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CLOUD COMPUTING

Public cloud can be described as computing services offered by third-party providers over the Internet—as opposed to private cloud environments managed solely by an individual organization for their exclusive use. The combination of public cloud computing resources with on-premises computing assets and associated private clouds is referred to as a hybrid cloud environment.

Public cloud providers make these services available to anyone who wants to use or purchase them. Cloud services may be free or sold on-demand, allowing customers to pay only per usage for the CPU cycles, storage, or bandwidth they consume. They are broadly categorized as software-as-a-service (SaaS)platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and/or infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). Customers may opt to supplement or replace traditional on-premises components with equivalent “as a service” offerings.

The advantages of on-demand, subscription-based offerings include:

  • Agility/flexibility – rapid deployment of development and software testing environments, and production environments with on-demand provisioning and re-sizing
  • Rapid elasticity – allows up and down scalability when needed, eliminating the need to maintain an additional infrastructure that may only be utilized under peak workloads
  • Measured services – cloud services are metered, which means usage is measured and one only pays for services actually utilized, allowing an organization to adjust its IT resources based on load changes and business needs
  • Broad network access – provides secure network access across a range of devices and permits remote connectivity from anywhere with an Internet connection
  • Availability – public cloud providers offer the ability to host redundant instances in separate availability zones in the same region, or in separate regions
  • Disaster recovery/business continuity – public cloud providers provide features to host data backups offsite in diverse locations, and also offer tools to provide for rapid recovery of critical workloads

VD Networks maintains strategic partnerships with leading public cloud service providers including Microsoft, AWS, and Citrix. Our professional services team has the experience and expertise to help organizations to develop and realize an appropriate hybrid-cloud strategy.

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Common Challenges

Public cloud offerings can be employed as part of an overall technology strategy to address common business and technical challenges like the following scenarios…

Scenario 1: Rapid deployment of temporary or supplemental infrastructure in a public cloud. An organization may acquire a temporary additional capacity for applications or services from a public cloud provider, driven, perhaps, by a one-time or seasonal uptick in compute or storage requirements. During the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, many VD Networks customers required temporary supplemental compute and storage capacity in support of unanticipated telecommuting needs. Healthcare customers also experienced sudden and sustained spikes in capacity requirements. In these cases, on-demand provisioning of PaaS and IaaS solutions proved invaluable.

Scenario 2: Reduction of on-premises infrastructure footprint in support of downsizing. Considering the shift to a largely remote workforce during the Covid-19 pandemic, many organizations considered reducing their commercial real estate expenditures via office downsizing or office closures.

In these situations, the ability to move most or all workloads from traditional, on-premises hypervisor platforms to public cloud compute nodes (IaaS) was an excellent option for reducing or eliminating a company’s on-premises infrastructure footprint. Most organizations’ anticipated return-to-office (RTO) strategy involves some sort of hybrid approach, where traditional assigned desks and cubicles are replaced with “hoteling cubicles” and shared meeting spaces. Cloud computing solutions like Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure IaaS are ideal for a hybrid workplace environment where only a small subset of an organization’s employees work in the office at any given time.

Scenario 3: Implementation of a “cloud first” IT strategy. Many organizations, especially small and mid-sized businesses, are considering a cloud-first IT strategy whereby all applications and services are delivered via public cloud offerings (e.g., everything-as-a-service). A cloud-first strategy affords organizations a high degree of agility and flexibility to adapt to rapidly evolving business needs. It also can maximize public cloud benefits such as rapid provisioning, elasticity, high availability, and fault tolerance, while also providing organizations with a predictable, metered, OPEX-centric model for expenditures.

VD Networks Cloud Solutions

VD Networks offers numerous “as a service” solutions leveraging public cloud offerings from various providers. VD Networks is a Microsoft Gold Partner with competencies in Cloud Platform (Microsoft Azure) and Cloud Productivity (Microsoft 365 Application suite). We are an AWS Select-tier partner, Citrix Platinum solution advisor, and Nutanix XYZ partners. VD Networks offers numerous cloud-based and cloud-managed solutions, including, but not limited to:

Cloud-based Application Delivery and Desktop Virtualization

VD Networks has successfully deployed Citrix Cloud IaaS offerings to numerous customers, providing both Microsoft RDS (“XenApp”) application delivery and Windows 10 VDI-as-a-service solutions. Citrix Cloud VDI provides unparalleled flexibility, cloud-based management with rapid provisioning, and on-demand capacity scaling with either AWS or Azure providing compute and connectivity services.

Cloud-based Messaging, Collaboration, and Desktop Productivity 

VD Networks has a large install base of Microsoft 365 customers that enjoy the numerous benefits of the Office 365 SaaS product suite, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Microsoft Teams. We also supplement core MS 365 SaaS offerings with various identities, security, monitoring, and data protection enhancements such as Multi-factor Authentication (MFA), Azure Information ProtectionAzure AD Connect Health Monitoring, and Microsoft 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP).

Cloud IaaS On-demand Compute Services

Microsoft has used Azure Migrate and various third-party tools to migrate server virtualization workloads to Microsoft Azure. Azure compute nodes and storage accounts are used in various capacities depending on customer needs. Common use cases include redundant instances for on-premises servers, data protection using Azure Backup, and business continuity using Azure Site Recovery Services.

Cloud-based DNS and URL content filtering

VD Networks has successfully deployed Cisco Umbrella as a comprehensive, identity-based web-content filtering solution. Cisco Umbrella is versatile and extensible, with plug-ins for AnyConnect remote access clients, as well as for Cisco Firepower and Cisco Meraki UTM security appliance. Cisco Umbrella provides malware protection and hygiene services as well as a means of enforcing an organization’s acceptable usage policy (AUP).

Partners

VD Networks has provided business and technological innovation for our clients through progressive, decades-long relationships with some of the world's most important providers.

Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology corporation producing computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services headquartered at the Microsoft Redmond campus located in Redmond, Washington.

Samrtar Tools

SmarterTools helps companies communicate, analyze and support their worldwide businesses. Our products are utilized by tens of thousands of companies across the globe in a broad base of market segments

Jelastic

Jelastic is an extremely versatile multi-cloud-based control panel that supports multiple options for application development and hosting thus it suits even the most demanding clients and lets you integrate multiple-cloud services.

Parallels

Parallels is a top American software company and global leader in cross-platform solutions, boosting businesses and individuals to access and use the applications and files they need on any device or operating system.

Cisco

Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT and networking that empowers companies of all sizes and with innovative technology transforms how people connect, communicate, and collaborate building an inclusive future for all.

DELL

Dell is an American technology company that develops, 

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