How Cloudnexa Became the Backbone of ShelterZoom’s DevOps

CASE STUDY
Vince Albanese
“Cloudnexa is the rock that allows my DevOps team to deploy and maintain a Zero Trust environment in an uncertain world.”
Vince Albanese
CTO, ShelterZoom
ShelterZoom
Results
2:1
advantage vs. hiring a full-time employee
3X
faster time to ISO certification
Cloudnexa Helped:
  • Support DevOps teams with AWS dev and deployment
  • Mature compliance to meet GDPR and ISO regulations
  • Accelerate ShelterZoom’s ability to focus on their apps and services

The Client

ShelterZoom

Industry
SaaS
Location
New York, NY

ShelterZoom, the creator of Document of Things™ (DOT) and Contract of Things™ (COT), is an award-winning Web3 and leading blockchain-based SaaS provider, serving large enterprises, businesses, government agencies, non-profits, and individuals.

The Challenges

Finding an AWS partner to support the cloud infrastructure journey

ShelterZoom has a product that is geared toward a highly-technical audience that demands security, privacy, and compliance. Rather than waste precious dev hours worrying about those items in-house, CTO Vince Albanese looked for a premier partner to support AWS development and help deploy them at the magnitude the company required.

But the challenge wasn’t without complexity. With contract programmers in 13 countries and DevOps spread across three, every change that affected security, privacy, ISMS, and anything with security controls had the potential to turn into a logistical nightmare.

Vince needed a partner that already had the inside track with AWS to do the heavy lifting on infrastructure management. He needed Cloudnexa.

“The issue with AWS is the two-edged sword of a constantly broadening set of services. Cloudnexa’s ability to get essentially unlimited resources behind it gives us a 2:1 advantage over a single hire investigating on their own.”

The Solution

AWS expertise to meet the highest compliance standards

Cloudnexa took the burden off of ShelterZoom’s team by developing a compliance plan, working to produce and implement the plan in a timely manner, and adding expertise and resources that enabled ShelterZoom to develop their applications and deliver them on the cloud infrastructure.

The plan helped ShelterZoom mature their capabilities in five key areas:

  1. Logs and monitoring
  2. Education and training
  3. Secrets management
  4. Identity management
  5. Vulnerability management

Cloudnexa’s team then helped contractors and multinational teams transition by writing a synopsis of ShelterZoom’s compliance needs, interfacing with each vendor, and solving objections as they arose across various parts of the organization.

AWS Config played a pivotal role throughout this process. AWS Config simplifies compliance with regulator frameworks by providing continuous monitoring of critical systems to ensure that security policies are followed. Its capabilities equip ShelterZoom with the tools they need for compliance auditing, security analysis, resource change tracking, and troubleshooting.

“The speed to market and efficiency comes from having a group that’s already been down this road and that understands the breadth of the tools that AWS offers. Partnering with Cloudnexa saves us from wasting money on experimentation because everything is tried and true.”

Results

Fully managed support for a busy DevOps team

Having an AWS managed solution enables ShelterZoom to stay nimble, adapt to, and overcome unexpected business challenges. Vince now describes Cloudnexa as the “backbone of the DevOps side of the house.”

ShelterZoom is building a Zero Trust environment that is GDPR and ISO compliant. Vince says that leveraging strong partners like Cloudnexa has decreased the time to certification by up to 2/3. Additionally, ShelterZoom is able to achieve certification without piling extra work onto its already busy engineers.

The benefits of this partnership speak for themselves: enhanced business functionality, safeguarded data, and support for all cloud deployments.

“If I compare what we pay for the service vs. hiring someone, I’d be paying magnitudes more for the same skillsets and most of those people would need extensive training and then would be expensive to retain. Investing in Cloudnexa is just good value.”