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Stratus Cloud Consulting Corporate Website – AWS Reference Architecture

Stratus Cloud Consulting uses Amazon Web Services to host their Corporate Website.

Below is the reference architecture that Stratus Cloud Consulting used to deploy their highly available Corporate Website.

Stratus Cloud Consulting Corporate Website AWS Reference Architecture

Corporate Website – Key AWS Building Blocks

Below are some of the Key AWS Building Blocks that we used.

  • AWS Route 53
  • AWS EC2
  • AWS Cloudfront
  • AWS Cloudwatch
  • AWS S3
  • AWS Glacier
  • Corporate Website – Platform

    At Stratus Cloud Consulting, we elected to utilize opensource technologies as much as possible to deliver a final solution that is cutting edge & extremely cost effective.

    Just as we selected opensource technologies as our platform of choice for our own infrastructure, so we have chosen Amazon Web Services as our hosting partner of choice. We’ve examined all the options currently available and have carefully made our selection to ensure we deliver solutions that are Well-Architectured.

    We selected WordPress as our CMS of choice together with MySQL as the backend Database. The solution also runs on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS in order to eliminate OS licensing Costs.

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    AWS Direct Connect brings the Amazon network to South Africa in Cape Town & Johannesburg

    AWS Direct Connect

    Today AWS Direct Connect has landed for the first time on the African continent with two new sites in Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa. In Cape Town, AWS Direct Connect is at the Teraco CT1 data center and in Johannesburg, at the Teraco JB1 data center. Both these sites can be found under the EU West (Ireland) AWS region in the AWS Management Console. With global access enabled, these sites can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region.

    Customers in South Africa can now establish a dedicated network connection from their premises to AWS. As with any AWS Direct Connect site, these sites conform to the standard resiliency model that includes two customer facing devices per location that allow customers to establish locally resilient connectivity and redundant connectivity to the Amazon backbone network. Using AWS Direct Connect, you can establish private connectivity between AWS and your datacenter, office, or colocation environment, which in many cases can reduce your network costs, increase bandwidth throughput, and provide a more consistent network experience than Internet-based connections. Connections are always made to a particular Direct Connect location, and can run at either 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps, or work with a partner to connect at speeds less than 1Gbps.

    AWS Direct Connect

    Please see the AWS website for details on locations and pricing. Instructions on how to set up AWS Direct Connect are available on the Users Guide. Sign in to your AWS Management Console to order AWS Direct Connect today!


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    Amazon sets its sights on new data centre in SA


    It is a matter of when rather than if Amazon Web Services opens one of its data centres in South Africa.

    That is the message from Amazon’s chief technology officer, Werner Vogels, who said on Wednesday the group was working on understanding not only South African entrepreneurs but those across the continent.

    “We have a lot of customers here already, especially when it comes to young business … but also larger companies, before opening up a region here,” Vogels told Business Times on the sidelines of the company’s summit in Cape Town.

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    AWS – Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for the 7th consecutive year

    Gartner Magic Quadrant

    Amazon Web Services was placed in the “Leaders” quadrant and positioned the furthest on completeness of vision and the highest ability to execute axes. – Gartner Magic Quadrant

    AWS - Leader in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Gartner Magic Quadrant for the 7th consecutive year

    Amazon Web Services

    Amazon Web Services (AWS), a subsidiary of Amazon, is a cloud-focused service provider. It pioneered the cloud IaaS market in 2006.

    Offerings: AWS offers Xen-virtualized multitenant and single-tenant compute (Elastic Compute Cloud [EC2]), with multitenant storage, along with extensive additional IaaS and PaaS capabilities, including object storage with an integrated CDN (Amazon Simple Storage Service [S3] and CloudFront), a Docker container service (EC2 Container Service [ECS]), a batch computing service (AWS Batch), event-driven “serverless computing” (Lambda), and an aPaaS-like developer experience (Elastic Beanstalk). It is willing to negotiate large-scale single-tenant and on-premises deals (such as the U.S. intelligence community cloud deal). The AWS Marketplace has an extensive selection of third-party software and services. Enterprise-grade support is extra. It has a multi-fault-domain SLA. Colocation needs are met via partner exchanges (AWS Direct Connect).

    Locations: AWS groups its data centers into regions, each of which contains at least two availability zones (data centers). It has regions on the East and West Coasts of the U.S., and in Canada, Germany, Ireland, U.K., Australia, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Brazil. It also has one region dedicated to the U.S. federal government. There is a China region operated by Sinnet, which requires a China-specific AWS account. It has a global sales presence. The portal and documentation are provided in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish. The primary languages for support are English, Japanese and Mandarin, but AWS will contractually commit to providing support in a large number of other languages.

    Provider maturity: Tier 1. AWS has been the market share leader in cloud IaaS for over 10 years.

    Recommended mode: AWS strongly appeals to Mode 2 buyers, but is also frequently chosen for Mode 1 needs. AWS is the provider most commonly chosen for strategic, organizationwide adoption. Transformation efforts are best undertaken in conjunction with an SI.

    Recommended uses: All use cases that run well in a virtualized environment. Applications that are potentially challenging to virtualize or run in a multitenant environment — including highly secure applications, strictly compliant or complex enterprise applications (such as SAP business applications) — require special attention to architecture.


    AWS remains the dominant market leader, not only in IaaS, but also in integrated IaaS+PaaS, with an end-of-2016 revenue run rate of more than $14 billion. It continues to be the thought leader and the reference point for all competitors, with an accelerating pace of innovation on top of an already rich portfolio of services, and an expanding impact across a range of IT markets. It is the provider most commonly chosen for strategic adoption; many enterprise customers now spend over $5 million annually, and a few spend over $100 million. While not the ideal fit for every need, it has become the “safe choice” in this market, appealing to customers that desire the broadest range of capabilities and long-term market leadership.

    AWS is the most mature, enterprise-ready provider, with the deepest capabilities for governing a large number of users and resources. Thus, it is the provider not only chosen by customers that value innovation and are implementing digital business projects, but also preferred by customers that are migrating traditional data centers to cloud IaaS. It can readily support mission-critical production applications, as well as the implementation of highly secure and compliant solutions. Implementation, migration and management are significantly eased by AWS’s ecosystem of more than 2,000 consulting partners that offer managed and professional services. AWS has the broadest cloud IaaS provider ecosystem of ISVs, which ensures that customers are able to obtain support and licenses for most commercial software, as well as obtain software and SaaS solutions that are preintegrated with AWS.


    AWS’s extensive portfolio of services requires expertise to implement. This is somewhat mitigated by AWS’s excellent business-class technical support, accurate documentation, extensive training and certification, and a partner badging system that includes an Audited MSP Partner designation that helps customers choose experienced and capable MSPs. However, customers should be aware that while it’s easy to get started, optimal use — especially keeping up with new service innovations and best practices, and managing costs — may challenge even highly agile, expert IT organizations, including AWS partners.

    AWS has just begun to adapt to the emergence of meaningful competitors. AWS is perceived as a cost leader, and is the key reference point for pricing in this market, but it is not eager to be the lowest-cost bidder in a competitive situation. Its granular pricing structure is complex; use of third-party cost management tools is highly recommended. Its disciplined approach to contract negotiation and discounts is based almost solely on customer spending and near-term revenue opportunity. Although its baseline enterprise agreement (EA) has recently improved and offers very competitive T&Cs even prior to negotiation, only a few of its services are covered by an SLA.

    Source: Gartner Magic Quadrant


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    One of the first AWS Consulting Partners in South Africa

    Stratus Cloud Consulting is proud to be one of the first AWS Consulting Partners in South Africa. Having gained vast AWS experience in the financial services sector we pursued the opportunity to become an AWS Consulting Partner.

    AWS Consulting Partners

    We are not only one of the first South African AWS Consulting Partners, but also an AWS Client

    From inception, we have used our own operation as a testing ground for cloud services. In using cloud services for our own infrastructure we were able to substantially optimize deliverables for our clients.

    Over the past years, Stratus Cloud Consulting has migrated its entire operation to the cloud.

    Amazon started its life in the cloud, but not as a hosting provider. The organization was its own test case, perfecting the cloud model in its e-commerce environment. With an intimate understanding of the pains, challenges and infinite possibilities, it was able to improve to a point where it could confidently roll out its product offering to the public.

    Innovate today or be gone tomorrow

    Innovation is key to Stratus Cloud Consulting’s success. Over the years we have developed reference architectures that aligns with best practice frameworks like PCI-DSS, HIPAA & POPIA.


    At Stratus Cloud Consulting, we elected to utilize opensource technologies as much as possible to deliver a final solution that is cutting edge & extremely cost effective.

    Just as we selected opensource technologies as our platform of choice for our own infrastructure, so we have chosen Amazon Web Services as our hosting partner of choice. We’ve examined all the options currently available and have carefully made our selection to ensure we deliver solutions that are Well-Architectured.

    Our Five core design Pillars

    Performance Efficiency
    Cost Optimization
    Operational Excellence