Running Complex Enterprise Workloads on AWS - Session sponsored by Fronde

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AWS Summit 2014 Melbourne - Breakout 2

In the near future the majority of enterprise workloads will be running on public cloud platforms like AWS. In this session Fronde - an organisation with six years experience with AWS - will describe their approach to enterprise IT liberation; how to go about moving your complex workloads and strategies to overcome potential obstacles. We’ll demonstrate how we’ve moved traditional on-premise Citrix Virtual Desktop up to AWS to realise a Cloud Workspace for the future that delivers real business value.

Presenter: James Valentine, Chief Technology Officer, Fronde

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Running Complex Enterprise Workloads on AWS - Session sponsored by Fronde

  1. 1. CONFIDENTIAL liberation Running Complex Enterprise Workloads on AWS James Valentine CTO | Fronde 12 August 2014 starts with
  2. 2. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014
  3. 3. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 WHY BOTHER? NO UP-FRONT CAPITAL EXPENSE LOW COST PAY ONLY FOR WHAT YOU USE EXPERIENCED EASY SCALE UP AND DOWN SECURE
  4. 4. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 NOT JUST FOR SIMPLE WEB APPS
  5. 5. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 Enterprise Apps and Dev/Test Storage, Backup and Archival Disaster Recovery Big Data and HPC Web, Mobile and Social Apps Virtual Desktops KEY WORKLOAD AREAS MOVING TO AWS
  6. 6. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 EXAMPLE WORKLOAD PRIORITISATION LIKELIHOOD CONSEQUENCES INSIGNIFICANT MINOR MODERATE MAJOR SEVERE ALMOST CERTAIN M H H E E LIKELY M M H H E POSSIBLE L M M H E UNLIKELY L M M M H RARE L L M M H STAGE ONE STAGE TWO STAGE THREE
  7. 7. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 GETTING STARTED ▪ Determine your desired “cloud personality” ▪ AWS Account(s) and IAM setup ▪ Base VPC network design ▪ Connectivity decisions ▪ VPN? Direct Connect? Public Internet? ▪ Migrate DNS to Route53
  8. 8. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 ENTERPRISE MIGRATION KEY APPROACHES “Lift and Shift” Hybrid approach Clean install; re- architected for AWS 1 2 3 3
  9. 9. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 LIFT AND SHIFT ▪ The fastest, but ugliest, way to get a workload to AWS ▪ VM import; match networking; Rewire ▪ Iterate issue resolution quickly until it works ▪ Minimal changes to use AWS services
  10. 10. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 LIFT AND SHIFT PROS AND CONS CONS ▪ Potential for unknown server configurations ▪ Unlikely to delivery full AWS benefits PROS ▪ Typically very fast ▪ Minimal changes to current state - existing operational processes largely the same
  11. 11. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 CLEAN INSTALL, RE-ARCHITECTED ▪ Clean installs of application components ▪ Implement AWS best practices • Configuration management • Horizontal scaling ▪ Substitute AWS services for existing components where possible
  12. 12. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 CLEAN INSTALL PROS AND CONS CONS ▪ Can take longer upfront ▪ Operational restabilisation will need to occur PROS ▪ Deliver greater business benefits ▪ Known configurations ▪ Future proofed
  13. 13. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 HYBRID APPROACH ▪ Replace obvious / straightforward components with AWS services (e.g. RDS) ▪ Migrate the rest “as is” ▪ Build a backlog of unresolved issues and progressively resolve them.
  14. 14. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 FRONDE MIGRATION CASE STUDY #1 ▪ nakedbus.com - low cost travel operator. ▪ eCommerce stack; mobile backend; BI layer virtualised within a single data-centre ▪ Selected Hybrid migration approach ▪ Transition savings paid for themselves within ▪ 6 months => fund improvements
  15. 15. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 BUILD AN OPERATIONAL FOUNDATION ▪ Implement monitoring - but not how you do it at present! ▪ Implement tagging / naming standards ▪ Determine your Billing & internal recharge needs ▪ Centralised logging & event management
  16. 16. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 GOTCHAS Vendor support Misaligned Licensing Models Shared storage Multicast, Broadcast etc.
  17. 17. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 Treat your servers as CATTLE not PETS
  18. 18. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 FRONDE MIGRATION CASE STUDY #2 “The Cloud Workspace”
  19. 19. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 CURRENT REALITIES CHALLENGES ▪ Desktop management complexity ▪ Stuck on legacy Operating Systems ▪ Stuck in a cycle of refreshes and upgrades ▪ Users demanding freedom from traditional IT OPPORTUNITIES ▪ Anywhere, Anytime, Any Device ▪ Browser and Mobile delivered Apps ▪ BYOD ▪ Tablets and Chrome Devices On premise App/Desktop Virtualisation too hard and too costly LEGACY APPS
  20. 20. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 TRADITIONAL CITRIX ENVIRONMENT
  21. 21. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014
  22. 22. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 ▪ Built through CloudFormation Configuration ▪ High Availability and Auto-scaling ▪ SSL termination with Elastic Load Balancing ▪ “Apps not Desktops” MOVING CITRIX TO AWS GOALS
  23. 23. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 THE CHALLENGES ▪ Driving total Windows configurations through CloudFormation ▪ Fast Auto-scaling vs. Instance Bootstrapping ▪ Boomeranging Data Traffic
  24. 24. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 THE RESULT ▪ Rapid build out - no capital expense ▪ Time to market radically reduced ▪ Iterate entire stacks ▪ Able to prototype new services with low risk ▪ Unlocking Global potential
  25. 25. CONFIDENTIAL | FRONDE 2014 summaryMOVING COMPLEX WORKLOADS TO AWS Adopt AWS principles Be Bold Set the right foundation Iterate quickly and navigate “gotchas”
  26. 26. CONFIDENTIAL Questions? James Valentine CTO | Fronde 12 August 2014 Thank you!

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