Quattra’s Cloud Services Framework
Data centers provide the foundation for the applications and services that organizations deliver, and companies need their IT facilities to be reliable, compliant and cost-effective. Efficient service management in data centers is essential both because of the missioncritical applications that data centers host, and due to the number of customers potentially affected by service outages or performance issues. IT departments must ensure that the people, processes and technology within their data centers operate at optimal levels and work as a cohesive unit. This enables delivery of
seamless integration, efficiency and business alignment by:
- Optimizing virtualization processes to ensure the on-demand delivery of streamlined active content, to exceed your business needs now and in the future.
- Reducing resolution times across organizational silos, ensuring that the right information is presented with enhanced scalability and elasticity via dynamic, near real-time provisioning of resources.
- Extending the value of active centralized vision and strategy, to provide software and platforms through automated generation delivery models.
- Enabling informed and cost-effective decision-making through automated virtualization of networks.
Quattra’s Cloud Vision & Framework provides both technical design and delivery roadmap for the implementation of highly resilient cloud infrastructure in support of corporate strategies to reduce operational cost, streamline environment and client issue resolution process, and fulfill increasing service demand.
Our Managed AWS and Azure Solutions include the following:
Advanced Managed Services
24/7 Live US-Based Tech Support
24/7 Custom Application Monitoring
Custom Maintenance Windows
Managed O/S Updates & Security Patching
Managed Virus Scanning
Vulnerability Scanning full production support of your AWS and Azure environments
24/7 AWS and Azure Monitoring & Support
Custom Restarts & Escalation Procedures
Managed Data Backups & Restores
Firewall, VPN & DNS Management
Tripwire Integrity Monitoring
Log & Event Monitoring & Much More!
Cloud Based IPD / IDS
Cloud Based SEIM
Extensive AWS and Azure Architecture & Implementation Support: Quattra’s engineers have implemented and supported some of the largest, most sophisticated application architectures in the world. Our AWS and Azure architecture, engineering, and support team can assist you in implementing all of the tools and services from both AWS and Azure.
Quattra has been providing managed hosting services since 2002. With client experience from the Carrier level, Federal Government, State and Local Government, K-12, Higher ED, Enterprise and Small Business, Quattra offers the broadest and most proven portfolio of managed services in the industry. Quattra’s Managed AWS and Azure services provide a comprehensive solution for:
Organizations who are looking to implement AWS or Azure, but don’t know where to start; or an organization that wants to Roadmap their next moves towards the cloud and validate the feasibility of such a move.
Organizations already using AWS and Azure that want to outsource portions of their monitoring & managing their Infrastructure, Web Presence and Security Environment(s).
In all three cases, Quattra provides the expertise and 24/7 support needed to successfully operate secure, reliable and cost-effective AWS and Azure solutions.
It is always worthwhile to be prepared to explain what resources you need to address security risks. Even if a security breach doesn’t occur, having information ready can help you justify needed measures. If an incident does happen, you probably won’t have time to do all the homework required for a good security plan.
Having a plan is essential, whether within the boardroom or during a crisis, there is one commonality — a plan. In fact, the security plan is similar to a playbook, which consists of a carefully considered series of actions to be implemented.
Organizations worldwide are utilizing Cloud Computing. According to the Gartner IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) magic quadrant for 2014, the two clear leaders in this space are Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Benefits of using AWS and Azure include:
Lower Upfront Investment: Replace upfront infrastructure investment with low monthly costs
Building on-premises infrastructure can be slow and expensive. Hardware needs to be ordered, paid for, installed and configured – all occurring long before you actually need it. With Cloud Computing, you don’t have to spend time on these activities; instead you just pay for the resources you consume on a variable basis.
Lower Total Cost of Ownership: Reduce your overall IT costs
Cloud Computing helps reduce overall IT costs in multiple ways. The massive economies of scale and efficiency improvements enable continually lower prices, with multiple pricing models that allow cost optimization for both variable and static workloads. Cloud Computing drives down up-front and on-going IT labor costs while providing access to a highly distributed, feature-rich platform at a fraction of the cost of traditional infrastructure.
Increased Flexible & Capacity: In the cloud, infrastructure is merely code. Because new servers take only minutes to bring online, capacity needs don’t have to be accounted for weeks or months in advance.
Predicting how customers are going to adopt your new application is difficult, it’s hard (if not impossible) to get right the first time. When capacity decisions are made prior to deploying an application, oftentimes that decision leads to either sitting on expensive idle resources or dealing with a sluggish system until new hardware comes online. With Cloud Computing, these problems go away. Resources are provisioned as they are needed, if more are required they can be added on the fly. If fewer are required, they can
be simply turned off.
Increased Speed & Agility: Develop and deploy applications faster
With traditional infrastructure, it can take weeks to get a server procured, delivered, and running. These long timelines stifle innovation. With Cloud Computing, resources can be provisioned as they are needed. Hundreds or even thousands of servers can be brought online in minutes, in a completely silent and automated manner with no human interaction required. This self-service environment changes how quickly applications can be developed and deployed. Treating infrastructure as code allows teams to experiment more quickly and more frequently, in an extremely testable and reproducible way. Apps Not Ops: Focus on projects that differentiate your business, not the infrastructure.
Our team of TIER 1 professionals in DevOps and TechOps will handle the day to day operations of your Cloud, Security and App deployments while your TEAM focus on Customer Service, Project Management and other items you choose to keep in house. Cloud Computing let’s you shift resources away from data center investments and operations, to innovating new projects. Specifically, scarce IT and engineering resources can focus on projects that grow your business instead of IT infrastructure – which is important but hardly ever differentiates your business.
Increased Global and Regional Reach: Achieve consistent worldwide performance in minutes versus years.
Whether you are a large global company or small start-up, your potential customers are all around the world. With traditional infrastructure, it’s hard to deliver great performance to a broadly distributed user base. Most companies focus on one geographic region at a time to save costs and time. With Cloud Computing, the game changes – deploying your application around the world is just a few mouse clicks away. This means you can provide a lower latency and better experience for your customers at minimal cost. While AWS and Azure deliver some of the most comprehensive Cloud Computing solutions in the world, AWS and Azure can be challenging to implement and administer, and the pricing can be extremely confusing and complex. AWS and Azure do not provide management or implementation support for their customers, all of the automation and comprehensive tools to optimize your costs, security and performance come from training your team and using an MSSP like Quattra.
For the past several years, Liferay has had the fastest-growing Java-based portal, increasing its market momentum even as other Java portals from established large vendors have slowed in growth. Enterprise initiatives most frequently employ the commercially supported Liferay Portal Enterprise Edition, which is available primarily on a subscription basis. Organizations pursuing project-based portal initiatives and smaller organizations often use the free open-source Liferay Portal Community Edition. Liferay also makes its Enterprise Edition available to independent software vendors (ISVs) as an OEM offering. Liferay Portal Enterprise Edition is now at version 6.2 and boasts upward of 1,700 customers.
Advantages with Liferay
Even in the face of increasingly large, complex deployments, Liferay continues to build up a pool of satisfied customers. Liferay Portal has often succeeded where portal initiatives using other products were bogged down in cost and complexity. The open-source option can mean greatly reduced costs for organizations with sufficient in-house resources to take advantage of it.
Liferay is focused, agile and able to maintain a faster pace of development than most in terms of adding features such as support for mobile and social computing. Liferay has proved that it can respond quickly to requests for added functionality and other changes in market demand.
Even in the face of substantial growth, Liferay has retained its customers’ high regard for its support. Customers rate Liferay among the highest of portal providers in the quality and effectiveness of customer support and professional services.
ADOPTION TECHNOLOGY ROLLOUT SERVICES
Adoption Services embrace cloud technology design, delivery and application deployment focusing on data center virtualization, shared infrastructure utilization and business process optimization and continually aligned to the service provider industry best practices.
INFRASTRUCTURE AS A SERVICE
“reducing complexity and risk of IT infrastructure”
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a provision model in which an organization outsources the equipment used to support operations, including storage, servers and supporting hardware, as well as networking components. The service provider typically owns the equipment and is responsible for housing, running and maintaining it. The client usually pays on a per-use basis.
Quattra’s Cloud Framework provides both technical design and delivery roadmap for the implementation of highly resilient cloud infrastructure in support of corporate strategies to reduce operational cost, streamline environment and client issue resolution process, and fulfill increasing service demand. In partnership with the leading cloud infrastructure providers,
Quattra Inc. will quickly design and implement highly secure, dedicated private cloud resident on-premise or in one of our data centers. Complete segregation of such environment from the rest of the computing network ensures a safe passage towards compliance certification against security standards.
IaaS designed in accordance with Quattra’s Cloud Framework provides a solid foundation for other layers of our cloud-computing model, which includes Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).
Characteristics and components of Quattra’s Cloud Framework – IaaS Module include:
- Utility computing service and billing
- Automation of administrative tasks
- Network and security virtualization
- Server and storage virtualization
- Dynamic environment capacity scaling
- Policy-based service provisioning
- Network and server workload management
- Non-disruptive server/storage migration
PLATFORM AS A SERVICE
“dynamic allocation and scaling of IT platforms”
Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a way to host or rent application containers, hardware, operating systems, storage and network capacity over any medium, including corporate network and the Internet. The service delivery model allows customers to utilize virtualized servers and associated services for running existing applications or developing and testing new ones.
PaaS is an outgrowth of Software as a Service (SaaS), a software distribution model in which hosted software applications are made available to customers over the Internet. PaaS has several advantages for developers: operating system features can be changed and upgraded frequently on-demand. Platform solutions built on Quattra’s Cloud Framework or similar blueprints allow diverse, geographically distributed teams to work together on software delivery projects throughout their lifecycle.
Services can be obtained from diverse sources that cross regional or international boundaries. Initial and ongoing costs can be reduced by the use of infrastructure services from a single internal cloud or from a single vendor (such as Quattra Inc.) rather than maintaining multiple hardware facilities that often perform duplicate functions or suffer from incompatibility problems. Overall expenses can also be minimized by unification of programming efforts on a standardized set of platforms.
Characteristics and components of Quattra’s Cloud Framework – PaaS Module include:
- Application containers (enterprise middleware, messaging systems, distributed cache)
- Relational database management systems, object storage, data reporting and analytics
- Virtual runtime environments (Java virtual machine, common library runtime)
- Operating systems, monitoring tools, security information and event management tools
- Platform reliability, availability, serviceability, performance and scalability features
- Out-of-the-box confidential information masking, tokenization and compliance
SOFTWARE AS A SERVICE
“secure delivery of modular software components”
Software as a Service (SaaS) is a software delivery method that provides access to software and its functions remotely as primarily a web-based service. SaaS removes the need for organizations to handle the installation, setup and operational upkeep and maintenance.
SaaS allows organizations to access business functionality at a cost typically less than paying for licensed applications since SaaS pricing is based on a monthly fee and access is based on any medium, any place, anytime philosophy. Also, because the software is hosted internally or remotely, users don’t need to invest in additional hardware or network transport. Proven design blueprints such as Quattra’s Cloud Framework facilitate SaaS model adoption while minimizing the risk of data loss or security breach.
SaaS is often used to describe software and combined storage model where an organization rents or leases storage space from a hosted environment or provider. Data is transferred from the client to the service provider via any medium and the client would then access their stored data using software provided by the storage provider. The software is used to perform common tasks related to storage, such as data backups and data transfers.
Quattra Inc. will deliver secure capacity to process and/or store your confidential information both on-premise or in a hosted private cloud.
Typical software deployed on Quattra’s Cloud Framework – SaaS Module includes:
- Security services (authentication, entitlement, law enforcement, investigations, forensics)
- Client engagement (wikis, blogs, enterprise portals, messaging, chat and multimedia)
- Staff productivity (cloud based tools)
- Business enablement (sales, marketing, customer care and support)
- Enterprise applications (business and operations support systems)
All software services are locked down and protected to ensure low-risk operation and continuous regulatory compliance.
PROTECTION ON DEMAND
“real-time on-demand protection of critical assets”
In Protection on Demand model, data security services are made available to users upon request via the Internet or corporate environment, from a cloud computing provider’s servers as opposed to being offered from the company’s own on-premise physical server environment. Cloud services are designed to provide easy, scalable access to applications, resources and services, and are fully managed by a hosted service provider such as Quattra Inc.
A security service hosted on a Quattra’s Cloud Framework based environment instance can dynamically scale to meet the needs of its users, and because the service provider supplies the hardware and software necessary for the service, there is no need for the company to provision or deploy its own resources or allocate IT personnel to manage the service.
Examples of security service consumers include online data storage and backup solutions, web-based e-mail services, hosted office suites and document collaboration services, database processing, managed technical support services, billing systems and payment processing applications.
Data protection services can expand exponentially anytime, any place and over any medium. Quattra Inc. can host such services in one of its secure, state-of-the-art data centers across North America, Europe and Asia.
Examples of Protection On Demand services deployed on Quattra’s Cloud Framework are:
- Telephony on-demand masking services
- Storage on-demand services, such as secure file sharing with classified distributed access
- Financial on-demand services, such as personal and commercial credit scoring and payments
- Encryption on-demand services
- Mobile on-demand content shaping services
- Retail device on-demand gateway services