Challenge: An independent regulatory agency of the U.S. Government wanted to
migrate their public-facing portal and mission critical application workloads to AWS. Their
applications are critical to the operation of U.S. financial markets and required expert
solutioning and engineering to support the highest levels of performance, availability, and
security. The ability to ingest, store, process, transform, and analyze data securely from
multiple internal and external data sources was required. Both the portal and the
application migration needed to include support for Authority to Operator activities and an
architectural review of key shared service and security mandates.
Solution: Smartronix, an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, designed and
built the infrastructure, security, and privacy framework that supported secure data storage
and message exchanging across critical workload components while ensuring strict adherence
and alignment to data security, data privacy, and technology controls for the Agency.
The Smartronix-led team implemented an automation catalog for repeatable services based
on DevSecOps methodologies. The final solution was built using almost entirely native and
serverless capabilities to reduce reliance on static infrastructure and alleviate
operational and security management burdens. The team also implemented a cloud
native release and deployment management capability and automated security and compliance
governance using AWS services. As a final component, the team implemented a framework for
state management using automatic detection and potential remediation for configuration,
security group modifications, and tagging.
Through the adoption of a DevSecOps approach and the adoption of cloud native services, the
Smartronix-led team was able to refactor the Agency's workloads to reduce computing costs
by tenfold and diminished processing times for critical jobs from 12 hours down to a matter
of minutes. Smartronix continues to provide 24x7x365 incident response for the mission
critical application. Follow-on projects included other assessments and services and
culminated in the award of a multi-cloud strategic assessment that will modernize how the
Agency conducts their mission and executes their supporting IT activities.
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