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Solution Spotlight – Network Foundations

Posted February 9, 2022

This AWS Network Foundation solution provides an opinionated, foundational set of network architectures, design considerations, automated solutions, and best practices that help our clients “quick start” their AWS journey with a strong foothold while ensuring the scalability and growth they are likely to require as their AWS footprint grows. Vertical Relevance highly recommends that the following foundational best practices be implemented to create a sustainable AWS Network that will support an enterprise-level organization.

Use Case: Building a Retail Data Lake

Posted February 7, 2022

How one of the world's largest investment companies is migrating data to AWS using a Lake House. By engaging with AWS and Vertical Relevance, the Customer was able to decide which incremental “Waved” approach is best aligned with their needs. The Customer now has a plan for completion of successful migration to the next best Lake House AWS architecture state as well as managing risks while delivering business value at each increment.  

Solution Spotlight – Lake House Foundations

Posted January 19, 2022

By implementing a Lakehouse, an organization can avoid creating a traditional data warehouse. Organizations are enabled to perform cross-account data queries directly against a Lake Formation Data Lake through Redshift Spectrum External Tables and/or Athena. Table and Column-Level access granularity achieved through Lake Formation Permissions. Data Lake Governance enabled through Lake Formation Resource Shares. Multi-regional, parameterized, infrastructure-as-code deployments. Full data flow and processing pipeline with Glue Jobs, orchestrated by a single Step Function.

Solution Spotlight – Account Foundations

Posted December 15, 2021

The Account Foundation solution provides organizations with a simple, automated approach to managing their AWS cloud environments as the quantity and complexity of AWS accounts increase. Currently, many organizations begin their cloud journey by manually provisioning accounts, configuring guardrails, and leaving baseline account setup to the account owners. However, as an organization’s cloud presence scales upwards, this manual process slows down the account provisioning process and introduces many security vulnerabilities. 

Simplify Compliance with the VR Security Framework and AWS Audit Manager

Posted December 8, 2021

It is difficult to navigate the constantly evolving world of compliance and regulations. Manual risk management often leads to gaps in security, and requires high effort and collaboration to achieve compliance. Reaching compliance is a huge undertaking, often involving guesswork and extensive research just to have information to get started. By leveraging AWS Audit Manager and the VR Cloud Controls Framework, we can create a custom audit framework that meets our individual business requirements, automate the audit process, and attain routine compliance.

Vertical Relevance Achieves AWS DevOps Competency Status

Posted November 29, 2021

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vertical Relevance (VR), a financial services-focused consulting firm, announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) DevOps Competency status. Vertical Relevance was built to help Financial Services institutions design and deliver effective transformation programs across people, processes, & systems. This designation by AWS recognizes Vertical Relevance’s expertise in enabling customers to effectively utilize […]

Use Case: Full-Scale Compliance with Policy as Code

Posted November 3, 2021

How a leading global investment banking, securities, and investment management firm is leveraging policy-as-code techniques to enable application teams to adapt to the cloud faster without sacrificing security or compliance.

Solution Spotlight – Control Foundations

Posted October 20, 2021

Within the cloud, there are many layers at which security and compliance vulnerabilities present themselves. From the AWS Account’s permission models through application code, and at every layer in between. Enterprises that have a diverse AWS landscape, often look towards developing AWS Security controls to prevent vulnerabilities from being introduced to their environments. Our Control Foundations Solution enables security teams to define the organization’s controls through a PolicyasCode framework that can be used to continuously add, adjust controls, and deploy the changes to controls to meet compliance needs across the organization. The continuous adjustments and seamless deployments of these controls allows application and infrastructure teams across the organization to spend less time worrying about security controls and more time focusing on delivering high-quality work.

Use Case: Self-Service Infrastructure Product Provisioning at Scale

Posted October 6, 2021

How a leading worldwide provider of payment technology improves software delivery by providing self-service infrastructure products that are readily available to be consumed by application teams. Through engaging with Vertical Relevance, the customer was able to increase their developers’ efficiency by increasing the speed in which they are able to deploy AWS infrastructure, all while doing so in a way that is scalable, secure, and remaining with their compliance requirements. Development Teams are able to do this by creating AWS Resources that are tested and approved to Customer’ standards on-demand utilizing Service Catalog. With this new solution being implemented, the customer is able to progress through their mainframe modernization.
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