Managed DR & Backup Operations with Microsoft Azure

The client is a prominent law firm in south East USA. They were running their offices, servers & network infrastructure on a hosted center which was extended to Microsoft Azure. They wanted to maintain certain workloads in their hosted data center but wanted high availability of these workloads. These workloads included compute, storage, networking web app and Azure Backup.

SNP performed a cloud assessment of the client’s existing infrastructure and prepared a detailed roadmap for deploying a hybrid cloud strategy to achieve stable, secure and high-performance workloads running on Azure IaaS. SNP constantly monitored and managed the Azure workloads.

To get the client production-ready, SNP leveraged multiple technologies like Azure Monitor, Azure Log Analytics, Azure Application Insights, Service Map, Tool, and Log Analytics Workspace.

The client has experienced enhanced scalability, business continuity, and enhanced security of its IT service delivery. The client reconfigured their Azure Site Recovery and implemented the best practices. Some of the most significant improvements experienced by the client are:

• The client achieved higher levels of continuity, scalability, and security after implementing a Hybrid Cloud.

• The client gained confidence about their disaster recovery implementation with SNP’s DR drills which were performed without any impact on the primary production application.

• SNP’s 24/7 managed support service is an assurance to the customer that their applications will be available and complaint.

Hybrid Cloud & App Modernization with Kubernetes on Azure

The client is a customer engagement platform that delivers messaging experience across push, email, apps and more. They develop customer relationship management and mobile marketing automation software that businesses use to manage their mobile applications.

The client was already operating its cloud business on Amazon Web Services for quite some time. Being a lifecycle engagement platform that banks on data, teams and technology to create exciting opportunities to add value to messaging and LTV with engagement across devices, channels and platforms. Having a reach so far and so wide, the client desired to have foundational framework in Azure that would enable them to leverage cloud services in a secure, scalable fashion. The client was also facing troubles to automate and scale up their containerized applications.

For this optimization, SNP had to take into consideration the client’s four pillar of their application ecosystem:

• Configuration management
• Authentication & access control
• Infrastructure cluster deployment with CI/CD
• Application deployment framework

SNP made strides to migrate from an existing Chef deployment model to Kubernetes (K8s) orchestration. While deploying Azure, SNP inhouse Azure specialists validated and guided the architectural approach relative to the four pillars, and any aspect that fall outside the four pillars.

The client has seen significant improvement in the speed and efficiency of its IT service delivery. The company leveraged Azure Governance to have an automation, and security under control. They are anticipated to generate an annual Azure revenue of $4 million for financial year 2020 after migrating their AWS infrastructure to Azure.

SNP Implements Azure Security Center for a Leading MNC for unified security management and threat protection across workloads located on-premises

The client is a global organization which specializes in inventory management applications, which is hosted on Azure and is used by MNC’s. They have huge databases that store mission critical data of the customers using their applications. The client was very concerned with aspects around security on Azure, so the challenge was to secure the resources, applications and databases at every possible level and make sure the that does not hinder the flexibility of using and accessing the resources hosted on Azure.

SNP’s team of security experts worked closely with the client team and leveraged the native security applications and few marketplace appliances on Azure. We were able to deliver exactly what the client expected by enabling security center. The client could get a complete and clear picture of the security state of the resources on Azure, SNP helped them define the policies specific to their requirement. As the next step, SNP worked with the client in making them understand the importance of the recommendations and helped the remediate them, thereby achieving the highest secure score as possible, the secure score reflects the security state of the resources on Azure. To get the client production ready SNP leveraged technologies like Azure Sentinel, Log Analytics, Azure Monitor and Azure Security Center. Some of the benefits the customer experienced were:

• Prioritized alerts and incidents – with security center, the customer got access to advanced analytics and global threat intelligence to detect incoming attacks and post-breach activity. Alerts automatically prioritized and grouped into incidents, helping them address the most critical threats first, and giving them the flexibility to create custom security alert groupings.

• We helped the customer reduce network attacks with controlled access to management ports on Azure VMs. This drastically reduces exposure to brute force and other network attacks.

• Adaptive application controls were leveraged to block malware and other unwanted applications by applying whitelisting recommendations adapted to specific Azure workloads.

• Security Policy Settings were leveraged for applications that used regulated data, such as personally identifiable information. These helped the customer easily identify potential vulnerabilities and mitigate threats.

• Email notifications determined security contacts, and email notification settings.

SNP Migrates a Leading Real Estate Firm to Azure, Leading to a Hike in Customer Satisfaction Rate

The client is focused on residential and commercial real estate transactions, wills and probate and small business matters.

Looking to grow the business with a substantial increase the customer base, the client was constantly pulled back by CLOUDSMART. CLOUDSMART provides data center colocation and hosting services for websites, email, databases, online backup/replication and other key applications. However, the client suffered frequent websites outages that lead their customers to face inconvenience. To cut back their operational costs, improve the customer experience and get a reliable backup and disaster recovery setup, the client approached SNP technologies.

We partnered with them and the client validated that they could run their website on Azure Web App for Container Service. We helped the client migrate their website from VM on CLOUDSMART to Azure Web App for Container Service with Azure DevOps for Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD).

Post migration the client has experienced significant improvement in the speed and efficiency of their IT service delivery. The company scaled up the website performance depending on the number of users per session with Azure DevOps for Automated Build Process.

The most significant impact experienced by the client are:

• The client’s infrastructure management time has reduced by 80% with managed support from SNP.

•The client has drastically reduced the cost of maintaining their infrastructure now that they don’t need to Maintain Virtual Machine, Patching of VM, Security.

In the next two years, the client is looking to fully support and move all their hosting websites to Azure.

SNP Helps a Leading Law Firm Implement Disaster Recovery Solution and Azure Best Practices

This client is a leading law firm focussing on bankruptcy, workouts, creditors’ rights, employment law, immigration, commercial real estate, employee benefits, banking law, privacy and information security, venture capital, public utilities etc.

The client was running their offices, servers & network infrastructure on a hosted center which was extended on Microsoft Azure. Their existing hosted datacenter was running on VMWare as a base. The client approached SNP to reconfigure their Azure Site Recovery infrastructure as per the best practices.

We partnered with them to perform a cloud assessment of the client’s existing infrastructure and prepared a detailed roadmap for deploying a hybrid cloud strategy to achieve stable, secure and high-performance workloads running on Azure IaaS.

By leveraging technologies like Hybrid Networking, Hybrid Identity, Azure IaaS, VMWare, and Azure Site Recovery, the client has experienced enhanced scalability, business continuity, and enhanced security of its IT service delivery. The client reconfigured their Azure Site Recovery and implemented the best practices.

Hybrid Cloud Framework with Disaster Recovery on Microsoft Azure

The client is a New York based, vertically integrated real estate operating and development company with expertise in a wide array of value creation activities, including distressed investments, uncovering value in complex transactions, structured finance investments and real estate development.

The client has a Hyper-V infrastructure and was looking for a disaster recovery and cloud failover. SNP worked closely with the client for a cloud assessment where it was discovered that the client has noted several servers running on legacy operating systems and other with operating systems that are nearing the end of life. The total legacy operating system percentage is 28%, which is a significant percentage to be unprotected.

SNP Technologies performed a cloud assessment for their existing infrastructure and prepared a detailed cloud migration roadmap with a Hybrid Cloud strategy for enhanced stability, security and high performance of the workloads running on Azure IaaS.

SNP leveraged Azure Governance to achieve control over Azure subscriptions, cost management, secured access management of Azure resources and to meet overall policies of the organization. Tools like Azure security center, log analytics, application gateways, network watcher and DDoS protection were leveraged via Azure unified security. As desired by the client Hybrid connectivity was achieved by establishing connectivity between Azure Virtual Network and private cloud.

Migrating Hyper V servers to Microsoft Azure for a Leading Real Estate Provider

The client is a leading real estate provider.

The client has a Hyper-V infrastructure and was looking for a disaster recovery and cloud failover. SNP worked closely with the client for a cloud assessment where it was discovered that the client has noted several server running on legacy operating systems and other with operating systems that are nearing the end of life. The total legacy operating system percentage is 28%, which is a significant percentage to be unprotected.

SNP Technologies performed a cloud assessment for their existing infrastructure and prepared a detailed cloud migration roadmap with a Hybrid Cloud strategy for enhanced stability, security and high performance of the workloads running on Azure IaaS. SNP leveraged Azure Governance to achieve control over Azure subscriptions, cost management, secured access management of Azure resources and to meet overall policies of the organization. Tools like Azure security center, log analytics, application gateways, network watcher and DDoS protection were leveraged via Azure unified security. As desired by the client Hybrid connectivity was achieved by establishing connectivity between Azure Virtual Network and private cloud.

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