Adopt a multi-cloud vision
This military branch turned to AIS for help in energizing its cloud migration. AIS first encouraged the customer to adopt a multi-cloud strategy to benefit from competitive pricing and to provide more architectural options. We then worked closely with Amazon and Microsoft to transform the customer’s on-premises environment into a seamless multi-cloud (AWS and Microsoft Azure) environment with consistent provisioning, governance, and security measures.
As each new application comes up for migration, it undergoes an evaluation for native cloud service capability, pricing, and functionality before being migrated into the appropriate cloud.
At the same time, we encouraged the customer to move beyond IaaS and fully embrace platform as a service (PaaS) to take full advantage of the power of the cloud and eliminate infrastructure maintenance work. Further, using SecDevOps practices, we created the new common environment using full automation and infrastructure as code (IaC) techniques and serverless computing.
Help with migrations
In parallel, AIS became an authorized migration vendor and began moving applications into this new cloud environment. To date, AIS has taken a significant on-premises legacy application, refactored it into a cloud-native application using Azure PaaS services, and moved it into production in Azure, all in a matter of weeks. The application runs faster and has greater resilience in the cloud.
Turn the crank 4,000 more times
The customer is using our cloud migration framework and best practices to move the remainder of its 4,000 on-premises applications to the cloud. This will take years, but the customer can just press a button, and the template will set up an Azure or AWS subscription and a dev/test infrastructure that complies with needed security controls.
Ensure IL4 compliance
Azure offered a DoD IL4-compliant environment and great support for the customer’s many Microsoft-based applications. Microsoft, in turn, turned to AIS as an extension of the Azure engineering team to create a secure IL4 environment in the Azure Government cloud and help the customer create a template for migrating its applications.
AIS integrated a tool that helps this military branch dramatically speed the Authority to Operate (ATO) process and compliance with NIST and DoD controls. With this tool, the customer can get an ATO for an application in weeks versus months or even years.
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