Have you ever wondered what a software release life cycle is? Today we’re going to take an in-depth look at Software release cycles and AWS DevOps Solutions to help you refine and automate your software releases.
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AWS provides a set of flexible services that are designed to simplify provisioning and management of your infrastructure and applications, deploying your code, and automating your software release process. With these services, you can quickly build out your cloud infrastructure, deploy applications to any instance, or develop complex applications on AWS.
As AWS Advanced Partners, Silicon Overdrive provides AWS DevOps solutions, AWS cloud infrastructure managed services including architecting, migration, security, maintenance and monitoring of your AWS environments with a security and compliance emphasis.
Tooling and Services for DevOps
CONTINUOUS INTEGRATION AND CONTINUOUS DELIVERY
Automate building, testing, and deploying software with AWS CodePipeline, AWS CodeBuild, and AWS CodeDeploy.
Build and deploy a microservices architecture with containers or serverless compute by using Amazon EC2 Container Service or AWS Lambda.
INFRASTRUCTURE AS CODE
Use services like AWS CloudFormation, AWS OpsWorks, and AWS Config to provision, configure, and govern your AWS infrastructure.
MONITORING AND LOGGING
Record logs and monitor application and infrastructure performance in near real-time using services like Amazon CloudWatch and AWS CloudTrail. Debug and analyze distributed applications with AWS X-Ray.
PLATFORM AS A SERVICE
Deploy web applications without needing to provision and manage the underlying infrastructure and application stack with AWS Elastic Beanstalk.
Host secure, highly scalable Git repositories in the cloud with AWS CodeCommit.
Get Started with Your DevOps Journey
Whether you’re a DevOps pro starting your next project or you’re just beginning to transition to DevOps Model, AWS and Silicon Overdrive have the tools, services, and resources to help. To get started, your organization can leverage AWS’s highly scalable and cost-effective infrastructure resources and DevOps tooling in minutes with no upfront cost. In addition, AWS offers you a variety of resources to help your organization get the most out of your workload, including pre-made infrastructure templates, trainings, reference architectures, guides, and white papers, plus a highly trained support team.
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DevOps Case Studies
Electrum Payments provides enterprise software that represents the next generation of payments technology. Major retailers & financial institutions use Electrum’s technology to accept payments, process financial transactions and provide value-added services.
Electrum Payments needed a deployment mechanism to quickly deploy their AWS infrastructures for each of their clients using their SaaS solution.
Silicon Overdrive met with Electrum’s team and architected a solution based on AWS best practices to accommodate their customers’ needs and meet their own compliance requirements.
We rearchitected the website, application and database tiers of the environment with the focus on automation. Terraform was used for Infrastructure as Code so that changes could be versioned and Electrum’s new customer environments could be deployed on demand. AWS Config is used to detect configuration drift; and combined with the version history of the IaaS it delivers complete documentation of their environment fulfilling their requirements for ISO 27001 compliance.
Thanks to the DevOps methodologies employed, EC2 instances and the RDS are deployed in high availability. AWS Lambda functions integrate key processes without provisioning or managing servers.
DevOps services used: VPC, IAM, EC2, RDS, S3, ELB, AWS VPN, Lambda, AWS Backup, NAT Gateway, CloudWatch, CloudTrail, Config, Trusted Advisor, Certificate Manager
Third-party apps used: Terraform and Ansible
Project Manager: Charlton Daniels
By establishing secure, automated deployments, Electrum can now scale their operations, allowing for the faster onboarding of new customers while meeting their security and ISO 27001 compliance requirements by ensuring that all deployments and infrastructures use the same base architecture and configuration.
DevOps helps customers achieve speed and agility. Furthermore automating migrations and deployments provides customers with consistent and increased assurance. Configuration can be standardised and drift detected. By bringing security into the DevOps process from the beginning, customers can save money and more consistently meet deadlines.
Change Technologies enables users to invest as little as €1 into cryptocurrencies. Their model means that there are no minimum balances, no commission, and no unfair barriers, meaning that anyone with a Smartphone can invest in cryptocurrency.
Since Change Technologies deals with cryptocurrency and processes card payments, they were required to achieve PCI DSS compliance to ensure the security of the data.
Upon assessing their environment, Change Technologies found that their current environment deviated from best practices and compliance standards. It was decided that the best solution to become PCI DSS compliant would be to bring in a AWS consulting partner (Silicon Overdrive) to assist with the process of re-architecting, rebuilding and migrating their workloads to a secure and compliant AWS environment.
Silicon Overdrive met with Change Technologies’ team and architected a solution based on AWS best practices to meet their PCI compliance requirements.
We rearchitected and redeployed the environment with the focus on security and automation.
AWS CDK (Cloud Development Kit) was used for Infrastructure as Code so that changes could be versioned and deployed on demand. AWS Config is used to simplify security analysis, change management and compliance auditing, which reduces operational overheads on their team and time required for and thus reduced the cost of their compliance audit.
All EC2 instances were migrated to serverless services to reduce operational overheads, improve performance, availability, scalability and security. These services include API Gateway, ECS Fargate and AWS Lambda.
DevOps services used: API Gateway, VPC, IAM, S3, ECS Fargate, RDS, SNS, Security Hub, Config, CloudWatch, CloudTrail, Trusted Advisor, Route 53, AWS VPN, AWS Cloud Development Kit, CloudFormation, Certificate Manager, Lambda
Third-party apps used: Circle CI
Project Manager: Charlton Daniels
By utilizing DevOps methodologies, Change Technologies was able to achieve PCI compliance faster than what would otherwise have been possible; allowing them to achieve a faster time to market. PCI DSS Level 1 compliance was achieved within five months after engaging with our AWS DevOps team.
Utilising natively PCI compliant AWS services greatly reduced project timelines and risk. This also enabled the team to change the architecture and technology stack to leverage DevOps practices and serverless services with security best practise standards required to achieve and maintain PCI compliance.