Cloud adoption services and AWS migration solutions

ECS provide solutions and has deep experience helping businesses move successfully to AWS, through all phases of complex migration projects, discovery, planning, migration, and operations. We focus on developing our customer’s internal skills and helping to build the foundations required for complex migrations to AWS, and we are experts in reducing friction when migrating legacy applications.

ECS provides expertise and training to help develop customer’s cloud capabilities and include Migration, DevOps, application, and environment modernization consulting to set customers on the path to success. ECS accelerates our customer cloud adoption by providing technical personnel, tools, education, and technical support to customers in the form of professional services. As an audited AWS MSP, ECS helps customers with ongoing support of AWS workloads as part of our full life cycle support approach.

  • Infrastructure and Application Migration to AWS
  • Deployment of New Infrastructure and Applications on AWS
  • Resilient Application Development in the Cloud
  • Automation of Enterprise Cloud Infrastructures.
  • Accelerating Customer Cloud Adoptions
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Solutions
  • Cloud Security, Governance, and Compliance Best Practices Implementation
  • Cloud Managed Services
  • Cloud Strategy, Security & Governance

CUSTOMER USE CASES

ECS successfully migrated 50+ applications for the United States Marine Corp (USMC)

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CHALLENGE

The vulnerabilities associated with an aging, legacy IT infrastructure and increases in demand for modernized information systems requires the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to capitalize on advanced and emerging technologies – including cloud computing – to maintain advantages in warfighting capabilities. The USMC aims to create a secure, operationally and fiscally efficient cloud computing environment to support its current and future needs.
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SOLUTION

ECS Federal worked with the USMC to execute its cloud adoption strategy and migrate applications to Amazon Web Services (AWS). To accomplish this, ECS Federal followed its Common Cloud Framework approach to cloud migrations. This approach defines 4 phases to cloud migrations: Discover, Design, Build, and Transition.

During the Discover phase, ECS Federal worked with key stakeholders to identify and understand the Business, Platform, People, Governance, Operations, and Security requirements for the applications and infrastructure. Through this discovery phase, ECS Federal created a migration readiness assessment and roadmap for migrating to AWS.

In the Design phase, ECS Federal developed target architectures based on Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Secured Cloud Computing Architecture (SCCA), the AWS Well-Architected Framework, and USMC requirements. These target architectures meet the complex Department of Defense (DoD) security and compliance requirements while introducing AWS Well-Architected Framework guidance to create highly-available, operationally efficient, and cost optimized environments for USMC. ECS Federal utilized AWS services including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and its components, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) in its designs.

During the Build phase, ECS Federal deployed the target architectures via AWS CloudFormation, established network connectivity, and further configured AWS services to meet USMC requirements. Once completed, ECS Federal established data replication between the on-premises environments and the new AWS environments. Initial testing was conducting during this phase to ensure the applications and environments meet USMC requirements.

In the Transition phase, ECS Federal executed the migration plan to cutover to the AWS environment. This included the steps required to “go live” in AWS as well as beginning the production operations and maintenance of the new environment.

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BENEFITS

ECS Federal has designed, built, and transitioned the USMC to a secure, highly-available, cost-effective, and operationally efficient production AWS environment. Through this, the USMC can leverage new AWS cloud services to continue modernizing its IT and application infrastructure to meet its future warfighting needs.

ECS delivered Blackboard's application portfolio from on-premises to the cloud on time and under budget

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CHALLENGE

As the leading provider of education software and services, Blackboard Inc. sought to modernize its application and services portfolio through the adoption of the public cloud while reducing enterprise IT costs through the closure and consolidation of many of its physical data centers.
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SOLUTION

ECS Federal worked with the Blackboard to develop and execute a cloud adoption strategy and migrate applications to Amazon Web Services (AWS). To accomplish this, ECS Federal followed its Common Cloud Framework approach to cloud migrations. This approach defines 4 phases to cloud migrations: Discover, Design, Build, and Transition.

During the Discover phase, ECS Federal worked with key stakeholders to identify and understand the Business, Platform, People, Governance, Operations, and Security requirements for Blackboard’s applications and infrastructure. ECS Federal reviewed each Blackboard data center to determine application and infrastructure requirements as well as data center closure dates to develop migration timelines.

In the Design phase, ECS Federal developed target architectures for an enterprise shared services environment, hybrid networking between Blackboard’s on-premises environments and the new AWS environments, and standard application architectures. ECS Federal utilized AWS services including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and its components, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), AWS Direct Connect, AWS ElasticSearch, Amazon CloudWatch, AWS Lambda, and Amazon Simple Notification System (SNS) in its designs.

During the Build phase, ECS Federal deployed the target architectures via AWS CloudFormation, established network connectivity, and further configured AWS services to meet Blackboard’s requirements. ECS Federal utilized CloudEndure for data replication between Blackboard’s on-premises environments and AWS. CloudEndure utilizes block-level replication of server storage to enable forklift migrations. With CloudEndure, ECS Federal orchestrated low RTO and RPO migration cutovers. Each application was tested for performance, functionality, and reliability.

In the Transition phase, ECS Federal executed the migration plan to cut over to the AWS environment. This included the steps required to “go live” in AWS as well as beginning the production operations and maintenance of the new environment. This included network and DNS cutover as well as final data synchronization between the on-premises environments and AWS.

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BENEFITS

ECS Federal has designed, built, and transitioned Blackboard to a new enterprise AWS environment that enabled further modernization and adoption of AWS cloud services. This environment met Blackboard’s goals of cost efficiency through consolidation of enterprise services and physical data center closures.

Migrating L3Harris Workloads to the cloud resulting in cost savings

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CHALLENGE

L3Harris required support moving disparate L3 divisions from the current ISP/IaaS/PaaS solution provider to a consolidated solution. The scope included more various division websites to be continuously migrated as other corporate websites are running in the cloud.
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SOLUTION

The solution included deployment of various AWS components, such as EC2 instances, multi-AZ RDS, S3 for storage and CloudFront for secure data delivery across the world. These components aligned with customer requirements and met the standard for best practices as defined in the AWS Well Architected Framework.
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BENEFITS

Over 90+ websites are now hosted on a unified architecture in AWS us-east-1. As each website became available for migration, L3HARRIS and ECS were able to do so with no impact to the existing workloads.

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