Cloud Automation & Scaling

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AWS provides a web interface to build infrastructure, compute, provide storage and deliver other web services. This is a public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud service. However, building complex environments by hand is time consuming and many of our clients have similar requirements; multiple networks spanned across two or three AWS Availability Zones (AZs) which are several geographically diverse data centres within each AWS region.

AWS provides a web interface to build infrastructure, compute, provide storage and deliver other web services. AWS also provides tools to automate the construction of systems (CloudFormation plus cfn-init) and modern Linux operating systems also provide additional tools to orchestrate and control configurations (cloudInitPuppet). Using such tools, it is possible to create a complex configuration within minutes rather than hours or days.

Using Foreman, Puppet, Graylog and a VPN Server.

What is Cloud Automation?

Cloud automation and configuration management means controlling the setup, configuration and management of cloud services. Rapidly move from physical infrastructure to deploying secure production environments in the cloud with leading cloud service providers, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform. This can also be applied to your own hybrid cloud environment using Chef, Puppet and Graylog with major benefits.

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.

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. When moving to the cloud, Digital Craftsmen can look at ways of implementing automation with your current infrastructure provider. If you’re looking for a new provider, we can provide automation with your hosting.

Automation Benefits

Save 60% on your usual running costs for AWS through configuration management.

Core Implementation

Automation is a core piece of the managed cloud services that Digital Craftsmen offer. 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. Automation is essential for managing cloud services.

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.

Optimise & Improve

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 to reduce costs and improve performance.

How does it work?

Digital Craftsmen's Automator is a tool that uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) technologies to provide on-demand hosting environments.

With automation, you can rapidly move from physical infrastructure to deploying secure production environments in the cloud with the leading cloud service providers, including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. This free guide gives you all the background you need to begin to implement a strategic automation design for your current cloud services set up.

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