eCloud Managed Solutions—a woman-owned small business—is a renowned cloud consultancy firm that guides businesses in cloud adoption and digital transformation, offering them guaranteed performance and business agility while mitigating risk and bringing cost-effective cloud solutions. “What the business and IT leaders need is a customer-centric, vendor-agnostic approach to navigate the cloud maze and select the best cloud services for their IT and business needs,” says Eric Sanders, managing partner of eCloud Managed Solutions. “We are here to guide them through this maze and help them evolve their legacy infrastructures with private, public, or hybrid cloud-centric services, depending on the needs of their business.”
However, to make all of this possible, Sanders believes that it is not only about implementing the most robust cloud technologies and tools available in the market. Equally important are the processes and practices adopted to optimize the business workflow. If the philosophy of the digital makeover does not bear the best interest of the company in mind, the transformation project is bound to suffer, no matter what the investment is. Sanders and his team at eCloud understand this, and that’s what makes the company different from many other “lift and shift” cloud migration solution providers.
eCloud employs a performance-oriented DevOps culture to ensure that a business’s cloud migration journey doesn’t experience any deployment failure or rollbacks. “We design flexible solutions for companies to rapidly and reliably build, move, and maintain digital infrastructure using DevOps practices. DevOps brings an unprecedented level of collaboration, speed, security, and scalability to any project,” explains Sanders. Leveraging DevOps best practices, eCloud is able to create a dynamic work environment and break down operational silos, which, in turn, bring more real-time visibility for faster project delivery. Together with that, since DevOps is able to break larger blocks of codebases into smaller (more manageable) units, the chances of making an error also reduce.
The company also helps their clients build continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) processes, as well as scripting and defining them through the infrastructure when rebuilding code and templatizing the environment. Simply put, consider that a company is running their services on AWS, and eCloud builds out their environment, but in an AWS CloudFormation script.
Having said that, cloud migration is but one piece of eCloud’s robust cloud competencies. “While we help a business in their end-to-end cloud migration, we also offer our cloud concierge managed services,” shares Sanders. The comprehensive management services include data backup and restore, troubleshooting, remediation, patching, configuration management, onsite dispatch, and moves/adds/changes/deletions (MACD) support. “One of the crucial services in that regard is our disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS). If a client encounters any disaster within their on-premise facility or cloud, we are able to spin an exact environment somewhere else,” explains Sanders. The company also helps its clients in database modernization, helping businesses move to more open-source platforms so that they are not too dependent on a particular manufacturer, database, or operating system. Together with that, eCloud offers well-architected review (WAR) to increase security, optimize efficiency, while decreasing digital debt. Their WAR process provides organizations with a framework to evaluate new and ever-changing products and services on their cloud platform of choice.
To best explain how these capabilities help eCloud’s clients, Sanders shares an instance. On one occasion, a company, Profund—a financial services firm—was working with a third-party software development firm to build out an application’s front-end UI on a platform with limited capabilities. But the challenge was Profund is a niche firm and did not have much expertise in Kubernetes open-source container-orchestration system, CI/CD processes, or DevOps workflow. “On partnering with eCloud, our in-house experts were able to move them to AWS and spin up an environment in a matter of hours,” shares Sanders. “Through that process, we could help them move all their code, develop a way to automate the software delivery process, which again was very DevOps focused and leveraged repeatable and reproducible environments.”
eCloud employs a performance-oriented DevOps culture to ensure that a business’s cloud migration journey doesn’t experience any deployment failure or rollbacks
Moving ahead, eCloud is in the process of growing its partnership with Azure and becoming an Azure Gold partner. This would, in turn, would put the company in a very niche—but premium—a cohort of solution providers with Azure, AWS, Microsoft, SaaS, and DevOps expertise. With the growing COVID-19 situation, where many companies—especially SMEs—are migrating their capabilities to the cloud, these competencies would definitely make eCloud stand out in the market as specialists of the domain.