Applied Cloud Systems named Barracuda’s Cloud Partner of the Year!

Pittsburgh based firm awarded with esteemed honor

Carnegie, PA (August 12, 2019) – Applied Cloud Systems: Applied Cloud Systems, a Managed Gold Microsoft Partner focusing on the Microsoft Cloud, including Azure, Dynamics 365, PowerBI, and Office365 was recently named Barracuda’s Cloud Partner of the Year. The award ceremony occurred during Barracuda’s Cloud Summit at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, NV on July 25.

The 2019 Cloud Partner of the Year award recognizes partners who deliver exceptional support for Barracuda and their product portfolio. Alden Spraggins, Public Cloud Channel Manager, North America, stated “ACS was an early adopter of our Cloud Ready Program and is a leading evangelist for Barracuda’s security proficiencies in Azure. As Microsoft is shaping their partner ecosystem to be more services oriented, it is great to work with a partner that is well ahead of that curve. It helps that we can trust ACS to not present Barracuda as a tool but as a solution to real-life problems that a customer needs to resolve for their clients.”

Left to right: Alden Spraggins, T.J. Barry, Jeff Johnson

The Cloud Summit brought together a diverse group of partners to connect and learn with their peers. Applied Cloud Systems’ V.P. of Cloud Solutions, T.J. Barry was speaking at the event and was present to accept the award. He expressed that “The Barracuda Cloud Summit was a great event that allowed us as partners, to collaborate and gain perspective on Barracuda’s cloud offerings. They have the first ecosystem that leverages on-demand cloud computing to simplify data security, storage and IT management. Our cloud expertise is a complementary component of all Barracuda products, providing an added layer of protection, scalability, and cloud first architecture.”

The ACS team often aligns with Barracuda to provide stellar security and data protection solutions. They are the number one resource for Network and Application Security, Data Protection, and Deployments. The partnership has grown to be an asset for both parties. James Hughes, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of ACS noted, “Our partnership with Barracuda has been tremendous for our companies and more importantly our joint customers. We are excited at the level of innovation we are seeing with the Barracuda products and solutions that will help our cloud customers achieve their security goals.”

Applied Cloud Systems has a robust portfolio that includes customers across the country. With valued partnerships, ACS is increasing velocity in the educational, healthcare, and enterprise verticals. They pride themselves on employing full stack engineers that can leverage their past experiences to provide a level of agility to how the team delivers. As the offerings in the cloud expand, they are committed to staying educated in their strength areas to assist, guide, and transition customers on their cloud journey.

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Desktop Deployment Planning Services (DDPS)

DDPS helps you plan a successful deployment of Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus, Office Professional Plus, and the Windows operating system—providing analysis, planning, and technical guidance. Discover the best approach for deploying Office and Windows together across your organization. If you plan on moving to the cloud, evaluate the core Microsoft 365 service features within your own environment and address key considerations and requirements for adopting a cloud-ready desktop environment. Take the next step with Microsoft’s mobility productivity solutions and discover how activating Office applications on employees’ mobile devices will deliver productivity benefits to your business.

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  • Modern IT Enterprise Security Proof of Concept


Public Cloud, Microsoft Azure Deployment Planning Services (AZDPS)

AZDPS helps you understand what Microsoft Azure can do for your business and identify projects that are best suited for this public cloud offering. Assess web and line-of-business applications, and extend your on-premises applications to the public cloud to help reduce IT complexity and costs.


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  • Integrating Azure Storage with Customers’ Backup, Archive and DR Solutions (BCDR)
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  • Implementing Azure Security and Management Services
  • Modernizing Apps using App Service
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  • Implementing Event-driven Apps (Serverless)

Developer Tools Deployment Planning Services (DTDPS)

DTDPS provides an effective strategy for assessing and improving DevOps maturity. DTDPS can help achieve continuous delivery, resulting in lower perceived risk and cost of deployment, for a mature DevOps workflow.


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  • Implementing DevOps on Azure

Dynamic Deployment Planning Services (DYDPS)

DYDPS provides in-depth assessment and planning to help you implement or upgrade your CRM or ERP solution with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement or Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. These planning service offers can help you review your business processes and understand what it will take to implement a Microsoft Dynamics 365 solution that meets your specific consideration. During the engagement, Microsoft Partners or Microsoft Consulting Services can help identify the most suitable implementation path, create a custom plan, and deliver a proof-of-concept (depending on the engagement) to help you assess the solution’s benefits. Engage with experts to realize more value from your IT investment and streamline your implementations.


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Private Cloud, Management and Virtualization Deployment Planning Services (PVDPS)

PVDPS helps to transform your customer’s IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a whole new level of business value. Modernizing your customer’s Windows Server platform will help enable them to deliver more advanced capabilities to their business for increased IT efficiency and agility.


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SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS)

SDPS helps you develop customized deployment plans for your specific environment and assess the overall impact of implementing a SharePoint and/or SharePoint Online solution. Evaluate SharePoint Online through the FastTrack Deployment Planning for Microsoft 365 engagements, which show you the core Microsoft 365 service features within your own environment and address considerations and requirements for adopting a cloud-ready desktop environment. Evaluate several SharePoint capabilities, like features for IT professionals and business users, SharePoint search, business intelligence, applications, information architecture, topology planning, and migration planning. Evaluate your options to deploy Project Online or Project Server across your organization through an envisioning and deployment planning workshop.


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  • FastTrack Deployment Planning for Microsoft 365
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  • SharePoint Business Applications

SQL Server Deployment Planning Services (SSDPS)

SSDPS provides in-depth assessment and planning for deploying, upgrading, or migrating to a SQL Server hybrid cloud solution. Engagements can help you review architectural and business considerations and create a detailed implementation plan.


Available engagements

  • Implementing Cloud Scale Analytics
  • Data Estate Modernization
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