Public, Private & Hybrid Cloud Solutions
Cost, performance and security are the three pillars of your cloud strategy. Working with our certified cloud solution architects, we can help you define your requirements, migrate your data and applications, optimise your existing infrastructure and provide world-class support. Whatever stage of your cloud journey you find yourself in, we can help.
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Digital Craftsmen offer a full range of Infrastructure as a Service solutions, managed services, planning and consultancy services to our clients. We run our own dedicated infrastructure for our clients but have partnerships with, and in depth knowledge of, cloud providers across both public and private clouds enabling us to help our clients choose and operate the most effective combination of computing resources to achieve their business objectives. Our VMware vSphere 7 based virtual private cloud infrastructure allows us to provide enterprise grade cloud hosting, particularly suitable for legacy enterprise applications with requirements for high availability, performance and auditable security. We offer services under three broad headings: 1. Standard IaaS – provision of infrastructure to the hypervisor level, giving complete freedom to the client to deploy solutions to solve their business needs. 2. Enhanced IaaS – additional services, often including an element of management from us, for instance Backup as a Service offering a managed platform for backup of guest images (scheduling and testing by the client). 3. Managed Services – operational support for routine operations, management services such as patching, managed firewalls & VPNs and fully managed backup (scheduling and testing managed by us). IaaS Features
Our Infrastructure as a Service platform has a target availability of 99.99%. Each of our Tier III+ datacentres has diverse and fully redundant power and cooling infrastructure, excellent physical and virtual security 24/7/365 and no single point of failure in the network. Each datacentre is managed, monitored and maintained 24/7/365 and ISO 27001 certified. Enhanced IaaS services Our Enhanced IaaS services include: – Managed anti-virus platform – Managed VPNs – Managed firewalls – Managed SMTP email delivery platform – Managed DNS – Managed load balancing – Managed backup platform – Enhanced monitoring via OS installed agents
There are many benefits the public cloud can bring to your business; you may need High Availability systems in geographically diverse data centres, Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) to dynamically increase and decrease capacity or just want to lower your costs by taking advantage of aggressive AWS pricing. Whatever your use case or requirements, the Digital Craftsmen team of expert engineers have already solved all of the common public cloud issues across a number of industries, enabling your business to start using AWS today. We know your developers will be using the rapid prototyping methods prescribed by Agile; Our engineers can work closely with your developers to not only rapidly iterate on your infrastructure as required, but, also to recommend the best practices and solutions to ensure your systems are performant as they scale across the public cloud. Digital Craftsmen design, build & manage systems for our customers on AWS, always recommending the most appropriate solution which meets your business requirements.
We save our customers money Not only will the Digital Craftsmen team work with you to manage your infrastructure and systems, our engineers will also recommend ways to reduce costs off EC2 on-demand prices (server costs). As a second trusted advisor, our ongoing service will regularly review, recommend and action changes to your AWS estate to ensure you are getting the best value for money. Digital Craftsmen have also developed tools to orchestrate power management of hosts, make instance provisioning and configuration simple, automate your backups and centralise logging for an instant AWS systems solution your team can use immediately. Selecting the correct solution for your business system (or its component parts) is critical; our experts will always recommend the best options for your business, regardless of which ‘cloud’. We are cloud agnostic for a reason, it enables DCL to deliver the most suitable and cost effective cloud services for your business. Cloud Agility The public cloud is about speed of provisioning and delivery of highly scalable systems; Digital Craftsmen use the latest technologies to enable you to take advantage of all that AWS have to offer: • Infrastructure-as-Code – To quickly and consistently build environments on demand • Configuration Management – Of Instances using Puppet and encrypted Hiera • Version Control – Of your infrastructure and instance configurations • Automation & Orchestration of your instances – Foreman and Remote Execution • Developer tools & Provisioning Templates – enhancing productivity • Auto-Scaling for peaks in demand- using automation to ensure instance consistency • Intrusion Detection & Prevention, Access Control, User & Data Security, Audit & Log Management • Continuous Solution Design, Change Management and Migration Services are also available
Microsoft Azure is a collection of cloud services that give developers the freedom to build, deploy and manage applications across their formidable global network of managed datacentres. If it’s the most appropriate solution for you, Digital Craftsmen can design, build and manage systems on Microsoft Azure. Managed Microsoft Azure Cloud Design, Build and Management Services If you decide host a web application in the Microsoft Azure cloud, you get the opportunity to explore the resources offered by a leading public cloud provider. With their deep experience and mature ecosystem, Microsoft handles features like high availability, smart load balancing, and auto-scaling with ease. There are many benefits that using Microsoft Azure and the public cloud can bring to your business; you may need High Availability systems in geographically diverse datacentres, Azure Load Balancing (ALB) to dynamically increase and decrease capacity, or just want to lower your costs by taking advantage of aggressive Microsoft Azure pricing. Whatever your requirements, the Digital Craftsmen team of expert engineers have already encountered and dealt with all of the common public cloud issues across a number of industries, enabling your business to start using Microsoft Azure effortlessly today. Whether your developers are using Agile methodology to create a cloud native application or are looking to move a legacy application to the cloud for DR or performance reasons, our engineers can work closely with your developers to not only rapidly iterate on your infrastructure as required, but, also to recommend the best practices and solutions to ensure your systems are performing efficiently as they scale across the public cloud. We save our customers money using Microsoft Azure Not only will the Digital Craftsmen team work with you to manage your infrastructure and systems, our engineers will also recommend ways to reduce costs off Microsoft Azure on-demand prices (server costs). Our ongoing service involves regularly reviewing, recommending and actioning changes to your Microsoft Azure setup to ensure you are getting the best value for money. Digital Craftsmen have also developed tools to orchestrate power management of hosts, make instance provisioning and configuration simple, automate your backups and centralise logging in an instant, with Microsoft Azure systems solutions your team can use immediately.
Cloud automation and configuration management means controlling the setup, configuration and management of cloud services. Automation is vital for any dynamic system or one which needs to respond to change or self-heal. Cloud automation helps you quickly build and configure systems that are consistent and repeatable — leading to immutable architecture and all of the advantages that delivers; stability, preventing configuration drift, advanced deployment methods, zero downtime deployments, consistent environments alongside efficient and effective Disaster Recovery options. With cloud automation and configuration management, you can rapidly move from physical infrastructure to deploying secure production environments in the cloud with leading cloud service providers, including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Digital Craftsmen can offer strategic automation design for your current cloud services set up. We can help you plan an automation strategy and – if you have no automation today – we can help you implement automation throughout your organisation. If you’re thinking of moving to the cloud, Digital Craftsmen can look at ways of implementing automation with your current infrastructure provider. And if you’re looking for a new provider, we can provide automation as part of our managed cloud services offering. Speak to the Cloud Automation experts. Digital Craftsmen offer the following Cloud Automation services Core Implementation Automation is a core piece of the managed cloud services that Digital Craftsmen offer and we believe Automation is essential for managing cloud services. If you’re moving to the cloud, we can look at how you’re managing your cloud infrastructure and discuss how configuration management can improve your business practices. Virtual Machine Scheduling What if you could turn your AWS systems on and off on a schedule? In a development environment, you could have machines used by developers during the working day, but then turn them off in the evening and weekends. This automation process could save over 60% of costs through virtual machine scheduling. Optimisation and Improvement If you have an established cloud infrastructure, Digital Craftsmen can help you improve the configuration you have deployed, including rolling out automation configuration management, matching of machines, and really getting control over your machines. Companies can save approximately 60% of their usual running costs for AWS through configuration management