For a low monthly cost per user, Microsoft's Office 365 product offers businesses access to enterprise class tools running at a level they would likely never be able to independently afford.
Office 365 subscriptions are available at different levels and with different price points. However, even the base level "Enterprise" plan (known as the E1 plan) offers an up to 50GB per user mailbox size as well as an up to 1TB per user data storage location. The cost for the E1 plan is currently $8 / user / month. The E3 plan adds other features including email encryption and data rights management.
All of the "E" level plans include full access to Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Lync as well.
It is hard to overstate the value to an organization to simply begin using a fully provisioned SharePoint server farm rather than have to build and maintain a comparable environment on premise.
We offer consulting services related to multiple products from multiple vendors.
Here is a sampling of the services we offer. We lead with the Microsoft Office 365 product because it represents one of the biggest "bang for the buck" cloud services available today. We also offer consulting support for an organization's on premise IT infrastructure. Since the cloud is not an all or nothing proposition, there will often remain a need to maintain portions of an existing IT infrastructure while other components are migrated to the cloud.
Azure virtual servers
Azure is the Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform. While the Azure platform offers multiple types of services, a commonly used feature is virtual servers. Azure virtual servers can be provisioned and deployed either solely in the cloud or deployed as an extension of your on premise network.
An important feature of IaaS virtual servers is they are offered as a "pay only for what you use" model, eliminating the need to invest in on premise server hardware that often sits idle and is brought online only when demand increases.
With that in mind, cloud based virtual servers are an excellent way to address fluctuating processing needs. A good example would be a business affected by seasonal spikes. During busy times, additional cloud servers can be brought online to handle the increased load. As the seasonal load diminishes, those servers can be de-commissioned.
Amazon Web Services
AWS virtual servers
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the Amazon Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform.
While there are some implementation and feature differences between the AWS and Azure platforms, the features and benefits of virtual servers remain the same.
IT infratructure management
For most business, the move to the cloud will be a project achieved over time rather than a single event. And even if all the applications used to run your organization are cloud based, you will likely still have physical office space configured to provide local area network functionality with Internet access for your team.
We have years of experience working with our clients to design, implement, and maintain their on premise IT infrastructure.
Microsoft's Windows InTune is a cloud based tool used to manage your user computers. This tool can be of particular interest to organizations with multiple locations or mobile employees.
A single management console accessed via a web browser is used to proactively push out needed software updates, inventory installed application software, and maintain current malware protection.
There are two levels of InTune subscriptions available and the first starts at $6 / computer / month.
Server virtualization with Hyper-V
As organizations move forward with on premise server resources, server virtualization can be used to maximize your IT hardware investment.
The performance of file server class computers has progressed such that processing loads handled by aging hardware can now typically be consolidated onto newer and more powerful servers. And virtualization makes this a viable option.
We have worked with multiple clients and used Microsoft's Hyper-V functionality to retire older servers, migrating their processing loads onto current technology hardware.