Client Success

GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals)

Empowering GARP's Global Benchmarking Initiative with AWS Cloud Migration and Advanced Security

At the forefront of risk management, GARP stands as the preeminent professional association, unwavering in its commitment to advancing the field through comprehensive education, groundbreaking research, and the promotion of exemplary practices.

The dedicated GARP embarks on relentless exploration of the latest industry trends, seeking optimal approaches to tackle the most pressing systemic risk challenges of our time.

GARP’s endeavors encompass in-depth analysis of hypothetical portfolio exercises, quantitative impact studies, and a diverse array of benchmarking activities, ensuring a thorough understanding of risk dynamics.

Operating as an independent and non-partisan platform, GARP empowers the execution of cross-border, regional, and various other studies with utmost efficiency, security, and precision.

The initiative adroitly addresses multifaceted concerns such as cross-border complexities, legal considerations, intricate data gathering processes, and the imperative need for consistent and swift analysis.

GARP, the pioneering professional association in the realm of risk management, stands resolute in its dedication to propelling the field to new heights through an all-encompassing approach that includes comprehensive education, groundbreaking research, and the promotion of exemplary practices.

Within the heart of GARP beats the unwavering spirit of the GARP team, ceaselessly embarking on an expedition to explore the latest industry trends, driven by an unyielding quest for optimal solutions to confront the most challenging systemic risk issues of our era.

GARP’s endeavors span a rich tapestry of activities, delving into the depths of risk dynamics through meticulous analysis of hypothetical portfolio exercises, quantitative impact studies, and a diverse range of benchmarking explorations.

Functioning as an autonomous and non-partisan platform, GARP bestows a powerful impetus upon the execution of cross-border, regional, and multifarious studies, meticulously blending efficiency, security, and precision.

The initiative’s acumen comes to the fore as it masterfully navigates the complexities of cross-border challenges, legal intricacies, the art of gathering intricate data, and the critical need for consistent and expeditious analysis.

Executive Summary

GARP has recently taken a momentous decision to embrace AWS cloud as its future infrastructure platform, initiating the migration process for existing applications. This pivotal step is essential in enabling GARP to embark on a transformative journey aimed at reducing operational costs.

However, the migration program has encountered several challenges in its pursuit of primary objectives, including comprehending application dependencies, navigating Networking Infrastructure complexities, meticulous planning, precise timing, and managing costs effectively.

To tackle these obstacles head-on and fulfill the larger aspiration of cloud migration, GARP sought the expertise of Futran Solutions – an esteemed Advanced AWS Consulting Services Partner. Futran Solutions was entrusted with the task of revamping the disaster recovery (DR) solution, a crucial element of the migration endeavor. The focus was on creating a fully functional, scalable, and seamlessly operable Infrastructure Solution leveraging the capabilities of Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Considering GARP’s position as a Global Association of Risk Professionals solutions and services delivery organization, it was imperative to develop a disaster recovery solution capable of swiftly restoring extensive and intricate systems encompassing hundreds of servers, ensuring a swift turnaround time during potential disruptions.

Customer Challenge

GARP faced significant challenges with its on-premises infrastructure, as it lacked business resilience, cost-effectiveness, and scalability, making it difficult to meet service-level agreements (SLAs) for clients. These SLAs specified stringent requirements for Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO). Additionally, GARP grappled with a complex architecture comprising legacy systems, monolithic structures, and intricate interdependencies among various services.

Given GARP’s strict regulatory demands regarding data security and compliance, ensuring a secure and compliant migration became a top priority.

In response, Futran took charge and implemented a robust cloud-based infrastructure solution for GARP, leveraging the power of AWS. This strategic move effectively minimized downtime and data loss, offering swift and reliable recovery for both on-premises and cloud-based applications. By utilizing cost-effective storage, minimal compute resources, and point-in-time recovery capabilities, GARP’s migration to the AWS cloud was streamlined and efficient.

With the adoption of AWS, GARP not only surpassed its SLAs’ recovery time and recovery point objectives but also achieved enhanced scalability in its infrastructure, all while optimizing costs effectively. The successful implementation empowered GARP to provide improved services to its clients, ensuring seamless continuity and data integrity while embracing the numerous advantages offered by AWS cloud solutions.

 

Goals

Improve infrastructure reliability, scalability, and fault tolerance.

Implement effective performance monitoring. 

Provide secure browser-accessible storage for sensitive case studies. 

Replace costly and unreliable on-premises backups.

Simplify changes to legacy codes and updates. 

Efficiently handle infrastructure queries with a dedicated resource.

Eliminate manual FTP server setup and maintenance. 

Enable global customer service using AWS’s availability. 

Enhance security measures for highly confidential data. 

Establish data backups, restricted access, and high availability. 

Implement continuous monitoring and alerts for system health. 

Ensure a successful migration to AWS with improved performance and security for GARP. 

Partner Solution

Key requirements for the solution included

AWS’ global infrastructure allowed GARP to serve customers in different locations efficiently, providing reliable and scalable services through various compute services like EC2 and Lambda.

Instead of using outdated Windows servers, Futran proposed using the most recent versions (2016 and 2019) with longer End-of-Support (EOS) and enhanced security. 

Futran implemented robust security measures, including IAM, Security Groups (SG), CloudTrail, and VPC, to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of GARP’s highly sensitive data. 

 The solution provided secure data storage with backups, utilizing services like S3, FSx, KMS, and RDS to ensure high availability and restricted access to critical data. 

The use of FSx on Windows servers proved to be extremely beneficial, simplifying installation and supporting third-party FTPs, while ensuring fault tolerance during Availability Zone (AZ) failures.

By using Windows-based EC2 servers, developers were able to easily connect to RDS using GUI database tools, reducing query writing time and simplifying various tasks. 

The Windows-based workspace enabled GARP to leverage their existing software licenses without additional purchases, optimizing costs. 

Futran implemented a comprehensive monitoring system using CloudWatch, SNS, and EventBridge to ensure proactive identification of issues, failures, and threshold breaches. 

The solution included automated server setup, service upgrades, compliance checks, and remote access based on privileges, utilizing SSM (Fleet Manager, Patch Manager, CloudFormation).

The migration allowed GARP to replicate on-premises Active Directory (AD) in the cloud, maintaining consistent AD functionality. 

Windows EC2 servers enabled GARP to use third-party Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) services by acting as a proxy, enhancing security. 

GARP members were already well-versed in using Windows systems, eliminating the need for additional training during the migration process.

Key requirements for the
solution include.

Global Availability and Scalability

Global Availability and Scalability

AWS’ global infrastructure allowed GARP to serve customers in different locations efficiently, providing reliable and scalable services through various compute services like EC2 and Lambda.

Upgraded and Secure Windows Servers

Upgraded and Secure Windows Servers

Instead of using outdated Windows servers, Futran proposed using the most recent versions (2016 and 2019) with longer End-of-Support (EOS) and enhanced security. 

Strict Compliance and Security Measures

Strict Compliance and Security Measures

Futran implemented robust security measures, including IAM, Security Groups (SG), CloudTrail, and VPC, to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of GARP’s highly sensitive data. 

Data Backups and High Availability

Data Backups and High Availability

The solution provided secure data storage with backups, utilizing services like S3, FSx, KMS, and RDS to ensure high availability and restricted access to critical data. 

FSx Integration for Windows Servers (2)

FSx Integration for Windows Servers

The use of FSx on Windows servers proved to be extremely beneficial, simplifying installation and supporting third-party FTPs, while ensuring fault tolerance during Availability Zone (AZ) failures.

Improved Developer Experience

Improved Developer Experience

By using Windows-based EC2 servers, developers were able to easily connect to RDS using GUI database tools, reducing query writing time and simplifying various tasks. 

Utilization of Local Software Licenses

Utilization of Local Software Licenses

The Windows-based workspace enabled GARP to leverage their existing software licenses without additional purchases, optimizing costs. 

Continuous Monitoring and Alerts

Continuous Monitoring and Alerts

Futran implemented a comprehensive monitoring system using CloudWatch, SNS, and EventBridge to ensure proactive identification of issues, failures, and threshold breaches. 

Server Automation and Compliance

Server Automation and Compliance

The solution included automated server setup, service upgrades, compliance checks, and remote access based on privileges, utilizing SSM (Fleet Manager, Patch Manager, CloudFormation). 

Seamless On-Premises AD Replication

Seamless On-Premises AD Replication

The migration allowed GARP to replicate on-premises Active Directory (AD) in the cloud, maintaining consistent AD functionality. 

Third-Party MFA Integration

Third-Party MFA Integration

Windows EC2 servers enabled GARP to use third-party Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) services by acting as a proxy, enhancing security. 

Familiarity with Windows Systems

Familiarity with Windows Systems

GARP members were already well-versed in using Windows systems, eliminating the need for additional training during the migration process. 

The AWS services utilized for designing the infrastructure

Application Integration

Cost Management

Compute

Containers

Database

End User Computing

Management & Governance

Networking

Storage

Security

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)

AWS SSM

Amazon Route 53

Amazon CloudWatch

AWS CloudTrail

AWS EBS

AWS Services

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)

AWS SSM

Amazon Route 53

Amazon CloudWatch

AWS CloudTrail

AWS EBS

Results and Benefits

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