Cloud Advisory

The Cloud is a technology tool, business strategy and an unrivaled value creator for the modern age. How do you Cloud?

Here to help.

We are experts in Cloud, driven to earn your long-term trust. We are here to serve as a guide and mentor for the business and application of your cloud.

AWS Catalyst Program

Get more from your AWS investment through Aligned’s AWS Catalyst Program. By becoming a Catalyst Member, you have immediate access to a range of value-centric services designed to simplify your cloud operations, optimize your cloud spend and ensure both your cloud compliance and cloud security.

Managed Cloud Services

Driving increased value throughout your cloud journey.

Advisory Engagement Services

Cloud Advisory, Consulting & Risk Management

Cloud Kickstart (Phase 1)

Initiate and create your path forward by establishing your cloud vision, strategies and priorities which are guided and aligned to the Business. Feel confident in your cloud trajectory by making the right decisions on cloud provider, platform mix (private, hybrid, public, cloud native), migration approach, security, culture, resourcing, budget, and more.

Cloud Secure (Phase 2)

Protecting your Cloud is significant and a strategic priority. Devise clear, documented Cloud Security directives, policies and key performance indicators (KPIs). As you build and implement your Cloud, do so with enterprise-class cloud security guidelines, frameworks and best practices. The best cloud providers, like AWS, have excellent documentation available. For more information about AWS Cloud Security click HERE

Cloud Go (Phase 3)

As you move your applications, services and workloads to the cloud you will experience the ease, flexibility and power the cloud brings to your business. But, this is also a time where many organizations make costly missteps in regards to their cloud modernization, cloud migration and adoption strategies, processes and procedures. It may be helpful to consider the 6 R’s (from AWS) Re-host, Re-platform, Re-factor/Re-architect, Re-purchase, Retire and Retain. Take the time to create the right plan for your organization. Remember, migrating the right way will set your organization up for success and allow ever increasing repeatability, predictability and time-to-value.

Make Cloud Better (Phase 4)

Optimize, optimize, optimize. Once your Cloud is up and running, it is important to consistently measure and monitor performance, capacity and costs so that you can run better. Leveraging your cloud platform management tools, execute comprehensive workload reviews to understand consistency with your original plan, and what changes are needed to accommodate the day-to-day realities. Also, look for resource waste and adjust immediately. Most importantly, analyze your reporting to balance performance to capacity to costs. Based upon real information, investigate pricing programs and look for ways to make your budget go further.

AWS Well-Architected Framework Review

Aligned’s AWS Well-Architected Framework Review (WAFR) provides a robust analysis of your AWS environments in regards to best practices adherence and alignment for all Six Pillars as described below. WAFR helps cloud architects build secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure for a variety of applications and workloads.

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The full Story of
Cloud Advisory

The Cloud is a technology tool, business strategy and an unrivaled value creator for the modern age. As such, the Cloud can feel a bit overwhelming, making the most savvy business leaders and technology executives unsure of where to begin, or if their path forward is the best one.

Aligned is a Cloud-focused advisor and services organization with deep experience in Cloud Security, and a keen ability to educate and guide our clients through all things cloud. We begin by understanding your Organization. Where are you today? What is your vision of the future? And, what are the key drivers, goals and resources propelling you forward? With these insights, we can begin to develop the direction and strategies to leverage the cloud with clarity and intention. We can help you plan, prioritize, budget, initiate and manage your cloud journey.

We are experts in Cloud, driven to earn your long-term trust. We are here to serve as guide and mentor for the business and application of your cloud. Check out our Advisory Engagement Services which have been specifically designed to help you through each phase of the cloud journey.

Latest Resources

AWS Athena: Clarifying Its Role and Comparing It to Redshift

AWS Athena: Clarifying Its Role and Comparing It to Redshift

This week, we deepen our exploration into AWS Athena by distinguishing it from traditional databases and contrasting it with Redshift. Discover the unique roles and operational differences between these powerful AWS tools, and learn how they can suit various data workloads and analytical demands in your cloud environment.

AWS Elastic Disaster Recovery (AWS DRS): Your Comprehensive Guide

AWS Elastic Disaster Recovery (AWS DRS): Your Comprehensive Guide

Welcome to our detailed overview of AWS Elastic Disaster Recovery (AWS DRS). This guide explains how AWS DRS revolutionizes disaster recovery by using AWS’s resources to maintain ready and updated recovery sites, thus saving costs and increasing efficiency. Discover how you can test, recover, and fail back applications effortlessly, and why AWS is your ideal disaster recovery site with benefits like elasticity, cost-effectiveness, and robust security.

Maximizing Cloud Security with Athena Data Types for AWS

Maximizing Cloud Security with Athena Data Types for AWS

n this post, we delve into the role of Amazon Athena, a robust, serverless query service that enhances data analysis on AWS. We’ll explore how Athena’s data types and flexible querying capabilities can be leveraged to bolster cloud security, ensuring sensitive information remains protected while maintaining system efficiency and accessibility. Join us as we unpack how Athena Data Types not only facilitate powerful data management but also enforce stringent security measures, helping organizations meet compliance and regulatory standards seamlessly.

Cost Optimization

Issue: Small AWS deployment with little management oversight and a lack of cloud skills internal to the organization moving from traditional infrastructure to SaaS and cloud based solutions.

 

What we did

  1. AWS Audit
  2. Cost Optimization Review
  3. Ongoing Monitoring

 

Result:

  • Eliminated unused storage volumes and the old application server no longer in use, the charges for AWS resulted in a savings of 51% per month.
  • We’ll continue to monitor AWS billing and finance to ensure maintenance of savings and identify other future changes.

Cost Optimization

Issue: Small AWS deployment with little management oversight and a lack of cloud skills internal to the organization moving from traditional infrastructure to SaaS and cloud based solutions.

 

What we did

  1. AWS Audit
  2. Cost Optimization Review
  3. Ongoing Monitoring

 

Result:

  • Eliminated unused storage volumes and the old application server no longer in use, the charges for AWS resulted in a savings of 51% per month.
  • We’ll continue to monitor AWS billing and finance to ensure maintenance of savings and identify other future changes.