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Why the cloud?
Cloud is simply an enabling “utility” like water and electricity that offers a business (of all sizes and within all industries) access to an unlimited portfolio of services, products, and information … on-demand, anytime, and from anywhere. You can turn these utility services on and off, based on need and convenience. Cloud services can also offer cost-saving alternatives.
How are we different from our cloud competitors?
For starters, our “personal touch” is second to none. In addition, UDT is among a few select U.S.-based Managed Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers (CSP), empowered and authorized to provide companies with the complete breadth of cloud services. Our differentiation continues with UDT’s consultative approach to cloud conversations and engagements. As a CSP, we elevate the customer experience through their Microsoft cloud journey with our certified engineers, 24×7 support center, and real-world experience.
Why would we need a Cloud Readiness Assessment?
A Cloud Readiness Assessment helps companies identify risks across the following risk categories:
- Applications: Will your mission-critical software perform optimally in the cloud? Which applications make sense to move now or later?
- Financial: Does the cloud solution provide value: cost/performance savings, increased productivity, and greater efficiencies; assist with ROI and ‘what-if’ scenarios?
- Integration: What are the interdependencies and possible risks associated with a migration to the cloud?
- Security: Learning exactly how your network communicates with itself and if outside connections pose a security threat in your current environment.
- Business Continuity: Understand the mandates to recover from an outages or disaster situation.
How do cloud services affect roles and relationships?
The biggest shift the transition to cloud brings is in the relationship between the business and I.T. The cloud offers end-users and lines of business greater access to new tools, cost-saving services, and innovative, enabling solutions. Today, the digital transformation impacts I.T. especially when they lose the ability to establish governance and security controls over technology purchases made by business units without explicit I.T. organizational approval (often referred to “Shadow I.T.”).
The short answer solution is that UDT typically works with key business stakeholders to encourage the participation of the I.T. organization on all cloud roadmap decisions.
What are UDT’s Microsoft Cloud Certifications?
- Gold Cloud Platform
- Silver Devices and Deployment
- Silver Cloud Productivity
What is your typical customer size?
Our customers range from small business to large select enterprises across public, private, education, and government entities. We have specialists across financial services, healthcare, retail, and hospitality.
What is Microsoft Azure?
Microsoft Azure, formerly known as Windows Azure, is Microsoft’s public cloud computing platform. It provides a range of 100+ cloud services, including those for compute, analytics, storage and networking. Azure’s infrastructure is designed from the facility to applications for hosting millions of customers simultaneously, and it provides a highly secure and trustworthy foundation upon which businesses can meet their security needs.
In addition, Azure provides a wide array of configurable security options and the ability to control them so that you can customize security to meet the unique requirements of your deployments to meet your I.T. control policies and adhere to external regulations.
What is Microsoft Office 365?
Microsoft “Office 365” refers to subscription plans that include access to the Office Suite of applications (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) plus other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet (cloud services).
Office 365 includes plans for use at home and for business. Office 365 plans for business include services such as Skype for Business web conferencing and Exchange Online (“hosted”) email/calendaring for business, and additional online storage with OneDrive for Business.
Many Office 365 plans also include the desktop version of the latest Office applications, which users can install across multiple computers and devices.
It is important to note that there are plans that do not include hosted email/calendaring.
How does UDT provide a seamless transition to the cloud?
As a fully-certified Microsoft CSP with a formal Project Management Office (PMO), UDT strives for a great customer experience even through the most difficult initiatives. Fortunately, our senior Microsoft engineers have performed many cloud transitions with customers of all shapes, sizes, and industries.
With Microsoft’s continued support and access to modern assessment and migration tools, UDT can assure its valued customers a seamless transition to the cloud across public, private, or hybrid scenarios.
Why would you need cloud backup and restore?
People and data are typically a business’ most valuable assets. Today, most companies are digitally active so they are threatened by cyber-attacks or some form of natural disaster, fire, water, and/or human oversight so protecting data the traditional way no longer suffices. Before the cloud, we all relied on physical equipment (i.e. portable/external storage devices or a very expensive hardware/software) to address our backup and data recovery needs.
Larger and regulated entities would have backup tapes hauled off by a service to later deal with the nightmare involved in restoring data when dealing with displaced or corrupted tapes (or end-of-life equipment).
With the evolution of the cloud, there are many solutions for data backup and recovery. For personal data, Microsoft’s OneDrive (available through Office 365) is a great solution. And Microsoft’s inexpensive Azure storage offerings make it affordable for companies of all sizes to leverage the multi-million dollar, highly secure and scalable services built for data, archiving, and analytics.
What is the importance of disaster recovery?
As a Florida-based I.T. company, UDT understands that natural disasters (i.e. hurricanes, tornadoes) and cyber-attacks are among the risks that can impact a business’ ability to operate. Quickly recovering from an event that keeps any aspect of a business from functioning is critical.
Disaster recovery and business continuity planning are integral parts of the overall risk management for an organization. Since all the risks cannot be avoided, companies are should implement disaster recovery and business continuity plans to prepare for potentially disruptive events. Both processes are equally important because they provide detailed strategies on how the business will continue after severe interruptions and disasters.