Applications & Infrastructure

Overview

This services pillar focuses on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) resources and leveraging the Azure platform as your primary and/or backup data center. Many of our customers have migrated a subset of their virtual infrastructure to Azure, and some have moved their entire data centers. Extending your on-premises or co-located data center into Azure starts at the network layer leveraging either Site-to-Site tunneling or an Express Route circuit for high-speed connectivity. Once connectivity is in place, it is nearly impossible to tell if your virtual machine is in your data center or Azure.

Customers have been able to realize immediate return on investment with some of the great capabilities that exist within the Azure platform. First, the complexities of managing a disaster recovery site have been greatly reduced and are extremely cost effective. Since Azure consists of a collection of data centers spread across the world, customers can easily replicate infrastructure to geographically disperse data centers using Azure Site Recovery. The cost per host is only $25 per month, and replicated instances will not incur any charges while in a passive state. The days of purchasing expensive infrastructure to maintain a backup data center can be eliminated almost entirely.  Another huge benefit is the pricing model available.  With per minute pricing in most cases, customers are only charged when virtual machines are powered on.  This model can drive huge cost savings especially when considering workloads that do not need to run 24 by 7.

Extend the Data Center

When we meet with customers, some of the first use cases we encounter, with high return on investment, revolve around migration of development/test instances and disaster recovery. The reason for the high ROI is the fact that Azure pricing is based upon usage and customers only pay for resources when they are running. Moving development and test servers to Azure allows a customer to power down machines when not in use, drastically reducing costs. The second high ROI use case is disaster recovery. Again, leveraging the Azure consumption model can drive huge costs savings when compared to having redundant physical infrastructure on-premises or in a co-location facility. To take advantage of these capabilities, our team of experts can help setup and configure Azure as an extension of your data center to enable some of these great capabilities.

Once your data center has been extended to Azure, the ability to move workloads seemlessly from on-premises to the cloud is at your disposal. We have moved and deployed thousands of virtual machines and can help you throughout that entire process. Some customers choose to move specific workloads, while others have decided to transition their entire data center into Azure. With our experience, we can quickly provide fixed-free pricing to help you in that transition. We believe heavily in the "Infrastructure as Code" mindset, and have amassed thousands of lines of code to help accelerate your digital transformation.

Lift and Shift

Once your data center has been extended to Azure, the ability to move workloads seemlessly from on-premises to the cloud is at your disposal. We have moved and deployed thousands of virtual machines and can help you throughout that entire process. Some customers choose to move specific workloads, while others have decided to transition their entire data center into Azure. With our experience, we can quickly provide fixed-free pricing to help you in that transition. We believe heavily in the "Infrastructure as Code" mindset, and have amassed thousands of lines of code to help accelerate your digital transformation.

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