Public Cloud Solutions

Storcom can help you migrate to a public cloud

Storcom’s Public Cloud Solutions


Storcom can manage your public cloud environment, or even design a new cloud migration strategy into the public cloud. We advise our clients on whether or not a public cloud solution is a good fit for their needs and use cases.

The public cloud platform uses a standard cloud computing model to make applications, data, storage, virtual machines (VMs), and other resources remotely available to users. Public clouds may be offered through a subscription or on-demand usage pricing.

STORCOM’S PUBLIC CLOUD SOLUTIONS PROVIDES:

FLEXIBILITY

Storcom can work with any public cloud provider of your choosing.


Customization

Customize the compute, storage, and networking components to best suit your company’s needs: nothing more, nothing less.


Performance Gains

Get performance advantages over traditional IT infrastructure with public cloud computing.

Learn How to Evolve to the Cloud™

Storcom will analyze your IT environment to decide whether a public, private, or hybrid cloud is the best fit for your organization. Our Cloud Enablement Roadmap™ solution ensures that your applications and mission-critical data are safe, secure, and accessible in the public cloud. Watch Storcom’s Evolve to the Cloud™ video to learn more about our cloud strategies, or click below to learn more about our solutions.

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Cloud Migration Strategy for Logistics Company

Public/Private Cloud Migration Strategy for Chicago-based Logistics Company.

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Secure Private Cloud Management for Investment Firm

Managed Secure Private Cloud for Chicago-based Non-Profit Financial Investment Firm Within Storcom’s Data Center.

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Cloud Management for Auto Insurance Company

Managed a Secure Private Cloud as well as Public Cloud Resources for an Illinois-based Specialty Auto Insurance Company Writing Policies in 5 States.

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Microsoft Azure Cloud Resources Management for Law Firm

Managed Microsoft Azure Cloud Resources and File Shares for Chicago-based Law Firm Specializing in Aviation Law.

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We’ll help you find your path to the cloud. View Storcom’s Cloud Enablement Roadmap Infographic.

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Public Cloud Use Cases

The public cloud is the ideal platform for non-sensitive, public-facing operations, with unpredictable traffic. These are some of the use cases Storcom supports:

  • Web pages and CMS Systems
  • Web servers/app servers
  • In-memory analytics
  • Disaster recovery
  • Batch processing apps
  • Media streaming apps
  • Enterprise apps
  • Web and mobile apps
  • NoSQL stores (Mongo DB, Cassandra)
  • Small databases or large relational databases
  • Network appliances
  • Caches (Redis, Memcached)
  • Test and dev environment

Notable Information About Storcom’s Public Cloud Services

With Storcom at the helm, you can rest easy that security and scalability will be in the forefront of our minds in designing your public cloud environment. Many organizations do not plan for the future in the Cloud, and that can be problematic for the security of your public cloud environment. Having a public cloud security strategy is instrumental in ensuring that your security procedures, practices, and tools will be scaleable for growth.

Designing security architecture at the onset of public cloud adoption will enable it to grow alongside your other infrastructure resources. Storcom tests all of our security tools in order to understand their scalability in the public cloud so they are ready should explosive cloud growth occur. Since IT security tools are becoming more interconnected, it is highly important to have an expert like Storcom who understands that having a scalability issue in one aspect of IT security can affect an entire network.

Storcom understands that adhering to data regulations are a major source of headaches for organizations, so we can ensure that your public cloud setup will comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), or the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Storcom enables your data and applications to be where you want, whenever you want to use them.

If your organization does not have the internal resources to plan, deploy, or run a public cloud environment, then Storcom can help. If your organization does not have the capacity to manage your public cloud environment after a public cloud migration, then Storcom can act as an extension of your IT department with our managed services offerings. As a trusted managed services provider, Storcom can mitigate the challenges your organization faces in adopting a public cloud. We have years of experience working with billing charges and complex public cloud SLAs, so we handle the headaches while you reap the benefits!

Public Cloud Solutions FAQS

Learn more about public cloud solutions with Storcom’s comprehensive library of definitions and Frequently Asked Questions.

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What are the benefits of using a public cloud?

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The main benefits of public cloud platform are:

  • Reducing the need for organizations to maintain their own costly on-premises IT resources
  • Scalability to meet user needs and workloads
  • Less wasted resources since customers only pay for what they use
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How Do I Mitigate Challenges of Deploying a Hybrid Cloud Environment?

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Creating a hybrid cloud migration strategy as part of your IT infrastructure is your first step to mitigating hybrid cloud migration challenges. Not all public clouds are created equal, so it is important to decide which public cloud provider is best for your organization. Having a strong grasp on your data and processes will help enable your cloud integration to go more smoothly.

Also, it is important to note that the majority of successful cloud migrations aren’t typically completed in a single effort or project. It is wise to implement smaller projects with the end goal of a hybrid environment. Your company may benefit from building a limited hybrid cloud model in order to support specific workloads, and then build out additional services as your efforts in a hybrid cloud initiative show the benefits and value to your business and stakeholders.

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How does a Hybrid Cloud Increase Agility?

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Private networks are costly to build, maintain, and expand. As a result, they limit a company’s agility to take advantage of new technologies and opportunities. Hybrid clouds enables companies to reap the benefits of both a public and private cloud. Business-critical data, applications, and operations can remain in a private cloud environment. The power of cloud computing can be leveraged in a public cloud environment. Public cloud computing resources increase a business’ scalability and agility. This is done by facilitating the ability to develop new applications. Cloud computing also runs analytics that would have been beyond the scope of a smaller organization with only a few servers to utilize. Hybrid clouds level the playing fields for companies of all sizes to compete with competitors who are more established. Rapid growth is now possible.

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How does a Hybrid Cloud Increase Security?

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Security in a hybrid cloud model is increased when organizations leverage both the security of a private cloud and the speed and services of a private cloud. Although public cloud providers go to great lengths to protect the data of their clients, a public cloud is inherently more open and vulnerable than a private cloud or internal networks. This makes organizations more susceptible to cyber and ransomware attacks and other forms of data leakage. Occasionally, a public cloud is just too risky for some companies. A hybrid cloud model makes more sense in these cases since data can be protected in a private cloud and a public cloud can be used for power and resources.

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How does a Hybrid Cloud Increase Speed?

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A major advantage of hybrid cloud architecture is speed. While a multi-cloud or purely public cloud environment might be inherently faster than a hybrid cloud environment, IT staff is able to reduce latency and can optimize their network to make sure data is where it needs to be.

Hybrid cloud environments leverage edge computing architectures to further increase speed and locate crucial data and applications for its end users. Private portions of a hybrid cloud can be configured to be more purpose built to maximize resources and enable users to work faster and ultimately be more productive. Organizations can offload non-critical operations to a public cloud and configure their network to handle solely critical traffic.

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How does a Hybrid Cloud Increase Control?

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A key benefit of a hybrid cloud solution is increased control for IT personnel. Companies can customize their private data and applications to a hybrid cloud architecture model in order to adjust their IT infrastructure to their needs. Increased control post-hybrid cloud migration is achieved when internal IT staff retains the ability to manage critical operations and IT infrastructure like servers and hardware.

Having control over IT assets in a responsive hybrid cloud architecture model is advantageous for organizations who want responsiveness in their cloud environments. Today’s fast-changing IT landscape has companies making changes frequently and adjusting and reconfiguring their cloud environments. Vital data assets need to be protected during those changes in order to have minimal disruption. Companies also need to be prepared for changes in their cloud provider’s SLAs and sudden loss of services.

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What is a Hybrid Cloud?

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Put simply, a “hybrid cloud” is a cloud computing strategy which enables companies to combine different cloud environments that are connected to each other. These cloud environments can be private or third-party clouds, public clouds, virtualized infrastructures, or a mixture of on-premises and cloud computing environments.

Hybrid clouds are configured to operate independently of each other, and data that is shared across the communication channels is highly encrypted. Hybrid clouds are incredibly stable since a company’s critical data and workloads are stored in the private cloud.

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What are the Downsides of Using a Private Cloud?

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The private cloud is extremely secure; however, data stored in a private cloud will likely still have to be transmitted into the public cloud in order to run analytics, processes, and applications, so extensive encryption needs to be implemented in order to keep data as secure as possible. IT staff still retains control of the structure of the public cloud; therefore, access to the data must be managed and strict protocols should be implemented on how those critical assets are managed.

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What are the Benefits of Using a Private Cloud?

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Companies gain flexibility, control of benefits, guaranteed availability of resources, exceptionally strong security and regulatory compliance, and cost savings when utilizing a private cloud. Storcom’s private cloud leverages best-in-breed technology to ensure that your critical data is accessible whenever and wherever you need it.

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