Cloud Computing with IaaS & Cloud Platforms
Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) on cloud platforms provide rapid access to flexible, compute and IT resources ideal for supporting your business-critical application. Using a cloud platform such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft’s Azure means no upfront investments in hardware so you can provision the optimal amount of resources and pay only for what you use on an hourly basis. You have access to all the same servers, storage, databases etc in addition to a suite of agile powerful application services to maximise your site performance and keep your costs down.
Anchor’s team of certified engineers can build, manage, monitor and support your environment(s), in three different time zones with 24x7x365 coverage from Sydney (and not a sleepy SysAdmin!). Our staff are trained in Sydney, Australia, and based in London in the UK and Austin in the USA.
Outsource or Insource – Management, Support, Consulting & Automation Expertise.
Comprehensive management of your AWS environments, with 24x7x365 monitoring and incident response, freeing your team to focus on development.
Anchor’s managed services have been designed to meet the needs of Agile development teams, so while technically outsourced, you’ll come to see that we operate just like an extension of your team.
Think of us as your responsive, expert Agile Ops team — we understand that we share a joint responsibility for the success of your application, not simply the management of your infrastructure.
And unlike other providers, our management fees aren’t calculated as a percentage of your AWS spend — we don’t feel this incentivises the right behaviour. We’re determined to keep your costs to a minimum and our AWS plans and pricing structure reflects this.
We’ll take the pain away of managing your production apps.
Your frontline 24×7 incident response team | Secure and stable production environments | Performance optimisation | AWS spend optimisation.
Augment your internal Agile Scrum team with a dedicated Anchor AWS professional, providing expertise and advice — helping you to make your DevOps transition from the very first sprint.
DevOps is a new and improved approach to software development which brings Dev and Ops together, not just at deployment time but all through the development cycle.
Doing so ensures that considerations such as security, scalability, deployment automation, database performance and application architecture are considered and baked into your web application from the very start.
What we can help you achieve
Consistent environments | Streamlined deployments | Increased Scrum team velocity | Improved App Performance | Increased Stability & SecurityTell us what you need
- Web Developers
- Agile Developers
- Scrum Teams
- Product Owners
- Project Managers
- Business Owners
- eCommerce Agencies
- Online Retailers
DevOps automation & transformation
Anchor’s new AWS-based automation & consulting services are designed to satisfy the needs of Agile Development teams — especially those teams wanting to take a DevOps approach to software development. From a project’s inception, we will integrate into your Scrum team to provide AWS infrastructure & code deployment automation and application architecture design — building support for features such as environment cloning or auto scaling into your application from day one.
Embedding one of Anchor’s experienced cloud operations specialists into your team is a radical departure from the way in which you’re used to working with your managed services provider. We’ll share the responsibility for your project’s success, providing demonstrable value, reducing risk, simplifying deployments & helping to increase your team’s velocity – for less than the cost of hiring your own full time employees.
Cost Optimisation & Right Sizing
Usage costs can quickly spiral out of control without close and careful attention.
To both minimise your costs and maximise the efficient use of resources within your AWS account, Anchor have partnered with CloudHealth to provide a powerful optimisation service which constantly scans for inefficiencies in your AWS account and recommends actions for retaining the most lean, cost-efficient deployment possible.
If you have a lack of infrastructure visibility, severely under utilised assets, security concerns and/or other cloud management stressors, watch 7 Steps to Simply Smart Cloud Management.
Cloud Managed Services Plans
Monitoring and Support Only
For customers who require cost optimisation as well as monitoring+alerts backed by Anchor’s 24×7 support.
24×7 support (pay-as-you-use)
<1hr Support Response SLA
Pro-active alert & incident response (optional)
Service and security monitoring
Monthly spend and usage reporting
Standard tagged instances
Complete Managed Services
For customers with sophisticated business-critical applications requiring autoscaling, high availabilty or complex deployments.
24×7 support (all inclusive)
<15m Support Response SLA
Pro-active alert & incident response (we’ll handle it)
Financially backed 99.95% SLA
Monthly spend and usage reporting
Custom tagged instances
Access to discounts
For Agile teams transitioning to Continuous Delivery, DevOps or Microservices, or who need custom automation & support.
Highly customised or bespoke
Agile & Devops Consultation
Insourced or Outsourced
Add technical engineers to your team
Best practice deployments
Cost control and ammortisation
We found Anchor by researching scalability and load balancer best practices. We have people all over the world, so we thought why not work with an epic team in Sydney who really know their stuff.
– Trystan Kosmynka – Co-Founder and CTO, TestFlight
The Cloud is a series of servers which houses your complete computing needs from application hosting to data storage. A managed cloud service is one in which your service provider takes care of everything from server housing and maintenance, to data protection and constant monitoring.
As computing and data storage needs have evolved, so have the server platforms and dedicated hosting providers who offer them. Not that long ago, business IT services were housed and administrated on the same site as the business who needed them. This kind of service needed powerful on site servers and an IT services professional, or a department of them, who knew how to monitor, maintain and administer them to ensure smooth running of the business and updated, reliable software access for everybody. The infrastructure was usually large, bulky machines which required whole rooms or whole office floors to house. They were expensive to purchase, expensive to maintain and expensive to house in climate-controlled and secure environments.
Then came colocation services. Colocation offered businesses the option of using servers for application hosting and data storage housed in off site locations especially designed for them, called data centres. Your business still accessed the storage space and computing power it needed, but the infrastructure supporting your IT needs was held off site and managed by a colocation services provider. The data centre your servers were housed in were secure environments made for purpose rather than office floors hastily adapted. The server software and maintenance, however, was usually still the responsibility of the business meaning that IT professionals were still needed on the payroll to manage server access, storage and monitoring.
Data storage and application hosting is a bit like owning a fleet of business vehicles. They can be accessed and used every day by your employees, but ongoing monitoring, safety checks, repairs and maintenance still needs to be undertaken by licenced and qualified personnel who know what they’re doing. Your business server needs are the same. While you could rent a fleet of servers for your application hosting and storage needs, you were responsible for maintaining that fleet.
Now there is a managed cloud service. Like colocation services, the application hosting and data storage you need for your business is housed inside state-of-the-art data centres comprising the latest servers and the expert IT professionals required for maintaining them. However, a managed cloud service provider also takes care of your individual server maintenance as well. They are the fleet managers and mechanics. You pay a single service provider a flat fee for hosting and maintenance, concentrating on your business growth instead of its IT needs and ongoing maintenance.
What is managed cloud hosting?
Managed cloud services first arrived in the form of hosting infrastructure management platforms like Amazon AWSand Microsoft Azure. It offered a business the ability to utilise cloud deployment and move key applications and storage into shared data centres, reducing IT services costs for purchasing and maintaining on site servers, but it still required IT professionals to manage the Cloud. Managed cloud hosting is offered by service providers who act as your on site IT technicians, managing not only your IT infrastructure but the applications and data you store on your Cloud servers too. We take care of everything. All you need to worry about is paying for what you need right now, not investing in what you might need in the future.
Colocation vs managed hosting vs cloud all depends on what stage of growth your business is at and what kind of IT service you need to concentrate on growing your business. Colocation services offer you reduced costs in IT service infrastructure, but you still need the IT technician services to manage your software and maintain your data services on the business end. This might be your preference. If you’re an IT professional or looking for Amazon web services to house your website data and applications, you might be happy continuing to look after your servers directly as well.
But if you don’t have the IT resources to manage Azure managed cloud services or your cloud data management, then managed hosting and managed cloud solutions mean that you rent the space and expertise you need instead. It means that you can choose cloud computing options without the ongoing infrastructure management overheads and use only what you need right now. As your business and business needs grow, your managed services like AWS plans are capable of growing with you, offering you more data storage, more powerful cloud infrastructure and still none of the financial or IT services burden needed to administer it.
Cloud solutions offer businesses of all sizes the ability to operate anywhere in the world, from anywhere in the world. Managed cloud services offer businesses of all sizes the ability to never have to manage their own cloud hosting requirements, and to access on-demand storage and managed application hosting that works reliably, securely and at a fraction of the cost of maintaining a dedicated IT department and services personnel.
To find out how your business can access a managed cloud service and begin making the transition to fast, reliable and secure cloud services that are completely managed by Anchor, contact one of our consultants today. We can step you through each of our managed cloud plans and show you how your business will benefit from slashing IT overhead costs and improving accessibility, speed and storage.