Hobsons, a leader in education technology, helps more than 15 million students identify their strengths, explore careers and educational opportunities, create academic plans, and reach their education and life goals. More than 13,000 K-12 and higher education institutions partner with Hobsons and our solutions—Naviance, Intersect, and Starfish—to improve college and career readiness, college recruiting and admissions, and higher education student success to support millions of students.
“We decided to migrate our production workloads into AWS to improve the scalability and resiliency of our systems. After accumulating over 20 AWS accounts, we looked for a better solution for managing our AWS environments. We realized immediate value from AWS Control Tower as it enables us to quickly, consistently, and securely provision accounts into our organization, supporting our innovation efforts. With Control Tower, we can provision new accounts in hours vs. days. Control Tower guardrails, as well as the customizations it supports through lifecycle events, allow us to give our teams greater access to AWS services for prototyping, development, and direct management of their applications.”
Ray Yin, VP Cloud Operations – Hobsons
Rackspace is a global technology services company dedicated to accelerating the value of the cloud during every phase of customers’ digital transformation.
“As a leading managed and professional service provider within the AWS ecosystem, we are able to quickly launch AWS Control Tower for our customers so they can gain the benefits of this powerful service and continue to innovate with AWS. AWS Control Tower enables our customers to take advantage of security best practices and gain access to over 20 pre-configured guardrails. We are excited to partner with AWS to help customers deploy AWS Control Tower to govern their multi-account AWS environments.”
Ben Truitt, Principal Architect & Product Manager - Rackspace
Logicworks is an Amazon Partner Network (APN) Premier Consulting Partner that helps companies build, automate, and manage AWS infrastructure. They specialize in complex infrastructure for industries with high security and compliance requirements, including finance, healthcare and retail. The company implemented AWS Control Tower in order to quickly create a multi-account AWS environment with AWS best practices baked in.
"AWS Control Tower provides a way to quickly establish a multi-account AWS environment with security baselines, dramatically accelerating the account build-out process. We save more than 8 hours of engineering time by using the Control Tower Account Factory to build out accounts. Our engineering team is also excited by the feature that allows us to launch AWS Control Tower into an existing account. Now, we can quickly deploy Control Tower for customers who have existing resources, without having to create a new account."
Jonathan Pape, Senior Cloud Systems Engineer - Logicworks
1Strategy is an Amazon Partner Network (APN) Premier Consulting Partner that helps businesses architect, migrate, and optimize their workloads on AWS, creating scalable, cost-effective, secure, and reliable solutions. 1Strategy also helps customers get value from data using comprehensive machine learning models and artificial intelligence.
“AWS Control Tower gives us, and our customers, an easy way to centralize management of multiple AWS accounts. We now have a single view into all accounts and can implement security guardrails across multiple accounts. With support for SSO, account creation, and security guardrails out-of-the-box, Control Tower enables our customers to quickly begin implementing governance and security best practices in their AWS environment.”
Stephanie Lingwood, Senior Cloud Architect - 1Strategy
cloudtamer.io offers enterprises a cloud governance solution that supports AWS Control Tower by simplifying account management, enforcing budgets, and automating compliance. Using cloudtamer.io, customers get visibility, control, and agility for all users in a single interface.
"We use AWS Control Tower as a foundation when setting up new AWS Organizations accounts and organizational units internally; it's a quick start to implement best practices like auditing, logging, and guardrails. We find AWS Control Tower to be a great low-cost service that we can use and build on top of to provide our customers with additional value."
Joseph Spurrier, CTO - cloudtamer.io
The University of California, Irvine was founded in 1965 and is consistently recognized as a leading research and academic institution across a broad range of fields, garnering national and international honors. UCI uses AWS Control Tower to quickly deploy and centrally manage a multi-account AWS architecture.
“AWS Control Tower provides us the ability to easily and securely deploy our accounts knowing each account has AWS best practices as its foundation. With Control Tower Lifecycle, we have the ability to add custom resources to each account upon creation, and providing us the governance we require. Control Tower’s usability and centralized approach has vastly reduced the time it takes to create and manage accounts.”
Jason Noennig, Systems Administrator - University of California, Irvine
Symetra Financial Corporation is a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Washington. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions, and independent agents and advisors. AWS Control Tower has enabled the company to significantly decrease the level of effort and time required to modify their processes, while ensuring these changes are deployed consistently across all accounts.
“Prior to using AWS Control Tower, our account provisioning process was roughly 4 hours long with 25 manual steps. The original process required significant validation and was error-prone. As our account baselines progressed over time, the older accounts began to drift and required substantial effort to bring everything into alignment. With Control Tower, we can provision accounts that adhere to our corporate policy in less than 30 minutes, and with as few as 10 steps. Control Tower enables our organization to quickly create new accounts that adhere to our requirements, replacing manual steps with automation. The out-of-the-box guardrails and integration with other AWS services is extremely useful and has saved countless hours of development, testing, and implementation. As our AWS footprint grows, it is increasingly more important to have account configurations being managed centrally.”
Andrew Chemis, Cloud Engineer - Symetra
Slalom is a modern consulting firm focused on strategy, technology, and business transformation. With offices in 27 cities across the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, seven regional innovation hubs, and more than 6,500 employees, Slalom's teams have autonomy to move fast. The firm uses Control Tower to make governance across the organization easier and more effective, and to better serve its clients.
"AWS Control Tower will help centralize and consistently apply AWS best practices, and provide guardrails to monitor and enforce our security and compliance policies across AWS accounts. We’ve been advising customers about Control Tower and are seeing a lot of excitement about the service, particularly among our larger multinational clients and those with stringent compliance needs."
Tony Rojas, President - Slalom
Deutsche Börse Group
Deutsche Börse Group, an international exchange organization headquartered in Germany and with global offices in Europe, North America, and Asia, offers financial institutions and investors a range of financial market products, services, and technologies. Its business areas include pre-trading, post-trading, and services for collateral and liquidity management. In addition, the organization develops state-of-the-art IT solutions and offers IT systems all over the world.
“We started using AWS Control Tower to speed up our AWS account creation with its 'Account Factory.’ It gives us an easy way to create accounts across our organization and establish guardrails to enforce or check for policy compliance. Now our teams can quickly create accounts with pre-configured permissions to enable us to perform audit or administrative actions.”
Christian Tueffers, Cloud Architect - Deutsche Börse Group
The California State University
The California State University system is the largest four-year public university, based on enrollment, in the United States. The organization is working to provide a cloud environment that can scale to support 500,000 students across 23 campuses in the state of California.
“Getting started on AWS Control Tower was incredibly easy. Within five minutes, Control Tower had begun creating a best-practice accounts structure, enabling security guardrails, and establishing governance controls for us. What previously took us weeks of effort was completed in about an hour. We have seen how Control Tower scales up to meet our needs and because it's orchestrating AWS services, we have flexibility to build quickly based on the landing zone it creates.”
Ryan Matteson, Director of Systemwide Cloud Acceleration - California State University
The rapid pace of Uber’s business requires a quick and reliable way to spin up AWS accounts for new processes and services while meeting baseline security requirements including logging, identity and access management, preventative security controls, and continuous monitoring.
“Our technical infrastructure requires significant engineering effort from internal teams to manage their portfolio as our security policies evolve while maintaining a high bar of quality for each service. We decided to adopt AWS Control Tower into our existing account bootstrap process because it allows us to build-on automation capabilities tailored to Uber’s unique environment. We’ve been able to use it to enable single sign-on, identity and access management, account vending, and service integration with security controls that align with industry standards. Uber’s environment evolves quickly and Control Tower gives our cloud security team a solid foundation with the flexibility we need to build for the future.”
Oliver Szimmetat, Engineering Manager - Uber Cloud Security
Karma Automotive is a manufacturing company that designs and engineers luxury, electric cars. Assembling vehicles in Southern California, Karma Automotive is committed to creating a more sustainable future for cars. Karma Automotive decided to use AWS Control Tower in order to expedite their migration into the cloud.
“Our transition to the cloud is on a tight timeline, as we have pressure on our resources and cannot change the target dates. Control tower allows us to move faster on tighter rails. With Control Tower, we can also seamlessly centralize policy management, enforce governance and compliance, enable end user self-service, and get continuous visibility into our AWS environment.”
Brendan Champion, Director of IT Infrastructure - Karma Automotive
Thorn Technologies is a leading expert in cloud computing and enterprise software development. The company offers end-to-end software solutions for various Fortune 500 businesses, including reliable and easy-to-use cloud computing products on the AWS Marketplace, cloud deployment and migration services, high-transaction cloud computing solutions, and large-scale enterprise software.
“We implemented AWS Control Tower so that our security team could quickly set up a best-practices AWS environment and provision multiple AWS accounts. Control Tower has been integral to maintaining our high standards of security. We use service control policies to prevent the use of expensive resources, and we utilize AWS Single Sign-On to access AWS child accounts in order to troubleshoot IAM issues. With Control Tower, we can proactively enforce governance and compliance, get continuous visibility into our AWS environment, and ultimately gain peace of mind.”
Daniel Rusk, Chief Technology Officer - Thorn Technologies
Lafayette College is a liberal arts college based in Easton, Pennsylvania that offers bachelor of arts degrees in 37 fields and a bachelor of science in 14, including 4 in engineering. The organization uses AWS services to provide a cloud environment for over 2,600 students and 215 full-time faculty across the campus. With AWS Control Tower, the Lafayette Infrastructure team can expedite this transition to the cloud and ensure consistent provisioning of AWS accounts.
“We selected Control Tower to accelerate our cloud adoption process while simultaneously implementing best practices for operations, management, and security. With Control Tower, we can set up guardrails that enforce governance policies for every AWS account that is created in our environment. And through the Account Factory feature in Control Tower, teams can quickly provision new accounts and start building.”
Bill Thompson, Director of Digital Infrastructure - Lafayette College
Touch Mobile, a Peruvian company, is an AWS Partner that offers end-to-end services for mobile, web, and AI solutions. The company helps customers in cloud migration, DevOps, and governance automation. Touch Mobile implemented AWS Control Tower to easily set up and govern a multi-account AWS environment.
“Control Tower has drastically improved productivity for our teams and our clients. With Control Tower, we no longer spend extensive time creating multi-account AWS environments. The time it takes us to provision accounts with guardrails has decreased by 60% and headaches for unauthorized use of AWS resources were reduced by 90%. By centralizing policy management and enabling end user self-service, Control Tower is our preferred solution.”
Angel Romero, Technical Consultant - Touch Mobile
Mechanical Rock is one of Australia’s leading cloud practices that works with various companies to deliver efficient solutions to complex issues. As an AWS Partner, Mechanical Rock uses AWS services to help customers build and run systems in the cloud that are cost efficient and scalable.
“AWS Control Tower greatly simplifies the setup of new AWS accounts, reducing our maintenance overheads. With Control Tower, we could decrease the time for provisioning our standard account structure to less than one day. We support a solution that enforces governance and compliance proactively, and enables end user self-service.”
Tim Myerscough, Technical Director - Mechanical Rock
SANS is the most trusted and largest source for information security training in the world. As SANS expands globally, cloud-first approaches accelerate and expand their capabilities to deliver leading-edge training worldwide. Using AWS services, SANS creates real-world training environments for professionals to hone in on detection, remediation, and prevention skills necessary to operate effectively.
"We use AWS Control Tower to create consistent, well-configured, and defensible AWS accounts. With a secure multi-account AWS environment, we can meet SANS' expanding needs to create training covering emerging technologies and hands-on learning environments for our students. Control Tower’s visibility, guardrails, and federation ensure that we can scale our usage of AWS both quickly and confidently."
Ben Allen, Security Architect - SANS
Regis24 is a global provider of consumer credit data and related data science services. As an independent, full-service provider, Regis24 delivers reliable, business-relevant information on private persons to support companies in maintaining updated customer records. Regis24 implemented AWS Control Tower to gain central auditability of their AWS infrastructure and central security across all accounts.
“Prior to using Control Tower, we needed to manually separate data in our production system between different accounts. By using Control Tower, we were able to eliminate these time-consuming, inconsistent tasks. As a result, we could ensure central auditability across all accounts and make sure that specific guardrails are in place, such as restricting our Amazon S3 buckets from becoming public. We now have faster account setups, increased security by using standardized guardrails, and better compliance due to central audit logs.”
Hendrik Nehnes, CTO – Regis24
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