CirrusHQ Appoints Key Members of Staff to Bolster Growth Strategy

As part of a period of continued growth we are delighted to announce the appointment and internal promotions of a number of people across the business.

We are pleased to promote Daniel Grayburn to a Solutions Architect. Daniel joined CirrusHQ as a Cloud Engineer last year and after a successful period working alongside the team in this role has progressed to the position of SA.

Senior Solutions Architect, David McCahon has also been promoted to Head of Technical Operations, taking over from Darren Cornelius who has been promoted to Chief Technical Operations Officer. David has been instrumental within our Professional Services team for a number of years and is passionate about enabling customers to leverage the benefits of the AWS Cloud.

Darren’s new role of Chief Technical Operations Officer will see him take responsibility of the strategic delivery of Technical Operations, ensuring continuous improvement of performance and delivering the highest level of service to our customers.

As the business continues to expand, with some exciting customer wins in recent months, Stephen Croke steps into the position of Chief Revenue Officer, taking overall responsibility for the revenue streams across the business.

Finally, we are delighted that Lauren Gray has stepped into the position of Office Manager. After joining CirrusHQ as PA shortly before the Covid-19 pandemic, Lauren has been instrumental in helping us achieve and maintain our ISO27001 accreditation and continues to be responsible for all aspects of running our offices.

These role changes mark a real positive step for our organisation as we continue to drive business growth and accelerate performance within the business and digital transformation landscape.

CirrusHQ, the UK’s leading AWS cloud specialists and an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Advanced Tier Services Partner are delighted to share that the company has obtained the AWS CloudFormation Service Delivery validation. This is the organisation’s 5th Service Delivery designation and is an incredibly exciting accomplishment.

By being awarded a 5th Service Delivery designation, and named as a CloudFormation Delivery Partner, this solidifies CirrusHQ’s Infrastructure as a Code first methodology, their DevOps capabilities and further validates the array of strengths that they can demonstrate to customers.

The AWS Service Delivery Program is designed to validate AWS Partners that have deep technical knowledge, experience, and proven success in delivering specific AWS services to customers. To receive this unique designation for AWS CloudFormation Service Delivery, CirrusHQ underwent rigorous service-specific technical validation by AWS Partner Solutions Architects, including review of architecture, customer documentation, and case study details to ensure they follow AWS best practices.

CirrusHQ’s mission is to enable organisations to innovate and grow in the AWS Cloud. With exclusive focus on, and unparalleled experience of, the AWS platform, together with unique levels of certification, CirrusHQ help customers reap the benefits of the Cloud wherever they are in their Cloud journey, ensuring they maximise the performance, security and cost-effectiveness of their workloads.

If you are looking to experience the benefits of a more secure, cost-efficient, and flexible approach to managing Microsoft workloads, CirrusHQ is an AWS Partner that can help you migrate, modernise, and manage your mission-critical, enterprise Windows workloads.

For more information on how CirrusHQ can help you with your Cloud journey, please contact Stephen Croke: stephen.croke@cirrushq.com

CirrusHQ are delighted to announce that they have been awarded onto the Digital Technology and Cyber Services Dynamic Purchasing System by the Scottish Government. This new system replaces the DPS 2.0 for Digital and Technology Services which expired in March 2023 and will continue to provide the Scottish public sector and third sector bodies with a quick route to market for digital technology and cyber security services.

CirrusHQ have been awarded as a supplier on Lots 1, 2 and 4

Lot 1 – Digital and technology projects is focused on services delivered as projects with outcomes and milestones. Services include digital transformation, systems integration, support and development services.

Lot 2 – Digital Technology Resources is focused on Digital specialists, project/programme managers, data specialists etc.

Lot 4 – Cyber security and resilience services is focused on cyber resources/specialists, cyber security services, penetration testing, security and independent accreditation assessments.

Stephen Croke, Head of Business Development at CirrusHQ commented: “We are incredibly proud to be named as an approved supplier on the new Digital Technology and Cyber Services Dynamic Purchasing System. This will provide public sector bodies access to a range of digital technology skills, including cyber expertise, as well as supporting the delivery of agile projects. By being on the framework we are continuing our commitment to helping Government agencies embrace the cloud as part of their digital transformation strategies.”

 

CirrusHQ, the UK’s leading AWS cloud specialists and an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Advanced Tier Services Partner, announced the company has obtained the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) for Windows Server Delivery validation. This designation, CirrusHQ’s 4th Service Delivery Program designation, underscores their experience delivering and providing consultancy to help organisations plan, implement, and manage their Windows cloud migration and modernisation. 

The AWS Service Delivery Program is designed to validate AWS Partners that have deep technical knowledge, experience, and proven success in delivering specific AWS services to customers. To receive this unique designation for Amazon EC2 for Windows Server Delivery, CirrusHQ underwent rigorous service-specific technical validation by AWS Partner Solutions Architects, including review of architecture, customer documentation, and case study details to ensure they follow AWS best practices and have demonstrated proven customer success implementing and migrating Microsoft workloads. 

“CirrusHQ is proud to be recognized as an AWS Advanced Tier Services Partner with proven expertise running Microsoft workloads on AWS.” says Peter Jackson, Head of Strategy and Delivery at CirrusHQ “At CirrusHQ this designation continues to show our drive and commitment to customers and resolving their key challenges (especially around removing the perceived Microsoft blocker to AWS). As an advanced go-to partner for migrations who is solely focused on AWS (and no other vendor), we have demonstrated real success and depth of knowledge and continue to strengthen our alignment to AWS, as well as drive further engagements, and embed licensing discovery into our core offerings to reach new customers” 

CirrusHQ’s mission is to enable organisations to innovate and grow in the AWS Cloud. With exclusive focus on, and unparalleled experience of, the AWS platform, together with unique levels of certification, CirrusHQ help customers reap the benefits of the Cloud wherever they are in their Cloud journey, ensuring they maximise the performance, security and cost-effectiveness of their workloads.  

If you are looking to experience the benefits of a more secure, cost-efficient, and flexible approach to managing Microsoft workloads, CirrusHQ is an AWS Partner that can help you migrate, modernise, and manage your mission-critical, enterprise Windows workloads. 

For more information on how CirrusHQ can help you with your Cloud journey, please contact Stephen Croke: stephen.croke@cirrushq.com

 

 

We are delighted that this week we have reached a milestone 1,000 members in each of the User Groups which CirrusHQ run! AWS User groups are peer-to-peer communities which meet regularly to share ideas, answer questions, and learn about new services and best practices.

Here at CirrusHQ we have the honour of running the Amazon Web Services User Group Glasgow which has seen our 1,000 member join this week. This group meets once a quarter and we are pleased to be back running in person events after a hiatus over the past few years. Our friends at JPMorgan & Chase are kindly hosting our next event on 25th April in their Glasgow offices and we’d love to meet some of the new faces in the group. These events are always a fantastic opportunity to network with your peers, as well as hear from some of the most knowledgable in the community; and with pizza and beer on offer, what is not to love?! Why not visit our Meetup page and see what we have in store for April – we hope yo see you there!

Not only do we run the Glasgow User Group but we also run the AWS User Group in Edinburgh which has over 1,300 members and the Edinburgh DevOps Meetup with over 1,500 members! At CirrusHQ we are proud to participate in these community activities as they create a valuable opportunity for attendees and hosts alike to share their AWS knowledge.

We are looking forward to reinstating the DevOps Meetup after a short break and are already planning the next Edinburgh User Group for the end of May, so watch this space for more information!

 

COMING SOON – CirrusHQ Acuity Platform

Research has shown that organisations that are using cloud computing solutions struggle to describe what they have deployed in the cloud, who deployed it and when, how it is maintained from a security perspective and critically, what happens if it changes. This is where Acuity from CirrusHQ comes in.

COMING SOON to partners and customers, CirrusHQ’s Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloud Management System will allow users worldwide to better manage their cloud environments’ performance, reliability, security, cost, operations and sustainability.

What Acuity brings is real-time event analysis of AWS applications and infrastructure, allowing the right people access to the right information, at the right time. By doing so, customers are able to quickly react to and resolve potential issues before they incur downtime, excess costs or data breaches.

Aggregating data across your AWS accounts and presenting this in a customised dashboard will provide customers easy to use access to all the data needed. A key launch feature of the Acuity platform is CloudFormation Drift Detection which updates in real-time, allowing customers the ability to quickly identify where intervention or improvement is needed and rapidly resolve those issues.

Bespoke to each client, the platform includes best practices and benchmarks deriving from CirrusHQ’s extensive familiarity with the AWS platform.

The Acuity Platform will be available to purchase via the AWS Marketplace starting at $60 USD per month per AWS account.

Keep up to date with the new features and functions of CirrusHQ’s Acuity Platform on our website and social media channels.

CirrusHQ Migration Competency badge

CirrusHQ, the AWS Cloud specialist, is proud to announce they have been awarded the AWS Migration and Modernisation Competency. The award recognises how as an AWS partner, CirrusHQ excels in technical expertise, specialisation, and differentiation with expert capabilities in a key area.

A trusted AWS migration partner

CirrusHQ have a proven track record of migrating key workloads to AWS. With a primary focus on understanding their customers’ key drivers, unique challenges, and success criteria, the team at CirrusHQ use expert AWS knowledge and best practice to construct an AWS journey best aligned to their customer’s business needs.

CirrusHQ understands that each journey to AWS is different, and are pleased to be able to showcase some of their great customer success stories that demonstrate their capabilities:

  • Nottingham College
    CirrusHQ migrated Nottingham College’s backups to the AWS cloud which ultimately helped to transform the college’s disaster recovery process. Read more here.
  • White Rose Math 
    With the help of CirrusHQ, the mathematics training provider developed the ability to scale with size, and maintain performance of their hugely successful teaching and learning brand – just as the pandemic hit. Read more here.
  • CIPFA 
    Having migrated significant back-office applications using best practice AWS governance, CirrusHQ successfully enabled the UK-based accountancy body to achieve their cloud first strategy. Read more here.

On being awarded this significant competency from AWS, James Lucas, CEO and Founder of CirrusHQ said “We are delighted to announce we have obtained the Migration Competency. We recognise that there is still huge potential for the UK market to utilise the Public Cloud and AWS, and that driving best-practices to successfully transition and adopt AWS for our customers is critical when they undertake this significant journey. Our team provides not only the technical solution, but also the skills and support needed to ensure success.”

New sector-specific AWS migration products

CirrusHQ are also pleased to announce the creation of a collection of migration products, designed to help each industry sector advance their AWS migration journey. The product set will be backed by AWS funding that ensures complete end-to-end migration support. Offering their full AWS expertise, the team looks forward to tailoring support to specific sectors, and enabling more organisations to maximise the full benefits of AWS.

John Walker, Head of Architecture and AWS APN Ambassador, remarked “Our new set of Migration products helps us to understand our customers’ current landscape, operational models, and current skills gaps. We then use these findings to help us construct a journey to AWS that’s aligned with their unique challenges, and utilise the AWS core 7 migration methods to build out a plan. We’ll then introduce a Cloud Centre of Excellence and pilot a migration to ensure they see success as soon as possible. Once we’ve fully migrated we’ll help with their ongoing journey to AWS, as ‘day 1’ on AWS never stops to ensure their workloads are modernised and fully supported”

If you’re looking to begin your journey to AWS and would like to understand how to migrate your workloads, please get in touch with CirrusHQ. With AWS, funding options are possible to help realise your strategic drivers and with our support, accelerate your Cloud journey.

CirrusHQ appointed as G-Cloud13 supplier

CirrusHQ, the AWS cloud specialist, has been announced as an approved G-Cloud 13 supplier by the UK Government. The company which provides services throughout the UK has once again been accepted onto the Government’s G-Cloud 13 Framework as a supplier of Cloud Support services. As of 9th November, CirrusHQ will continue to provide its support services to Government organisations in their migration to the cloud.

Stephen Croke, Head of Business Development at CirrusHQ said “We are incredibly proud to once again be approved and accepted as suppliers of cloud support services onto the Government’s G-Cloud 13 Framework. The framework will provide public sector bodies access to the latest innovative products and services while significantly reducing the time and costs involved in the procurement of such services. By being on the framework we are continuing our commitment to helping Government agencies embrace the cloud as part of their digital transformation strategies.”

Understand your Cloud Infrastructure with Cloudgraph

DevOps User Group Webinar

Title:  Understand your Cloud Infrastructure with Cloudgraph

Presenter:  Jon Moss, Senior Engineer at Konsentus

Date: 12th May 2022

Understanding your cloud infrastructure can be difficult and time-consuming.

Hosted by CirrusHQ and presented by Jon Moss, a Senior Engineer from Konsentus. Jon shares his experience using Cloudgraph.

Cloudgraph is an interesting and innovative way of understanding your cloud infrastructure using a standardised API, to answer questions that are not always straightforward to find answers to, when using the console.

To register for the event, please visit the Edinburgh DevOps User Group:

Cloudgraphhttps://www.meetup.com/Edinburgh-DevOps-Meetup/events/285593134/

On-Demand Webinar

Title: Tackling the massive complexity of production Machine Learning

Presenter:  Ed Shee, Head of Developer Relations at Seldon

Date: 24th March 2022

Hosted by CirrusHQ and presented by Ed Shee, Head of Developer Relations at Seldon.

As an early Machine Learning practitioner working with a small number of models it was easy to think that wrapping a model in an API was all that was needed. Since then, having worked with customers that deploy thousands of models at scale, Ed realised quite how naive that worldview was. The road to MLOps best practice is long, hard and poorly defined… In this talk Ed covers the mistakes he made, what he learned along the way, and how DevOps principles are bleeding over into the field of ML.

Ed, having previously led a tech team at IBM and now Head of Developer Relations at Seldon, Ed comes from a cloud computing background and is a strong believer in making deployments as easy as possible for developers. With an education in computational modelling and an enthusiasm for machine learning, Ed has blended his work in ML and cloud native computing together to cement himself firmly in the emerging field of MLOps.

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