Based in Denver, Colorado, Eplexity is a next-gen managed service provider (MSP) for Amazon Web Services (AWS) users in industries such as technology, communications, oil & gas, and manufacturing. Through a blend of managed and professional services, Eplexity develops customers’ cloud journeys through their CXOS platform. As a member of CloudCheckr’s Business Partner Program, Eplexity brings its customers continuous monitoring for security and cloud expense management, saving them an average of 15% to 25% on their AWS bills.
Getting Started as an AWS and CloudCheckr Partner
Eplexity offers cost-effective migration, modernization, and cloud-managed services. Their CXOS platform features production-ready AWS Architectures Mission Control dashboard and other DevOps solutions, allowing businesses to reduce costs, time to market, and risk when migrating to AWS. By enrolling in the AWS Partner Transformation Program, Eplexity received a 12-month platform evaluation license to start using CloudCheckr.
Additionally, with the help of the CloudCheckr Business Partner program, Eplexity also received full onboarding and training with a CloudCheckr Partner Customer Success Manager and ongoing operational consulting with a CloudCheckr Partner Development Manager. They have been a CloudCheckr customer for about two years.
Resources from CloudCheckr and the AWS Partner Transformation Program have made it easier for Eplexity to fast-forward AWS adoption for their customers. Additionally, as an AWS Premier Consulting Partner with DevOps and Migration competencies, Eplexity brings a unique level of expertise to their customers’ cloud journeys. They also have a 100% AWS Certified operations team, led by Director of Operations Shiley Johnson.
“CloudCheckr is beneficial from cost, security, and performance perspectives, and it has simplified the process of onboarding customers,” Johnson said. “It gives us all the services we need, so that we don’t have to use multiple tools to find the same information.”
CloudCheckr plays an integral role in enabling Eplexity’s customers to take advantage of the security, reliability, and performance that comes out of a public cloud like AWS, both during and after migration. Customers don’t always have the ability to migrate to the cloud and later operate that infrastructure on their own, Johnson said. Eplexity helps make that “lift-and-shift” process more streamlined with design patterns that enable a fast go-to- market time. After completing the migration, CloudCheckr helps Eplexity’s managed services team ensure the integrity and effectiveness of their customers’ cloud environments.
Meeting the Standards of the AWS Well-Architected Review
The tools in CloudCheckr allow Eplexity to reduce their customers’ cloud computing costs and find security vulnerabilities so that they meet AWS Well-Architected Review standards. Johnson and team chose CloudCheckr to simplify these reviews and keep customers’ cloud infrastructures secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient.
Once customers complete their migration and have gone through the onboarding process, Eplexity’s managed services team, the Cloud Command Center (C3), takes over client relations. The Center of Excellence then uses CloudCheckr to easily monitor for security and find cost savings opportunities. Each month, they review customers’ platforms so that they can right- size, purchase savings plans in AWS, and find vulnerabilities to roadmap an improved security strategy.
“The robust system within CloudCheckr helps hit on different areas related to the Well-Architected Review,” said Johnson. “We can take that tool and plug it into the environment very quickly. It’s just a 30-minute conversation with the customer to enable features, walking them through the platform, and asking them to let us digest that information for the next 30 days. We deploy CloudCheckr and then are able to look at the data from multiple angles from a Well-Architected Framework to demonstrate where customers currently are and then have that conversation around where they want to be.”
As a result, the DevOps team at Eplexity can deploy a centralized service like CloudCheckr within design patterns in the CXOS platform to understand where processes can be automated and streamlined.
“We have baked in a number of automations to deliver CloudCheckr as part of our DevOps services to clients,” said Chris Egloff, Resident Architect at Eplexity. “These include the automated provisioning of customer CloudCheckr accounts, Well-Architected Best Practice scanning, and automated tagging for billing and budgeting at the application, cost center, and account levels.”
To get the same recommendations that CloudCheckr offers, Johnson explained, Eplexity would require multiple disparate systems and tools to replicate those results. “It became an all-in-one tool rather than having to go back and forth through other utilities for monitoring,” Johnson said. “Now we can use CloudCheckr and integrate it with additional layers from our other services to frame out an already clear picture.”