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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.

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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Webinar

Title: Event-Driven Architecture: Routing Billions of Events with EventBridge

Presenter:  Luc van Donkersgoed AWS Hero and Lead Solution Software Engineer

Date: 3rd February 2022

Hosted by CirrusHQ, we are delighted to have Luc van Donkersgoed, AWS Hero, who is a subject matter expert in building Event-Driven Architecture at PostNL which is the Dutch national postal service.

In the last few years PostNL have seen enormous growth in the area of parcel delivery, combined with a strong increase in competitors and their skills. Their ambition is to be your favorite delivery company, and to achieve that goal they need to innovate. Innovate like crazy.

Central to this innovation is the event-driven integration between the many teams responsible for getting a parcel to your doorstep: when a parcel is first registered, that’s an event. When it arrives at a sorting center, that’s an event. When a truck is delayed, that’s an event. When the delivery driver delivers the package to your neighbours, that’s an event. Each of these events needs to be processed by zero, one or more consumers. The delivery and structure of these events needs to be reliable, new events should be added to the system seamlessly, and event consumers should be able to discover and receive any event they require.

This is a challenge at any scale – but it’s an extreme challenge at PostNL, who are processing 1.100.000 parcels every day, leading to 6 billion events per month. And they only expect these numbers to grow.

In this talk Luc will present a secure, reliable and elastic solution for event routing at scale, built on EventBridge, API Gateway, Lambda, S3 and the CDK. Luc will deep dive on topics like security, cost, integration and monitoring. Lastly, we will look at areas of improvement, such as latency, cost efficiency, and reducing the number of components and services used..

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In a recent AWS EMEA Public Sector Partner Executive Briefings, John Newson, Senior Manager, Public Sector Partners, UK&I, AWS was in conversation with Mohammed Shiffa, IT Manager Infrastructure & Applications at Nottingham College.

Nottingham College is one of the largest further education and higher education colleges in the United Kingdom. Based in the city of Nottingham in England, it provides education and training from pre-entry through to university-degree level at its 10 centres in the city and around Nottinghamshire. Nottingham College has over 23,000 students and 1400 staff. 

Shiffa discussed the impact of a cyber attack on the college, which occurred earlier this year in 2021. He also explains how working with AWS and CirrusHQ helped stop the sophisticated attack in time and reverse detrimental effects. As quoted by Shiffa, this successful failure was not only from intercepting the cyber attack in a timely manner but coming out stronger from the experience with a stronger security posture.

Shiffa also explains the key benefits gained from working with CirrusHQ as an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner and with AWS Education competency; it was not only CurrusHQ’s experience and expertise which helped address an inhouse skills gap within the college for such a situation, but also support a short and longer term IT strategic plan for their digital transformation.

 

 

Watch the fireside chat click here.

 

Also read the case study on how AWS and CirrusHQ transform a cyber-attack into a positive outcome for Nottingham College Click here

CirrusHQ FastStart is designed by CirrusHQ in cooperation with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help you develop and prove your concept on AWS – with no cost or commitments.

Accelerate your journey to AWS with our tailor-made solution for you to assess the benefits of your new service. Providing a Proof of Concept approach it enables a fully working solution to be built and tested, removing complexities and distractors for fast-paced results.

  •  Get your workload on AWS with the guidance of an experienced AWS Partner to ensure you gain the right insights, fast
  • Align the workload to the needs of your organisation and ensure it is successful for you
  • Trial a product on AWS for a limited time, with no commitments, fast delivery, and tailored to you

 

Overview

CirrusHQ FastStart works by guiding your needs against an initial pre-defined workload solution that you’d like to trial on AWS.

  • Public Website – WordPress
  • Amazon Workspaces – for trialing remote desktop
  • Amazon AppStream – for remote Application solutions
  • Storage Solutions – Managing content securely on AWS

Choose from many of the workloads and add your custom set of success criteria, for a hands-on demonstration over a 4-week period, fully supported throughout.

Once you’ve chosen a workload that best meets your requirements, CirrusHQ will work to engage in a series of meetings, and workshops, to identify, build, and then walkthrough your bespoke solution. A fully supported four week trial period will commence, for hands on experience of your proof of concept solution to test your concept, understand cost and understand how to integrate a solution/workload into your existing landscape.

CirrusHQ will assist you to apply for AWS funding to support development and cost of delivery.

 

Process

Program setup and design phase:

  1. Choose from one of the workload products
  2. Establish your success criteria and what you are looking for in detail
  3. CirrusHQ will look to gain funding from AWS, then once known agree pricing model

Build and deployment phase:

  1. CirrusHQ will build your solution
  2. Workshop to go through the solution in depth with your team

Trial period phase

  1. Additional workshop available if extra assistance is needed
  2. Four weeks of hands-on access to trial the solution and any additional support

At the end of the trial period, results of the programme are reviewed with a certified CirrusHQ consultant and the trial can be ended, or moved into a potential production service

Also, after the trial your teams will have a better understanding of AWS, the workloads possibilities, key requirements, benefits, and ROI.

 

If you have a concept that you wish to test or research further, then find out how FastStart can help your organisation innovate faster and safer in the AWS cloud  – Talk to an expert at CirrusHQ.

CirrusHQ, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Advanced Consulting Partner and AWS Solution Provider, announced that its complete range of services are now available in AWS Marketplace, a digital catalog with thousands of software and service listings from independent vendors.

The catalog makes it easy for organisations to find, test, buy, and deploy software and services for AWS.

In AWS Marketplace, customers can benefit from simplified sourcing and contracting as well as consolidated billing, which can result in cost savings when purchasing CirrusHQ services.

CIRRUSHQ AWS MARKET PLACE SERVICES AND PRODUCTS

“As organisations migrate and grow in the cloud, they want to use their preferred software and services on AWS. With CirrusHQ’s services now available in AWS Marketplace, customers have a simplified way to purchase and be billed for both software and related services in a centralised place. In addition, they can streamline purchases with standard contract terms to simplify and accelerate procurement cycles” commented Daemonn Brody, MD CirrusHQ.

“Everyone in CirrusHQ is excited to launch our services in AWS Marketplace,” commented Peter Jackson, Business Architect CirrusHQ. “We have developed a suite of services to support organisations at each stage of their cloud journey. These offerings are delivered through a combination of tools and services developed from years of experience as an AWS solutions provider. Now that our end-to-end Cloud services are packaged in AWS Marketplace, clients can more easily take advantage of our high NPS rated customer services, ranging from consultancy and build to migration and support”.

To find out more about CirrusHQ, AWS Advanced Consulting Partner services, visit our AWS Marketplace listings.

You are invited to a hands-on AWS Immersion Day webinar – a technology deep-dive into the concepts of Serverless Computing, and how those ideas and capabilities can enable your business to focus on development, not operating servers.

Also all attendees will be included in a prize draw to win an Amazon Echo Show 8.

Click here to sign up

The workshop experience is delivered by CirrusHQ, a leading Specialist AWS Advanced Consulting Partner and supported by AWS Solutions Architects.

The webinar will lead you through Serverless use cases, demonstrating how Serverless adds value using Lambda, API Gateway and Step Functions, and practically explaining the difference between ‘on-premise’ services and ‘Managed Serverless’ cloud solutions.  You have the option to either ‘Watch & Learn’, or participate in a hands-on ‘Serverless Lab’ experience using AWS services to build and deploy Serverless AWS solutions.

Seats are limited, so join us.

  • ‘Watch & Learn’, or request a seat to the hands-on ‘Serverless Lab’ feature* (with access to an AWS lab account on the day)
  • Learn the difference between ‘on-premise’ and ‘Managed Serverless’ cloud solutions, with use cases demonstrating how Serverless adds value using Lambda, API Gateway and Step Functions
  • Ask questions and gain support from AWS and CirrusHQ Solutions Architects
  • Date: 21st April 2021 Time: 1.30 pm– 5.30 pm

The webinar will explain how you can leverage AWS Serverless Computing to build scalable, high availability applications faster. Serverless can also eliminate the time and expense associated with provisioning and managing servers, including patching and configuration, administering databases, installing security updates and scaling.

Lab 1: Introduction to Serverless and Building a Serverless Web Application
Covering:
  • What Serverless entails
  • Creating a static website using serverless
  • User Signup Process
  • Using AWS Amplify to deploy Static Website and related assets
  • Use of DynamoDB and Lambda for a Serverless Backend
  • Use of Amazon API Gateway as a REST API
Lab 2: Image Processing and Facial Detection using Amazon Rekognition
Covering:
  • Using Lambda to process images, including resizing and sending to AWS Rekognition
  • Use AWS Rekognition for:
    • Face Detection
    • Detecting if the same person has uploaded multiple images
    • Facial features detection, such as detecting multiple / no people in photos, is the user wearing sunglasses
  • Using AWS Step Functions to orchestrate the processing of Lambda functions in order and with logic
  • Storing persistent data about uploaded photos using DynamoDB

Following the webinar, attendees will better understand how Serverless can enable their organisation to improve operational efficiency, refocus engineering resources on product innovation, and establish faster time-to-market.

* For the Lab sessions: you will need a basic familiarity with the AWS console, and setting up AWS services.

CirrusHQ, are a leading Specialist AWS Advanced Consulting Partner with a focus on Cloud Management, DevOps, Migration and Consulting Services for the private and public sectors.

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CirrusHQ, a UK leading Cloud solutions company, are delighted to have achieved the AWS Service Delivery Partner status for AWS API Gateway.

To achieve this designation, AWS had to validate CirrusHQ as having a deep expertise of AWS API Gateway. This was achieved by CirrusHQ having shown a track record of delivering verified customer success for AWS API Gateway and completing a successful AWS technical review, so customers can be confident they are working with a partner that provides recent and relevant experience.

“AWS API Gateway is another key part of the AWS Serverless world. Our clients understand the value of not having to manage servers or infrastructure in terms of efficiency, and cost savings, but with API Gateway they can add a layer of orchestration, intelligence and integration to the serverless world, with API’s that can be exposed publicly as well as privately, but most importantly securely. The is the ‘front door’ through which our clients can easily integrate with other applications at any scale which then enables vast innovation across multiple disparate services.” commented Muhil Vannan, Technical Lead at CirrusHQ.

Amazon API Gateway is a fully managed service that makes it easy for developers to create, publish, maintain, monitor, and secure APIs at any scale. APIs act as the “front door” for applications to access data, business logic, or functionality from your backend services.

AWS API Gateway benefits

  • Efficient API development
  • Performance at any scale
  • Cost savings at scale
  • Easy monitoring
  • Flexible security controls
  • RESTful API options

“Again I am very proud of what the CirrusHQ team have achieved to add yet another AWS Service to our existing list of AWS Services in addition to our 50+ accreditations. This shows that CirrusHQ are always evolving and moving forward to help clients unlock the scale and innovation of the Cloud – from start-ups to growing organisations.” Daemonn Brody, MD at CirrusHQ.

 

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About CirrusHQ 

CirrusHQ are a highly accredited and experienced UK leading cloud consultancy who consult, design, architect, build, migrate, and manage innovative AWS cloud based solutions for organisations to develop and grow.

With over 14 years’ experience of taking private, educational, Government and non-profit institutions online, CirrusHQ is also the UK’s first and only UK Consulting Partner to hold the AWS Education Competency and the Well-Architected Framework certification.

Services;

Move to the Cloud

  • Immersion Days: Learn to implement solutions to transform an organisation
  • Professional Services: Expert cloud design & delivery
  • Cloud Migration: Ensure a smooth journey to the cloud
  • FastStart: Efficient and cost effective service to test your next business solution in the cloud.

Optimising the Cloud

  • Managed Cloud Services: Peace of mind & optimised AWS cloud
  • Well Architected Review:  Assess & improve cloud solutions
  • DevOps: Streamline cloud delivery
  • Serverless: Reduce infrastructure overhead & time to market
  • CirrusHQ Insights: Dashboard to manage all your AWS accounts

 

Public framework & Accreditations

  • G-Cloud 12
  • Scotland Digital Technology Services DPS
  • Guiding members of UCISA
  • AWS’s Public Sector Partner & Solution Provider
  • AWS Education Competency Partner
  • AWS Marketplace
  • AWS Advanced Consultancy Partner

High level of customer care

At CirrusHQ, the implementation of our services and the experience is core to our mission. We take pride in delivering at the highest standards and this dedication is reflected in our Net Promoter Score (NPS) – our customers rank us as excellent, giving us an NPS of +78 (range: -100 to +100).

AWS Immersion Days provide hands on time with AWS services, and guidance on a participant’s particular use cases to develop and test their proof of concept solutions. An Immersion Day is a customizable and hands-on AWS experience delivered by UK leading CirrusHQ Solutions Architects.

Learn the latest concepts and understand a broad and deep set of AWS services that can help your organization build intelligent solutions – quickly and securely. An AWS Immersion Day provides a range of modules and hands-on labs tailored to your specified requirements using AWS services and features.

Peter Jackson, Business Architect at CirrusHQ said “Immersion Days are created by AWS and with no attendee limit are ideal for a mix of your business and technical teams. Following a proven designed approach, the day can be tailored to any length from a lunch and learn to 8 hours but it will be designed to accelerate your organisation’s potential to leverage the cloud. Your team will be guided on how to use the AWS Cloud in practice with a series of presentations and labs.”

AWS Immersion Day are only delivered by advanced and premier tiered consulting partners. CirrusHQ are highly certified experts with outstanding public/commercial sector experience. Contact CirrusHQ to discuss or arrange your bespoke Immersion Day.

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About CirrusHQ

CirrusHQ are a highly accredited and experienced UK leading cloud consultancy who consult, design, architect, build, migrate, and manage innovative AWS cloud based solutions for organisations to develop and grow.

With over 14 years’ experience of taking private, educational, Government and non-profit institutions online, CirrusHQ is also the UK’s first and only UK Consulting Partner to hold the AWS Education Competency and the Well-Architected Framework certification.

Services;

Move to the Cloud

  • Immersion Days: Learn to implement solutions to transform an organisation
  • Professional Services: Expert cloud design & delivery
  • Cloud Migration: Ensure a smooth journey to the cloud
  • FastStart: Efficient and cost effective service to test your next business solution in the cloud.

Optimising the Cloud

  • Managed Cloud Services: Peace of mind & optimised AWS cloud
  • Well Architected Review: Assess & improve cloud solutions
  • DevOps: Streamline cloud delivery
  • Serverless: Reduce infrastructure overhead & time to market
  • CirrusHQ Insights: Dashboard to manage all your AWS accounts

Public framework & Accreditations

• G-Cloud 12
• Scotland Digital Technology Services DPS
• Guiding members of UCISA
• AWS’s Public Sector Partner & Solution Provider
• AWS Education Competency Partner
• AWS Marketplace
• AWS Advanced Consultancy Partner

High level of customer care

At CirrusHQ, the implementation of our services and the experience is core to our mission. We take pride in delivering at the highest standards and this dedication is reflected in our Net Promoter Score (NPS) – our customers rank us as excellent, giving us an NPS of +78 (range: -100 to +100).

 

 

CirrusHQ, a UK leading Cloud solutions company, are delighted to have achieved yet another AWS Service Delivery Partner status for AWS Lambda.

The AWS Service Delivery Program is designed to highlight AWS Partner Network (APN) Partners who have a track record of delivering verified customer success for specific Amazon Web Services (AWS) products.

The AWS Service Delivery Program is to help AWS customers find qualified APN Partners that provide expertise in a specific service or skill area. To qualify, partners must pass service-specific verification of customer references and a technical review, meaning customers can be confident they are working with partners that provide recent and relevant experience.

“AWS Lambda has become a key enabler in the serverless world. Clients do not need to worry about infrastructure or servers, code can be written and deployed quickly and used in multiple situations. This improves speed to market, it drives innovation, and Lambdas can be used at any scale and and across all AWS services. Being Lambda experts, CirrusHQ has not only delivered client projects, but we use Lambdas in more innovative ways, to help our clients have a much richer managed service such as orchestrating control of email, scheduling of events, and triggering detailed bespoke reporting. ” commented John Walker, Solutions Architect Team Lead at CirrusHQ

Lambda benefits AWS users because they can run code without thinking about servers or clusters while only paying for what is used.

Lambda benefits

  • No servers to manage
  • Continuous scaling
  • Cost optimized with millisecond metering
  • Consistent performance at any scale

“I am very proud of what the CirrusHQ team have achieved and builds on our already unrivalled skills and experience which uniquely supports clients to unlock the scale and innovation of the Cloud – from start-ups to growing organisations. Wherever an organisation is on their cloud journey our end-to-end expertise enables us to deliver the right balance of advice, development and affordability that works for them.” said Daemonn Brody, MD at CirrusHQ


 

About CirrusHQ

CirrusHQ are a highly accredited AWS Advanced Consultancy Partner and experienced UK leading cloud consultancy – who consult, design, architect, build, migrate, and manage innovative AWS cloud based solutions for organisations to develop and grow.

With over 14 years’ experience of taking private, educational, Government and non-profit institutions online, CirrusHQ is also the UK’s first and only UK Consulting Partner to hold the AWS Education Competency and the Well-Architected Framework certification.

Services;
Move to the Cloud

  • Immersion Days: Learn to implement solutions to transform an organisation
  • Professional Services: Expert cloud design & delivery
  • Cloud Migration: Ensure a smooth journey to the cloud
  • FastStart: Efficient and cost effective service to test your next business solution in the cloud

Optimising the Cloud

  • Managed Cloud Services: Peace of mind & optimised AWS cloud
  • Well Architected Review: Assess & improve cloud solutions
  • DevOps: Innovate and streamline cloud delivery
  • Serverless: Reduce infrastructure overhead & time to market
  • CirrusHQ Insights: Dashboard to manage all your AWS accounts

Public framework & Accreditations

  • G-Cloud 12
  • Scotland Digital Technology Services DPS
  • Guiding members of UCISA
  • AWS’s Public Sector Partner & Solution Provider
  • AWS Education Competency Partner
  • AWS Marketplace
  • AWS Advanced Consultancy Partner

High level of customer care

At CirrusHQ, the implementation of our services and the experience is core to our mission. We take pride in delivering at the highest standards and this dedication is reflected in our Net Promoter Score (NPS) – our customers rank us as excellent, giving us an NPS of +78 (range: -100 to +100).