Automation

Cloud Security

Virtualization of network functions

 functions like routing, load balancing and firewalls are packaged as virtual machines

WAN solutions

Software Defined Networking - SDN

SDN provides choice in automation and programmability across data centers, campuses, and wide-area networks. Reduce complexity by decoupling the control and data planes, while making automation highly secure and scalable.

VMware Vsphere Health Check

Overview

You've made a significant investment to virtualize your computing environment—let an expert help you get the most from your investment. Virtualization touches many aspects of your data center such as servers, networks and storage, and the organizations and processes that control them.

A Business Technology Architect Certified Professional consultant will work with your team to understand your unique environment and provide guidance on the current best practices for configuring and managing VMware vSphere™. Working together with your team, the consultant will review your VMware vSphere environment and provide concrete, actionable recommendations to optimize your virtual infrastructure.

Benefits

  • Optimize VMware vSphere performance
  • Maximize resources through efficiencies and roadmap for future improvement
  • Mitigate risk by leveraging experienced consultants and proven best practices
  • Identify areas for remediation and optimize the architecture of the environment

Deliverables

  • Collect data and conduct assessment of VMware vSphere (offered in modules of 1-50 and 50+ ESXi hosts per vCenter)
  • Identify potential opportunities to optimize configuration and improve performance
  • Hold an interactive workshop to facilitate knowledge transfer on VMware vSphere best practice
  • Delivery of Health Report documentation

Target Audience

Architects, administrators and virtualization stakeholders currently using VMware ESX and VMware vCenter.

 

Key Activities

Action

Responsibility

Kickoff Call

All

Current State Analysis Workshop

  • Review current environment
  • Review history of current environment
  • Review business and use cases
  • Install health check analyzer

All

Technical Audit and Analysis

Consultant

Operational Analysis including Consideration of Business Objectives

Consultant

Create Assessment Reports

Consultant

Review Final Assessment Report and Knowledge Transfer

All

 

Scope

  • Up to two (2) days on-site to create assessment report
  • Health Check offered in modules of 1-50 and 50+ ESXi hosts per vCenter (or multiples thereof)
  • Participants for interactive workshop will include virtualization architects and administrators
  • VMware vSphere Health Check will be delivered by a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) consultant from Business Technology Architects.

Requirements

  • Existing VMware vSphere including VMware ESX
  • Administrator (root) access to VMware installations
  • Conference room with projector and internet access
  • Participation of Target Audience

Virtualization

Virtualization transfers applications to separate virtual machines (VMs) residing on bare metal hardware, allowing physical hardware to run at full capacity and applications to run at peak performance. It’s one of the most compelling ways to cut IT costs and increase technology productivity. BTA can help you with your virtualization capacity and resource planning needs by creating a strategy that meets your business goals.

Virtualization allows businesses to simplify IT infrastructures and increase productivity while using less hardware.

The Benefits of Virtualization

Virtualization provides several benefits for your organization, including:

Reduced IT expenses
Increased productivity
Improved IT agility
Reduced number of servers/amount of hardware
Faster maintenance
Faster deployment of applications
Less complexity

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Security Assessments

APM solutions - cisco appdynamics

Cisco AppDynamics gives our customers the visibility and intelligence needed to drive application and business performance. 
AppDynamics auto discovers the logical flow of all traffic requests in your environment and dynamically creates a topology map to visualize performance across the application ecosystem.

Virtual Chief Information Security Officer Partner Program

The development and maintenance of a information and cybersecurity program can be a challenge for organizations of any size.  Unplanned business interruptions, information security breaches, accidental data loss can lead to loss of customer loyalty, reputational damage, financial losses, and fines. Business Technology Architects Virtual CISO program will help your business develop an information and cybersecurity strategy that meets your business requirements for availability, security, and regulatory requirements.  Our VCISO program works with your team at all levels onsite and remotely leading the effort for integrating information and cybersecurity security best practices into your daily business process resulting in improved visibility and incident reporting, increased productivity, and cost saving.

Datacenter Architecture

Evaluating Security Risk and Compliance

how does your organization define security governance?

Centralized or Decentralized? what is Matrixed security?
BTA can help define:

  • What governance framework is the right fit.
  • What policies need to be mandated from the C levels
  • What reports and metrics need to be in place to monitor and manage risk; while promoting compliance and auditing operations

Incident response team - Nist standards and digital forensics

NIST defines digital forensics as:

"The application of science to identification, collection, examination and analysis of data while preserving the integrity of the information and maintaining a strict chain of custody for the data"

BTA applies forensic science methodology to keep data forensically sound.
The Incident Response team has GIAC certified professionals on staff.

Firewall design for software defined networks such as ACI

Software defined Networking has changed firewall design from the traditional "inside-outside-DMZ" design. If you need help with firewall architecture design, we can help.

Security Service - Web Application Vulnerability Scanning

Overview

Data breaches now make the news on what seems to be a daily basis.  Impacting a company’s brand, reputation, stock price and how it’s perceived by customers, partners and even its own employees.  Web Application Vulnerabilities are one of the primary exploits used by hackers to gain access to sensitive data.  Even with commonly used security approaches 70% off all websites are vulnerable to an attack. Hackers are concentrating on web-based applications (shopping carts, forms, login pages, etc) – accessible 24/7 – that directly connect to your back-end databases with valuable data.

In many cases these exploits go unnoticed for months if at all, or until reported by customers or authorities that a data breach has occurred which can lead to significant fines and costly remediation efforts.

Business Technology Architect now provides an industry leading web applications vulnerability scanning solution that is used by fortune 100 companies and government organization.   

A Business Technology Architect Certified Information Security Professional consultant will work with your team to understand your business, legal, and industry information security requirement.  

Benefits

  • Testing for SQL Injection, XSS, XXE, SSRF, Host Header Injection and over 4500 other web vulnerabilities
  • Our extensive reports provide tailored detailed information for Executive Leadership to Developers BTA’s Application Vulnerability Scanning can also help meet an organizations due care reporting requirement for PCI, HIPPA, and ISO certification
  • Rapidly driving value out of the box Issue Tracking will help development team quickly identity, track, and remediate findings

Deliverables

  • Deliver reports to key stakeholders (Vulnerability scans are offered on a per URL basis)
  • Identify opportunities to improve application security vulnerabilities.

Target Audience

CIO, CISO, Information Security Managers, Application Development Managers, Data Loss Prevention and Web application stakeholders.

Action

Responsibility

Kickoff Call

All

Current State Analysis Workshop

  • Review current environment
  • Review history of current environment
  • Review business and use cases
  • Review business, legal, and industry requirements for data loss Protection

All

Technical Audit and Analysis

Consultant

Web Application Vulnerability Analysis

Consultant

Create Assessment Reports

Consultant

Review Final Assessment Report and Knowledge Transfer

All

Requirements

  • Administrator (root) access to Web Application Servers
  • Network/Security Administrator Support
  • Participation of Target Audience

Additional Security Services Include

  • Network Architecture and Security Assessments
  • Information Security and Data Governance Program Assessments 
  • Application Dependency Mapping

BTA security solutions

BTA’s Security Practice is based on our S.I.M.P.L.E. model establishing the framework for repeatable and consistence level of service delivery regardless of customer size and objectives. 
Our program has been distilled to five essential steps:

Risk Assessment
Defining Opportunities and Solutions
Architecture and Implementation
Governance, Organization, and Automation
Continuous Improvement
 
 

To avoid duplication of effort any proposed solutions should be measured against our security solution framework.
Each solution should have a primary and secondary offering for companies of various size and budgetary goals.
For example; Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) may be a great solution for a fortune 500 company while Cisco Duo can easily meet the needs of a small to midsize enterprise.

Additional Security consulting and services:

  • Incident Response
  • Governance
  • Risk and Compliance (GRC)
  • Security Analysis
  • Advanced Threat Detection
  • Authentication
  • Data Loss Prevention

Solutions and Services

Security

DataCenter

Cloud

F5 Architecture

BTA offers experienced F5 Engineers to assist with your Datacenter deployment or migration.

Senior Network Architect, CCIE

BTA has an immediate opening for a Senior Network Architect with a proven track record in delivering mission critical solutions to customers working in our Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).  The ideal candidate should have a solutions consulting background in all aspects of the data center.  The candidate will be involved in Mentored Installations, ACI Fabric Deployments in production and non-production environments and field training for clients across all business segments.

 

Job Duties and Skill Sets:

Conduct pre-deployment workshops with customers to gather data for ACI deployments
Develop High-Level/Low-Level Designs for customer environments

Ability to assess current active state of complex WAN/LAN/Data Center networks.
Ability to design future state networks based on customer applications and business requirements.
Solve problems, Design solutions, implement system configurations, direct system installations and document “As Built” current and future state.
Monitor network performance, trouble shoot network problems and outages.
Collaborate with technology teams/architects on network optimization and tuning.
Develop and adhere to Architectural Principles based on industry best practices.
Must be willing to continue to learn by participating in educational opportunities, self-development by reading professional publications, participating in professional organizations.
Ability to work remote when required.
Travel up to 50% is required with some international travel

 

Education Requirements:


College Degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Telecommunications or equivalent experience.

 

Professional Certifications:


The ideal candidate would hold professional certifications from leading industry products, CISCO, CCIE, CCNP, CISSP, vmWare, F5,  Palo Alto, Microsoft, HP, IBM, Dell.


Job Location:

Atlanta, Georgia or Southeastern United States

Send resume to


Business Technology Architects, 1750 Founders Parkway, Ste. 154, Alpharetta, GA 30009. Attn: HR.

dcory@biztecharchitects.com

About Business Technology Architects, Inc.


Business Technology Architects, Inc. (BTA) headquartered in Roswell, Georgia is a technology architectural consulting and training firm with extensive experience in Data Center, IT Services, Networking, Server Infrastructure, Storage and Security. BTA helps customers formulate a focused and strategic approach, integrating complex technologies into the fabric of their businesses. BTA’s proven methodology lowers cost, improves efficiency and significantly accelerates deployments in all disciplines of the Data Center.  Our Technology Architects have completed extensive certification programs on “best in class” technology products and solutions.

BTA offers flexible schedules, excellent benefits, and a collaborative work environment for thought leaders.

Training Schedule

Modular Advanced ACI Training: Build, Maintain and Sharpen your ACI Skillset

 

If I want to:

I should attend:

Length

Refresh my baseline ACI skills

Practice basic ACI configuration

Gain fast familiarity with ACI

ACI Technical Quickstart

 

1 day

Secure my ACI fabric using built-in tools

Design and configure appropriate security using the management plane, fabric, EPG’s, microsegmentation, certificates, RBAC, and other integral features

 

Optimizing ACI Security

 

1/4 day

Build and deploy a compliant ACI fabric

Use best practices to design ACI for PCI, SOX and HIPPA compliance

Compliance-Driven ACI Fabric 1/4 day

Integrate service appliances with ACI

Deploy ASA, FirePOWER, F5, Citrix and other devices

Know when and how to use Managed, Unmanaged or Independent integration modes

 

Vendor-Specific Modules for Service Integration with ACI

 

1/4 day

Maintain an ACI fabric

Learn the operational and troubleshooting tools for ACI

Practice recovering from failure scenarios

ACI Operations & Troubleshooting
Boot Camp

 

3 days

Understand the ACI Object Model

Use all the automation tools in ACI

Develop & use XML and Python scripts in ACI

 

ACI Programmability

 

1 day

Integrate ACI with UCSD

Build a UCSD-based Private Cloud

Study ACI-focused Tasks and Workflows

 

ACI and UCSD

 

1 day

Automate ACI using orchestration

Integrate ACI with CloudCenter, Ansible, Puppet & Chef, etc.

Optimal security design for orchestration

ACI and CloudCenter
or
ACI and Ansible
or
ACI and Puppet/Chef

 

1/2 to 1 day

Learn ACI design methodologies

Practice designing ACI for several customer scenarios

Prove my designs on a live fabric

ACI Design Best Practices & Boot Camp

1 day

Plan for larger ACI deployments

Study multi-site, multi-pod and multi-fabric options

Learn about disaster recovery in ACI

ACI Multiple Sites

1/2 day

Migrate an existing network to ACI

Learn about network-centric & app-centric options

Practice migrating a live legacy network

ACI & Legacy Networks

1/4 day

Classes

Class Request

What are the Top 3 locations you would visit to attend ACI training?

 

When can you/need to attend training?  

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Infrastructure Assessments

As your organization adapts to utilize new technologies or respond to business growth, you may find that you are placing an increased burden on your IT infrastructure. BTA offers infrastructure assessment services to evaluate your IT resources and ensure that they are meeting your business needs now and in the future.

BTA’s infrastructure assessments help make your organization’s IT resources more agile to support emerging technologies and market changes.

The Benefits

BTA will evaluate your IT infrastructure using our internally developed Architect Explorer™ and COTS tools to determine network, server and storage efficiencies and identify areas for improvement. We will provide you with a customized report that details our findings and recommendations in order to help you prioritize your IT needs according to your business objectives.

Infrastructure assessments offer a variety of benefits:

  • Improved performance and uptime
  • Increased stability
  • Optimized resources for improved efficiency
  • Easier adoption of new technologies
  • Reduced server sprawl and energy consumption

ACI Adoption Services

Business Technology Architects can help partners and systems integrators develop technology practices around ACI. BTA's extensive business experience, coupled with our deep understanding of ACI architecture, concepts and methodology can accelerate profitable sales growth and operations excellence in delivering ACI services.

Our Careers

Looking for an opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology?  Are you self-motivated?  Do you enjoy collaborating with a team to deliver top-tier services to end customers?

Business Technology Architects has a highly competitive benefits package that includes healthcare, personal time off, access to 401K plans, options for short- and long-term disability, life and accident insurance and a flexible spending account.

View our current openings. If you're interested in learning more about a career with BTA, contact us

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Project Management

At BTA, we are committed to delivering our clients’ projects on time and under budget, and we understand that effective project management is crucial to meeting these goals. When your project has been approved, we will assign you a project manager that will develop a detailed scope of work to include timelines, resources allocated and appropriate deliverables. Your project manager will liaise with you at each stage of the process, ensuring that tasks are completed to your satisfaction. Many of our project managers hold the PMP credentials and are experienced in information technology.

Our project managers work in tandem with our customers to ensure everyone is aware of project status, milestones and associated risks.

Core Technology Upgrades

We frequently encounter networks that were built without a plan and, more importantly, maintenance in mind. These networks are typically patched until the architecture is obscured, and most do not have the ability to segregate traffic, resulting in unpredictable outages.

BTA’s team can design a comprehensive plan for your upgrades, including cutover and fallback positions, identifying areas of risk and improving IT functionality.

Technology Upgrade Services

Our professionals have completed hundreds of infrastructure upgrades, and we have extensive experience in core upgrades for the following areas:

  • Networking
  • Switching
  • Servers
  • Storage
  • Power

Virtualization Planning and Design

Virtualization transfers applications to separate virtual machines (VMs) residing on bare metal hardware, allowing physical hardware to run at full capacity and applications to run at peak performance. It’s one of the most compelling ways to cut IT costs and increase technology productivity. BTA can help you with your virtualization capacity and resource planning needs by creating a strategy that meets your business goals.

Virtualization allows businesses to simplify IT infrastructures and increase productivity while using less hardware.

The Benefits of Virtualization

Virtualization provides several benefits for your organization, including:

  • Reduced IT expenses
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved IT agility
  • Reduced number of servers/amount of hardware
  • Faster maintenance
  • Faster deployment of applications
  • Less complexity

Security Architecture and Compliance Services

In this increasingly globalized and connected world, it is crucial for businesses to be aware of security vulnerabilities and risks. At BTA, we understand that security is a critical component of any IT architecture, and we work to embed security practices and technologies into all of the solutions we deliver to our clients.

Our engineers will evaluate your current security practices and infrastructures, identify areas of risk and develop a security approach that meets the needs of your business.

We specialize in developing IT security strategies that allow businesses to utilize emerging technologies while taking a proactive stance against evolving threats.

Security Architecture and Compliance Solutions

  • Incident Response
  • Governance
  • Risk and Compliance (GRC)
  • Security Analysis
  • Advanced Threat Detection
  • Authentication
  • Data Loss Prevention

Public/Private Cloud Migrations

Moving to the cloud is a daunting task for any organization. Through our work for businesses of all sizes, we have developed a unique understanding of hardware, software, security and applications and how they are impacted by cloud strategies. We understand both the technical and business considerations of a migration, and we can help you optimize your IT infrastructures through cloud computing.

BTA develops comprehensive migration strategies for our customers that harness the power of the cloud and make it work for your business.

Cloud Migration Services

We offer migration services for both public and private clouds. Taking into consideration your business model, system requirements, and risk tolerance, our architects will minimize risk, then determine which applications can move to the cloud and which should stay on site.

We have the capability and expertise necessary to assist you at every phase of the process:

  • Planning
  • Design
  • Building
  • Maintenance

Application Dependency Mapping

Application dependency mapping is vital to the success of any IT move, whether it’s ongoing operations, a data center migration, technology refresh, a move to the cloud or virtualization. BTA will work with your organization to catalog all components of your applications and related infrastructure including servers, software, network, storage and security. We have developed tools, such as Architect Explorer, that allow us to quickly identify and log the relationships and dependencies between these components, ensuring that they stay intact so applications continue to provide their expected output or function following the migration.

BTA's Architect Explorer provides comprehensive inventory and analysis of IT resources critical to tracking applications dependencies.

The Benefits

Application dependency mapping provides an overview of your IT environment that offers benefits during migrations and beyond:

  • Decreased risk of outages during a migration
  • Faster recovery in the event of an outage
  • Easier troubleshooting of application performance issues

Technology Partners

BTA is proud to partner with industry leading providers to offer strategic solutions for our clients.

VMware

EMC

Net App

F5

Palo Alto Networks

IBM

Microsoft

Our Team

BTA’s leadership team and consultants have a broad range of experience in all of the technologies required to deliver applications, including firewalls, load balancing, servers, networking and security. We have worked across multiple industries, from education and government to finance, utilities, manufacturing and media. The depth and breadth we bring technically lends itself to creating customized training curriculums to drive adoption of new technology and organizational best practices.

Our years of experience and multiple industry certifications ensure that we deliver mission critical solutions to our customers.

 

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Ken Fee

CEO, Business Technology Architects

Ken Fee is an accomplished technology executive with over 25 years of operational, information technology, architecture and educational experience. A 13-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps in operations and information technology military occupational specialties, he served in Operations Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and Restore Hope in Somalia. In 1998, Ken left the USMC to join an IT solutions integration firm and lead an engineering team for a major transformation and deployment effort for the University System of Georgia that included a high-speed network of over 600 locations. In 2000, he joined Cisco Systems as a Systems Engineer focusing on public sector solution design. Ken achieved his CCIE in 2001.

In 2003, he moved into a Global Systems Engineering role for Cisco working with Fortune 500 clients to define data center architecture and service delivery models. In 2006, he left Cisco to join a Cisco learning partner that focused on data center solutions and sales enablement activities. His roles included instructor, business development and ultimately VP of sales and chief operating officer. During his tenure, the company grew revenue over 90% per year.

In 2010, Ken was a founding principal for BTA with the vision to provide on-demand end-to-end virtualized architecture consulting and the real-world implementation services that turn architectures into revenue generation. Ken currently maintains his CISSP certification and focuses on aligning technology architecture to business requirements.

 

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Jerry D. Bailey

Jerry D. Bailey joined BTA in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer and plays a major role in the day-to-day management of the company’s strategic, financial and business operations. Jerry brings more than three and a half decades of extensive experience and leadership in technology companies serving the telecommunications, cloud and IT services sectors. He is also a principal partner in BTA and a member of the board. Jerry is an avid outdoorsman and loves spending time with his family in the North Georgia mountains. He attended the University of South Alabama where he studied management.

 

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David Buechner

CCIE #13539 (R/S, SAN), VCP #36408

Principal, Business Technology Architects

David Buechner has extensive experience in applying information technology. His experience includes systems and networking design, analysis and support in a variety of environments spanning several industries including Education, Government, Broadcasting, Financial, Trade-Show and Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity. David is certified under the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) program in two areas: Routing and Switching, and Storage Area Networking. David is also a Certified Cisco Systems Instructor (CCSI) and holds a VCP from VMWare.

David’s work with BTA includes the development of Data Center courseware, Professional Services engagements and teaching engagements with audiences comprised of Cisco employees, channel partners and customers. As a BTA Principal, David provides technical leadership for all BTA activities covering Data Center technologies including data networking, storage networking (including Fibre Channel Protocol and FICON attached systems), load balancing and application and WAN optimization.

David’s background also includes experience in areas of IT spanning the Data Center including IBM mainframe and Unix systems programming and specialized application programming.  David provides network and systems design, analysis, implementation and customized training services. David holds a B.S. in Information and Computer Science from Georgia Tech.

 

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Victoria grew up in the Midwest and followed her military husband to Southern California where she started a successful facilities maintenance business. Again following her military husband, Victoria traveled to Japan with her family where she taught English to Japanese students comprised of air traffic controllers, executives, retirees and advanced degree seekers. She loved every minute of her time in Japan!

After taking some time off to raise four children, Victoria became a founding partner at Business Technology Architects in Roswell, Georgia, where she works in human resources and finance in addition to serving as the office manager.

In her spare time, Victoria enjoys cooking, reading, role-playing games and spending time in the North Georgia mountains. Most of all, though, she loves spending time with family and friends.

Software Defined Networking

Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)

Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is the next evolution of SDN that combines the flexibility of software with the performance of hardware into a single system that delivers ethernet fabrics with automated provisioning, Layer 4-7 service insertion, monitoring and compliance in modern Data Centers.

BTA is proud to be working with Cisco Systems in the development of training, process and deployment expertise with Application Centric Infrastructure.

Where to Use It

  • Hosting of virtualized and physical workloads
  • Public and private clouds
  • Big data environments

 

The Benefits

  • Creates more dynamic networks to speed up application development and deployment
  • Simplifies data center automation
  • Drives down operating costs
  • Makes IT operations more efficient
  • Facilitates the transition to the cloud
  • Allows for rapid provisioning and deprovisioning of infrastructure
  • Creates automated network documentation.
  • Provides clear mapping of application relationships to the network infrastructure

Data Center Migrations

As your business grows and evolves, you may find that your data center runs out of space or power, necessitating a move. Data center relocation can be stressful for both managers and end users, with the transfer of various technologies causing headaches and usability issues on both sides.

BTA has extensive experience across all of the technologies contained in the data center, including firewalls, load balancers, servers and storage. Our engineers can create a migration plan for your organization that optimizes performance and minimizes risk.

We understand that data centers are a team sport, and our holistic approach ensures that migrations occur as seamlessly as possible.

The Benefits

BTA’s data center relocation services offer several benefits, including:

  • Improved efficiency
  • Cost savings
  • Increased scalability
  • Reduced environmental footprint

Architectural Framework

Architectural frameworks are composed of the principles, guidelines and dependencies that form the foundation of data centers and other technologies supporting applications. BTA can work with your organization to create a technology architecture that will improve efficiency, security and bottom-line savings.

BTA professionals have over 100 years of combined experience in creating “always on” information technology architectures to meet the needs of our clients.

Technology Architecture Services

BTA’s architectural frameworks are designed to improve the adaptability and scalability of our clients’ platforms. We offer a variety of architecture services to help your organization streamline technology adoption and support your business requirements:

  • Assessment
  • Documentation
  • Design
  • Implementation

Contact Us

If you’d like to learn more about BTA’s services and capabilities, please fill out the form below or give us a call and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Classes

View BTA’s class offerings below. For more information, please call 678.951.8980 or complete the form below.

 

Two Day Nexus 9K ACI Overview

This course is designed for customers, systems engineers and field engineers to gain a foundational understanding of key ACI concepts.  The course is delivered with lecture and lab activities to reinforce concepts introduced.

Cisco ACI/Nexus 9000 Field Engineering (Implementation)

In this 5-day, instructor-led Nexus 9000 ACI Implementation course, you will become experienced with the planning, design and implementation of Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

ACI Mentored Installation 

The ACI Mentored Installation engagement is designed to build on previous training and guide customer/partner engineers in deploying an ACI fabric for a Proof of Concept (POC).

ACI Deployment Workshop

This course is designed for customers, systems engineers and field engineers to build on foundational ACI concepts and further develop ACI configuration, demonstration and troubleshooting skills.


To learn more about registering for one of our classes, complete the form below or call us at 678-951-8980, and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Training

The team at BTA has a proven track record of helping customers adopt new technology through training and real-world experience. When new solutions are introduced, systems integrators and customers have an insatiable appetite for knowledge. BTA’s unique approach to solution and implementation based training engagements enables the adoption of these technologies. BTA’s approach allows organizations to grow their businesses by simplifying the complex while achieving a faster time to market.

BTA’s architects and professional trainers must DO before they can credibly teach in a classroom or consulting engagement.

The introduction of next-generation technologies in the data center requires an in-depth understanding of how applications are structured and delivered. To simplify, we must understand:

  • Business impact of change or lack of change
  • Target state
  • Current state
  • Dependencies

Technology Training Services

  • Baseline technology through advanced architecture training for design and implementation engineers
  • Recommendations for best approach to adoption of cloud services (public, private, hybrid)
  • Adoption of automation tools to include integration of existing systems  
  • IT camp counselor (AKA DevOps) to facilitate a collaborative approach to the integration of teams from typically siloed environments.
  • Design documents
  • Run books
  • Test plans
  • Comprehensive cutover planning

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Technology Consulting Services

At BTA, we understand that IT architecture is a team sport. We have the capability to architect numerous technology platforms in the data center and the enterprise network. We believe in the value of a cooperative approach between applications and infrastructure operations in the IT industry.

Our focused, strategic approach will help you integrate complex technology solutions into your business.

Certifications

CCIE – Cisco Routing/Switching and Storage Certification

CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional

PMP – Project Management Professional

VCP – VMware Certified Professional

CCNA – Cisco Certified Network Associate

CCDA – Cisco Certified Design Associate

UCTDS – Unified Computing Technology Design Specialist

DCUCSS – Cisco Data Center Unified Communications Support Specialist

UCTSS – Cisco Unified Computing Technology Support Specialist

CQS-FSPS – Cisco Express Foundation Field Specialist

DCSSS – Cisco Data Center Services Support Specialist

CQS-CCENT – Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician

CQS-DCASS – Cisco Data Center Application Support Specialist

CQS-CDCNSS – Cisco Data Center Networking Sales Specialist

SSUFT – Cisco Sales Specialist for Unified Fabric Technology

DCSSA – Cisco Data Center Sales Specialist for Architecture

SSUCT – Cisco Sales Specialist for Unified Computing Technology

CISS – Cisco Information Security Specialist

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Background

Business Technology Architects Inc. (BTA) was founded in Roswell, Georgia in 2010, with resources across the United States. BTA’s management team have compelling track record and notable experience in data center, IT services and telecommunications.

We support our customers by formulating a focused, strategic approach and integrating complex technologies into the fabric of their businesses. Our proven method can lower costs, improve efficiency and accelerate deployments. BTA knows that no individual company can deliver all products and services to the IT industry. BTA is well respected and has strategic relationships with top networking, storage, security and applications providers.

Our architects have completed numerous certification programs on best-in-class products so we are prepared to deliver important and even complex solutions to our customers. BTA’s approach to consulting can take on many forms, whether a project is short-term or long-term, multifaceted or simply unique to an industry. We are strategic, problem solvers with excellent communication skills. Most of all we understand the need to continue with business as usual while working behind the scenes to carry out business-critical technology projects.

What Does BTA Do?

Architectural Consulting

BTA’s core business is building client IT architectures to improve efficiency, security and bottom-line savings. We are often engaged by customers to develop Architectural Frameworks for technology adoption. Architectural requirements can cover multiple disciplines including compute, networking, hardware, storage solutions, virtualization, disaster recovery, replication, machine migration and hypervisor selection. Regularly we can be found architecting always-on, mission-critical environments where measurement and management of systems a requirement.

Public/Private Cloud Migrations

Migration to the cloud can be a daunting task for most IT organizations. BTA delivers comprehensive migration strategies designed to optimize IT infrastructures and reduce client risk. We take a holistic approach to hardware, software, security and applications. We will help you identify the best applications for public or private management and operational efficiencies and those applications that should remain on premise. We make recommendations based on your business requirements, management objectives and potential risks.

Virtualization Planning and Design

One of the most compelling ways to reduce IT expenses, increase productivity, efficiency and agility is to virtualize services in the data center. Understanding capacity and resource planning needs drives a customer’s ability to gain utilization, reduce operating expenses and shorten time to market for delivering new applications.

 

Core Technology Upgrades

We see many networks that were built without a plan and more importantly, without serviceability in mind. Typically, these networks have been patched until the architecture is unclear and many cannot segregate traffic that can result in unpredictable, undesirable outages.

Our team has completed hundreds of infrastructure upgrades. There have been minimal service outages, including outages that can impact networking, switching, servers, storage, and power upgrades. We create a comprehensive plan for your upgrade that includes cutover and fall back positions identifying all risk factors in the project. Our methods set BTA apart from our peers.

Storage Area Network Assessments

Companies large and small are interested in how to architect, deploy and manage storage infrastructure. BTA has consistently been able to help companies with these challenges.

Our approach begins by routinely conducting assessments that address the current state of SAN architecture, performance, data replication and disaster recovery. BTA reviews the current performance, utilization and growth requirements and delivers a final report that includes all findings and recommendations to achieve the desired performance and financial objectives. BTA benchmarks processes using industry best practices and procedures and maintains visibility around emerging and maturing storage technology that creates business value.

Security and Compliance Services

Security is an integral and critical component of any architecture. BTA’s goal with our customers is to embed security practices, principals and technology into all of our solutions for clients. Whether these are new build outs, upgrades or re-designs/architecture of technology infrastructures, BTA incorporates defense in depth into environments. BTA offers solutions and services for Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC), Security Analytics, Advanced Threat Detection, Authentication and Data Loss Prevention.

Project Management

Project management is crucial to delivering projects on time and budget. When a project has been approved, BTA assigns a PM that will develop a detailed Scope of Work to include timelines, resources and allocated and appropriate deliverables. Our PMs work in tandem with our customers’ project management and project sponsors. They ensure everyone is aware of project status of milestones and risks associated with the engagement. Many of our PMs hold the PMP credentials and are experienced in information technology.

SIMPLE


SIMPLE is BTA’s engagement approach that has proven to accelerate technology adoption and create tangible results during each phase of the engagement. This enables the BTA team to collaborate efficiently with your company to overcome business challenges with clear linkage to business outcomes.

The SIMPLE Approach

 


Training and Go-to-Market Services

 

BTA’s Consultants must DO before they can teach in a classroom. Credibility is key.

 

The team at BTA has a proven track record of accelerating the adoption of new technology through training and real-world experience. When new solutions are brought to market, systems integrators and customers have an insatiable appetite for knowledge. BTA’s unique approach to solution and implementation-based training engagements enables the customer’s consumption of these technologies to improve their business.

BTA’s mentored learning and services approaches enables organizations to grow their businesses by SIMPLE-fying the complex.

The introduction of next-generation technologies requires an in-depth understanding of how applications are structured and delivered. To simplify, we must understand:

  • Business impact of change or lack of change
  • Target state
  • Current state
  • Dependencies

Technology Training Services

  • Baseline technology through advanced architecture training for design and implementation engineers
  • Recommendations for best approach to adoption of cloud services (public, private, hybrid)
  • Adoption of automation tools to include integration of existing systems
  • Organization Assessment and Transformation (aka IT Camp Counselor) workshops and training that facilitate the transition to the collaborative delivery of IT services. This can range from forming DevOps teams to creating a well-defined set of interactions and common set of architectural best practices.
  • Application Dependency Mapping
  • Development of Design documents
  • Test plans
  • Comprehensive Cutover Planning

Summary

BTA provides the Technology Architecture expertise that makes everything work together. We bring a strategic perspective to what is typically a tactical, response environment. The team at BTA creates IT architectures that are Reliable, Available and Serviceable ready to meet current and future requirements.