A large Industrial customer began the journey to expand their cloud use with AWS. The demand for cloud technology has been driven by the need to address key business challenges:
- Reduce the exploration time cycle by speeding up the time to process and interpret large seismic data sets; and
- Maximise production and optimise maintenance and reliability of LNG facilities, by rapidly analysing large data sets.
To solve these challenges, a cloud platform was needed that could enable innovation whilst managing enterprise risks, including the increasing cybersecurity threat. To fully realise the vision for cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced them to Versent, an AWS premier consulting partner. Collaborative partnerships are an important part of the organisational approach to innovation, combining the ideas and business knowledge of their people with outside expertise.
Working with Versent, it was identified that an enterprise-grade, cloud-native platform was needed that would deliver security automation, increased efficiencies and consistency to its internal stakeholders.
Key to the success of the program was identifying from the outset that transformation wasn’t just delivering a technology program. It needed to be inclusive of people, processes, culture and take into consideration the maturity of the team, especially outside the traditional IT setup within the organisation.
“When building cloud native – the most important thing is to build trust in those you are working with. Build rapport so you can distribute throughout the team more effectively.” Manager of Digital Strategy and Capability.
Versent undertook a detailed analysis and assessment, aptly named the Yellow Brick Road (YBR), of the on-premise infrastructure. The result outlined a customised plan to build an Enterprise Native Cloud (ENC). Once the ENC was built, it was time to migrate and transform the existing data and applications.
Versent set about putting the right people in place on the ground in Perth, as well as in its home base of Sydney and Melbourne.
“We had teams across the country; in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. We removed some older technologies and started to adopt some fairly new AWS services that we hadn’t come across before,” Manager of Strategic Technology.
The Versent Managed Services team also embedded both on-site and remotely, in a truly collaborative approach, to educate on the new ways of working and to guide the team through the entire cloud journey.
Keeping track of cloud deployments can be tricky. That is why Versent created the software as a service tool, Stax. Stax gives its customers clear insight into their cloud usage in the areas of cost, risk, wastage, compliance and security that is otherwise impossible to see.
Stax was key part of the solution delivered to provide a clear view into its running costs in AWS and keeps track of compliance issues.
“Stax provides the visibility that enables us to effectively manage cost, compliance and risk across our global cloud technology platform,” Manager of Strategic Technology.
Operationally, Versent Managed Services are responsibility for log monitoring, proactive patching and incident response triage. Versent also operate the specialist Palo Alto Next Gen firewall VMs that centrally manage routing and transparent traffic inspection.
Seismic data is big data and it takes a lot of effort to capture, process and interpret it – by making seismic data available on the cloud platform and accessing effectively limitless compute power, the customer organisation has made a step-change in their ability to load, process, interpret and run simulations on seismic data.
“Our Subsurface Data and Information Management team have used the cloud platform capabilities and changed the game in how we manage seismic data. Data loading, processing and simulations can now be done in weeks instead of months and years,” Manager of Strategic Technology.
The customer anticipated that they would have 15 AWS accounts in their cloud platform by the end of 2018. Business demand for agility has resulted in that growth being much faster than anticipated, with the platform hosting over 100
accounts globally and providing hubs for technology servicing international offices and business.
“Going cloud native has allowed us to do so much. We have unlocked a whole new set of possibilities for our business, delivering pace, speed, agility, time to value and innovation. We are able to deliver more insights to make better decisions,” Manager of Digital Strategy and Capability.
- Understand your total cost on premise today, which can be difficult. Focus on asking the right questions – what is the value of the application to the business? Using Versent’s Yellow Brick Road (YBR) custom-built analysis, the customer determined the lifecycle cost of the application portfolio and confirmed a positive ROI, which contributed to ensuring the team’s positive adoption of AWS.
- Choose a partner that you really trust. You will be in the trenches together and you want to make sure you’re covered.
- Once you’ve built a cloud-native platform, you then need to support it with the right people, and always ask yourself, what’s needed next? The Versent Managed Services Team helps to navigate this process.
- It’s important to understand the technology, process and people behind each workload that’s targeted to be migrated.
- Understanding the latency between Perth and Sydney is key and this caused the change of strategy of latency sensitive workloads
- Using native AWS security services as the foundation for security and then supplementing with specialist tooling according to risk maximises benefits and value
“We are just at the start of our journey, really feeling the value unleashing itself – now we can support our international offices, we are multi-region, all from this new platform,” Manager of Digital Strategy and Capability.
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