SOURCE: 2nd Watch

April 12, 2016 09:00 ET

2nd Watch Passes Rigorous AWS Managed Services Program Audit Second Year in a Row

AWS Premier Consulting Partner Demonstrates Operational and Technical Excellence in Designing, Migrating and Managing AWS Environments

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Apr 12, 2016) - 2nd Watch, one of the first AWS Partner Network (APN) companies to be accepted into the AWS Managed Service Program last year, has successfully completed the third-party audit again this year. 2nd Watch has been an AWS Premier Consulting Partner in the APN since 2012, and has handled some of the largest Amazon Web Services (AWS) customer deployments, including Crate and Barrel, Conde Nast, Lenovo, SCOR and Yamaha.

The AWS Managed Service Program is a designed for APN Consulting Partners who are skilled at cloud infrastructure and application migration and deliver value to customers by offering proactive monitoring, automation, and management of their customers' AWS environments. Verified by an independent third party auditor, the AWS Managed Services audit delineate service providers with true verifiable experience, practices and results. The program stresses business and technical capabilities while also ensuring a focus on proven customer success and satisfaction. To pass the audit, AWS Managed Services Partners must prove deep knowledge in AWS services, features and configurations, cloud capacity planning, AWS billing procedures, AWS security and disaster recovery, service desk operations, next-generation monitoring and alerting, SLA reporting and DevOps practices.

According to Kelly Hartman, Global MSP Segment Leader, Amazon Web Services, Inc., "Next-Gen Managed Service Providers (MSP) understand that operating AWS environments involves functioning in a new paradigm where the boundaries have expanded beyond proactive and reactive operations, and now include helping customers design, build, migrate, run, and optimize AWS environments. It also means the MSPs can take new approaches to monitoring, and have fundamentally evolved their managed service practice from being primarily people-driven to being code-driven. This is important because customers are looking for those AWS Partners, like 2nd Watch, who can help them translate AWS expertise into solutions that ensure end users unlock agility and innovation in their businesses."

"Completing the audit underscores the depth of our experience with AWS and our commitment to guiding large enterprises in the use of public cloud infrastructure," says Jeff Aden, EVP of Marketing & Business Development and Co-Founder at 2nd Watch. "Through the audit process we were pleased to demonstrate best practices for developing and optimizing AWS Cloud strategies. We are always happy to see our customers achieve higher levels of business innovation through successful deployments on AWS. We are extremely proud that we met this new, higher bar that AWS has established."

About 2nd Watch
2nd Watch is a public cloud management company that helps enterprises accelerate adoption of the public cloud. The company's unique suite of services and software extend and automate critical workload management processes for the public cloud, including governance, procurement, migration and administration. By combining proven methodologies, industry experts, and patent-pending automation tools, 2nd Watch is currently delivering public cloud workload automation across more than 100 enterprise customers and tens of thousands of Amazon EC2 instances. The venture-backed company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. To learn more about 2nd Watch, visit or call 1-888-317-7920.

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