Move to New Heights

At SWC we get past the hype and help our clients use the cloud to move their business to new heights.

The Right-Sized Cloud Solution

SWC has expertise in today’s most acclaimed cloud based solutions. Whether it’s reducing costs or improving performance, we’ll recommend the right solution for your business requirements.

Experience, Expertise & Impact

Our vision for the cloud is threefold: the cloud can transform your core infrastructure, accelerate application development and deployment, and empower your users.

Unified Cloud Strategy & Support

Our award-winning IT managed services team can provide you with the support you need to monitor and manage your cloud infrastructure and applications.

“Where I think SWC set themselves apart and really delivered for us was understanding our business needs. We got a quality solution that is going to allow us to expand and scale our business.”

Client Success

What To Expect

The cloud is a set of scalable, IT-enabled capabilities delivered “as-a-service” to external customers using Internet technologies. The three main benefits of the cloud are:

  • Speed: Procuring and provisioning servers is done rapidly in the cloud. Your reduced “time to develop” and “time to market” means your IT can be much more agile in servicing the needs of the business units or developers
  • Scale: The cloud gives you an almost infinite set of computing resources. Your applications will enjoy massive global scale and can easily scale up or down depending on the demand. You use just enough resources for your needs—nothing more, nothing less.
  • Economics: You pay for only what you use in the cloud. This will save you money on apps that have variable computing needs.

At SWC, we believe the cloud is for everyone, but not for everything. That means you’ll get a custom, right-sized, pragmatic cloud solution with no filler.

While the cloud is a powerful solution that frees up time and expenditures, the infrastructure still needs upkeep. SWC combines its deep expertise in the infrastructure technologies that make up the cloud and our operational excellence through managed IT services to ensure your cloud infrastructure and applications achieve the uptime required for your business.

Before investing in a cloud service such as Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services, or a myriad of other cloud solutions, you should ask yourself:

  • What business and IT results am I trying to achieve?
  • What do I need the cloud service to do?
  • What is the full cost of the service?
  • What level of support and SLAs are offered?
  • How easy it to get my data into and out of the cloud?
  • Where will my data live?
  • How much control will I have on the underlying infrastructure?
  • What impact will this have on our user experience and support expectations?

SWC will work with you closely to help answer these questions in developing a right-sized cloud approach. Contact us to learn more.

SWC provides a few effective options to help you start on your journey to the cloud. For business decision makers, we provide executive planning engagements to help you devise a high-level cloud strategy your business. We also provide Fast Track Cloud Assessments for customers looking for real-world guidance on starting with the cloud. Contact us to learn more.

This is one of the most important questions to ask when you are considering the cloud. In fact, one of the keystones of SWC’s cloud assessment is to provide a comprehensive yet pragmatic view on your application inventory in the context of cloud feasibility. It is also just as important to ask, “Which of my applications should not go to the cloud?” SWC uses a systematic approach that covers both business and technical categories to ensure a holistic and objective assessment of your applications’ feasibility and readiness for the cloud.

Through the SWC Software Readiness Assessment, we will inspect the existing application for quality, supportability, security and performance considerations – particularly as it relates to a cloud migration. The findings in this report will help us determine our next best steps, which could include:

Evaluate: When taking an application to the cloud, many options must be considered including software as a service, platform as a service, infrastructure as a service and virtual private cloud solutions. Organizational goals, compliance and regulatory restrictions and the application architecture are all factors. SWC guides our clients through all the relevant decisions.

Predict: Our clients move their applications to the cloud for very specific reasons including scalability, cost reduction, risk management and relief for constrained internal resources. We help to quantify and predict the specific outcomes that will be achieved.

Remediate: The findings uncovered in the assessment sometimes suggest that the application must be refactored in support of a successful cloud migration. SWC can plan and execute the necessary remediation.

Migrate: When everything has been planned appropriately, SWC’s team of developers, database administrators and infrastructure consultants migrate the application to the cloud-based architecture.

At SWC we work with our clients to architect and deliver a clear, pragmatic and successful path to the Cloud using market leading solutions, such as Microsoft Azure and Office 365.

A lot of people are asking this question and with good reason. The cost of running a server room doesn’t have to be the cost of doing business. Moving your infrastructure to the cloud can provide your organization with the opportunity to “get out of the hardware business” – significantly reducing capital requirements as well as improving technical scalability and system performance.

The SWC cloud is a flexible, robust and secure environment that provides our clients with the ability to migrate their infrastructure to a multi-tenant or dedicated environment. Our solution options leverage the SWC cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure.

The SWC Cloud:

  • Can be managed by SWC managed services under a comprehensive Service Level Agreement (SLA)
  • Can mitigate capital expenses through a subscription payment model
  • Offers scaling coverage, providing the flexibility to protect your entire infrastructure or select critical systems

Through our Cloud Network Readiness Assessment, SWC will identify the investment required and potential benefits that a cloud infrastructure would bring to your organization. The SWC cloud Network Readiness Assessment is a methodical, extensive approach in which we:

  • Document the current state of your network
  • Identify your current and future infrastructure system requirements
  • Architect a cloud based environment to meet your current and future requirements
  • Develop a migration plan from your existing on-premise network to our prescribed cloud based environment

Contact us to learn more.

Planning for a disaster is smart. Until recently, it was also expensive. The ability to recover from a catastrophic event has traditionally required the near duplication of an entire environment at a distant location. Today, the cloud offers a far less costly and equally reliable solution.

When it comes to disaster recovery there is no such thing as “one size fits all.” That’s why the first step of any SWC cloud engagement is to gain a clear and comprehensive understanding of your environment and recovery objectives. What follows is a guided process offering best practice recommendations, a provisioned recovery environment and recovery plan.

Preparing for disaster recovery is a constant balancing act between cost and requirements. The more options you have the more likely your success. SWC cloud options include:

  • Public cloud/multi-tenant recovery solutions, leveraging the SWC cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure
  • Dedicated private recovery environments
  • Scaling coverage providing the flexibility to protect your entire infrastructure or select critical systems
  • Mitigated capital expenses through a subscription payment model

In the wake of a catastrophe having confidence in your network’s survival can be invaluable. The SWC cloud offers service level agreements that guarantee network recovery within prescribed timeframes.

SWC is focused on delivering rapid, pragmatic and productive cloud based solutions. The first step is to understand our client’s needs and then design the right approach. This work is performed by our cloud advisory team. As a multi-practice group the SWC cloud advisory team leverages the expertise of software developers, infrastructure engineers and business process consultants to identify, customize and deliver cloud based solutions with success. Often times we identify ways for our clients to:

  • Decrease their annual capital spend on technology infrastructure
  • Improve application and service availability
  • Increase network and application response time
  • Extend existing applications to cloud delivery systems

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At SWC, we work with our clients to understand the best ways to leverage the cloud though consultation, software solutions, recovery practices and infrastructure strategy. From full migration to the cloud to hybrid cloud solutions, SWC can help you identify your needs and then design a clear, pragmatic and successful path to the cloud using market leading solutions, such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Office 365. Whether you are looking to decrease spend on infrastructure, improve service availability, increase network and application response time or extend existing applications to cloud delivery systems, SWC will help take you to the next level.

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