Case Study 1 - AWS Direct Connect for Airlines
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Being one of the world's premier airline companies, they engaged with 1CLOUDSTAR to establish direct connectivity to their AWS infrastructure.

Challenge
  • Performance and stability issues with network connectivity to AWS infrastructure with current their current methods of migration
  • Security concerns when using the public internet to communicate between physical data centers and AWS systems
  • Need for a highly reliable, secure, and scalable natively-private communication solution to connect physical locations to AWS infrastructure
Solution

1CLOUDSTAR proposed and implemented a fully managed end-to-end AWS Direct Connect solution based on the customer's requirements and expectations. This included redundant private point-to-point circuits from different local ISPs, managed CE (custom edge) routers for dynamic routing of AWS-bound traffic, and a well-planned and implemented BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) routing framework with flow-based traffic load-balancing and automatic failover features. The solution connected the customer's production and disaster recovery data centers using highly resilient private circuits from diversed Telco for highest level of resiliency.


Since the initial setup, the infrastructure has been enhanced and expanded to support additional AWS accounts/VPCs and higher private link bandwidth. The solution currently utilizes 4 x 10Gbps private connectivity to AWS to meet the customer's continued cloud infrastructure expansion. This highly effective and scalable connectivity solution has supported and empowered the customer's cloud initiatives and enabled the migration of key mission-critical production applications and systems completely to AWS.

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Case Study 2 - Managed AWS Direct Connect for a Bank
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Being one of an established regional bank and financial service organization, they engaged with 1CLOUDSTAR as their managed infrastructure service provider to establish and manage direct connectivity to their AWS infrastructure.

Challenge
  • Security concerns and compliance risk when using the public internet to communicate between their physical data centers and system hosted AWS systems
  • Public internet VPN-based solution could not meet the very high level of resiliency and diversity requirement, and not able to ensure the minimum downtime required by their mission-critical business application
  • Unpredictable and inconsistent network latency and jitters for VPN over the public internet made it challenging to ensure their end users' experience when consuming the bank's mobile applications hosted in the cloud, which requires constant communication with their on-premise system in their physical data center
Solution

1CLOUDSTAR proposed and implemented a fully managed end-to-end AWS Direct Connect solution based on the customer's requirements and expectations. The service includes 2 x redundant and diverse private point-to-point circuits from different local ISPs, managed CE (custom edge) routers, and managed PE (provider edge) routers that connected the bank's production data center to both of the AWS Direct Connect POPs at Equinix and Global Switch data centers. The solution also provides 1 x private point-to-point circuit connecting the bank's DR (Disaster Recovery) site to AWS so their DR solution is able to seamlessly integrate with AWS as well.


Our solution also provides dynamic routing for traffic between On-premise and AWS infrastructure and a well-planned and implemented BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) routing framework with flow-based Active-Active traffic load-balancing and automatic failover features to ensure maximum network availability is achieved to support the bank's mission-critical applications.


To further enhance the security and data confidentiality, 1CLOUDSTAR also implemented further encryption using IPSEC over the WAN circuits to ensure the security compliance requirement the customer needs for any traffic traverse through a 3rd-party network provider.


This highly effective and scalable connectivity solution has supported and empowered the customer's hybrid-cloud initiatives and enabled the migration of key mission-critical production applications and systems to AWS.

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Case Study 3 - Managed AWS Direct Connect for a Telco
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Being one of an established regional Telco in Malaysia, they engaged with 1CLOUDSTAR as their managed infrastructure service provider to establish and manage direct connectivity to their AWS infrastructure for both of their internal projects and their external customers.

Challenge
  • The customer needs a cost-effective multi-tenancy managed connectivity solution, which is scalable, manageable, and secure, and the telco requires that traffic belonging to multiple internal and external projects (with different users / stakeholders) must be able to share the same physical connectivity but still be fully segregated and isolated when transiting between the customer’s on-premise data center in Malaysia and AWS.
  • Different levels of network SLAs need to be met based on different projects' requirements under this provided solution.
  • For projects that are mission-critical and require the highest level of network availability, the customer needs a cost-effective solution for AWS Direct Connect POP-level diversity between Malaysia and Singapore Direct Connect POP.
Solution

1CLOUDSTAR proposed and implemented a fully managed end-to-end AWS Direct Connect solution based on the customer's requirements and expectations. The service includes 1 x private layer-2 point-to-point connectivity in Malaysia connecting to the customer’s Malaysia data center to AWS Malaysia AIMS Direct Connect POP and 1 x private layer-2 point-to-point connectivity in Singapore connecting the customer’s designated Telco provider (with NNI) to AWS Singapore Equinix Direct Connect POP.


For the highest level of network availability, both private WAN circuits provided by 1CLOUDSTAR are from different ISPs, connected by dedicated managed CE (custom edge) routers, and dedicated managed PE (provider edge) routers with dynamic routing for traffic between on-premises and AWS infrastructure.


The provided solution also makes use of Virtual Routing Context (i.e., VRF) over layer 2 VLAN transparency across CE, PE routers, and WAN links for multi-tenancy traffic segregation/isolation requirements.


This highly effective and scalable connectivity solution has supported and empowered the customer's multi-tenancy, hybrid-cloud initiatives, and enabled them to provide cloud services to both their internal and external users and stakeholders.

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