Customer Success Stories: Convenient Cloud Solutions for Concurrent

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Overview

Concurrent is a software company that provides storage solutions involving core Linux and Aquari storage.

As a registered Microsoft Partner, Concurrent – a strategic partner of AVS – approached us with the need to migrate their local on-premise exchange server to Microsoft Office 365. Find out how we were able to help by seamlessly integrating a custom cloud solution.

The Challenge

  • Client had scalability and performance issues.
  • AVS needed to achieve migration in a way that minimized affect to the end user. Client didn’t want any interruption in emails.
  • Concurrent only had a small IT staff of 3 people for us to partner with, even though this was a major project effort.

Our Solution

We were able to successfully migrate exchange services to the cloud with the hybrid migration model. We migrated 300+ mailboxes and public folders, while keeping the client comfortable with the timeline (their comfortable pace was a 3-month period) and without interruption to the client’s email communication, ongoing business projects and process.

Solutions we employed included:

  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft Exchange

The Value/Results

  • We minimized IT costs around technology tools.
  • We reduced IT overhead around server management, updates, backups, archiving, spam protection, office software management, which in turn will increase the company’s growth and profitability.

We’d like to thank Concurrent for trusting us to seamlessly migrate to Microsoft Office 365.

Our cloud computing consultants are experts at implementing big changes with minimal disruption to daily operations. Let us know how we can help your businesses today.

The Commoditization of the Data Warehouse

These are exciting times in the data and analytics world! The last couple of years have seen a surge in technologies and offerings that bring big-time data and analytics into reach for most companies. No longer isolated to Fortune-500 data powerhouses with multi-million dollar project budgets, “Big Data” and Data Warehousing are becoming a commodity thanks to the cloud and innovators such as AWS and Microsoft.

PaaS: In the Beginning…

It all started with Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions such as Redshift from AWS, Microsoft’s Azure SQL Data Warehouse as well as IBM’s DashDB Enterprise, among others. These solutions promise Petabyte scale capability and pricing that makes them a viable solution for many startups and mid-market companies needing advanced data capabilities with a minimum of IT infrastructure and cost.

We continue to recommend these solutions to our customers that are RDBMS-savvy and have SQL skills in-house that they want to leverage.

SaaS: The Next Evolution

The next evolution was to Software-as-a-Services (SaaS) solutions such as Snowflake Computing’s Elastic Data Warehouse and Cazena. These solutions further lower the IT infrastructure and skillset cost required to achieve big-time analytics capabilities.

Additionally, they drive a more seamless analytics experience by bringing non- and-semi-structured data and traditional structured data together in a cohesive solution. These solutions also drive a more elastic model, allowing businesses to scale and shrink their solution on-demand as their business and analytics needs change over time. They manage the resources behind the solution with a minimum of IT resources required, while consolidating an array of best-in-breed technologies to simplify the “data ecosystem.”

As Hadoop offerings continue to progress, they are also figuring heavily into the data ecosystems. Many providers, such as AWS and Microsoft, offer cloud-based solutions that can be near-seamlessly integrated into more structured data warehouses and ecosystems. On-premise solutions from Cloudera, Hortonworks and others give companies that require non-cloud solutions options as well. The performance and tools such as Spark and Yarn are broadening the use-cases for Hadoop and improving the performance of processing and querying against non-structured data.

Integration: Greater Accessibility

Finally, integration solutions for the data warehouse are becoming even more accessible and easy to use. A great example is Microsoft Azure’s Logic Apps. These solutions allow simple integrations and control-flow to be developed in a cost-effective model with lower technical expertise requirements. Typical infrastructure considerations for connectivity to systems still apply, but the ability to deliver batch and near real-time integrations between common applications and/or data sources using pre-built integration connectors is growing rapidly.

Conclusion

All this means more options for companies and solution providers, at the right scale, skill-set and price. These are exciting times indeed, as we can now deliver data and analytics solutions with greater fit and value than ever before. Contact us and we'll connect you with a data solutions specialist. 

How IoT is Revolutionizing Healthcare

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The recent rise in the popularity of fitness technology (i.e. smart watches and Fitbits) is beginning to show the impact that the “internet of things” (IoT) is having on the healthcare industry. However, these devices are only the beginning of how technology is revolutionizing healthcare.

As it stands, any medical device that allows for the transfer of data – including data hubs, communication networks, microprocessors, etc. – is a driving force behind the intersection of IoT and the healthcare system. Given that confidential patient data is the connecting piece of the puzzle, privacy concerns and constraints remain a hot topic; however, the healthcare industry is still interested in exploring any opportunities to make the IoT work for them.

The ultimate goals of IoT integration in healthcare are to cut costs, ensure the ill/injured are cared for properly, and make healthcare professionals more efficient.

While those inside the healthcare industry seek to find ways to incorporate the IoT, patients are taking their health into their own hands. A rising tide of people are using wearable fitness products, apps and sensors to collect and analyze their medical information. Many industry experts feel that this is an essential first step in the direction of integrating this patient data seamlessly into the healthcare system.

As the rates of IoT-Healthcare technology use continue to climb, these types of IoT projects are only beginning. There is no shortage of ideas on how to incorporate IoT into the medical field and what’s better is that several leading enterprise technology companies stand ready to help.

With the backing of Ad Victoriam Solutions, an Atlanta-based IT strategy consulting firm, the healthcare facilities that wish to participate in IoT will be able to make themselves much more efficient and competitive. Additionally, they’ll have the option to easily share information, which will help increase patient quality of care, improve both internal and external communications, and more efficiently track medical supplies.

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many ways IoT can be used to improve the daily operations of those in the medical field. Only time will tell what else will be dreamed up.

For more information about leveraging IoT technology for your business or practice, contact the big data consultants at Ad Victoriam Solutions. You can read up on the 3 Major Players in the IoT Space: Salesforce®Microsoft and AWS.