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Remote Desktop Foundational Services: Azure Windows Virtual Desktop

Remote Desktop Foundational Services help you transition from standard desktops or an existing on-premises RDS deployment to Microsoft Azure, providing you the blueprints necessary to set up the Windows Virtual Desktop environment, integrate with Azure native services, and train your team on how to create custom images so your organization can fully adopt Windows Virtual Desktops and enable your distributed workforce.

Remote Desktop Foundational Services: Amazon WorkSpaces

Remote Desktop Foundational Services help you transition from standard desktops to Amazon WorkSpaces, deploying a WorkSpaces Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), connecting to your existing networking infrastructure, and creating custom profile images so your organization can fully adopt Amazon WorkSpaces and enable your distributed workforce.

Managed DevOps

Our Managed DevOps is a fully-managed service that enables your team to build, test, and deploy applications in the cloud in a continuous and automated way while decreasing your time to customer value.

DataOps Foundation

Our DataOps Foundation is a 4-8 week engagement that helps you access the clean, trustworthy data you need to see and act on to make better, data-driven decisions.

DevOps Transformational Services

2nd Watch has designed several DevOps transformational services to align to your organization’s current state and desired progress and goals. Our DevOps services allow your organization to experience the most fluid and effective DevOps transformation possible.

AWS Managed Services (AMS) Onboarding Accelerator

The 2nd Watch AMS Onboarding Accelerator will help you assess, migrate and operationalize your infrastructure from your on-premise datacenter to AWS Managed Services.

Advanced Database Services

2nd Watch Advanced Database Services provides you a complete team of experienced DBAs and cloud experts focused on your databases and infrastructure.

VMware Cloud on AWS Solutions

2nd Watch VMware Cloud on AWS Solutions guide your organization through all stages of developing an optimal hybrid environment, so you can take advantage of AWS services as quickly as possible with the familiarity of VMware you are accustomed to.

VMware Cloud on AWS Workshop

2nd Watch’s VMware Cloud on AWS Workshop is a 4 hour, complimentary, on-site, introductory overview of VMware Cloud on AWS and appropriate use cases. A brief assessment with 2nd Watch Subject Matter Experts will help you understand how the VMware cloud on AWS platform can further enable your enterprise’s hybrid cloud adoption.

VMware Cloud on AWS Solution Accelerator

2nd Watch’s VMware Cloud on AWS Solution Accelerator is a 4-week pilot engagement to help you enable VMware cloud on AWS in your enterprise quickly.

VMware Cloud on AWS Environment Discovery

2nd Watch’s VMware Cloud on AWS Environment Discovery is a 2-hour, no-cost consulting engagement to help you learn about VMware Cloud on AWS, along with a brief assessment with 2nd Watch Subject Matter Experts to understand how the VMware Cloud on AWS platform can further enable your enterprise’s cloud adoption.

Cloud Readiness Assessment

2nd Watch's Cloud Readiness Assessment gives you an in-depth, technical application assessment of your IT platform and a playbook of cloud platform concepts oriented towards achieving your migration objectives.

Cloud Migration Cost Assessment

2nd Watch’s Cloud Migration Cost Assessment simplifies and accelerates the path from on-premises to the cloud with instance rightsizing and TCO analysis, providing you an estimate of the cost to migrate as well as the ongoing cost of your optimized cloud environment.

Cloud Cost Optimization

Cloud cost optimization doesn’t have to be time consuming and challenging. Start your cost optimization plan with a Discovery Workshop. In this free 2-hour session, our team of professionals will expose the details surrounding cloud cost optimization so that you can choose where to start.

CI/CD Pipeline

Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) is a necessary step to accelerating infrastructure and application deployments while reducing re-work. Our CI/CD Pipeline includes DevOps Assessment and Strategy, CI/CD Tooling Implementation, and Team Upskilling to allow you to accelerate delivering results to your customers and stakeholders.

Cloud Migration Factory

The 2nd Watch Cloud Migration Factory is a solution for completing mass migrations to the cloud easily and smoothly without business interruptions. Our Migration Factory reduces the complexity within IT operations and provides a comprehensive set of services and tools to assess, design and migrate either entire data centers or individual workloads to the cloud.

Managed Security Services

Our multi-cloud Managed Security Services goes beyond just providing best practice recommendations and guidance to include implementation, deployment, and full management of security devices along with remediation of identified security issues.

Security Assessment & Remediation

How does your cloud security posture stack up against industry standards? 2nd Watch’s Security Assessment and Remediation is an in-depth, hands-on service that evaluates your current cloud infrastructure and processes against 2nd Watch and industry security standards to help you develop a mature cloud security posture. With our service, you can rest assured your data, users and organization are protected.

Configuration Compliance Service

The 2nd Watch Configuration Compliance service reduces the risk of audit failures through continuous compliance monitoring, and helps you save cost and time preparing for internal and regulatory audits. With this 4-step, program-based approach, you can build and maintain control over critical cloud configurations and improve time-to-value by proving control.

Compliance Assessment & Remediation

The 2nd Watch Compliance Assessment and Remediation service is designed to evaluate, monitor, auto-remediate, and report on compliance for your current public cloud infrastructure. Industry standard policies assessed include CIS, GDPR, HIPAA, NIST, PCI-DSS, and SOC2.

Managed Governance & Compliance Services

The 2nd Watch Managed Governance and Compliance Services are designed to help your Chief Security and Compliance Officers (CISCO) maintain visibility and control of what is happening in your public cloud environment at all times. From assessment to remediation and maintenance, we help ensure ongoing, continuous compliance.

Machine Image Factory

The use of the 2nd Watch Machine Image Factory reduces the time to deploy an updated and hardened custom machine image by up to 95% and reduces the time to implement a solution by 75%. Customers will receive a tested, proven and trusted framework for automation of the image creation process.

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Don’t Fail Fast in Production; Embed Monitoring Earlier in Your DevOps Cycle

Gartner says, "DevOps initiatives improve speed and agility, but monitoring often starts during production. This research identifies monitoring practices that I&O leaders should embed in the preproduction phase of DevOps cycles to address needs across application development and release management."

Top 30 Most Popular AWS Products 2019

What are the most popular AWS products used today? This infographic reflects the percentage of 2nd Watch customers using each AWS product for 2019.

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eBook: Maximizing on the Cloud Opportunity

Discover the best ways through the barriers to the benefits of a successful mass migration to the cloud and the four proven steps developed and tested for a successful mass migration for a large data organization.

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Cloud Migration Process

What can you expect as you begin your cloud migration? We outline the general process and timeframe most organizations follow on their cloud journey.

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5 Steps to Cloud Cost Optimization

The main reason most organizations delay or avoid confronting issues regarding cloud optimization is because it’s incredibly complex. Here is a 5-step outline to making cloud cost optimization easy and attainable.

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2nd Watch broadens reach, adds cloud-native adoption services

According to 451 Voice of the Enterprise (VotE) survey, research shows customers have a strong desire for third-party assistance in workload modernization and migration efforts. Download the report for 451 Research's take on our cloud-native adoption capabilities.

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Top 30 Most Popular AWS Products 2018

What are the most popular AWS products used today? This infographic reflects the percentage of 2nd Watch customers using each AWS product, based on more than 200,000 AWS instances managed, for 2018.

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DevOps Survey Results

Despite the fact that many companies have begun moving to more DevOps-type processes and adopting tools that fit into a DevOps framework, nearly 80% of respondents said their organizations continue to have separate teams for managing infrastructure/operations and development, demonstrating that enterprises have a long way to go in their DevOps transition. Download our infographic for more findings.

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2nd Watch Aims to Provide First-Class Cloud Optimization

According to 451 Research, third-party tools are needed for effective cloud optimization. Download the report for 451 Research's take on our cloud optimization capabilities.

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2nd Watch Customer Benefits

2nd Watch clients reduce time to market by an average 100 days and save an average of 42% more than when managing cloud services alone. Download our infographic to see how clients like Yamaha, Celgene and Condé Nast have benefited from working with us.

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Top 30 Most Popular AWS Products 2017

What are the most popular AWS products used today? This infographic reflects the percentage of 2nd Watch customers using each AWS product, based on more than 200,000 AWS instances managed, for 2017.

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Cloud Security

Our survey on cloud security shows that some IT professionals don’t realize it’s their responsibility to secure data and applications running in the cloud, putting their companies and customers at risk. Find out what other cloud security data we uncovered.

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Cloud Automation

Our research indicates that companies that have embraced cloud automation can deploy new workloads faster and more frequently while recovering from failures with more agility than organizations that struggle to adopt automated processes, testing and monitoring.

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Cloud-Native Services Survey

This infographic shows that AWS users plan to increase spend on cloud-native services in 2017 as ROI and other cloud-related business benefits are proven. Find out what areas will see the effects and which are contributing to the growth.

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Top 30 Most Popular AWS Products 2016

What are the most popular AWS products used today? This infographic reflects the percentage of 2nd Watch customers using each AWS product, based on more than 100,000 AWS instances managed, for 2016.

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2nd Watch Managed Cloud Foundational Services

2nd Watch’s Managed Cloud Foundational Services provides a simplified, flexible set of core services to manage single and multi-cloud infrastructure with the opportunity to utilize premium services to better control resource usage, spend, and utilization. The all-in-one offering maintains simplicity while addressing the key needs to better manage spend, utilization, and operations.

About 2nd Watch

We help you leverage the innovation of the cloud to improve your business. We are an AWS Premier Partner, Microsoft Azure Gold Partner and audited and approved Managed Service Provider.

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30 Most Popular AWS Products – Q1 2016

What are the most popular AWS products used today? This infographic reflects the percentage of 2nd Watch customers using each AWS product, based on more than 100,000 AWS instances managed.

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Enterprise IT Procurement Patterns Favor Cloud Technologies

This infographic helps to understand the organizational emphasis and strategic focus of modern enterprise IT departments based on tech services consumed and spend. Our research shows that many enterprise IT organizations today are bimodal, with their focus split between stability and agility,

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Architecting Secure Environments in the Cloud

Moving to the cloud means changing the way you work. Securing the cloud means you need to design a scalable security infrastructure – one that’s able to work with new applications and services as they become available. The public cloud may have security built into it, but you still need to build it into your applications. The tools cloud vendors provide help secure connections and manage users, but there’s a lot more that still needs to be done. Download our white paper to learn about building secure environments in the cloud.

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AWS Scorecard – Q2 2015

In our Q2 AWS Scorecard, we found more customers using medium EC2 instances and fewer using small, while there was a shift from the US-East to other regions, including EMEA and US West. AWS Directory Service use increased – an indication that enterprise customers are enabling shared services to be utilized by cloud workloads and that companies are extending on-premise directories to the cloud to enable authentication and authorization for infrastructure and applications hosted in AWS.

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Big Data, IoT & Digital Marketing

Latest trends from our survey show Big Data, Internet of Things and the Cloud are driving digital marketing initiatives among enterprise companies. Respondents say they’re likely to expand use of these technologies to support digital marketing, and many plan to divert resources from other projects in order to facilitate. Download our Big Data, IoT & Digital Marketing infographic to learn more.

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Digital Marketing in the Cloud: Analysis of IaaS Critical Capabilities Shows Significant Advantages

The line between digital and traditional marketing continues to blur. Your digital marketing programs can directly interact with millions of customers, resulting in resource demands that are highly visible and highly variable, yet often temporary.Today’s digital marketing is a critical business function that demands reliable, scalable infrastructure. Download our white paper to learn more about why digital marketing properties are ideal candidates for cloud deployments.

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Big Data Survey

80% of companies polled in our 2015 Big Data Survey are already engaged in or will soon begin a big data project, with a large portion of those companies spending as much as $100,000 on big data projects this year. Download our Big Data infographic to find out more from the survey results.

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Enterprise Big Data Enablement: Risks & Rewards

Batch processing remains an important tool in helping you make better decisions on how to run your business. However, with the increasing quanitity of data to process and the complexity of the jobs, many enterprises face the challenge of ballooning infrastructure costs when it comes to High Performance Computing. Download our white paper to learn about why many organizations are now turning to the public cloud to address their HPC batch job needs.

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Modern Enterprise Cloud Architect Profile

Enterprise Cloud Architect, the coolest job of the 21st century, requires a combination of multidisciplinary skills ranging from intersection of an instructor, strategic advisor, broad domain knowledge, business knowledge and inventor. Download our cheat sheet to see who the modern Enterprise Cloud Architect really is.

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AWS Scorecard – Q1 2015

Our newest AWS Scorecard indicates that companies are moving more big data and analytics applications to AWS, Windows-based instances in the cloud are growing while Linux instances are declining, and third-party cloud-based security products are in high demand.

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The Digital Enterprise: Transforming Business in the Cloud

Public cloud adoption is on the upswing because companies are seeing benefits that positively affect revenues and benefit customers. Companies that complete the transformation to becoming a Digital Business and public cloud-based enterprise will find powerful new ways to interact with and serve customers and gain agility from end-to-end automation that saves money and time. Learn more with our Digital Business white paper.

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Digital Business Survey Summary

In an effort to better understand the relationship between cloud computing and digital business in large organizations, our latest research has uncovered a stronger than expected connection between cloud technologies and digital sales and marketing programs. Half of all survey respondents said that moving to the cloud would be their most important digital initiative in 2015, and 60% say cloud tools will support digital sales and marketing programs, but issues still exist.

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Digital Business Survey

In an effort to better understand the relationship between cloud computing and digital business in large organizations, our latest research has uncovered a stronger than expected connection between cloud technologies and digital sales and marketing programs. Half of all survey respondents said that moving to the cloud would be their most important digital initiative in 2015, and 60% say cloud tools will support digital sales and marketing programs, but issues still exist.

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AWS Scorecard – Q4 2014

In the second of our quarterly Amazon Web Services scorecards, we found some interesting insight into what services and instances are being used by Amazon’s customers. Among our user base, we found a significant uptake in network access storage (NAS) products. Amazon EC2 is the most popular service, with 98% of customers using it, followed by Amazon S3 (97%), and Amazon SNS (65%), among other stats on usage trends.

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2015 Trends & Predictions

Our survey shows that most companies plan to increase public cloud spend by at least 15% in 2015, indicating greater confidence in cloud infrastructure and expanding budgets for public cloud workloads. Consistent cost savings derived from the use of public cloud infrastructure versus corporate-owned datacenters was cited as the biggest potential benefit to running more public cloud workloads in 2015.

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Analyzing Cloud Costs in a Standard IT Cost Model

Find out how cloud cost savings are realized. With over 28,000 possible service offerings, AWS cloud pricing can get complex! We break down cloud costs and billing to help you understand cloud spend in context of the enterprise technology business.

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Managing Public Cloud Workloads

Despite untapped promise in the public cloud, our survey found that enterprise IT says managing public cloud workloads is just as difficult as managing internal systems and that commercial third-party tools and services are necessary to help reduce complexity with their public cloud environments. We take an in depth look at the challenges and best practices in managing public cloud workloads.

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2W MGZN Fall 2014 Issue

Do you want to know how to accelerate your cloud adoption? Our 2W MGZN is full of useful articles and tips on migrating to the public cloud, including the public vs. private cloud debate, Yamaha and Diane von Furstenberg success stories, and tools for bulk server migrations.

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Public Cloud Workload Management

Despite untapped promise in the public cloud, our survey found that enterprise IT says managing public cloud workloads is just as difficult as managing internal systems and that commercial third-party tools and services are necessary to help reduce complexity with their public cloud environments.

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AWS Scorecard – Q3 2014

In the first of our quarterly Amazon Web Services scorecards, we found some interesting insight into what services and instances are being used by Amazon’s customers. Among our user base, Amazon S3 is the most popular AWS service with 94% of our customers using the storage service, among other stats on usage trends.

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Enabling Enterprise Adoption-Build or Buy Considerations

Many enterprises contemplating public cloud deployments go through a classic decision-making process applied to many new infrastructure technologies: do I build it myself or do I buy it from the professionals? To develop the right strategy and frame the build or buy debate, several considerations need to be made when it comes to Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas), and in particular Ama­zon Web Services. We see very common themes around four major decision point areas: design, construction, ongoing mainte­nance and insurance.

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Enterprise Cloud Demand

The Cloud Demand survey indicates that a large majority of enterprise business units are using cloud-based services, and that most of those are choosing, managing and funding them on their own rather than waiting for IT departments to create and deploy applications that can help them to achieve their goals. Almost half plan to develop cloud services brokerage models in their quest to deliver cloud services by 2016.

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2W MGZN Summer 2014 Issue

Join the cloud conversation with this issue of the 2W MGZN. Find out what the future of cloud pricing models holds, dig into the build versus buy discussion, learn about the next generation of private cloud, and find out how Iris Autograph™ achieves enterprise-level security and cloud scalability with AWS and 2nd Watch.

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Cloud Price Wars

According to our survey, cloud provider price cuts are driving increased investment and innovation in cloud-based projects. However, despite ongoing price competitiveness among cloud infrastructure providers, a majority of survey respondents said features and performance were more important than price in deciding which vendor to engage.

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2W MGZN Fall 2013 Issue

Find out what the future of cloud computing holds in this issue of our 2W MGZN, with helpful articles on overcoming cloud uncertainty, best practices for autoscaling your application, and Adobe’s Business Catalyst’s story on shutting down three global data centers and migrating to AWS with 2nd Watch.

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