Flexible hybrid IT
Our IT strategy is clearly now Hybrid. We are running local IT for resource hungry Development and Test services but using public cloud services for our business applications and running our live managed service operations.
Local cloud managed server appliances
We wanted to keep control of our User credentials and retain local file and print management capability. We also wanted to run local Development and Test services and retain full control of the security of our IP. We selected a clustered SMB IT appliance to run these workloads from our on-premise server room and have the management of this IT environment delivered to us as a managed service through our trusted partner. The solution also provides us with Single Sign On to cloud apps, Windows Azure and Microsoft Office 365.
Office 365 for productivity
We moved our on-premise productivity suite including email, Office and file share to Microsoft Office 365 which is integrated with the Zynstra solution. All our cloud hosted files and email is backed up to our local Appliance to give us a single central record under our control.
Windows azure for live customer operations
Our live services need to scale with our customer base and be capable of peak loads that are not practical or efficient to run on fixed infrastructure. We have selected Windows Azure to provide us the scale and efficiency to meet our growing demand.