Efficiently And Securely Leverage Public Cloud Platforms With A Cloud Competence Centre

The fastest route to cloud adoption is to form a Cloud Competence Centre.

Nordcloud believes that the fastest route to cloud adoption – reducing the time it takes you to get your products to market and future proofing your public cloud usage – is to form a Cloud Competence Centre.

But Why Would You Need a Cloud Competence Centre In The First Place?

AWS defines the goal of this programme as taking ‘a large, widespread, deep-rooted organizational problem and solving it in a smaller scope with an open-minded approach and then leveraging the small wins to scale it across the organization‘. The ‘deep-rooted problems’ come up time and time again when speaking to our customers. Architects and developers who have the most cloud knowledge are often overburdened with trying to support other teams so they cannot focus on their products. As a developer, it is easy to get sucked into ‘the weeds’ by concentrating all your time on the security and networking when what you really want to do is spend your efforts on developing and adding value to new products and services. Cloud governance ultimately becomes very tricky to manage. 

For companies to fully realise the benefits the cloud has to offer, and free up valuable developer time, a Cloud Competence Centre is the ideal way to efficiently leverage public cloud platforms like AWS, Azure, or Google. Nordcloud’s team of expert cloud architects will ensure that your development & operations teams are seamlessly operating as one, providing support for cloud platform development & support for project on-boarding, by focusing on five key areas:

Cloud Customer On-Boarding

Ensuring that your development and migration teams understand your organisational best practices when using the cloud. This can include architecture guidelines, security, cost management, training or where they get support.

Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Developments

Ensuring that the Core Infrastructure, Security controls and shared services required for every project are deployed and maintained. This makes sure you are providing development and migration teams the tooling they require to rapidly accelerate their projects.

Cloud Environment Deployments

Creating accounts and networks and setting up access to provide the teams an easy start with cloud platforms and making sure security policies are followed. The Cloud Competence Centre provides a set of Infrastructure as Code templates for deploying common application components.

Architecture and Devops Support

Providing Cloud Architecture and DevOps tooling support to ensure DevOps Excellence.

Businesses constantly need to be innovating so having a dedicated programme will help jump-start a large-scale, company-wide transformation.

At Nordcloud, we can help build and implement a cloud competence centre with the help of our team of experts, so contact us now to realise the full benefits of the cloud.

Read also in our blog post how to set up a Cloud Competence Center here.

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    HUS Chooses Nordcloud As Partner for Amazon Web Services Development

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    Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS) has chosen Nordcloud as a partner to develop and manage its Amazon Web Services environments. The contract contains AWS capacity management and managed services, as well as consulting services, and it enables HUS, a Finnish pioneer in digital transformation of healthcare, to leverage Amazon Web Services as a platform for new services and data analytics development.

    Nordcloud is proud to be an AWS Premier Consulting Partner since 2014 and an AWS Managed Service Provider since 2015. Making use of our years of experience and utilising best practices picked up along the way, Nordcloud is able to design and build cloud environments that match customer budget and demands whilst being completely elastic and scalable.

    For HUS, Nordcloud will initiate the development of the cloud foundation, as well as, setting up new data management solutions. The foundation is a vital step on the enterprise cloud journey, as it operates as an enabler for automated operations and scalable services. 

    Amazon Web Services is one of the leading cloud computing platforms providing a reliable, scalable, and low-cost set of remote computing services. The AWS cloud was formed by the people behind Amazon.com in 2006 when Amazon started to offer businesses IT infrastructure services. These were in the form of web services, now commonly known as cloud computing. Today, Amazon Web Services powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world. With data centre locations in North America, Europe, Brazil, Singapore, Japan, and Australia, customers across all industries are taking advantage of the AWS cloud.

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      Short story of getting to Managed Cloud!

      In Poland, we have built a team of Managed Cloud Engineers and they simply rock when it comes to multi-cloud clients’ support. Currently, the hottest stuff there is Kubernetes. Read the new #NordcloudianStory shared with us by Jędrzej Piszcz, from Polish office.

       

      How did your adventure with Nordcloud start?

      I was looking for a place to develop my professional skills in the first place but I also wanted to get more flexibility and challenges in my workplace. When I found out about Nordcloud I was very excited – but then during an interview, I realized that my skills weren’t a perfect fit for the position I applied for, but fortunately we found a new position that matched perfectly.

      That’s nice because I actually was proposed to apply to another role and I really appreciate this approach to new candidates. I felt that someone cared about me even before I became a part of the team.

      Do you remember your first impression after coming to the office/starting work?

      A bit overwhelmed, yea!😅 People were talking a lot about public cloud-related stuff that I wasn’t aware of. In fact, this was also a reason why I managed to learn a lot in a short period and shortly after that joined the talks.

      What are your role and core competencies?

      I am Managed Cloud Engineer. I work with multiple public cloud environments, which were designed by our Architects. My daily work is making changes to these, ensuring their security, reliability and performance. Currently, I am focused on AWS and Kubernetes.

      What do you like most about working at Nordcloud?

      Support from world-class professionals and a variety of tasks. There’s no single person that knows every technology and framework, but when you have a network of specialists in your team, the results are more than only the sum of individuals

      What is the most useful thing you have learned at Nordcloud?

      To really appreciate practical technical knowledge (not to disregard theory, of course!) coming from many delivered projects.

      What’s your favourite thing with public cloud?

      That you can quickly start any project with existing templates and managed services (I develop some on my own as a hobby in spare time and I probably wouldn’t decide to use some technologies if I had to maintain all the infrastructure) and later on you can scale it any way you want.

      What do you do outside work?

      Read and write SF novels, play online strategy/4X games, play squash and travel (whenever I can).

      Keen to hear more about our PL team? We are growing and looking for senior architects, engineers and developers!

      Check out the opportunities HERE!

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        Nordcloud recognised as Google Cloud Premier Partner and Managed Services Provider

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        Nordcloud is extremely proud to be nominated Google Cloud Premier Partner and Managed Services Provider (MSP).

        Nordcloud is the first Finnish company ever to achieve Premier Partner status and also the first non-GSuite Premier Partner in the Nordic countries.

        Google Cloud Premier Partner

        Google Cloud MSP program

        In 2017 Google launched the Managed Services Provider program and since then, the ecosystem of Google Cloud MSPs has continued to expand to 12 partners globally.

        Today, Nordcloud is joining this very elite group of few partners globally to provide hands-on support to the ongoing operation of customer workloads and offer proactive services to both large and small cloud adopters.

        With our dedicated Google Cloud experts, our projects range from cloud strategy to migration and execution, to post-planning and ongoing optimization. Nordcloud has a staff of 40 Google Cloud Professional Certified Cloud Architects and Data Engineers.

        Our Google Cloud customers can improve IT operations, accelerate innovation and get solutions to market faster

        “We are honored to be Google Cloud Premier Partner and one of the very few Google Cloud MSP’s worldwide. This is a key milestone on our journey to become the leading Google Cloud partner in Europe”, says Jan Kritz, CEO at Nordcloud.

        Nordcloud offers 24/7 Managed Services for a customer’s cloud environments and manages Google Cloud operations so that the customer has more time to add value to their business operations. With the proven Google Cloud MSP status customers are rest assured that they can trust their Google Cloud environments are well-managed by Nordcloud’s highly skilled experts.

        Nordcloud’s Managed Cloud is your full-stack life-cycling managed services solution providing flexible service bundles to fit your IT needs.

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          Predicting IT incidents in Financial Services

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          As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, one of the UK’s biggest banks, TSB, learnt the hard way earlier this year when it came to protecting their highly valuable systems from IT failures. The BBC coined the term ‘technology meltdown’ after 2 million customers of the bank lost access to their online banking services. Since then, a second ‘meltdown’ has occurred, and TSB’s CEO has stepped down.

           

          Banks have been slow to move legacy systems to cloud

          Banks and FSIs around the world have been slow on the uptake to modernise infrastructure and move legacy systems to the cloud. The complexities that surround moving large amounts of secure data, constantly changing market dynamics, and a need to shift company culture (such as moving to a more agile way of working) is tantamount to redesigning an entire industry. The problem is that this failure to move forward and be relevant has proved costly, and regulatory services have made the FSIs pay out large and easily preventable fines.

          Anuj Saxena, Head of FSI at Nordcloud, wrote in his blog that financial institutions often plan for highly available service operations and don’t consider potential failures. But one of the ways these businesses can improve their operational resilience is implementing automated tools and processes in order to recover from these potential incidents. Engaging with a Managed Cloud Services provider is the start of the solution.

           

          Planning for failure by implementing a well-oiled machine

          At the risk of sounding negative, planning for failure is the key to keeping systems up and running. Employing a DevOps function like the team at Nordcloud who have the experience in automating end to end deployments, operations & recovering cloud infrastructure, allows for flexibility and innovation, and creating runbooks and playbooks allows the teams to compare and match certain standards.

          FSIs need to become operationally resilient so they are not held back when an incident happens. Having a ‘well-oiled machine’ that will be able to respond to incidents quickly and agily will improve this resilience.

           

          But what’s the point of having this ‘holy-grail’ of automation unless you have someone who knows how to manage it?

           

          A dedicated Managed Services Provider

          Cloud experts within Nordcloud have experience in knowing what to monitor & what thresholds to configure out of the box, ensuring that problems are identified earlier and solved quicker.

          Our team uses an advanced adaptive (outlier detection), automated full-stack monitoring and instrumentation platform to enable a 360-degree view of a business’s infrastructure, ensuring that potential issues are identified and resolved before they become an issue. This automated response means reactions are faster, and human error is eliminated. In the same sense, developing a comprehensive runbook promotes standardised operating procedures which can be used repeatedly, allowing you to move to market faster.

          Businesses should also organise regular ‘Game Days’ where failure is simulated, and runbooks and playbooks are tested to ensure that in the event of failure, response and resolution is well rehearsed and therefore fast. Nordcloud’s team of experts can manage this and other day to day operations, helping our customers meet the regulatory compliance they require.

          IT time is valuable and generally scarce and your department should be focussed on projects that improve your company’s bottom line. FSIs who engage with Managed Cloud Service providers will be able to save sizeable amounts of money on potentially avoidable fines, and in the meantime make sure their customers’ online experience is not affected.  

          Realise all the benefits the public cloud has to offer FSI

           

          Cloud computing is on the rise in the financial services – are you ready?

          Download our free white paper Compliance in the cloud: How to embrace the cloud with confidence, where we outline some of the many benefits that the cloud can offer, such as:

          • Lowered costs
          • Scalability and agility
          • Better customer insights
          • Tighter security

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            Efficiently and securely leverage public cloud platforms with a Cloud Competence Centre

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            Nordcloud believes that the fastest route to cloud adoption – reducing the time it takes you to get your products to market and future proofing your public cloud usage – is to form a Cloud Competence Centre.

            But why would you need a Cloud Competence Centre in the first place?

            AWS defines the goal of this programme as taking ‘a large, widespread, deep-rooted organizational problem and solving it in a smaller scope with an open-minded approach and then leveraging the small wins to scale it across the organization‘. The ‘deep-rooted problems’ come up time and time again when speaking to our customers. Architects and developers who have the most cloud knowledge are often overburdened with trying to support other teams so they cannot focus on their products. As a developer, it is easy to get sucked into ‘the weeds’ by concentrating all your time on the security and networking when what you really want to do is spend your efforts on developing and adding value to new products and services. Cloud governance ultimately becomes very tricky to manage. 

            For companies to fully realise the benefits the cloud has to offer, and free up valuable developer time, a Cloud Competence Centre is the ideal way to efficiently leverage public cloud platforms like AWS, Azure, or Google. Nordcloud’s team of expert cloud architects will ensure that your development & operations teams are seamlessly operating as one, providing support for cloud platform development & support for project on-boarding, by focusing on five key areas:

            Cloud Customer On-boarding

            Ensuring that your development and migration teams understand your organisational best practices when using the cloud. This can include architecture guidelines, security, cost management, training or where they get support.

            Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Developments

            Ensuring that the Core Infrastructure, Security controls and shared services required for every project are deployed and maintained. This makes sure you are providing development and migration teams the tooling they require to rapidly accelerate their projects.

            Cloud Environment Deployments

            Creating accounts and networks and setting up access to provide the teams an easy start with cloud platforms and making sure security policies are followed. The Cloud Competence Centre provides a set of Infrastructure as Code templates for deploying common application components.

            Architecture and DevOps Support

            Providing Cloud Architecture and DevOps tooling support to ensure DevOps Excellence.

            cloud competence centre services

            Businesses constantly need to be innovating so having a dedicated programme will help jump-start a large-scale, company-wide transformation.

            At Nordcloud, we can help build and implement a cloud competence centre with the help of our team of experts, so contact us now to realise the full benefits of the cloud.

            Read also in our blog post how to set up a Cloud Competence Center here.

             

             

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              Nordcloud recognised as Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Services Provider

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              Nordcloud is extremely proud to earn the status of Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Services Provider program. The new Microsoft status allows Nordcloud to prove our capabilities and expertise amongst the best Azure service providers around the globe.

              Microsoft Azure Expert MSP program

              As customers move to the public cloud with increasing pace, they need partners with a deep level of cloud expertise and experience to guide them. Inclusion in the Microsoft Azure Expert MSP program is awarded to partners that meet a stringent set of requirements, including verified proof of excellence in customer delivery and technical expertise, and the successful completion of an independent audit of their managed services, people, processes, and technologies. Only the most high-fidelity cloud managed service providers are awarded the Azure Expert MSP badge, intended to give customers confidence when selecting a partner to help them meet their digital transformation goals.

              With Nordcloud’s Managed Cloud service, our customers can ‘step-up’ to the next level in terms of agility, new innovations, and time to market

              “Nordcloud offers 24/7 Managed Services for a customer’s cloud environments and manages the Azure operations so that the customer has more time to add value to their business operations. With the proven Azure Expert MSP status customers are rest assured that they can trust their Azure environments are well-managed by Nordcloud’s highly skilled experts”, says Jan Kritz, CEO at Nordcloud.

              “We are excited to see Strategic Partners like Nordcloud achieve Azure Expert MSP in their portfolio”, said Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner at Microsoft Corp. “Azure customers need well configured, secure, reliant, and best performing applications or infrastructure. With the Azure Expert MSP status, Nordcloud is able to support the customers with these needs 24/7.”

              Nordcloud’s Managed Cloud is your full-stack life-cycling managed services solution providing flexible service bundles to fit your IT needs.

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                Nordcloud Listed In Gartner Magic Quadrant For Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers

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                The leading European Managed Services Provider, Nordcloud, has been entered into the elite group of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers.

                In the context of this Magic Quadrant, Gartner has listed the worldwide leading public cloud infrastructure managed service providers, that offer both managed services and professional services related to infrastructure and platform operations for hyperscale integrated IaaS + PaaS providers — specifically, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

                “We were invited by Gartner to the first of its kind Magic Quadrant and we felt privileged and extremely proud of the fact that Nordcloud is seen as one of the globally leading players in this fast-growing business. We are one of the few European cloud-native MSP’s with operations capabilities for all leading public cloud platforms”, says Esa Kinnunen, Nordcloud Group CEO.

                In order to be eligible for Gartner’s Hyperscale MSP Magic Quadrant, an MSP must meet all of the following criteria:

                • The MSP must have a management portal that offers cloud service expense management and governance of the cloud provider accounts,
                • The MSP must provide technical support to monitor, configure, secure and manage all of the cloud provider’s service elements,
                • The MSP’s professional services must include solution architecture, workload migration and DevOps automation services.

                Nordcloud emphasizes the role of automation throughout its managed services, and customers are encouraged to adopt a DevOps approach. The target customers are midsize businesses and enterprises based in and across Europe, whom Nordcloud is serving with a local country approach when it comes to sales, marketing, and service delivery.

                According to Gartner, Nordcloud’s multicloud messaging resonates well, specifically with customers that appreciate using a single cloud broker to achieve cloud provider independence. Gartner identified only two areas of improvement. Number one; not having an in-house regular datacenter business (although Nordcloud collaborates with partners to deliver hybrid solutions), and number two; being a European focused provider (but with support for global multi-region deployments for global customers).

                “We have worked with hundreds of enterprise customers to accelerate their time to value from the public cloud, and we aim to be the trusted partner on their digital transformation journey. This Gartner recognition is sealing our vision to be the leading European hyperscale Managed Services Provider. We’re also well on our way of executing our growth strategy, as in 2016 Nordcloud was ranked as the fastest growing technology company in Finland and one of the fastest growing technology companies in EMEA according to Deloitte”, highlights Ilja Summala, Nordcloud Group CTO.

                This first-ever Public Cloud Infrastructure MSP Magic Quadrant report with global coverage was conducted by Gartner’s Ron Blair, Mike Dorosh, Michael Warrilow, Gregor Petri, and Lydia Leong. The report’s aim is to provide insight into the global field of Cloud MSP’s for hyperscale clouds and to serve as a fundamental source of independent information for existing and new customers on vendor capabilities to best select the most suitable industry leader in the correct geographic region(s).

                Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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