Canvas • Africa
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Standardization & Lifecycle Management
Secure Access & Isolation
Observability & Monitoring
Governance & Compliance
Standardization & Lifecycle Management

Standardization

Growth and scale introduce complexity. If not properly managed, growth and scale may result in a web of interconnected platforms, databases, and applications that is extremely difficult to understand and even more difficult to safely change. This makes it extremely difficult for the organisation to change, improve, and innovate.

Canvas • Africa defines strategy and execution plans to provision, retire, replatform, rebuild or remediate your enterprise systems design. This enables you to provision consistent, standardized IT infrastructure, applications and platforms as needed, using an Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) or Data-as-Code (DaC) methodology. 

Lifecycle Management

The acquisition, planning, implementation, support, and retirement of IT applications and infrastructure, referred to collectively as the system lifecycle, is often one of the largest areas of IT spending for an organisation. The standardisation of system lifecycle processes focuses on achieving enterprise-level delivery consistency across all phases of the lifecycle. 

What benefits do you get?

Using best practice standardisation and lifecycle management solutions, you are able to

  • Build a high-performing agile software and product delivery capability by evolving your skills, practices, structures and team cultures.
  • Enable your business strategy and deliver new capabilities with a defined technology roadmap and aligned investments.
  • Create sustainable business transformation by clarifying your digital aspiration and strategic outcomes.
  • Accelerate growth by transforming your organization's culture, operating model and ways of working.
  • Create organizational visibility and transparency to better measure your progress through alignment of investments and strategic outcomes.
  • Drive transformation with transparent leadership practices that help you to navigate ambiguity and complexity.
  • Improve your organizational capabilities with agile and modern digital business practices.
  • Execute on strategic digital initiatives by developing, engaging, and retaining high-performing talent.

Interested? LET'S TALK

Use the form below to request a free streamlined call to discuss what you need and how we can help.

In our experience, a quick call helps us understand your situation and explain to you how we can help much faster than a chain of back-and-forth emails.

Secure Access & Isolation

Secure Access & Isolation

The greatest threat to your infrastructure, application and data security is from hackers and malicious applications that attack and attempt to gain control over these resources. For example, with remote working becoming the norm, securing remote workers and their access will be of greater importance for organizations wanting to scale their workforce.

How does it work?

Canvas • Africa closely works with you and your team to stategize, design and deliver zero trust approach to security which focuses on granular, automated authentication and authorization privileges to protect vital infrastructure and data.


Zero trust is a framework for security in which all users of an application, software, system, or network, inside or outside of an organization, must be authenticated, verified, and frequently validated before being granted access to specific data or tools within the company’s network. The assumption is that no users or devices are to be trusted with access without meeting the necessary validation requirements.

What benefits do you get?

Secure access and isolation, when implemented well, provides several key benefits to your infrastructure and resources:
  • Improved resource sharing saves on costs: Due to protection, resources on the network can be utilized by multiple users without threat, ultimately reducing the cost of operations.
  • Shared site licenses: Security ensures that site licenses would be cheaper than licensing every machine.
  • Improve real-time visibility into all your cloud, hybrid, and on-premise environments.
  • Continuously monitor components, users, workloads, and devices across multiple environments.
  • Decrease the time it takes to detect and respond to an attack.
  • Minimize the risk of data and security breaches.
  • Protect data, applications, devices, and networks from cyberattack infiltration.

Interested? LET'S TALK

Use the form below to request a free streamlined call to discuss what you need and how we can help.

In our experience, a quick call helps us understand your situation and explain to you how we can help much faster than a chain of back-and-forth emails.


Observability & Monitoring

Observability & Monitoring

Monitoring tells you when something is wrong, while observability enables you to understand why.


Observability and monitoring solutions offer you a robust insight into the health of your IT infrastructure. While monitoring alerts the you to a potential issue, observability helps you to detect and solve the root cause of the issue. 

How does it work?

Observability and monitoring complement each other, with each one serving a different purpose, in order to enhance and clarify health and communication issues within and across your infrastructure.

We help you to plan, design and deliver an effective way of tracking the three pillars of observability across your stack. The three pillars are:

  • Metrics - counts or measurements that are aggregated over a period of time. For example, metrics will tell you how much of the total amount of memory is used by an application, or how many requests a service handles per second.
  • Traces - enable you to get into the details of particular requests to determine which components cause system errors, monitor flow through the different interconnected modules, and find performance bottlenecks.
  • Logs - timestamped, immutable records of discrete events that can identify unpredictable behavior in a system and provide insight into what changed in the system’s behavior when things went wrong.

What benefits do you get?

Monitoring and observability enables you to find answers to questions like:
  • What services did a request go through, and where were the performance bottlenecks?
  • How was the execution of the request different from the expected system behavior?
  • Why did the request fail?
  • How did each microservice process the request?

In the end, you are able to:
  • Set up alerts for potential issues for insights into the performance and health of your systems
  • Optimize your application performance with end-to-end visibility into real requests and code with distributed tracing
  • Cost-efficiently debug, audit, and analyze logs from all your services, applications, and platforms at scale
  • Monitor and protect your full system with end-to-end integration of tools like network monitoring, incident management, compliance monitoring

Interested? LET'S TALK

Use the form below to request a free streamlined call to discuss what you need and how we can help.

In our experience, a quick call helps us understand your situation and explain to you how we can help much faster than a chain of back-and-forth emails.


Governance & Compliance

Governance & Compliance

Cloud native technologies are helping organizations of all sizes grow, develop features faster and build a competitive edge.


However, with the increasing complexity in infrastructure, it becomes increasingly difficult to ensure your infrastructure complies with enterprise policies and industry regulations. 


With Canvas • Africa, you can easily create repeatable and auditable workflows using approved templates for clusters and applications. By implementing best practice in governance, Canvas • Africa helps you to ensure the consistent delivery of business results while reducing risk, allowing your business to move quickly. Also, with enforceable targets like security policies and policy management, your business becomes production-ready at scale.

How does it work?

  • Infrastrucure / Resource Templates
    • Standardize and govern the specifications required for resource creation with reusable templates. Apply them across your infrastructure and either block or get notified when target resources are noncompliant.
  • Centralized Policy Management
    • Enforce compliance with centrally specified OPA policies. Automatically detect violations and drive remediation.
  • Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) & Data-as-Code (DaC)
    • Use a declarative configuration language that allows you to specify your entire infrastructure or data model as code which can be version controlled.
  • Anonymize sensitive production data
    • Generate correct, anonymized data that looks and quacks like production in your development and test environments
  • End-to-end audit trail
    • Centralized and immutable audit logs of all user activity on resources and infrastructure. Stream audit logs to corporate SIEM platforms such as Splunk for long term log retention and forensics.

What benefits do I get?

  • Prove Compliance with Policies & Regulations
    • With templates, drift detection and full-auditability, prove compliance with internal company policies and industry regulations such as HIPAA and PCI
  • Reduce Risk of Breaches and Fines
    • Know exactly when Kubernetes clusters and modern applications differ from approved configurations and block or remedy them immediately
  • Gain Visibility and Auditability
    • Actively monitor and fully audit configurations across your entire fleet of clusters and apps across your entire infrastructure
  • Increase Repeatability & Reliability
    • Create consistent workflows and configurations for IT infrastructure, resources clusters and modern applications that can be reused and enforced globally

Interested? LET'S TALK

Use the form below to request a free streamlined call to discuss what you need and how we can help.

In our experience, a quick call helps us understand your situation and explain to you how we can help much faster than a chain of back-and-forth emails.


Standardization & Lifecycle Management

Standardisation

Growth and scale introduce complexity. If not properly managed, growth and scale may result in a web of interconnected platforms, databases, and applications that is extremely difficult to understand and even more difficult to safely change. This makes it extremely difficult for the organisation to change, improve, and innovate.

Canvas • Africa defines strategy and execution plans to provision, retire, replatform, rebuild or remediate your enterprise systems design. This enables you to provision consistent, standardized IT infrastructure, applications and platforms as needed, using an Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) or Data-as-Code (DaC) methodology. 

Lifecycle Management

The acquisition, planning, implementation, support, and retirement of IT applications and infrastructure, referred to collectively as the system lifecycle, is often one of the largest areas of IT spending for an organisation. The standardisation of system lifecycle processes focuses on achieving enterprise-level delivery consistency across all phases of the lifecycle. 

What benefits do you get?

Using best practice standardisation and lifecycle management solutions, you are able to

  • Build a high-performing agile software and product delivery capability by evolving your skills, practices, structures and team cultures.
  • Enable your business strategy and deliver new capabilities with a defined technology roadmap and aligned investments.
  • Create sustainable business transformation by clarifying your digital aspiration and strategic outcomes.
  • Accelerate growth by transforming your organization's culture, operating model and ways of working.
  • Create organizational visibility and transparency to better measure your progress through alignment of investments and strategic outcomes.
  • Drive transformation with transparent leadership practices that help you to navigate ambiguity and complexity.
  • Improve your organizational capabilities with agile and modern digital business practices.
  • Execute on strategic digital initiatives by developing, engaging, and retaining high-performing talent.
Secure Access & Isolation

Secure Access & Isolation

A distributed network, run in full or in part on the cloud, is vulnerable to attack anywhere.


The greatest threat to your infrastructure, application and data security is from hackers and malicious applications that attack and attempt to gain control over these resources. For example, with remote working becoming the norm, securing remote workers and their access will be of greater importance for organizations wanting to scale their workforce.

How does it work?

Canvas • Africa closely works with you and your team to stategize, design and deliver zero trust approach to security which focuses on granular, automated authentication and authorization privileges to protect vital infrastructure and data.


Zero trust is a framework for security in which all users of an application, software, system, or network, inside or outside of an organization, must be authenticated, verified, and frequently validated before being granted access to specific data or tools within the company’s network. The assumption is that no users or devices are to be trusted with access without meeting the necessary validation requirements.

What benefits  do you get?

Secure access and isolation, when implemented well, provides several key benefits to a your infrastructure and resources:
  • Improved resource sharing saves on costs: Due to protection, resources on the network can be utilized by multiple users without threat, ultimately reducing the cost of operations.
  • Shared site licenses: Security ensures that site licenses would be cheaper than licensing every machine.
  • Improve real-time visibility into all your cloud, hybrid, and on-premise environments.
  • Continuously monitor components, users, workloads, and devices across multiple environments.
  • Decrease the time it takes to detect and respond to an attack.
  • Minimize the risk of data and security breaches.
  • Protect data, applications, devices, and networks from cyberattack infiltration.
Observability & Monitoring

Observability & Monitoring

Monitoring tells you when something is wrong, while observability enables you to understand why.


Observability and monitoring solutions offer you a robust insight into the health of your IT infrastructure. While monitoring alerts the you to a potential issue, observability helps you to detect and solve the root cause of the issue. 

How does it work?

Observability and monitoring complement each other, with each one serving a different purpose, in order to enhance and clarify health and communication issues within and across your infrastructure.

We help you to plan, design and deliver an effective way of tracking the three pillars of observability across your stack. The three pillars are:

  • Metrics - counts or measurements that are aggregated over a period of time. For example, metrics will tell you how much of the total amount of memory is used by an application, or how many requests a service handles per second.
  • Traces - enable you to get into the details of particular requests to determine which components cause system errors, monitor flow through the different interconnected modules, and find performance bottlenecks.
  • Logs - timestamped, immutable records of discrete events that can identify unpredictable behavior in a system and provide insight into what changed in the system’s behavior when things went wrong.

What benefit do you get?

Monitoring and observability enables you to find answers to questions like:
  • What services did a request go through, and where were the performance bottlenecks?
  • How was the execution of the request different from the expected system behavior?
  • Why did the request fail?
  • How did each microservice process the request?

In the end, you are able to:
  • Set up alerts for potential issues for insights into the performance and health of your systems
  • Optimize your application performance with end-to-end visibility into real requests and code with distributed tracing
  • Cost-efficiently debug, audit, and analyze logs from all your services, applications, and platforms at scale
  • Monitor and protect your full system with end-to-end integration of tools like network monitoring, incident management, compliance monitoring
Governance & Compliance

Governance & Compliance

Cloud native technologies are helping organizations of all sizes grow, develop features faster and build a competitive edge.


However, with the increasing complexity in infrastructure, it becomes increasingly difficult to ensure your infrastructure complies with enterprise policies and industry regulations. 


With Canvas • Africa, you can easily create repeatable and auditable workflows using approved templates for clusters and applications. By implementing best practice in governance, Canvas • Africa helps you to ensure the consistent delivery of business results while reducing risk, allowing your business to move quickly. Also, with enforceable targets like security policies and policy management, your business becomes production-ready at scale.

How does it work?

  • Infrastrucure / Resource Templates
    • Standardize and govern the specifications required for resource creation with reusable templates. Apply them across your infrastructure and either block or get notified when target resources are noncompliant.
  • Centralized Policy Management
    • Enforce compliance with centrally specified OPA policies. Automatically detect violations and drive remediation.
  • Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) & Data-as-Code (DaC)
    • Use a declarative configuration language that allows you to specify your entire infrastructure or data model as code which can be version controlled.
  • Anonymize sensitive production data
    • Generate correct, anonymized data that looks and quacks like production in your development and test environments
  • End-to-end audit trail
    • Centralized and immutable audit logs of all user activity on resources and infrastructure. Stream audit logs to corporate SIEM platforms such as Splunk for long term log retention and forensics.

What benefits do you get?

  • Prove Compliance with Policies & Regulations
    • With templates, drift detection and full-auditability, prove compliance with internal company policies and industry regulations such as HIPAA and PCI
  • Reduce Risk of Breaches and Fines
    • Know exactly when Kubernetes clusters and modern applications differ from approved configurations and block or remedy them immediately
  • Gain Visibility and Auditability
    • Actively monitor and fully audit configurations across your entire fleet of clusters and apps across your entire infrastructure
  • Increase Repeatability & Reliability
    • Create consistent workflows and configurations for IT infrastructure, resources clusters and modern applications that can be reused and enforced globally

Interested? LET'S TALK

Use the form below to request a free streamlined call to discuss what you need and how we can help.

In our experience, a quick call helps us understand your situation and explain to you how we can help much faster than a chain of back-and-forth emails.