Create Terraform template
  • Create a pipeline using CodeCommit, CodeBuild & CodePipeline
  • Integrate Terraform template with Pipeline

Come join us to experience and learn from the best, on some of the hottest topics in DevOps that will lead to a successful transformation within your company and get your free DevOps assessment.

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Difference between Cloud Computing and Edge Computing

Difference between Cloud Computing and Edge Computing

Cloud computing is on the rise as evidenced by CISCO, which notes that the cloud’s data is going to amount to 14.1ZB by 2020. As a result of this output, the IoT space has become the talk of the town, growing at a slow and steady pace. Cloud computing is all about making use of data from a centralized storage area.

However, despite its advantages, it also exists with its set of disadvantages. Since the cloud is responsible for handling and storing large datasets, there is often a concern surrounding its latency, which can leave something to be desired.

This is where edge computing differs from cloud, providing a better, handy solution to organizations and users alike. Let’s look at the differences between the two types of computing and further try to understand which one is better for businesses and users alike.

Edge computing vs. cloud computing

When one talks about cloud computing vs. edge computing, the main difference worth looking at is how data processing takes place. As of now, most of the data processing through the existing IoT systems is performed within the cloud, using a series of centralized servers. As a result of this, all the low-end devices, as well as the gateway ones, are used for aggregating data to perform low-level processing.

Edge computing differs as it follows a completely different approach. It moves the processing away from the centralized servers, and closer to the end users. By 2020, almost 45% of the world’s data will be stored and processed on the edge of the network, or perhaps even closer than this.

So the question arises: Why is cloud computing alone not enough?

The amount of data being processed every second is not adequately supported by cloud computing. Having spoken about latency within the cloud computing world, there is a lot that cloud computing does not provide to cloud-based applications. Given the amount of stored data within the cloud, there are two problems that transpire during the processing stage—latency in processing and high number of wasted resources. These issues exist especially in decentralized data centers, mobile edge nodes, and cloudlets.

When smart devices generate data, everything is piled on and transferred to the cloud for further processing. When this happens, the cloud’s data centers and networks are overloaded. Increased amount of latency and inefficiency can prove to be an unsurmountable challenge for cloud-based data.

Edge computing helps analyze data in a manner that is closer to the source of said data. Through this method, it helps not only to minimize data’s dependency on the app or service, but also helps speed up the processing of such data processing.

Edge computing and its finer details

The main difference between edge computing and cloud computing is that edge computing offers a flexible, decentralized architecture, which means that everything is processed on the devices itself. Instead of processing everything in the cloud, where you may find a data overload, the apps or devices are used for processing the stored data before sending it to the cloud. This means that everything is processed at a much faster pace, curbing the need to wait large periods of time for data processing.

There are two types of edge computing:

Cloud edge: The public cloud is extended to a series of point-of-presence (PoP) locations.
Device edge: When a software runs on existing hardware

The main difference between the two lies in the way they are priced, as well as their deployment procedures. The cloud edge is an extended form of the traditional cloud, which sees the cloud provider responsible for the working and maintenance of the entire model. Device edge exists primarily within the hardware, making it possible to process real-time data in a manner that is very speedy and accurate.

When thinking of edge computing, there are three ways in which the technology can be employed by and brought to end-users.

Fog computing: all the data is evenly distributed between a centralized computing infrastructure and devices.
Mobile edge computing: also known as MEC, this is an architecture that brings the cloud’s computational and storage capacities closer to the end-users’ mobile networks.
Cloudlet computing: this term refers to an infrastructure that uses smaller data centers for offloading data, bringing the cloud closer to the end-users.

Considering the benefits of edge computing, once could see why it would be favorable to choose edge computing over cloud computing. It is arguably one of the best of its kind, making it a perfect choice for people with data provision.

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How to Minimize Your Cloud Security Risks

Minimize Your Cloud Security Risks

State of the Cloud Survey in 2018 revealed that 95% of respondents use the cloud for data storage purposes, with the number of businesses incorporating the technology increasing every day. In presence of such rapid growth, the possibility of cloud security risks also rises. Malware can penetrate your system and affect your system, allowing it to enter the cloud.

Overcoming these threats requires swift strategizing, adequate management of your operations and a well-planned execution. But how can this be achieved without sacrificing other technical elements of the cloud, such as the flexibility it offers your processes? Here are some strategies that will help you minimize your cloud security risk without hampering the pace at which you conduct your business.

1. Train Employees
The most common source of security threat in an organization happens to be the lack of awareness among employees. They lack security-related education necessary for battling such threats. A solid starting point is to hire a professional trainer who will teach your team how to develop and deploy security strategies, how to update your system’s security measures in time, while also demonstrating defense measures against threats.

Since security is the responsibility of every employee, try to involve the entire workforce of the organization into these training sessions. Keep your team updated with response sheets that will test their promptness and adaptability for a security threat scenario. It would also help to run unannounced security drills as this will keep your workers on their toes.

2. Build a Reliable Data Backup Plan
As we rely more on cloud computing, more data is being transferred in and out of the servers. This means that there is a higher chance of data being corrupted or misused. If your data is not backed up in time, you might end up with corrupt files that would compromise your operations. Make sure that you have a secure backup plan ready in case a mishap occurs. Additionally, distributing data and application across multiple locations will further help your offsite storage and disaster recovery needs.

3. Monitor Data Access
Backing up data is not enough to ensure its sanctity remains protected—limiting its access to only certain employees improves the stability of this data considerably. In other words, the smaller number of hands that touch the data, the better. It also becomes very easy to track down the source of a data breach when portals to access the data are limited and targeted.

This means that, although it it is necessary to grant access to some workers, it would not be wise to give them access permanently. In such cases, your IT managers can take command, monitoring the access of data by establishing access controls. This also reduces the number of access codes, which would limit them to only one sign-on (SSO) authentication.

4. Encrypt the Data
So far, we have learned how to store and access data to minimize your cloud security risks. But, the access to such data should never be independent of encryption. No matter how small the data is, it needs to be protected cryptographically. It might seem unnecessary at times, but remember that there is always the possibility of data breach. If the data is encrypted, you will not be anxious of the possibility of improper handling or unauthorized access of the data midway. In short, your data will always be in safe hands.

5. Pilot Scenarios
Once ready with necessary arrangements for cloud data security, never forget to put it to the test. Devise scenarios where you test whether or not the system you have created can be trespassed or tampered with. The best path forward is to hire someone who has not been in the process of system development because they will not be familiar with any developmental codes. All in all, piloting helps in preventing cloud security threats instead of rectifying them. This move also saves time.

Once you apply the strategies outlined above, you will see a newfound fluidity in your workflow—the purer the data, the quicker the response time. Your decisions will be informed, and you won’t have to worry about any data leak in the course of the data transfer process. By taking these steps towards minimizing cloud security risks, you will be able to secure the integrity of your data with a stronger foundation.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Choose AWS as Your Cloud Partner

7 Reasons Why You Should Choose AWS as Your Cloud Partner

Amazon Web Services, or AWS, is the world’s largest cloud platform, boasting roughly 1 million customers, and raking in $10 billion in revenue every year. Despite steep competition within the space, AWS Cloud has managed to grow at a consistent pace, now owning approx 33% of the cloud computing market.

Given its recent growth, AWS has quickly risen the ranks to become one of the top cloud providers in the market. Thanks its staggering growth, a lot of companies are migrating their businesses to the AWS cloud, offering them a slew of benefits.

Here are seven of the biggest reasons why your business should also move to the AWS and adopt them as your cloud provider.

1) Location matters… a lot: AWS is arguably the world’s leading cloud platform as its operations can be found in 69 global zones, as well as 22 geographical locations around the world. The company’s outreach is expanding quickly, truly making AWS a market leader. No matter what part of the world you may find yourself in, chances are AWS is already available for business in your neck of the woods. As it continues to expand its outreach, there are endless ways in which AWS helps businesses with their storage needs, regardless of location. The cloud is available anywhere and everywhere, due in large part to AWS.

2) Well defined disaster recovery: Business continuity is one of the most important factors for a business. On the off chance a disaster strikes, it is important for a company to have a recovery system that ensures its day-to-day operations progress without a hitch, preventing any losses from transpiring. Regardless of a company’s risk tolerance levels, no business wants to find itself facing any sort of downtime that creates a breach of trust with its customers over any period. Having said that, AWS has been built to provide a well-defined disaster recovery plan, which is focused on helping its clients keep their business rolling along as planned.

3) Reliability and consistency: Consistency and reliability are two keywords that aptly describe what AWS cloud is about. Despite having some high-profile outages, AWS has always been the most reliable service. In fact, 40% of the product’s downtime was caused by a single outage. This statistic suggests that outages are not very common within the world of AWS.

4) Scalability and flexibility: The list of AWS advantages does not stop at the aforementioned factors of reliability and consistency factors. Providing a business with the flexibility to scale up or down as required makes it an especially strong service for executives seeking to increase or decrease server space in a matter of mili-seconds. There is no need for any unnecessary procedures or dealing with the morose task of setting up a physical infrastructure, as everything works as it should—in a sweet, simple and concise manner.

5) Simple, automated scheduling facilities: Scheduling and automation are common needs that companies expect out of cloud service providers nowadays. Guess what? The ability to schedule jobs not only allows things to be automated with ease, but also paves the way for a business to run smoothly. The whole idea is to ensure that there’s plenty of bandwidth available to run jobs without interruptions, especially when it comes to manual supervision.

6) Pay-as-you-go: Not many cloud providers have the pay-as-you-go option in their cloud packages. AWS, on the other hand, has, making it the go-to point that people turn to when seeking to save costs, while also helping them benefit from the excellent range of facilities offered within the AWS suite. Start and stop instances within the product according to your needs, and pay only the time spent on the cloud. Adjust your usage levels, scale up and down, and avoid the trouble of setting up a physical infrastructure while having your technical ends meet.

7) Security: No matter what kind of a company you own, whether it’s a startup or an enterprise level conglomerate, chances are security is of the utmost importance to you and your clients. AWS eliminates this fear, offering you world class security that follow the highest regulatory standards. It provides you with dozens of compliance programs built within AWS that pertain to its infrastructure, which are included per each service offered. There’s more, as the services also provide extensive security and support networks geared towards flagging suspicious activity on the accounts, and thereby raising revealing vulnerabilities within the systems.

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