The Business Cloud

SWC helps take organizations to new heights with the economic, flexible and scalable power of Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft AzureGet Out of the Hardware Business

Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying, managing and scaling applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters in over 19 regions. The powerful combination of Azure’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) capabilities help organizations move faster, do more and save money.

SWC has a wealth of experience moving mid-markets organizations to the cloud. We work closely with you to understand your business processes and develop the perfect roadmap for your cloud or hybrid environment, reducing your infrastructure costs while freeing up your IT team to work on more strategic projects. So, why are organizations making the move to Azure?

  • Flexible: Azure can handle any workload as either an IaaS or a PaaS.
  • Open: Use your choice of operating systems, frameworks and tools.
  • Solid: Bet your business on guaranteed SLAs and application scalability.
  • Cost: Pay for only what you use.

Utilize Resources You Already Have
Azure does not make you choose between your datacenter, service provider or public cloud. This hybrid-ready solution allows customers to leverage resources from all three, enabling IT to expand their options without adding complexity. With Azure, data storage, backup and recovery are more efficient than ever before.

Azure Integrated Services
As the leading cloud for modern business, Azure brings together a collection of integrated services, allowing organizations to work with a great deal of flexibility. From Windows to Linux, SQL Server to Oracle, C# to Java, the Microsoft cloud solution supports a variety of different operating systems, programming languages, tools and framework to meet your needs.

With 24×7 technical support, round-the-clock health monitoring and 99.95% availability SLA, Azure is always up and always ready to go. Additionally, the ability to quickly scale up or down combined with Microsoft’s commitment to match competitor prices means you only pay for what you use.

What Are Some Advantages of Microsoft Azure?
Microsoft Azure is used by more than 57% of Fortune 500 companies. Here are some of the many reasons why Microsoft is the top choice for cloud providers:

  • Synchronize user accounts with existing on-premises directories let you run solutions on the same cloud that powers Skype for Business, Office 365, Bing and Xbox
  • Remove the need to manage server infrastructure with Web and Worker roles
  • SQL Database enables you to quickly build, extend and scale applications in the cloud
  • Enterprise-grade storage solutions with enhanced security for greater efficiency and peace-of-mind
  • Quickly scale up and out or even scale automatically to meet your needs

Microsoft Azure Solutions
Take full advantage of the cloud with Azure – including web, insights, storage, security and much more.

  • Infrastructure Services (Virtual Machines, Storage, Backup and Recovery and Big Compute)
  • Develop Modern Applications (Web, Mobile, Media, Integration and Dev-Test)
  • Insights from Data (SQL Database and HDInsight)
  • Identity and Access Management (Active Directory, Enterprise Mobility and Multi-factor Authentication)

SWC’s Azure Expertise
From developing right-sized cloud strategies to creating virtual machines, our experience with Azure runs the gamut of its capabilities.

Cloud Strategy

  • Infrastructure and application assessment for Azure feasibility and readiness
  • Transition infrastructure maintenance to cloud managed services
  • Cost modeling

Infrastructure

  • Azure virtual network and machine design and configuration
  • Hybrid cloud design and deployment
  • Virtual machine migration from on-premises to Azure
  • Azure Active Directory Sync
  • Active Directory Federation Services
  • Azure storage
  • Load balancing
  • On-premises and Azure infrastructure management with System Center
  • Disaster recovery
  • Two factor authentication
  • Enterprise Mobility Suite

SharePoint and CRM

  • Migration to SharePoint Online or Azure Virtual Machines
  • SharePoint app development and migrations
  • SharePoint farm design and deployment

Business Intelligence

  • Business intelligence migration to Azure Virtual Machines
  • SQL Azure optimization
  • Data services integration
  • Big Data (e.g. HDInsight, Hadoop)
  • Data analytics and visualizations in the cloud

Application Development

  • Migrate existing apps to Azure
  • Design, build and run apps in Azure
  • Integration, UAT, staging and smoke testing
  • Support for “peaks and valleys” load scenarios

Need Help?
SWC has a great deal of expertise in Azure cloud services for midsize Chicagoland area organizations. We are here to assist you with developing the best way to leverage Azure for your particular needs. To speak with a cloud consultant, contact us or call us at 630.572.0240.

“Where I think SWC really set themselves apart and where they 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.”

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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.

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. Contact us to learn more.

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