Cloud IT Strategy

Before you determine to move your business to a Cloud IT Strategy, we always recommend you have an assessment performed to verify that your company is ready to, and needs to, move to the cloud. Oftentimes, a hybrid solution is better and more cost-efficient for most small to mid-sized businesses.

At Managed IT Services of Arizona, we know that the risks and benefits of cloud computing can be confusing for businesses, since it varies with each individual business situation. We provide guidance and offer many different Cloud Computing services including:

  • Cloud Migrations
  • Private Cloud or Dedicated Public Cloud
  • Hybrid Cloud
  • Dedicated Cloud Environment Locally (Tempe)
  • Colocation
  • Cloud Storage
  • Cloud Hosting
  • Cloud Backup
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Hosted Exchange
  • Hosted Lync Phone Platform
  • Hosted SharePoint
  • Single-tenancy
  • Multi-tenancy
  • Shared or Dedicated Resources
  • Teleworking

Cloud Applications You May Leverage

There are a variety of cloud applications your business can (or currently do) leverage such as:

Online CRMs

  • Salesforce
  • GoldMine
  • MS CRM
File Systems

  • Box
  • Dropbox
Additional Applications

  • Cloud ERP Systems
  • Accounting Systems
  • Phone Systems

Cloud Strategy Assessment

If you’re considering moving your business infrastructure to the cloud, Managed IT Services of Arizona can perform a Cloud Readiness Assessment of your environment and determine your core applications and data sizes to determine if you are ‘Cloud Capable’.

We will complete an in-depth assessment of your applications and network configuration and generate a detailed roadmap of how you can use the cloud. It’s imperative that we review how your users interact with applications and data to ensure that Cloud Computing is successful for your business.

Some of the assessment areas will include:

  • Internet/Bandwidth Requirements: internet speed and reliability, load balancing needs
  • Plus or Minus Costs: identifying ROI plus or minus on moving certain items into the cloud
  • Technology Management: strategy, planning, support, and documentation
  • Cloud Application Connectivity: private and public connectivity, remote desktop, VPN’s, teleworking
  • Communication & Collaboration: email options, phone system options, data collaboration, instant messaging requirements
  • Cloud Security & Compliance: SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley), PCI, SAS 70 Type I & II, HIPAA
  • Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity: availability needs, recovery options (system, application, and data)

Once we’ve completed the discovery and assessment portion, we will present a detailed Cloud Assessment outlining and explaining the key factors your business should consider when deciding whether you should transition your business to the Cloud.