SOURCE: 2nd Watch, Inc.

2nd Watch, Inc.

November 12, 2013 08:00 ET

2nd Watch Offers Enterprises an Innovative Solution to Visually Deploy, Govern and Manage Amazon Web Services Resources

First-of-Its-Kind Solution Empowers Enterprise IT Organizations to Better Address Governance and Cost Management Challenges Associated With Enterprise Migrations

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - Nov 12, 2013) - AWS re:Invent -- 2nd Watch, Inc., a global leader in building, deploying and managing Amazon Web Services™ (AWS)-based IT operations for the enterprise, today announced 2W Atlas, a visually-based solution for IT organizations to better leverage and manage the robust features of the AWS cloud. 2W Atlas is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application that is deeply integrated with cloud products offered by AWS and which enables IT professionals to quickly create, deploy and monitor cloud architectures. Beyond providing efficiency advantages, 2W Atlas allows IT and finance professionals to tightly manage and allocate costs within an enterprise.

Governance solutions deployed within IT departments today may not have the ability to address the issues facing enterprises when they consider moving to the cloud, including data breach risks, unauthorized access to networks and uncontrolled spending. Furthermore, IT professionals are being asked to deploy cloud infrastructures quickly and as cost effectively as possible, yet most lack the in-house expertise to build and manage a cloud deployment, let alone do it rapidly and on budget. 2W Atlas was designed to address these very concerns with a full suite of capabilities developed around the AWS platform, while other existing solutions could lead to expensive customization projects.

 "Cloud computing is having a profound impact on businesses, and AWS has been particularly successful with hundreds of thousands of customers of all sizes across a diverse set of industries," said Kris Bliesner, CEO, 2nd Watch. "With 2W Atlas we are combining the ability to visualize and govern cloud architectures with the cost and monitoring capabilities needed to ensure the proper management once they are live, and in doing so, we are helping our customers of any size to benefit from cloud."

2W Atlas was designed with extensive AWS knowledge, the platform that has driven mainstream adoption of the cloud. To help enterprises quickly deploy and maximize the benefits of AWS, 2W Atlas offers:

  • A visual dashboard, which includes an inventory of deployed AWS cloud architectures and AWS usage for compute, networking, database and storage associated with each deployment. This eliminates the need for deep technical expertise, simplifies the management of enterprise scale deployments, ensures proper IT governance and provides audit capabilities of individual resources.

  • A range of unique governance features that dramatically improve the security of cloud deployments. This includes an ability to provide visibility into what's been deployed and how; to pinpoint configuration challenges; to make changes instantly (instead of within weeks); and to quickly dig into cloud formation scripts to see if an architecture was changed.

  • The ability to organize resources and costs by business unit, project or end user. This ensures that cloud architectures are compliant with IT policies and standards, enables programmatic and repeatable deployments across the enterprise, and facilitates quicker and lower cost deployment of systems and platforms.

  • Integration with 2nd Watch's cloud billing and management software, 2W Insight. This simplifies the costing and management of AWS resources by providing running cost estimation prior to deployment, and delivers resource allocations and charge backs by project, business unit or user.

"451 Research routinely conducts end-user surveys that show mainstream IT organizations are increasingly moving to the public cloud," said Carl Brooks, analyst, 451 Research. "As this trend continues, they expect to have access to the same kinds of complex tools they had within their own data centers from their new cloud providers."

Pricing and Availability 
2W Atlas is currently in Beta. Companies interested in accessing the Beta version of the product should visit http://www.2WAtlas.2ndWatch.com or call 888-317-7920.

About 2nd Watch
2nd Watch is a global leader in building, deploying and managing Amazon Web Services (AWS) based IT operations for enterprise customers. 2nd Watch assists customers in evaluating the economics of moving IT operations into AWS, designs and builds highly reliable and scalable AWS based enterprise IT platforms, and provides software tools and management services that enable enterprises to deploy, manage and optimize cloud based IT operations infrastructure. 2nd Watch has effectively moved over 2MW of enterprise data center capacity into the AWS cloud as part of 300+ platform and data center migrations. 2nd Watch is an AWS Premier Consulting Partner and is headquartered in Seattle, WA with offices in San Francisco, New York and Atlanta. For more information, try the TCO Calculator at tco.2ndwatch.com, email info@2ndwatch.com, visit www.2ndwatch.com or call 1-888-317-7920.