What are Cloud Solutions?
What used to be known as a storage term has now grown to encompass many facets of business, from desktop-as-a-service, VDI, applications, servers, email and more. The cloud offers solutions to streamline and increase productivity.
Contact us today to learn more about cloud solutions and possibilities for your business.
Expand Your Knowledge on Microsoft Security
Microsoft 365, as a service, contains numerous administration portals, options, and configuration settings centered on security. Azure Active Directory for Authentication is utilized to protect each service while each application grants authorization for users to access the apps themselves and the content within them. However, it should be noted that the human element of teaching and guiding users to comprehend the restrictions and what they can be doing to help minimize security threats should not be ignored. To say this a different way, enabling features and controls is not enough. Luckily, security within Microsoft 365 goes well beyond that with Organization Security, which adds end-user training and guidance to robust security controls and protection.
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Why Move to the Cloud?
Cloud allows businesses to move toward an OpEx model where it is no longer a requirement to make large upfront investments for hardware and software refreshes. Most businesses will go through a refresh every three years, while some can get away with a five-year cycle. Whatever the cyclical time frame is for your business, we often find moving to the cloud is a similar cost to traditional systems, sometimes even saving with a cloud solution vs on-prem. Contact us for a quote today to see where your current system measures up to the cloud.
Businesses are constantly evolving – hiring new employees, opening new locations, keeping up with new IT requirements. Can your datacenter keep up?
Cloud can—providing infrastructure that can flex with your business needs and includes a consumption-based model that means you only pay for what you use. Unlike traditional datacenters, which require investing in infrastructure for peak usage and additional investments to future proof.
Gain visibility and control with built-in management and security solutions across your cloud and on-premises environment.
Detect and respond to threats faster with products like Azure Security Center. Enable Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery to help protect against any cloud or on-premise data loss.
End of support can spell disaster for a business as the lack of security patches increases exposure and an inability to remain compliant with security audits.
Cloud providers, such as Microsoft Azure, often provide extended support for Windows 7, Server 2008 R2, and SQL 2008 R2 – beyond January 14th 2020. This can provide the necessary time businesses require to migrate to new platforms and line-of-business software, while remaining secure and compliant.
Types of Cloud Solutions
Public cloud refers to publicly-shared, virtualized resources. One type of public cloud offering from ACP CreativIT is Microsoft Azure.
This provides your organization with infrastructure and security, that is simultaneously being utilized by others across the globe. Even though it’s referred to as ‘public’, your organization’s information is private and not accessible by any third party.
Private cloud refers to privately-shared, virtualized resources.
This solution offers regulated services that abide by many federal and state guidelines for medical offices, banking institutions and more.
Private cloud allows control over highly-sensitive data that is required by organizations, like those listed previously.
This type of solution use infrastructure owned and controlled by its own organization, or they contract to a third-party that is able to meet the specific criteria needed.
Hybrid cloud is a blend of both public and private cloud environments.
This is a great solution for organizations that must manage multiple platforms and determine where data should be stored. An example would be if you needed to have highly-confidential data stored on a private cloud, but had customer-facing documents that could be stored on the public cloud.
Infrastructure as a Service is an instant computing infrastructure, provisioned and managed over the internet.
IaaS allows you to scale to your needs. This is a great model for organizations that fluctuate in usage (i.e. retail, education). This helps offset costs in that you only pay for what you use and can scale back when your usage is not as high.
This allows organizations to:
- Eliminate capital expenses and reduce ongoing costs
- Improve business continuity and disaster recovery efforts
- Adjust and innovate quickly
- Have better security
- Respond quicker to change
Platform as a Service is the next step up from IaaS. PaaS is a complete development and deployment environment in the cloud, with resources that enable you to deliver everything from a simple, cloud-based app to sophisticated, cloud-enabled enterprise applications. PaaS also include infrastructure, but additionally offers middleware, development tools, business intelligence services, database management systems and more.
PaaS allows organizations to:
- Cut coding time
- Add development capabilities without adding staff
- Develop for multiple platforms
- Use sophisticated tools affordably
- Efficiently manage the application lifestyle
Cloud Offerings from ACP CreativIT
If your data isn’t backed up, whether in the cloud or offsite, you have a recipe for disaster.
Make sure you have your information stored securely and have a plan for when disaster strikes. Click here to read more about our cyber security options, as well as backup and disaster recovery.
Contact us for backup and disaster recovery solutions from the names you trust, including Veeam, Datto and more.
Make the move to operational expenses versus capital expenses with co-location facility services with ACP CreativIT.
Rather than spend a small fortune on private infrastructure, you can utilize the cloud for your data center, with the ability to scale the infrastructure to your needs throughout the year.
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IaaS is a great solution for organizations that need the capability of scaling.
IaaS can include:
- Work stations you need managed
- Application hosting
- File hosting
- Virtual WAN services by tunneling traffic through Azure
Find out how IaaS can benefit your business and contact us today.
Partnering with ACP CreativIT means you have a cloud-expert in your corner to help navigate all the jargin and nuances the cloud can have.
ACP CreativIT offers assessments, remote management and monitoring, migration and right-size assessments to make sure you using cloud efficiently.
In addition to these service offerings, ACP CreativIT can also help with governance regarding how to maintain security who’s accessing info, how you’re going to utilize the tools your organization has invested in, and much more.
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DaaS allows for better and more proactive lifecycle management.
With a VDS environment, you’re able to save on hardware by repurposing and extending the life of your existing hardware by hosting your environment in the cloud. This gives your employees access from other machines, such as a home computer, and also allows for quicker restoration if the computer is compromised. Want to learn more? Click here to contact our cloud team today.
Why ACP CreativIT?
As an IT integrator with over 40 years experience, we have worked with hundreds of organizations throughout the Midwest, ranging from small business to enterprise, government to healthcare, and non-profits to education. We realize each organization has its own goals, needs and challenges, and it's our objective to deliver a custom solution to meet your expectations and bring your vision to life.
ACP CreativIT has a dedicated team of data center specialists with industry-standard certifications. This team of engineers will meet with you to develop a strategic initiative, and subsequently deploy the custom solution to meet your needs and bring your vision to life.
We strive to become a trusted partner to our clients. Our mission is to provide world class technology solutions, backed by best-in-class customer service. You can rest assured with you work with ACP CreativIT that you're getting the right solution the first time.