As DevOps Engineers, staying updated with the latest trends and technologies is crucial for effectively implementing processes. Possessing both strong development and debugging skills is paramount for effectively tackling various challenges. From setting up continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines, to implementing thorough testing strategies and proactive
monitoring solutions, our expertise in these areas enables us to troubleshoot and resolve issues efficiently. Embracing a holistic approach, we ensure seamless collaboration between development and operations, driving successful deployments and maintaining high-quality services. Our capabilities extend beyond single-cloud environments, as we are proficient in working with multi-cloud setups as well. Our expertise enables us to navigate and manage multiple cloud providers effectively, ensuring seamless integration and optimal performance across various cloud platforms. We can leverage the strengths of different cloud services, providing our clients with the flexibility, scalability, and redundancy that a multi-cloud approach offers. Working in multi-cloud environments allows us to cater to diverse needs and deliver robust solutions that align perfectly with each client’s unique requirements. One of these essential processes is the AWS FTR (Foundational Technical Review). Before we dive into its implementation, let’s understand what FTR means.
FTR helps you identify AWS Well-Architected best practices specific to your software or solution. FTR is a self-service review that is valuable at any stage of your cloud journey. It is valid for two years from the date of approval and you can conduct it at no cost. During this review, various aspects of the architecture are thoroughly examined, such as design, adherence to AWS best practices, security measures, performance capabilities, and compliance with industry standards.
The AWS Foundational Technical Review (FTR) enables AWS Partners to qualify their software products that run on or integrate with AWS. It defines a set of required best practices based on the AWS Well-Architected Framework and standards for evaluating the systems architecture, operational practices, and AWS resource configurations of Partner offerings.
How is the FTR process is done?
The process to complete an FTR consists of three high-level steps.
Step 1: Review your architecture and operational practices
Step 2: Prepare the required documentation and assets
Step 3: Submit your request through AWS Partner Central
Advantages of FTR
Benefits of FTR in an organization
An approved FTR enables partners to earn a “Reviewed by AWS” solutions badge, unlock funding benefits, and become eligible to participate in various AWS Partner Programs. An FTR is valid for two years from the date of approval. It also gives direct engagement with AWS teams which provides one-on-one sessions with AWS Security Strategists and Solution Architects to receive guidance from the planning to the authorization stage. By earning the AWS Partner badge with the Global Security & Compliance Acceleration (ATO on AWS) designation, you can significantly enhance your business’s visibility and credibility in the AWS ecosystem.
Achieving this recognition allows you to be listed in the AWS Partner Solutions Finder, providing potential customers with easier access to your services and expertise. So what was our Role in TA regarding AWS FTR? We successfully implemented a comprehensive Foundational Technical Review (FTR) for a client, covering every aspect of the process, from initial planning to ongoing maintenance. We gave high priority to security and implemented strong measures to protect the client’s data and AWS environment. we are committed to supporting them continuously. Our goal is to build a long-lasting relationship based on trust and provide excellent solutions for their needs.
Our Process at TA
1. Planning: We collaborated closely with the client to define objectives, understand their specific requirements, and identify business goals. This laid the foundation for the entire FTR process.
2. Architecture Design: Leveraging our expertise and the AWS Well-Architected Framework, we designed a scalable and reliable architecture that aligned with the client’s needs and industry best practices.
3. Implementation of Best Practices: Implemented AWS best practices across all relevant areas, such as cost optimization, security, reliability, performance, and operational excellence.
4. Security Enhancements: Security was of utmost importance, and we implemented robust security measures to protect sensitive data and prevent unauthorized access to the AWS environment.
5. Resource Optimization: Through careful monitoring and analysis, we optimized resource allocation to maximize efficiency and minimize costs.
6. Ongoing Maintenance: Provided continuous support and maintenance to ensure the AWS environment remained secure, performant, and up to date with the latest technologies.
In a nutshell
Throughout the project, we engaged in an extremely rigorous process of back-and-forth discussions with the client, leaving no aspect of documentation and vulnerability prevention unaddressed. Implementing the latest trend technologies and adhering to industry best practices, we designed and developed a robust architecture that optimized resource utilization and promoted optimal performance. Our focus on security led us to implement high-security measures, safeguarding the client’s AWS environment from potential threats.
Thanks to our team’s relentless efforts, we achieved the FTR approval on our very first try, marking a significant milestone and showcasing our team’s exceptional accomplishments. Securing the FTR approval had a tremendous impact on our project, leading to its inclusion in the prestigious AWS Partner Solutions Finder. This recognition proved to be a game-changer, as it significantly boosted our business by attracting a greater number of clients and generating valuable opportunities. The approval not only showcased our expertise but also provided us with a platform to connect with a broader audience in the AWS community. This success has been a driving force behind our continued growth and success in the market.