Whitepaper: Watchmaker

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…Watchmaker automates the process of configuring a system at provisioning time. This eliminates the need for customized images. Rather than repeatedly creating custom, monolithic images, Watchmaker can be used with vanilla images straight from the vendor(s)…

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Whitepaper: Reference Architectures

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Reference architectures were developed to provide guidance on application architecture best practices to build scalable, predictable, secure applications based on AWS services. The diagrams are available in an easily-accessible place (usually via a site such as Redmine that is available to all members). One can be chosen that best meets the existing environment, but still provide the customizability to meet future design requirements.

Based on feedback and the introduction of new cloud offerings, the reference architectures will be updated and expanded upon. These updates will be made available upon completion for immediate use by organizations.

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Whitepaper: MothBall Service

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…the Cloud Broker Team is endeavoring to create a service offering to help cloud account holders achieve optimal billing minimization….

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Whitepaper: Clapper Service

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Plus3 IT Systems created a service that makes billing optimization easy. Customers need only set attributes on their Amazon Web Services' (AWS) EC2 instances and ensure service-access to their accounts. The Clapper Service will then optimize customers’ billing by automating the powering on and off of customers' instances and (optionally) sending out emails summarizing activities performed on behalf of the customers.

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Whitepaper: EBS Backup Service

Problem: Customers adopting Commercial Cloud Services do not have uniform access to Enterprise backup services. Further, for the few deployment-contexts where they might have access to such services, management of those services lacks suffcient agility to meet tenants' needs.

Solution: Plus3 IT’s consultants wrote a suite of tools to enable customers to more easily leverage the cloud-native backup capabilities to backup up their cloud-hosted IT solutions.

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Whitepaper: TCO Analysis of AWS Services

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…IT cost-management becomes easier when a company has a steady stream of data to work with: over time, resource usage-patterns emerge…
…Plus3 IT Systems developed a total cost of ownership tool….

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Whitepaper: Snowball

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Migrating existing infrastructure and applications to cloud services has many challenges including:

  • transitioning of existing data for new analysis to be done in the cloud (e.g., utilizing AWS EMR service), or
  • transitioning of existing data for long-term storage (e.g., storage of data on AWS Glacier).

Long transfer times and costs can be signi'cant for the migration of data to and from AWS services with traditional methods.

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Whitepaper: Cloud Broker Assessments

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…A Cloud Broker Assessment consists of a detailed analysis conducted by Application Cloud Broker engineers, and financial and process specialists. The assessment covers a substantial suite of evaluation factors to support the cloud business decision. The evaluation helps tenants determine whether the costs and risks of a move are suffciently offset by reductions in sunk and recurring costs associated with continued on-premises or other private hosting options….

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Whitepaper: Commercial Cloud Network Provisioning

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…Plus3 IT Systems' engineers use Amazon Web Services' (AWS) CloudFormation service to automate repetitive tasks. This feature allows application(s) setup time to be reduced and removes the risk of errors while providing template(s) to maintain consistent parameters across accounts provisioned by di⁄erent individuals and teams…

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