Nordcloud Hits 400 AWS Certifications

Maarten Bruntink

Landmark APN Certification achieved by earning over 400 AWS certifications as Nordcloud continues to boost AWS expertise

Nordcloud has achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) Certification Distinction for earning over 400 collective AWS certifications.

Passing the landmark of 400 accreditations demonstrates the commitment Nordcloud has not only to its AWS customers, but also in encouraging and supporting personal development across its growing organisation.

What does it mean?

APN Certification Distinctions provide AWS Partners the opportunity to showcase their credentials through a commitment to AWS certification achievement. They allow AWS partners to showcase how many active AWS certifications their company has collectively achieved, with 400 being a recognised landmark.

Why AWS + Nordcloud?

Nordcloud is an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, Managed Service Provider and Authorised Training Partner, helping organisations define and realise their public cloud ambitions.

As an AWS partner of choice, we work with major global companies including Finnair, T-Mobile and Raffeissen Bank International to achieve results on AWS. From data centre migrations to IoT solutions, we help boost agility, accelerate time to market and deliver more value to customers.

We go back a while

Our recent growth in AWS certifications (we reached 300 in August 2021) shows our ongoing commitment to the platform and the customers that rely on it. And we go back a long way with AWS. Nordcloud has been an AWS Premier Consulting Partner since 2014, and an AWS Managed Service Provider since 2015. We were awarded the AWS Migration Partner of the Year for the Nordics in 2021.

And we’re developing the talent to keep us ahead

Nordcloud supports and encourages personal development for our employees. We have highly skilled, certified and qualified cloud architects, meaning we have 100% of the major AWS competencies needed under one roof.

Prioritising talent has been key to supporting Nordcloud’s recent hyper growth strategy. We equip our individuals with the tools and best practices to lead cutting-edge AWS projects, helping supercharge our customers with the best in public cloud.

Personal development is a major part of our core values. From sales teams to project managers and cloud architects, we encourage all of our employees to gain valuable certifications and we provide the necessary tools, resources and support to do so. Achieving 400 AWS certifications is a landmark that shows the dedication of our colleagues in enhancing their skills and expertise in AWS, to develop their own knowledge and deliver best-in-class solutions for our customers.

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    Build once, Deploy Anywhere with AWS Outposts

    Maarten Bruntink

    AWS Outposts is a fully managed service that offers the same AWS infrastructure, AWS services, APIs, and tools to virtually any data center, co-location space, or on-premises facility for a truly consistent hybrid experience.

    Introduced at re:Invent 2019, Outposts is AWS’s take on reinventing hybrid cloud, where AWS delivers, installs and manages the AWS Outposts hardware and service for you. As an AWS Outposts Ready consulting partner, we see an increasing demand and interest for AWS Outposts across our customer base. In this blog, I will explain why AWS Outposts is perfect for workloads that need to adhere to regulatory requirements, require local data processing and storage, or low latency connections to your end-customers or other on-premises systems.

    Data Locality

    Everybody in IT probably is familiar with Moore’s Law.  Intel’s Gordon Moore predicted that the transistor count on computer chips would double every two years which implied that computer chip performance would roughly double. Unfortunately, we have not seen a similar progression in the ways we handle and move data. The days of processing gigabytes of data are over, more and more organizations face the challenge of having to process Terabytes, or even Petabytes, of data each day. If this amount of data is generated on-premises, there isn’t a way to quickly transfer and process this data in the cloud within a day, simply because the speed of light doesn’t allow for it. With AWS Outposts you can bring compute, storage and other AWS services to your data and are able to process the data locally, just as you would in the cloud. For example, if your factory shop floor produces Petabytes of analytics or sensor data, you can use Amazon EMR on AWS Outposts to process that data locally. Using Amazon EMR would alleviate you of all the management burden that comes with managing and scaling large Apache Hadoop, Apache Hive, Apache Spark, and/or Presto clusters. After processing the data locally, you can simply move the resultant dataset to your data warehouse in the AWS Region linked to the Outposts.

    Data Residency

    AWS cloud infrastructure reaches across more than 25 regions globally. Though, even with the announcement of Local Zones and Wavelength zones, there are still numerous countries that don’t have a local cloud region. Organizations with a global presence often face challenges when aligning their cloud strategy with their data residency requirements. Whether it is due to legal and regulatory demands or contractual requirements with end customers. When executing a cloud-first or cloud-only strategy, a requirement to store and/or process data within a specific country’s borders can cause some serious setbacks due to the absence of a local cloud region. AWS services like Elastic Block Storage (EBS) and Simple Storage Service (S3) are available on AWS Outposts to give you the best of both worlds when it comes to meeting data residency requirements; you have full control over your data while providing a consistent experience to your developers and operations teams removing the operational overhead of managing multiple technology stacks.

    Low Latency Communications

    For some systems, even with AWS technologies such as Direct Connect, the physical distance to the nearest AWS region is hindering adoption in an organization. In, for example, financial trading systems, industrial process control systems (like MES and SCADA) or real-time gaming, every millisecond counts. You can use AWS Outposts to either bring your services closer to your end-customers to improve their user experience or to bring AWS infrastructure and services closer to your connected systems, running on a factory floor or on-premises data center.  With AWS Outposts you can run your existing applications on AWS services you are already familiar with, like EC2 and Elastic Container Servicer/Elastic Kubernetes Service for compute, and Amazon RDS for databases.

    Migration and Modernisation

    When preparing a migration to AWS, untangling your on-premises application landscape can be quite the challenge. You might run into a situation where parts of a workload cannot be migrated due to various reasons like heavy dependencies on other on-premises applications. Splitting off these parts may introduce new requirements, such as latency-sensitive connectivity, preventing you to migrate the workload as a whole. By migrating parts of the workload to AWS Outposts, you can quickly benefit from all the features the service brings and in parallel work on resolving any dependency or compatibility issues. AWS Outposts helps you to stay on track with your migration journey by serving as a stepping stone to full migration.

    Unified Experience

    AWS Outposts runs on the same infrastructure, built on the AWS Nitro system, as used in the AWS data centers. Using this technology AWS Outposts can act as an extension of an AWS region. Once an AWS Outposts rack is deployed in your facility of choice, it needs to be connected to an existing AWS VPC in your AWS account, this is done by creating one or more subnets associated with this VPC that will be used for running instances on AWS Outposts. With the configured subnets, the Outposts can basically be leveraged as an additional availability zone in that region. As the service natively integrates with AWS VPC you can use all the familiar constructs, like security groups, route tables and NACLs to control and configure connectivity to workloads running on AWS Outposts. Deploying your solutions to AWS Outposts is as simple as changing the target subnet in your existing configuration and deployments processes. The same applies to services that are normally running outside of the VPC scope, like S3, all can be configured using the same tools your teams already know inside-out.

    Coming soon

    Initially, AWS Outposts could only be ordered as a full 42U rack, where you would provide a facility, power and networking. Last year, at re:Invent 2020, AWS announced two smaller form factors which are scheduled for 2021. The new 1U and 2U form factors, rack-mountable “pizza-size boxes”, open up a whole new range of use cases, bringing similar benefits to locations that have limited space or smaller capacity requirements.

    A VMware variant of AWS Outposts will also be available soon. VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts delivers a fully managed VMware Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) running on AWS Outposts infrastructure on premises.

    Nordcloud, AWS Outposts Service Ready partner

    In this blog, I have shared some of the use cases and capabilities of AWS Outposts. In a follow-up blog, I will dive a level deeper into how you can extend your AWS Landing Zone with AWS Outposts. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or want to validate your AWS Outposts use case with one of our Cloud Architects. We can also support you with a TCO calculation and/or developing a business case for AWS Outposts. Nordcloud is an AWS Outposts Service Ready partner, fully equipped to assist you with your AWS Outposts strategy. Our experts are standing by to talk about your migration, modernization, development, and skills challenges.

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