Migrating to the cloud is a challenging process as most enterprises start with no expertise in the cloud. They either lack the skills to set up a cloud environment or end up overspending. Moreover, managing the cloud environment after the migration is even more difficult. Hundreds of accounts or subscriptions can overwhelm an enterprise’s capabilities. That’s why there are cloud landing zones.
Landing zones in a cloud environment provide quick solutions to multiple pitfalls of cloud migration. To know how a cloud landing zone works and why your enterprise needs them, let’s learn more about them in an AWS cloud environment.
What is a Landing Zone in an AWS Cloud Environment?
A landing zone is a purpose-built, architectural framework for cloud deployments in a multi-account AWS environment. From an AWS landing zone, your enterprise can deploy workloads and applications on the cloud without any management hassle. A landing zone provides the baseline to start with a multi-account cloud deployment architecture. It simplifies identity and access management and helps in data governance, data security, network design, and account logging.
In the AWS cloud environment, there are two options for creating your landing zone:
- service-based landing zone (using AWS Control Tower)
- customized landing zone
Both landing zone options require a special level of AWS knowledge.
Creating Landing Zone: AWS Control Tower
AWS allows enterprises to create landing zones with Control Tower. This way, you can save time by automating the setup of a landing zone. AWS Control Tower creates landing zones that can run secure and scalable workloads by using the best practices and guidelines. It is equipped with integrated services such as:
- AWS Key Management Service: To create, manage, and control cryptographic keys across your applications and 100+ AWS services.
- AWS Lambda: To build applications that respond and react quickly to new data, information, and events.
- AWS CloudTrail: To enable operational and risk auditing, compliance, and governance of your AWS account.
- AWS CloudFormation: To create a series of related AWS and third-party resources easily, and provision/manage them in an orderly, predictable manner.
- AWS Organizations: To consolidate multiple AWS accounts into an “organization” created and managed centrally.
- AWS Config: To provide a detailed view of AWS resource configuration in your AWS account.
- CloudWatch: To monitor your complete stack, from applications and infrastructure to AWS services, and use alarms, logs, and events data for taking automated actions and reducing the mean time to resolution (MTTR).
- IAM: To securely control access to AWS resources.
- AWS Service Catalog: To create and manage Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) templates approved for use on AWS so anyone can search and find all the approved, self-serviced cloud resources.
- Amazon S3: To store data as objects within buckets.
- IAM Identity Center: To add more capabilities to AWS IAM by providing a central place to merge the administration of users and their access to AWS accounts along with cloud applications.
- Step Functions: To enable a visual workflow that helps developers use AWS services to build distributed applications, orchestrate microservices, automate processes, and create data pipelines and machine learning (ML) pipelines.
- Amazon SNS: To provide message delivery from publishers to subscribers (from developers to users).
AWS Landing Zone Architecture
5 Reasons Why Your Enterprise Should Adopt AWS Landing Zone
When your enterprise strategizes on cloud adoption framework, AWS landing zones will naturally be at top of the selection. Landing zones by AWS go beyond cloud migration strategy or cloud adoption journey. Here are the 5 key benefits of why your enterprise should adopt AWS landing zones.
- Speed + Scalability: If you need a quick cloud migration, it can happen with a shorter time-to-market assured by AWS. The AWS DevOps processes make their landing zones highly scalable to support rapid product release cycles and agile methodologies.
- Security-first Approach: Thanks to the guardrails, security is an integral part of AWS landing zones. This landing-zone environment implements complex rules for public cloud, making it safe from the risk of shadow IT.
- Cloud Architecture Policy Compliance: You are not at risk of developing cloud environments that differ from the compliance policy. The compliance is well-embedded in the foundation of the AWS cloud infrastructure.
- Flexibility: AWS landing zone stands for high-degree standardization and is API-driven to simplify the implementation of new cloud applications. This flexibility saves you time while scaling up your landing-zone environment.
- Better Cost Control: Your cloud expenses are optimized as you do not need to spend on unnecessary expenses. Your cloud spending remains under the radar with AWS landing zones.
About “QuickInfra Cloud Solutions”
“QuickInfra Cloud Solutions” is a part of the AWS Partner Network. We provide landing zone solutions with security baseline, pre-configuring, and integration of AWS services such CloudTrail, GuardDuty, and Landing Zone Notifications, among others. Our flagship product “QuickInfra” is an instant cloud migration solution for creating AWS-compliant cloud infrastructure landing zones, along with cloud optimization, cloud resource management & monitoring on AWS Cloud and across multiple accounts and regions.
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