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Leveraging the Cloud to Strengthen Democracy: NDI Case Study - AWS Washington D.C. Symposium 2014 - Partner Presentation - National Democratic Institute

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This session will explore the National Democratic Institute has shifted its entire IT infrastructure to the cloud. You will learn their strategies for data center migration and hear best practices …

This session will explore the National Democratic Institute has shifted its entire IT infrastructure to the cloud. You will learn their strategies for data center migration and hear best practices and lessons learned as well as specific ROI details.

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  • 1. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Leveraging the Cloud to Strengthen Democracy Chris Spence cspence@ndi.org
  • 2. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Cloud and Democracy?
  • 3. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Journey to the Cloud 1. Increasing challenges 1. Employee demand for more technology 2. Security issues 3. Competition 2. Opportunity to innovate in the field 3. Flat or decreasing tech budget Building our server room in 2011 - before we started tearing it down in 2013
  • 4. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Cloud Strategy v SaaS AWS On-Premise Private Cloud Authentication, Logging, HRMS, Reverse DR VPC S3
  • 5. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Role of SaaS
  • 6. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 DemTools as a Service
  • 7. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Program Sites, Apps
  • 8. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Example: Malawi Malawi Election Monitoring Center, May 2014
  • 9. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 AWS as Data Center - VPC AWS On-Premise Private Cloud v Authentication Systems, Logging, HRMS Reverse DR VPC S3 • Virtual Private Cloud - single network • Business apps in VPC, connect to on-premise services • Example: DNS
  • 10. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Software Dev, DevOps • Cloning preconfigured server stacks  snapshots • Easy backups, restores, snapshots  Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). • Streamlined project development • Lower project costs • Easy to set up dev, staging, production
  • 11. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 • Integrated On-Premise Infrastructure • Backup/Recovery, DR • High Availability, Load Balancing Additional Benefits
  • 12. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Improve Security
  • 13. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Suggested Best Practices Get started, the benefits are significant and can be realized in the short term: • Get the low-hanging fruit first • Migrate services to the cloud in line with lifecycle • Get to know Reserved Instances, appropriate sizing • Approach DevOps differently • Map out your security plan in advance • Document everything
  • 14. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Challenges • Training Technical Staff – Professional development • Managing Costs – Costs peaked at $11K/month, now $3500 • Security Configuration – Hybrid environment – Coordinated security policies between EC2 environment, onsite firewalls, servers Monthly AWS Costs
  • 15. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 The Numbers • September, 2011 • 85 physical servers, 7 racks in server room • 10 tons of AC cooling • June, 2014 • 12 physical servers, 53 EC2 instances, 30 VMware instances in private cloud on premise, 2 server racks • Reduced server room size by 50% • 5 tons of AC cooling
  • 16. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Wins for Democracy • Focus resources • Reduce costs, complexity • Increase impact of programs • Drive democratic innovation Cambodia: Presidential Candidate Debates
  • 17. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Chris Spence, CTO @cspence cspence@ndi.org Tech4Democracy Programs Blog: http://demworks.org @NDItech http://ndi.org @NDI Contact Us!
  • 18. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 About NDI
  • 19. AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium Washington, DC | June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014 Thank You Chris Spence cspence@ndi.org