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Our team works as an extension of your organization to accomplish your business objectives, and our managed services team optimizes your investments.

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The best way to explain this would be through a simple illustration. Consider the server virtualization (hypervisor) technology. Majority of organizations have leveraged some form of server virtualization using solutions such as VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V. To optimize your investment in virtual infrastructure, you will need expertise in not only in the hypervisor platform itself, but also storage like SAN or NAS, networking for virtual machines traffic and in some cases for storage traffic, management and monitoring of the virtual infrastructure, backup and recovery, identity management to ensure streamlined administration, security to ensure protection of data now residing in a more consolidated environment, connectivity to cloud solutions for hybrid cloud, and end-user enablement and productivity. As you can see, you need to see the “big picture” of how all of those components work together (“wide”), but also need the expertise in each of individual components (“deep”).

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) achieves many of the same goals that virtualization brings to computing: it aims to make networks more dynamic and manageable by letting traffic flow be controlled programmatically. Consider a video and a line-of-business application each with different Quality-of-Service (QoS) requirements. Then imagine those QoS settings needing to be modified based on results of an external influence that changes frequently. The SDN controller could adjust the profiles on the fly. The leading networking manufacturers such as Cisco, HP and Juniper, each has its own approach to SDN and it is difficult to tell which vendor’s approach will dominate the market. Because of SWC’s experience in designing, implementing and operating complex, highly available and highly secure networks using market leading solutions, we are able to assess your network and create and deploy an SDN solution optimized for your business.

Many IT professionals might dismiss WAN acceleration due to perceived high upfront cost to squeeze a small amount of extra bandwidth out of their WAN links. Often the decision is made to spend the money on increasing the size of the pipe instead. Once the pipe size has increased, IT often finds that a few users with massive file transfers consume the majority of the bandwidth, leaving only some scraps for the rest of the organization for important business applications. WAN optimization can help prioritize the important applications so they get the portion of bandwidth they need while caching and compression techniques squeeze more data through the same pipes. In many cases, a WAN optimization solution could be as simple as adding a bundle to your existing hardware. SWC can help you figure out your business application requirements and design a cost effective WAN optimization solution. Due to our vendor agnostic approach, we will only recommend solutions that make sense for your business, not based on the latest buzz or marketing hype.

Converged Infrastructure (CI) is essentially a “pre-canned” compute, storage and networking solution that is optimized, tested and validated by the manufacturers of those components, which is quickly deployable within a datacenter environment. Instead of separately designing and provisioning compute, storage and networking, which can easily take weeks, CI enables deploying those same resources in a much more compressed timeframe with a single pane of glass management while decreasing the administrative effort for provisioning servers, SAN, networking and applications, and reducing costs for cabling, cooling, power and floor space.

Windows Server 2003 has been in what is called “extended support” since July 2010. Extended support includes pay-per-incident support, security updates, and the continuation of Microsoft’s knowledge base for the product. What is not included are non-security hotfix support, no-charge incident support, feature requests, etc. On 7/14/2015, all support activity from Microsoft will end. While Microsoft offers custom contracts for customers that are actively working on migrating to the current Windows platforms, this option is time-limited and often cases cost-prohibitive.

Why should I upgrade if I have Windows Server 2003?

There are several reasons to move to the current server operating system:

1. Security and Compliance – Since Microsoft is no longer committed to providing security updates to EOS operating systems, an unpatched vulnerability can expose your business to risking the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your information assets. For organizations with specific compliance requirements that need to keep all of their operating systems and software up to date may find themselves in non-compliant state. SWC’s infrastructure and security experts can help you navigate the specific requirements for compliance and help you mitigate your business risks while you are in the process of migrating off of Windows Server 2003.

2. Application support – Application providers typically provide their latest software with support for a minimal amount of earlier operating system versions. In order to leverage current applications that provide new or enhanced functionality, it is typical to see app vendors only support the most current versions of operating systems. In addition, many applications written for Windows Server 2003 were 32-bit applications while newer Windows versions are optimized for 64-bit applications. For optimal performance, applications should be reviewed and updated as you consider migrating to a newer Windows operating system. SWC’s software and infrastructure architects can work with your team to create a roadmap to migrate your applications from Server 2003 to the newest versions of the operating system.

3. Performance and Functionality – Windows Server 2012 R2 and the upcoming Windows Server 10 boast a lengthy list of improvements compared with Windows Server 2003, including virtualization, security, scalability, hardware integration and optimization and management. SWC’s infrastructure architects have helped many customers realize the value of the new systems to reduce cost and improve operational efficiency.

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As an end-to-end infrastructure IT provider, SWC goes beyond basic implementation by providing expert advice, assessment, integration and ongoing infrastructure managed services. We’re experts in deployment and integration; so you can rest assured knowing that your technology is working with your other systems to optimize workflow by creating bandwidth to focus on other areas of innovation and growth. SWC offers the option to move your entire infrastructure to the cloud or adopt a hybrid solution. We work with you to understand the right path for your business needs, always with an emphasis on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and savings.

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