Public Sector Cloud Practice with AWS

Public Sector Cloud Practice with AWS

1901 Group + AWS

1901 Group is a proud member of the AWS Partner Network (APN) and our specialization as an AWS Advanced Tier Consulting Partner, member of the Public Sector Partner Program, graduate of the AWS Partner Transformation Program (PTP), Government Competency holder, authorized AWS reseller, and AWS 50 Certified Member partner.

With over 2,000 government agencies using AWS, our team appreciates AWS’ understanding that government agencies must balance economy and agility with security, compliance, and reliability. AWS has been among the first to solve government compliance challenges facing cloud computing and AWS has consistently helped agencies navigate procurement and policy issues related to adoption of cloud computing. AWS provides commercial cloud capability across all classification levels: Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret making it possible to execute missions with a common set of tools, a constant flow of the latest technology, and the flexibility to rapidly scale with the mission.

Each of these values and benefits, provided by AWS, is a catalyst for 1901 Group to help U.S. agencies modernize and transform quickly their enterprise IT by migrating mission applications to the appropriate AWS cloud(s); thereby, enhancing and securing the critical citizen services our Government provides day in and day out.

Leveraging AWS is an essential part of our Public Sector practice that offers our customers powerful, pragmatic flexibility by addressing:

Expertise and experience
Our team is successful in migrating mission applications to AWS GovCloud solving compute, storage, networking, and security challenges that: a) expedited Time To Workload (TTW) migrations, b) generated efficiencies through our Elastic Engineering for cloud consumption optimization, and c) streamlined agency Authority To Operate (ATO) process times from the typical 12-18 months down to less than 4 months benefiting from our FedRAMP Authorized monitoring and management platform.

Capacity at scale
Our team has built the 1901 Group Cloud Migration and Operations Factory leveraging AWS Best Practices, AWS cloud services, and AWS native tools. Our people, processes, technologies, and facilities including our Enterprise IT Operations Center in Blacksburg, Virginia in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC) embraces the high-availability and high-performance capacities that the extensive AWS clouds provide.

Ease of procurement
Our team offers Firm-Fixed Price (FFP) cloud services on GSA Schedule 70 #GS-35F-0617W, under SIN 132-40 (cloud) and SIN 132-52 (ecommerce) that are available to U.S. Federal, State and other agencies for streamlined procurement. Our GSA Schedule enables acquisition throughout any agency’s cloud journey including: Cloud Migration Readiness Assessments (MRA), Migration Readiness Planning (MRP), Proof of Concept and Testing, Application Migration, Cloud Operations and Maintenance (O&M), and Compliance and Reporting.

As our Government continues its cloud journey and begins to migrate thousands of mission applications to the cloud, our Public Sector Cloud Practice with AWS is focused on championing the fact that all agencies, regardless of size or mission, need trusted partners that understand their operating environments and the nuances associated with governance, security and auditing, billing and cost management, connectivity from closed government networks, standardization of infrastructure, automation, and routine O&M of cloud-based infrastructure environments. When done right, the cloud removes much of the undifferentiated heavy lifting associated with managing traditional IT. The real challenge is not making the decision to go to the cloud, but rather, the real challenge is managing the process of how to get into the cloud and stay there in an efficient and effective operating manner… and 1901 Group and AWS are here to better serve and increase the effectiveness of our government agencies.

 

Customer Highlights

Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives: IT Enterprise Modernization

To meet the agency Chief Information Officer’s priority to refine and advance ATF’s infrastructure, they initiated a program to improve the stability, performance, and maintainability of the agency’s IT systems through an incremental plan to migrate applications and infrastructure to the cloud.

To address ATF’s modernization requirements, 1901 Group assessed the agency’s mission applications and identified those applications needing refactoring, re-platforming, or rehosting to move to the cloud. 1901 Group used its full stack DevSecOps environment with a continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipeline and RedHat OpenShift bundle (an automated container management and orchestration platform) to refactor, re-platform, and migrate ATF applications to AWS GovCloud.

1901 Group established a secure and reliable account structure to host ATF’s mission critical applications with separate accounts for each environment and multiple VPCs to host legacy applications and containerized applications. The infrastructure is based on AWS EC2, EBS, and uses AWS Elastic Load Balancers (ELBs), Network Load Balancers (NLBs), and Application Load Balancers (ALBs) for highly available systems. To enable secure communications and performance, 1901 Group worked with DOJ, Juniper, and AWS to become the first to implement a Transit Gateway with ECMP VPN tunnel bundling to Juniper load balancers.

1901 Group also uses AWS CloudWatch to develop and analyze performance characteristics of the applications being migrated to ensure the environment and applications meet system functional and performance requirements.

Disclaimer: This citation is not an endorsement, nor does it represent a preference by the agency mentioned or any other element of the Federal Government, and this citation does not claim that the products or services described herein are considered by these entities to be superior to other products or services.

Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives: Infrastructure Cloud Operations Management

To meet the agency’s strategic IT modernization objectives, the agency adopted a “cloud-first” strategy and sought a managed services provider (MSP) to develop, implement, and maintain an enterprise-wide, cloud operations management plan. This plan addresses monitoring, metering, and optimization requirements for the agency’s mission applications and infrastructure as well as how to integrate new systems and services across the ATF cloud architecture.

To address the agency’s requirements, 1901 Group used a combination of its FedRAMP-authorized In³Sight platform and AWS’ FedRAMP-authorized GovCloud monitoring and management services to maintain ATF mission applications and IT infrastructure 24x7x365.

1901 Group uses AWS native services and infrastructure to meet ATF’s cloud monitoring, management, and optimization requirements. We use AWS Resource Access Manager (RAM) to enable enterprise shared resource between multiple accounts and Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs), providing cost effective resource utilization across all environments. AWS Direct Connects and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) enable reliable and fast connectivity to ATF personnel across the United States.

1901 Group monitors and manages ATF’s infrastructure through our integrated In³Sight platform with AWS native tools including AWS CloudWatch and Cost Explorer. We implemented enhanced monitoring using AWS Glue and Athena, Aurora, and Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) to provide deeper insight into operations to secure and manage the agency’s mission critical applications. Using Cost Explorer data paired with defined thresholds, 1901 Group creates utilization reports for ATF to enable the elastic compute process, leading to an optimized infrastructure and eliminating unnecessary costs associated with unused capacity.

Disclaimer: This citation is not an endorsement, nor does it represent a preference by the agency mentioned or any other element of the Federal Government, and this citation does not claim that the products or services described herein are considered by these entities to be superior to other products or services.


New York University:
Administrative Data Research Facility

To meet the needs of a continually increasing number of researchers, data scientists, and data source owners using New York University’s (NYU) FedRAMP-authorized Administrative Data Research Facility (ADRF) platform, NYU sought consulting and technical operations from a managed services provider (MSP). They needed a partner with experience in AWS GovCloud operations and maintenance (O&M), FedRAMP and NIST compliance, public-sector acquisition regulations, and user support.

Understanding NYU’s requirements, 1901 Group leverages AWS cloud-native services and tools including AWS Athena, AWS Glue, AWS S3 Buckets, AWS Lambda, Elastic Load Balancers (ELBs), AWS CloudWatch, and AWS CloudTrail. To augment these services, 1901 Group also gave NYU access to our Cloud Factory platform and existing FedRAMP-authorized monitoring and management service, In³Sight, including potential use of ServiceNow IT service management (ITSM) ticketing system to perform future ADRF help desk functions, keeping future growth and scale in mind.

Disclaimer: This citation is not an endorsement, nor does it represent a preference by the University mentioned or any other element of the University system, and this citation does not claim that the products or services described herein are considered by these entities to be superior to other products or services