Compute and Virtualization

Modern applications and workloads require a great deal of computation. And many enterprises are still trying to address where to run new workloads and applications, and whether existing applications can even be re-factored to take advantage of the public cloud.

As one of the most recognized and advanced players in the VMware ecosystem, virtualization is in our DNA. We’re now we’re helping organizations fit VMware into an overall cloud strategy, and navigate VMware on AWS. We help:

  • Deliver discrete units of compute to meet application and cost requirements, while improving server provisioning time.
  • Navigate decisions between containers and hypervisors, helping to find the right solutions based on fit and business objectives.
  • Implement vSphere upgrades, especially as the 6.5 upgrade isn’t a standard upgrade path.

Containers and Serverless

Containers package up applications in file systems to isolate them from the underlying operating system. We help clients enable application portability through encapsulation and container management.

Serverless computing reduces the amount of overhead associated with developing applications in the public cloud. We help clients build applications and services in a faster, more agile way, leveraging infrastructure managed by cloud providers like AWS and Azure.

  • Create predictable development and release environments that are isolated from other applications.
  • Decrease reliance on server resources with lightweight containers not requiring their own O/S.
  • Decrease time-to-market and accelerate software release cycles while reducing operational costs and enabling agile developers.
  • Enhance scalability by provisioning and de-provisioning infrastructure as needed, while improving latency and geolocation.

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Data Protection and Availability

Enterprises are dealing with a lot more data, from a lot more data sources. Never before has data protection been more paramount. New threats, new compliance requirements, and new applications coming online – not to mention the drive to the cloud – all result in new data protection requirements.

With our broad and deep experience in the data center, and cross-OEM experience, CLOUD2SME is well positioned to help with your data protection, availability, and compliance needs.

  • Select and design of the best data protection solution for your business, including designing plans and tools for protecting cloud workloads.
  • Integrate your cloud strategy with your on-premises data protection efforts. Our specialty is in bridging the worlds of public and private infrastructure.
  • Create an understanding of the tools you’re using versus what you’re licensed for, with an eye toward saving money while reducing risks.
  • Apply workflows and scripting to integrate data protection and availability into your automation and operations management platforms.
  • Keep your data protection strategy and platform current against security concerns around ransomware, AirGAP, GDPR, data privacy, and endpoint.

End User Computing

Mobile technology continues to change how and where users work and collaborate. We help clients enable workforce mobility by providing their end users access to data and applications from any device. We can help:

  • Improve the end-user desktop experience while enforcing desktop and application standardization.
  • Set a strategy for managing user data (often unstructured) and securing your internal file access.
  • Rationalize on-premises and public cloud for hosted VDI and provide the financial justification for choosing the right strategy.
  • Determine root cause analysis for performance issues affecting the virtual desktop or application environment.
  • Accelerate application deployment by leveraging DaaS to deliver on-demand desktops in a pay-as-you-go model.
  • Migrate VDI platforms like Citrix to the public cloud or adopt Amazon WorkSpaces, helping reduce the time to deploy and manage these environments.
  • Use virtual environments to test applications as part of a Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration.
  • Implement logging and reporting capabilities for compliance while eliminating large, unstructured file shares.

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Hyper / Converged Infrastructure

Does your team efficiently handle infrastructure patching and management? How long does it take to migrate from old to new infrastructure after a large purchase? Clients express to us their frustration of infrastructure management, and issues of unplanned downtime, inability to patch systems in a timely manner, or security breaches.

HCI and CI make it easier to support enterprise applications because they’re built to simplify overall management while running complex workloads. We help clients deploy integrated compute, storage, networking, and virtualization to increase agility, and realize operational efficiency, and ultimately achieve “single pane of glass management.”

  • Free up IT staff to focus on mission-critical tasks and innovative projects.
  • Reduce operating costs and deliver enhanced data center visibility.
  • Deploy compute, networking, and storage components all within one platform with a single vendor.
  • Utilize software-defined storage to aggregate existing hard drives within a cluster, making them highly available and redundant.

CLOUD2SME offers a breadth of expertise with H/CI, including instances VxRail and VxRack, Nutanix, and Hyperflex available in the CLOUD2SME Labs for use in testing and training.


Networking and Network Security

Enterprises seek scalable, secure and resilient connectivity between users, infrastructure, and applications, leveraging a combination of software-defined and physical network approaches. With CLOUD2SME’s experience in automation, orchestration, and infrastructure-as-code, we help clients pursue the software defined data center. Our networking practice helps:

Wrongly-sized or poorly performing connectivity to the cloud can be costly and can undermine the success of the public cloud. We have expertise in extending enterprise networking to the cloud.

  • Speed up the provisioning of networking. Most organizations are familiar with how automation accelerates the deployment of applications above the hypervisor. But networking and security teams are often seen as the bottlenecks to faster deployments.
  • Replace high-latency WANs and data center backhaul strategies, with SD-WAN — critical for the growing adoption of SaaS solutions.
  • Add more bandwidth without buying more circuits through TCO analysis and licensing strategies.
  • Configure network management, monitoring, and BYOD through customized software and hardware deployments.
  • Ensure your network is configured and optimized properly to ensure line-of-business applications are online and running smoothly.
  • Develop a strategy to integrate the existing network with public cloud solutions like AWS, Azure, and SaaS applications.
  • Design and implement highly available and secure cloud integrations using solutions like Direct Connect, Express Route and Equinix Cloud Exchange.
  • Secure access to the network as the number of users and end points explode. Implement controls to protect against propagation inside your network perimeter.
  • Make the network compliant with regulations like HIPPA and PCI, by bridging the CLOUD2SME network and security practices.

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