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Today’s advanced government agencies are simultaneously migrating and modernizing their mission applications. These agencies have adopted Amazon Web Services (AWS) as it has evolved as the largest cloud platform—helping to reduce operating costs of business operations. Among the many challenges that United States Department of Defense (DoD) agency CIOs face today, one that stands out is the availability of efficient AWS solution providers who have the knowledge, clearances and skills to reduce enterprise migration and security risk. The worries of these CIOs are dramatically reduced at the first contact with APG Technologies, LLC (“APG”) —a company that specializes in meeting DoD critical cloud computing requirements. APG is an integrated, mission-ready team with major Fortune 50 software application talent, fused with proven DoD mission success.
APG provides advanced engineering for mission critical information systems. In 2013, APG was approved as a certified Consulting Partner with Amazon Web Services for support to U.S. DoD agencies migrating to public and private cloud services. The company is entrusted with optimizing the process as government agencies are rapidly moving their applications to an AWS enabled cloud architecture (termed Commercial Cloud Services or C2S). From increased performance demands and cyber threats, to the ever growing volume, variety and velocity of data, APG helps overcome challenges in today’s mission critical information systems. The firm does this by optimizing existing investments and reducing program risks, so mission critical information systems reach their operational capability faster. “APG personnel are integrated into the government application service provider (ASP) teams. We also work closely with infrastructure service provider (ISP) teams to deliver and deploy various applications,” cites Eric J. Amberge, APG’s Managing Director.
According to Amberge, one of the biggest trends in the marketplace is big data collection needs driving higher performance applications and real-time analytics in shared tenant private cloud architectures.
Our continued dedication to leading-edge cloud based Application Service Provider (ASP) services is the engine that drives our success
Such DoD needs occasionally exceed the current security and performance capabilities of AWS commercial-off-the-shelf public cloud offerings. For example, DoD intelligent provisioning requirements specify high performance, which continues to drive extensions to the standard AWS/C2S platform.
“Over the last several years we have really invested in training our people – helping them ascend the necessary paths for Amazon architecture certifications, Amazon developer’s certification, combined with formal Java certifications and Information Assurance credentials,” notes Amberge.
Furthermore, APG embraces the fact that high-performance data management is a critical linchpin for successful deployment of DoD enterprise systems. “We are focused on the integration of Java applications into AWS/C2S service platforms used by the agencies. We’re constantly leveraging our skills as Java application and database developers at the enterprise services layer,” says Amberge. The firm provides support by working on-site with the application service provider teams as they modernize and migrate a large number of applications onto a government certified java framework. In addition, APG assists in the definition/refinement of service level agreements (SLAs) for DoD program. Finally, APG’s engineers integrate that certified framework into the C2S service stack and support application performance and security testing for numerous mission critical programs.
To continually help advance technology for missions of today and tomorrow, APG partners with major system integrators in the high tech software market, participates in several research and development programs, is engaged in several DoD Industry Advisory Working Groups. “We’re assisting multiple government ASP teams to accelerate, optimize, and secure their mission systems in the hybrid world of private/public cloud defense computing,” concludes Amberge.