DevOps Accelerator for Startups

Own your infrastructure. We build it. You drive it.

We'll help you rapidly migrate to AWS using our proven strategy while advising you along the way so you can make informed decisions.



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Our Mission

We help our clients build billion-dollar businesses by designing, building and implementing world-class cloud infrastructures that delight developers and meet all current and future business objectives.

What We Do

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What others are saying...


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Professional Service

I've worked with many DevOps consultants in the past and none of them ran their company the way you run Cloud Posse. I must tell you that I'm really impressed with how you run your business—you are doing all the right things.

Head of Platform - Gladly, Inc.
San Francisco, CA

Amazing Codefresh Partner

I've had the pleasure of working with the Cloud Posse team as a partner across joint accounts but I'm also a user of many of their open source purpose built Docker images to help with Software Development Life Cycle in support of Continuous Integration and Deployment tasks. Their contributions of flexible Docker images has saved me and other users countless hours of development to accomplish tasks around different tools in my DevOps tool chain for example GitHub and Slack. I've also had an opportunity to pair with their team on joint webinars and demos. They have amazing communications skills that enable them to clearly communicate/explain how something works to any developer. This is a must have when engaging large groups of developers with different backgrounds and varying levels of experience in DevOps field.

Senior Solution Architect - Codefresh
Spokane, WA

World Class Infrastructure

Cloudposse has established a fundamental part of our organization's infrastructure. Best in class services such as terraform, k8's, and CI/CD allow us to onboard new developers and have them deploying production code on their first day.

Lead Engineer - Joany, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

Expertise in Minutes

Utilizing Cloud Posse on architecting our kubernetes stack was a great choice. Whenever we needed answers/ solutions/examples; Cloud Posse has delivered within minutes. Knowledgeable, swift expertise.

Engineer - TeamEXOS
Los Angeles, CA

Extremely Knowledgeable

Erik and his colleagues are extremely knowledgeable in all things infrastructure and communicate this knowledge in a friendly and helpful style. Cloud Posse is excellent value-for-money; have appropriately priced SOWs; and are very flexible to work with.
I would recommend Cloud Posse to anyone who is: looking for modern scalable infrastructure as code to be developed on their behalf; looking for knowledgeable peers with which they can review roadmaps and processes; or seeking a panel of experts to act as a sounding board for their one-man infrastructure or DevOps teams.

DevOps Engineer - Healthera, Ltd.
United Kingdom

Modern Enterprise Infrastructure

Cloud Posse did an amazing job moving our web operations into ECS with Fargate, setting up our code pipelines and CI/CD processes, and offering us a wealth of information around security and stability in AWS. Thanks to their solid understanding of a variety of AWS Services, we were able to steer clear of potential pitfalls upon implementation and secure our systems better than ever. With their help, we were ultimately able implement the latest strategies of modern enterprise website development.

Senior Engineering Manager - Globe Life

Super Communicative

Erik and his team worked on the new infrastructure-as-code build from scratch with us at Checkatrade. It was a pleasure to work with him, super communicative, super knowledgeable, and really delivered, as well as an all-round great person! I hope our paths cross in future!

CTO - Checkatrade
London


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It feels like I can't work without #terraform anymore without using a module from the awesome @cloudposse repositories!

Erik and his team worked on the new infrastructure-as-code build from scratch with us at Checkatrade. It was a pleasure to work with him, super communicative, super knowledgeable, and really delivered, as well as an all-round great person! I hope our paths cross in future!

CTO

Love the way people are so updated here with new upgrade and it's quite handy for any DevOps Engineer. I've recommended about 8-10 friends already and they all enjoy it!

Senior DevOps Engineer at Vertex Inc.

Greetings! I’m a fan of the things you all do.

Infrastructure Architect at Pondurance

Great work!

Infrastructure Specialist at MatrixMind

My favorite community.

DevOps Engineer at CloudCheckr

Great GitHub repo, btw. I use Cloud Posse stuff all the time.

DevOps Engineer at esure

We use some of your terraform modules.

Sr Director, DevOps at Flexential

Amazing project, I really like it.

Cloud Architect at Red Hat

You guys do some great work at Cloud Posse. You guys are a very good inspiration for us on the DevOps side 😀

CEO at Salt & Pepper Digital Agency

I take back almost everything I've ever said about Terraform code not being easily shareable. @cloudposse have some awesome modules on #theterraformregistry

DevOps Engineer at HSBC

Many thanks to @cloudposse for the amazing @HashiCorp #Terraform modules at https://github.com/cloudposse
Really, really great stuff in their repo. Your team makes #AWS provisioning easy!

Engineering Manager at Wattpad

Wow @CloudPosse docs are sweet!

Founder of Permanent Cloud

Thanks for your work!! The terraform modules are pretty awesome!

Responsible for CI/CD at Orange Bank

I tried out the @CloudPosse Terraform modules last night, and things went well! I'd definitely recommend them, and I learned a ton about reusable, composable architecture from them.

Software Architect at Community Funded

Thanks so much for all the great modules!!

CTO at Grizzly Force

Great stuff guys. Keep up the good work. Saves us a lot of time.

Senior DevOps Engineer at VT iDirect

初めて Terraform の Community Module 使ったけど、Cloudposse さんのはどれもいい感じ。てか読んでて勉強になる。

Kudos again to this slack channel. Cloud Posse being an open source DevOps hub is really a great thing. I often talk to other DevOps peeps and mention Cloud Posse and this culture.

Sr. DevOps Engineer at Calm

Hey guys, thanks for all the work you've put into the modules on github, it's an awesome collection.

CTO at Chorus

Been using the EB app and TF repos y'all made. Love it.

Software Engineer at Remote Dev Force

I really have to say this is the most active DevOps Slack Team I'm apart of. Way to go!

Senior Operations Engineer at LearnZillion

I just wanted to reach out and say its awesome what you guys are doing in the DevOps / Automation / Pretty Freckin Cool spaces.

Really love the resources you have published. Really great quality content.

Solutions Architect at Onica

I must say... Everytime I ask you something you always have an answer.

Linux Engineer at EXOS

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What is a DevOps Accelerator?

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We eliminate the guesswork of building and owning your cloud infrastructure.

Your business is growing. If you don’t own the infrastructure behind it, you won’t be able to handle it. You need to be able to respond to all the unknowns and curveballs thrown your way. Remember, when a unicorn falls, the rider goes down with it...

To be able to get to the next level that your business is headed to, you need to step up your game.

We’ve helped companies just like yours get to where they want to be with their cloud infrastructure and platform in record time because this is what we do. We have a very specific mission with a laser focus, that’s why we have such a high success rate. It's what we call SweetOps™.

  • We Build Your Infrastructure.

    We implement everything you need from your cloud platform using Infrastructure as Code.

  • You Own It.

    You achieve it in just a few months. We show you how to ride it along the way.

  • You Drive It.

    Customize everything or anything you want. It's your infrastructure.

You get a predictable outcome that is delivered on time and within budget.

There are no long term commitments. No license fees. No strings attached.

Plus, we stick around for as long as you need our help.

Sounds like pretty good deal, right?

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Frequently Asked Questions


Presales

Services

If you're interested in keeping us around after you're finished with our DevOps Accelerator program, we suggest a quarterly retainer that covers 3 months (120+ hours) that will enable us to continue to consult and support you.

This would include:

  • Slack support via shared channels
  • Zoom pair programming sessions
  • Project management with direct Jira access
  • Weekly status check-ins (for 120+ hour retainers)

Typical tasks include:

  • Patch and update services (e.g. kubernetes and associated services)
  • Keep infrastructure code current (terraform modules, helm charts)
  • Support major version upgrades of Helm and Terraform
  • Implement new infrastructure components, monitors, or environments
  • Assist with triaging incidents and remediations
  • Optimize performance and cloud spend

Delivery

How we use the retainer is entirely up to you. We'll suggest tasks as they come up and add them to the backlog. We'll prioritize the work together with you on our check-in calls.

Tasks (and projects) are typically assessed by how much time we want to invest in them. We are happy to collaborate with you to help figure out the best use of our time, but we generally don't guarantee estimates and deadlines as part of ongoing support. This is why we recommend instead to timebox requests, that way you can stay informed if something takes longer than you had expected. It also gives the engineer(s) the ability to quickly communicate if the requested task is going to take shorter or longer than expected.

Billing

Our standard quarterly retainer size is 120 hours. You can expect to be provided with detailed billing reports and have direct communication with us every step of the way. We invoice retainers in advance of services under Net-30 terms. Additional retainers can be purchased at any time with written approval. In other words, any time you want to guarantee more bandwidth with us, all we need is an email approval.

Can you help me understand where the boundaries of CloudPosse's responsibilities end, and where ours would start? 

Cloud Posse's mission is to help companies own their infrastructure. We accelerate this journey by architecting your 4 layers with you and by taking the lead on the implementation.

Getting Started With Us

We always start with a green-field approach, where we build your infrastructure from the ground up together with your team. As part of our process, we'll walk you through all of the required design decisions, ensuring you have sufficient context to make informed decisions. This is why we expect our customers to have someone on their engineering team invested in the outcome. This part is absolutely critical, as it ensures what we deliver suits your business needs. Everything we do is delivered by pull request for your review and we can augment the documentation on anything you want. Along the way, we'll assign homework exercises and provide ample documentation. This approach provides the best opportunity to gain a deep hands-on understanding of our solution.

We encourage you to ask as many questions as you want and challenge our assumptions. You also can volunteer for any task you want to take on and we'll help you out as needed.

When You Own It

Once our job is done, this is where you take the driver's seat. We'll help you get everything set up for a smooth transition from your heritage environment to your shiny new infrastructure. Rest assured that we'll stick around until your team is confident and has the know-how to operate these platforms in production. We don't expect teams to pick this up overnight, that's why we'll stay engaged for as long as you need. We're happy to answer questions and jump on Zoom for pair programming sessions.

Day-2 Operations

After our engagement, you will have a solid foundation powering your apps, and all the tools you need for infrastructure operations. This means your team is responsible for the ongoing maintenance, including upgrades (e.g. EKS clusters, and all open-source software), patching systems, incident response, triaging, SRE (e.g. adding monitors and alerts), as well as security operations (responding to incidents, staying on top of vulnerabilities/ CVEs). Cloud Posse is continuously updating its Open Source module ecosystem, but it's your responsibility to regularly update your infrastructure. Staying on top of these things is critical for a successful long-term outcome, with minimal technical debt.

For companies that want to focus more on their business and less on maintenance, we provide ongoing support engagements exclusively for customers that have completed our accelerator.

Check out our approach to learn more!

Our goal is not to sell you on a solution that you don’t need or one that will frankly be overkill for you. We've worked with several customers that were pre-product and helped them launch successfully. What's important is that owning your infrastructure needs to be a competitive advantage. We work best with companies that have some experience running their apps in containers, using AWS in some capacity, companies that flexible in adopting the open-source tools we deliver as part of our solution.

Your best bet is to schedule a discovery call and we'll quickly assess if we're a good fit for your company.

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Unfortunately, we're not able to take on small engagements. You can, however, join us every single week for 100% free “Office Hours”—where we seek to answer your questions. Just register for an invitation.

We hold our “Office Hours” every Wednesday at 11:30 am PT via Zoom. We're typically 30+ people on the call and all skill levels are welcome.

Checkout our past recordings on YouTube or subscribe to our Podcast.

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We work with companies who need to own their infrastructure as their competitive advantage.

Our customers are typically post-Series A technology startups who are seeing success in the market and need to accelerate their DevOps adoption in order to take their company to the next level.

They are backed by some of the biggest names in the industry and are solving really difficult problems with technology.

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  • Gruntwork doesn't provide open access to all their modules, they are a subscription service. Cloud Posse open sources everything.
  • All of our code is in GitHub and can be forked and used with no concerns about licensing issues (APACHE2).
  • Gruntwork does not help with hands-on implementation. That's left up to you.
  • We provide a comprehensive project plan consisting of hundreds of implementation tasks and design decisions that we execute together with your team.
  • Our Slack community is free for anyone to join, not just paying customers.
  • Because our work is Open Source, there's a lower barrier to getting started. That's why it's in use by thousands and thousands of companies. We receive dozens of Pull Requests every week enhancing our modules and fixing bugs.
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When you hire Cloud Posse, you're buying an outcome that few others can provide. What a company is really buying from Cloud Posse is an end-to-end solution that includes time for implementation and integration. This is a solution that has cost our customers millions of dollars to implement and we are selling for a tiny fraction of the cost to implement it in-house.

We are not a traditional “DevOps as a Service” company that only does the grunt work; we provide thought leadership combined with expert execution and implementation. We have chosen to use an “Open Source” licensing model to simplify the software distribution because we provide 10x the value in our implementation. 

During the course of our engagement, our customers have direct access to our team with tremendous experience in cloud architecture & implementation. Companies hire us to implement in a span of only 3-4 months would take even the most senior experienced team DevOps engineers years to develop, which makes our offering insanely affordable by comparison.  By partnering with Cloud Posse, you're sparing all the hard “lessons learned” to achieve a greater outcome in a shorter amount of time with less risk.

You will find the industry-standard rate for experienced independent contractors/freelancers is around $150-250/hr. Note, when you hire freelancers they don't bring to the table the unparalleled library of code and experience that you get when you partner with Cloud Posse. We put our best foot forward on GitHub so you see exactly what you’re getting. Plus, freelancers and employees cannot offer business continuity, which leaves your company with no one to turn to when/if they leave or go on vacation. While a company might shave off a little bit on the hourly rate by going with an independent contractor, it's several orders of magnitude more expensive to implement a custom solution that is remotely comparable to what we offer; that solution will have greater uncertainty and result in greater risk for your business. 

 

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What’s it costing your business if you wait?

The longer you wait, the more time & effort you'll waste on maintenance rather than innovation. The more tech debt you'll amass. The more opportunities you'll miss.

Your developers will be less productive, which means you'll be paying more while getting less done in return.

The sooner you streamline your operations the faster you will move:

  1. Reduce your opportunity cost and capitalize on the investment sooner
  2. Release more features to customers faster
  3. Control operating costs to do more for less

Not to mention, your developers will love you for making their lives easier. The last thing developers want is to do things by hand.

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Here are some additional resources you can review:

  1. Our GitHub is where we publish over 140 terraform modules we've written and open-sourced under the Apache 2 software license. Our repos see over 11K unique visitors every single day and have over 5000 stars. We receive dozens of Pull Requests every week.
  2. Our Reviews are glowing both from our customers and from our community.
  3. Our Community will tell you how much we've helped them. You can scan through all of our archives to see what they say.
  4. Our YouTube Channel showcases many of our presentations and webinars
  5. Our Office Hours Recordings demonstrate our depth of knowledge and commitment to help others.
  6. Our Service Catalog is what lets us rapidly deploy the applications you see in our demos and is regularly updated.
  7. Our Work is Cited all over the place.
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We have a very specific mission, which means we may not be a good fit for all companies.

  1. Companies who are too small (1-2 engineers) may struggle with the upkeep of managing their own infrastructure.
  2. Companies who do not commit any in-house resources to learn the new software stack will have a tough time (you own it after all!)
  3. Companies who prefer to use different tools than we prescribe may run into integration challenges (we recommend what we know works)

If any of these sound familiar, please discuss with us before proceeding.

It depends. Your best bet is to schedule a discovery call with us so we can go over your specific concerns. Assuming your software runs on Linux and that you're able to make any necessary code changes to ensure your applications are “12 Factor App” compliant, there's a very high likelihood we'll be able to help you out.

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Our experience ensures you reach your goals in record time. Time is money. Salaries are by far the biggest cost for most startups. Think about how much you would pay to do this in-house and combine that with how long it will take you. During that time, your teams will be blocked or at the very least slowed down. Plus, you don't even have a predictable outcome. You can easily quantify this as your opportunity cost.

Our solution will pay for itself. You get a predictable solution delivered in record time for a fair price. Your engineers will be unblocked sooner and you'll be able to move faster.

Make sure you include all costs associated with your project.

  • What is the cost of recruiting your team?
  • What is your team’s fully-loaded cost? 
  • How long will it take to build and train the team?
  • Will they stick around long enough to see the project through?
  • What happens when everyone goes on holiday or takes a vacation?
  • Will you have enough work for them when the project is over?

Our total project costs predictable. You'll know upfront what to expect and there are no surprises.

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Cloud Posse's typical engagement is for greenfield projects.

The typical duration of our initial rollout is 3-4 months, broken down into 2-week sprints. Each sprint is focused on specific deliverables that are summarized in this list: https://cloudposse.com/what-we-do/

The whole package is recommended but not every item on this list is required to be delivered in every engagement, this is per-customer requirements. We work with your team to help them own the solution we build together once the engagement winds down, but we're always here to help!

Community support is available through our internal and public Slack communities (slack.sweetops.com) and our public Office Hours are available every Wednesday at 11:30 AM Pacific Time, you can also listen to previous sessions on our podcast or on our YouTube channel.

After an engagement ends, we offer optional ongoing support, and starting new projects is always an option as well

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Yes, we've worked with enterprises like Globe Life (Fortune 500), Checkatrade, and RMS.com.

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Of course! We can't wait to show you what it can do.

Book your appointment today.

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Anyone is free to fork our repositories and try themselves, but our support eliminates the guesswork and shortens the time it takes to implement correctly.

Think of it like this: anyone can walk into a hardware store and pick up the materials to build a house. Very few people can build a house that won't fall down if they don't have the experience of using all the tools and hardware correctly. We fill the gap by providing the knowledge and experience to get you where you want to be faster than doing it yourself.

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We believe in total transparency.

For this reason, you can expect no hidden fees from us.

IMPORTANT: Depending on the features you want to be implemented, certain third-party software subscriptions may be required (SaaS).

We do not include these costs in our contract because they are negotiated between your company and the vendor. Sometimes you may qualify for “startup” pricing.

Examples include:

  • AWS
  • Datadog
  • NewRelic
  • Sumologic
  • Splunk
  • Codefresh
  • Teleport
  • Kubecost
  • Mailgun
  • PagerDuty
  • Pingdom
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We can start as soon as you sign our Statement of Work. Typically we see this process take 2-3 weeks from the first introductory call to the start of our engagement

Here's our checklist we'll need to complete before we can start.

  • Execute Mutual NDA (ours or yours)
  • Collaborate on Engagement Workbook via Google Docs
  • Execute Statement of Work, and Master Services Agreement
  • Deposit Payment
  • Kick-off!

We can kick off the initial introductory call immediately, so please make sure that you schedule it today

After talking with you and assessing if we're a proper fit, we'll execute a Mutual NDA and then send over an Engagement Workbook so we can gather all the requirements for your project and estimate the cost.

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We charge a fraction of what it costs to do it in-house and deliver it in half the time or faster. Check out our calculator just to see how much it can cost to build your own cloud infrastructure. Make sure you review some of the risks of doing it yourself.

 We practice “agile” development. We charge a flat fee per sprint but allow for scope changes (which are billed separately) at customer request. A typical engagement consists of 8-10 sprints that are 2 weeks (80 hours) in duration.

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Our Solutions


Cloud Migrations

Cloud Migrations


Run your software seamlessly on Kubernetes using immutable docker containers and zero-downtime automated deployments using Helm, everything fully defined with Infrastructure as Code.

Local Development Environments

Dev Environments


Automate your entire local development environment using docker and docker-compose. Rapidly onboard new developers and speed up the software development lifecycle.

Release Engineering (CI/CD)

Release Engineering


Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery ensure that your software can be reliably tested, released and deployed at any time with zero downtime.

Automated Deployments

Automated Deployments


Rapidly deploy software with automatic zero-downtime rollout/rollbacks to multiple environments. Enable authorized engineers to effortlessly deploy software with one click. Ensure software can be released at any time for any reason.

Site Reliability Engineering

Site Reliability Engineering


Total visibility into what is going on both operationally and how much it costs to operate. Develop KPIs to meet SLAs. Generate meaningful alerts that escalate to the On-Call Engineers only when it matters.

Alerting

Load Testing


Know you can scale to meet demand. We have a collection of best practices, workflows, scripts, and scenarios for load and performance testing of websites and applications (in particular those deployed on Kubernetes clusters)

Training and Support

Training and Support

Foster an engineering culture that embraces ops and dev by cross-training engineers for business continuity and enticing and retaining top talent.


Security and Compliance

Security and Compliance


Security needs to be top of mind for all organizations as the sophistication of attacks increase and the number of attack vectors multiple.

Gap Assessments

Gap Assessments


We offer many comprehensive assessments to grade the maturity of your DevOps "Best Practices". Learn how you can improve your adoption of Terraform, AWS, Kubernetes, Helm, Docker, and GitHub.

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FREE Weekly DevOps Office Hours


Join us every Wednesday at 11:30am PST (GMT-8) to talk shop. We discuss all things related to DevOps, Terraform, Kubernetes, CI/CD Release Engineering.

Basically, they are like a “Lunch & Learn” session where we get together for about an hour to talk shop.

These are totally free and just an opportunity to ask us any questions and learn about cool things we come across.


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Who are we?

We’re expert cloud architects and seasoned software engineers who get this stuff. We’ll take time to understand both your business needs and technology requirements, allowing us to deliver exactly what you need. Let us solve your headaches.

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Core Expertise


  • coreos

    AWS

    Amazon is the dominant public cloud provider. We've spent the last decade perfecting our process on Amazon Web Services. We follow the official "Well-Architected Framework" and provide all of our reference architectures for free.

  • docker

    Docker

    Replaces the traditional Virtual Machines with a lightweight alternative ideally suited for microservices. Docker is to the Linux OS what the JVM is to Java Byte Code. Build once, run anywhere. Docker is central to our entire strategy of deploying infrastructure as code.

  • kubernetes

    Kubernetes

    Manages a pool of resources and efficiently schedules containers across the cluster. Handles complex operations such as scaling, deployments, rolling updates, rollbacks, high-availability and service discovery.

  • terraform

    Terraform

    Terraform is used to provision your complete stack, 100% Infrastructure as Code. We are the largest provider of high quality "Terraform Modules", which is the secret to maintaining stable, reproducible environments.


Our Partners

 
Amazon Partner Network (APN)
Bridgecrew
Cloudsmith
Codefresh
Gravitational
KubeCost
NetApp
SpotInst
Terraform
 

Case Study by Codefresh



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