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Please, Manage My AWS Cloud

Posted by QuoteColo on September 30, 2014 - Updated on September 30, 2014

Please, Manage My AWS Cloud

Here is a small truth of the IT world which the industry hinges on: most companies don’t have the time, the knowledge or the care to manage their own Cloud deployment. Sure, companies get into the Cloud because their onsite VP of IT Operations says to or because the CEO continually hears commercials explaining why the Cloud is so great but the truth is, most companies want nothing to do with IT issues.

Most companies and business owners want to focus on their core competencies make money and run a thriving business. They last thing they want to do is manage their bandwidth usage or talk to a NOC technician about the benefits of long term colocation vs. long term Cloud Hosting.

With this in mind, luckily there are web hosting companies like Datapipe, Connectria and INetU which are more than happy to fully manage your Amazon Web Service (AWS) Cloud deployment. The aforementioned companies offer services which include full data migration, full AWS Cloud architecture deployment/management, 24/7/365 AWS Cloud support along with a host of in-house optimization and analytic tools, all three solutions allow you to manage your business knowing your AWS Cloud is in safe hands.

Breakdown of Managed AWS Cloud Provider Services

Full AWS Cloud Management:

Datapipe, Connectria and INetU all provide full management for AWS Cloud solutions. All three Cloud hosting providers will build, deploy and manage all aspects of your AWS Cloud.

Semi-Full AWS Cloud Management:

Datapipe, Connectria and INetU all provide semi-full management for AWS Cloud solutions. This means all three managed Cloud providers will allow your internal team to take over management of certain aspects of your AWS Cloud while other aspects are fully managed by providers.

Certified AWS Cloud Reseller Partner

Datapipe, Connectria and INetU are all certified AWS Cloud Reseller Partners. This means all three providers have the ability to sell the AWS Cloud platform via their websites.

Engineering Personal AWS Cloud Deployment

Datapipe, Connectria and INetU all provide consultation and analysis to build your AWS Cloud solution from the ground up. All three provide consultation and infrastructure deployment services to ensure your company has the AWS Cloud deployment it needs. Rather than going into the process blind, consultation provides guidance, expertise and advice from web hosting professionals.

AWS Cloud Support

Datapipe, Connectria and INetU all provide full support for all AWS Cloud solutions. As fully managed Amazon Web Service Cloud resellers, Datapipe, Connectria and INetU all provide:

  • 24/7/365 Tech Support
  • 24/7/365 AWS Monitoring and Support
  • 24/7/365 Application Monitoring
  • Firewall, DNS and VPN Management
  • Managed Data Backups and Restores
  • Technical escalation mattes for critical issues

AWS Cost Analysis and Optimization

Datapipe, Connectria and INetU all provide Amazon Web Services cost optimization services. For anyone who has ever tried to purchase AWS Cloud solutions via the AWS platform knows there are many, many, options when it comes to choosing what type of AWS Cloud server you want to run. Like RackSpace, AWS offers a wide variety of solutions designed to appeal to the mass market however for the newcomer who doesn’t have the knowledge to differentiate between bare metal servers and per minute billing v. per month billing, Datapipe, Connectria and INetU all provide gladly step in with guidance.

AWS Cloud Migration Support

AWS Cloud Migration Support works for the company who is transferring from one Cloud provider to the next and for the company just getting into the game. As anyone who has gone through a migration before knows, fully migrating a Cloud server to another platform can prove to be nothing short of a pain in the butt mired with data insecurity, data failure and critical business downtime.

Complicating the matter more is the company moving from one provider to the next. In the case of provider migration, server issues have to be worked out, data transfer issues have to match up and quick transfer at an optimal time proves paramount. No company wants to lost customers due to a failed website at 12 PM because their Cloud provider couldn’t quickly and effortlessly migrate their data.

Luckily, Datapipe, Connectria and INetU all provide Amazon Web Services migration solutions. With the aforementioned providers, you won’t have to worry about migration issues. The AWS fully managed providers will take care of it for you.

EC2 to RDS and Everything Between

As mentioned earlier, Amazon offers a large extended product array. Luckily, Datapipe, Connectria and INetU resell and support a wide variety of AWS Cloud solutions. For example, Datapipe is an official reseller of:

  • Amazon EC2 (elastic Cloud)
  • Amazon S3 (Amazon Simple Storage Service)
  • Amazon RDS (Amazon Relation Database Service)
  • CloudFront (Static and Streaming content via global edge networks)
  • CloudTrail (analytic reporting search to crawl vital server statistics)

Likewise, Connectria supports:

  • Amazon EC2 (elastic Cloud)
  • AWS Elastic Load Balancing
  • AWS Route 53, DNS
  • CloudFront (Static and Streaming content via global edge networks)
  • AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  • AWS Elastic Block Storage (EBS)

Similarly, INetU supports:

  • Amazon EC2 (elastic Cloud)
  • Amazon S3 (Amazon Simple Storage Service)
  • AWS Route 53, DNS
  • CloudFront (Static and Streaming content via global edge networks)

As you can tell, all three solutions provide comprehensive reseller and support services yet they differ in the details.

A Bit More About Connectria and Managed AWS

Maybe the largest selling point for Connectria Fully Managed AWS is the extent the Cloud provider goes to provide support. While both Datapipe and INetU provide support for AWS solutions, Connectria markets their form of support as their number one selling point.

The support options they provide are as follows:

  • 24/7/365 Live US-Based Tech Support
  • 24/7/365 Custom Application Monitoring
  • 24/7/365 Monitoring and Support
  • Custom Restarts and Escalation Procedures
  • Custom Maintenance Windows
  • Managed O/S Updates and Security Patching
  • Managed Virus Scanning
  • Vulnerability Scanning

Furthermore, the Connectria support extends to multiple AWS products. Taken from the Connectria website, the company supports the following AWS products:

  • AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
  • AWS Elastic Load Balancing
  • AWL Route 53 (DNS)
  • AWS Simple Storage Service (S3)
  • AWS Elastic Block Store (EBS)
  • AWS CloudFront (Global CDN)
  • AWS DynamoDB (NoSQL, Data Store)
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk (Deployment)
  • AWS Auto Scaling
  • AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  • AWS Direct Connect (Dedicated Network)
  • AWS Glacier (Low-cost Archive Storage)
  • AWS Import/Export (Large Volume Data Transfer)
  • AWS RDS (MySQL, Oracle & SQL Server)
  • AWS ElastiCache (In Memory Caching
  •  AWS CloudFormation (Management)

Clearly, if you are interested in a Cloud hosting firm which will support a wide bevy of AWS products, of the three providers featured in this review, Connectria is your best bet.

This said, if you are more interested in a Cloud hosting company which supports a smaller array of AWS products yet offers a higher level of support for each respective product, Datapipe is your go to.

A Bit More About Datapipe and Managed AWS

As their name suggests, Datapipe is all about analytics and providing consumers with the raw data they need to successfully manage their Cloud infrastructure. Whereas Connectria markets their Managed AWS solution as one of many choices, Datapipe caters to Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Amazon RDS, CloudFront and CloudTrail.

Moreover, the company provides consumers with an in-house built Cloud Computing analytics tool suite created to accomplish powerful data mining, second by second detailed performance analytics and granular analysis to optimize overall performance of all running services.

The Datapipe optimization through analytics tool set includes:

  • Moment by moment cost tracking to assess minute, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly server usage
  • Visual heat maps of server use empowering consumers to see how their services are being run and how those services can be optimized to save money and boost performance
  • Continuous monitoring of all security threats (external and internal) to ensure service uptime and protection
  • S3 Storage optimization to identify usage patterns, visualize buckets and offer real time recommendations for informed decision making
  • Detailed report breakdowns of reserved instance purchase recommendations visually shown to improved decision making on all future AWS purchase needs

As you can tell, Datapipe is all about the data. Yet, what if you are interested in a Managed AWS Cloud solution which takes management down to its simplest form? INetU is for you.

A Bit More About INetU and Managed AWS

The INetU AWS Management plan is all about taking the AWS Cloud and making it as simple as possible. Unlike Datapipe and Connectria, the INetU selling point is their single management console which is unified across both INetU and AWS Cloud services. To ensure all AWS Cloud tasks get done, INetU has boiled a complex, dense and sometimes overbearing AWS Cloud service into a simple to use, visually compelling control panel.

Like Plesk Control Panel or Parallels Control Panel accomplishes for Linux server administration, INetU boils the essence of AWS into a single control panel which allows users to manage every aspect of need.

Not good enough?

If the single point of control is too powerful or complex for you, INetU will take care of everything letting you get back to focus on your business.

The overall selling package for INetU is:

  • Single point of contact
  • Consultative design
  • Worry-free onboarding
  • Proactive support
  • Continuous business planning
  • Unified billing
  • Security services
  • HIPAA and PCI compliant hosting services

Comparatively speaking to Connectria and Datapipe, INetU provides simple AWS Cloud hosting.

Managed AWS Cloud with Datapipe, Connectria and INetU

If we have said this once, we will say it a thousand times more – at the end of the day, the Managed Amazon Web Services Cloud provider you choose will come down to price and need. In jest, all three providers have their merits and their downfalls. Yet, when it comes down to it, the only way you are going to find out what works for you is by calling or emailing the aforementioned companies to discuss your need and your budget.

So get to it. Understand your needs with AWS, contact a managed service provider and hash out the details.

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