Cloud Services

Are you ready to move to the cloud?

Cloud experience you can count on.

The rush to the cloud is a hot topic for many businesses, however, Safe Network Solutions has been managing cloud technologies since 2010.  At that time, Amazon was one of the few providers with a highly redundant public cloud infrastructure, and they were a great solution for hosting a Windows Remote Desktop Server for a small business client of ours. 

Nearly a decade has passed since we set up that first server, and the number of applications, services, capabilities, and management features have grown exponentially.  Whether you are looking to migrate a few in-house applications to the cloud, utilize managed database services, or deploy hosted desktops, Safe Network Solutions can develop the right cloud strategy to meet your needs. 

Cloud Services

  • For many businesses, the first steps into the cloud involves moving email to Office 365 or G-Suite.  Email services are ideally suited to a cloud solution particularly given the anti-spam and anti-phishing solutions available.

    The second step many companies will make into the cloud is to migrate file servers to One Drive or Google File Stream.  If you’ve not considered this option, we’d love to help walk you through this process.  As with most cloud migrations, it’s important to evaluate which files are good candidates for cloud hosting.

  • Before choosing a cloud provider, special attention must be paid to the characteristics of the application you wish to move.  In some cases, making this transition is straight forward with few challenges.  In other cases, serious hurdles may present problems without the right solution in place.

    Before a cloud provider is selected, it’s important to evaluate if the workload should be moved to the cloud.  Secondly, if a line of business application is to be moved, understanding the application vendor’s support options for cloud hosting is vital.  Even as the cloud continues to grow, certain vendors will not support cloud-hosted installations.

  • Sometimes there are better options than simply moving a server or two into a public cloud infrastructure.  With the development of managed database services and other big data solutions, oftentimes utilizing pre-existing tools can exceed a “build it yourself” approach.

    Ingesting huge amounts of analytical data or performing statistical analysis on log files from millions of devices would be difficult to build and scale from scratch.  Luckily the cloud solves these issues without re-inventing the wheel.

  • Just like traditional on-premise services, it’s critical to ensure best practices are followed, security patches are installed, and firewall rules are in place.  Perhaps even more important, credentials for Identity and Access Management must be protected with strong passwords and 2FA.

    Just like with traditional infrastructure, your “virtual private cloud” can be setup with ingress / egress rules, firewall provisions, and DMZs to insulate your systems.  By segmenting your infrastructure properly, the attack surface can be minimized.

    We have the tools and capabilities to evaluate your cloud infrastructure to ensure best practices are followed and systems are secured.

  • A common misconception with the cloud is that it’s always backed up.  It is true cloud infrastructure is highly redundant, however, redundancy is not the same as data protection and backup.

    With hosted file and email services, having a partner who can manage cost-effective cloud-to-cloud retention and archival can save countless hours in lost work due to accidental or malicious deletion.

    When hosting servers in the cloud, we understand the different strategies necessary to ensure data is safe from the unthinkable.  For some businesses, taking snapshots of hosted servers and copying the data to highly reliable blob storage is sufficient.  For other businesses, it may be necessary to transfer that data to a remote facility and even into a separate cloud account.  If you’re utilizing cloud services but haven’t considered your backup strategy, call us today.

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