Asperitas Consulting: The Holistic AWS Approach

Scott Wheeler, Principal Cloud Architect, Cloud Practice Lead Cloud computing is here to stay. As advancing digitization sweeps across every industry, enterprises are jumping onto the cloud bandwagon, often using a piecemeal approach, rather than a comprehensive cloud computing strategy. If a company has a confusing patchwork of cloud platforms and services adopted in a disjointed fashion, it means they will struggle to leverage the full potential of the cloud. However, there is an opportunity for deep expertise to guide the way, and it is at this point that companies like Asperitas Consulting come into the picture.

Asperitas Consulting emphasizes that for the appropriate implementation and maintenance of cloud solutions, it is absolutely necessary to take a holistic approach. Asperitas considers applications, infrastructure, network and security as a whole, and then develops a comprehensive framework for the client. Asperitas eases the client’s transition to the cloud while providing agility in execution, reduced project risk, and increased ROI. This consistent and integrated approach across hybrid and multi-cloud implementations set Asperitas apart from other players in the marketplace.

“Many organizations that are service providers focus on a single solution,” says Scott Wheeler, Principal Cloud Architect and Cloud Practice Lead at Asperitas, “we always take a holistic approach. We look at any service a client is consuming or considering, whether it is IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS, and we always include the security and networking aspects—which makes us unique. Our company covers the full spectrum of technologies that are essential in executing a cloud-enabled enterprise.”

Backed by 10 years of cloud implementation, and over 30 years of enterprise IT experience, the Asperitas team brings to any project extensive knowledge gained from working on complex multi-disciplined solutions for significant cloud service providers in various industries. A typical client engagement begins with defining an overall strategy to assure successful implementation, followed by developing a series of workshops to kick-start the process. The initial engagements with the client organization help the Asperitas team to determine the client’s requirements and create a sound strategy. The team often integrates multiple solutions and uses on premises or hybrid architecture to understand performance expectations or to compel differentiation.



Asperitas covers the full spectrum of technologies that are essential in implementing a cloud-enabled enterprise


Asperitas’ approach offers a flexible foundation that enables the client’s consumption of cloud services both currently and as they expand or change.

Asperitas also enhances the organization’s cloud connectivity to increase throughput, reduce latency, accelerate provisioning, and future-proof the network–which, in turn, serves to lower the costs involved; and it optimizes new and existing cloud applications and automates them. As well, it creates a comprehensive security strategy for hybrid and multi-cloud implementations.

The Solutions Implementation

“We offer a foundational view. Depending on the client’s journey—it can be either at the beginning or mid-way—we execute a workshop that takes the network, security, infrastructure, and application aspects and gives the client a view of how it all works together,” explains Mark T. McCoy, Cloud Architect and Multi-Cloud Practice Lead at Asperitas. “This grounding helps clients format their strategy going forward. Rather than having it broken down into verticals, Asperitas spans all the services required.”

Typically, in the first engagement, Asperitas looks at the way the network is architected and how services are delivered at the present time. In this process, Asperitas does an ROI analysis, and it is consistently the case that the customer experiences a considerable reduction in network costs. Asperitas helps move the core of the client’s network from a legacy architecture into a distributed one. This provides the client with the ability to consume multiple clouds globally; to integrate on premises, SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS solutions; and to react to changing business conditions much more quickly.

“The next step is the overlay, where we look at the routing and security architecture—and how clients can extend their network security into the cloud. This helps the client implement the cloud into their existing architecture,” explains Kha Phan, Principal Network Architect, WAN & Cloud Connectivity, and Distributed Network Architecture Practice Lead. “At this point, Asperitas’ application team helps the client to optimize their existing applications, and in some cases, to re-platform or leverage microservices and containerization to optimize the tasks.”
Relationship with AWS

“Early on, we identified the need to prove that we thoroughly understood the AWS platform,” states McCoy. “We went through the training and certification process, and we executed several successful deployments. Asperitas was then able to attain the position of AWS Advanced Consulting Partner.” This means that several employees have gone through the process and are certified in multiple AWS services and have successfully deployed meaningful client workloads. Asperitas is also a part of AWS’s Well-Architected Framework group— and therefore one of only 100 firms across the world that are qualified in this space. Consequently, Asperitas has a number of Fortune 500 companies that are looking to the firm to review their entire Amazon environment.

Use Case

As an advanced consulting partner for AWS, Asperitas has proven its expertise in implementing AWS solutions that can be best demonstrated through customer success stories. A leading data provider in the financial space, with highly specialized on premises hardware and software capable of delivering data in a near real-time fashion, sought Asperitas’ aid in replicating its functionality in AWS. As the company wanted to make small incremental changes without disrupting the stability of its application, Asperitas executed a proof-of-concept using microservices and containerization in AWS. This containerized environment was simpler to maintain and to update compared to the large client-owned applications. The changes resulted in the client being able to exceed its data processing target metrics by 500 percent. The organization was also able to leverage the microservices environment across other applications, thus achieving a multiplier on their investment.

Roadmap

Currently, the companies that Asperitas is engaging with for cloud migration services have opted for a service period varying from one to three years. “The customers come to us because we always have high-quality staff, which is a challenge and our consistent differentiator,” says Wheeler. “Going forward, we are focusing on two things: always maintaining the best people, and always offering the highest quality.”Asperitas is also working toward helping clients consume cloud and cloud services more easily by educating and empowering cloud-native clients to derive value from its applications, practices, and data views. Asperitas sees the cloud as a grid that forms the back-end of various IoT devices, and it is working closely with vendors to serve more applications.

Company
Asperitas Consulting

Headquarters
Chicago, IL

Management
Scott Wheeler, Principal Cloud Architect, Cloud Practice Lead and Mark McCoy, Managing Partner

Description
Asperitas helps organizations capitalize on the value of the cloud through a unique and comprehensive approach to cloud adoption, including networking and security

Asperitas Consulting