Public Cloud, Microsoft Azure Planning Services (AZDPS)
AZDPS engagements help customers understand what Microsoft Azure can do for their business and identify projects that are best suited for this public cloud offering. Assess web and line-of-business applications, and extend on-premises applications to the public cloud to help reduce IT complexity and costs.
Implementing Application Develop and Test on Azure
This engagement is designed to help customers implement a scalable, secure, and cost-effective development and test environment on Azure. By using Azure IaaS and Azure Dev Services, customers can provision a development and test environment in a matter of minutes and as needed, while also scaling environments up or down as their needs change. This allows organizations to increase their development velocity and flexibility, while also reducing their costs. As a registered provider of AZDPS, UpSearch can leverage structured engagement materials and best practice guidance from Microsoft to prepare customers for a successful deployment and help them get the most out of their public cloud investment.
Implementing Azure Security and Management Services
By leveraging the power of cloud, Microsoft’s Azure Management and Security services provide customers with new and unique ways to address their Cloud and IT Operational needs. With solutions like Azure Security Center, Azure Backup, and Azure Monitor, customers can enhance and extend the capabilities of their current IT operations solutions from the datacenter to the cloud. Azure Management Services provide protection for and insights into workloads running across Azure, AWS, Windows Server, Linux, VMware, and OpenStack at a lower cost than competitive solutions. For customers who have already deployed System Center 2012, Azure Management tools extends System Center investments into hybrid cloud delivering IT management as a service for any workload, any platform, anywhere. As an AZDPS partner, UpSearch can leverage structured engagement materials and best practice guidance from Microsoft to prepare customers for a successful deployment and help them realize the value of their investment.
Implementing Event-Driven Apps (Serverless)
This engagement will help customers determine which services they can move to Azure Functions, and the best route for re-architecting or building new microservices on Azure Functions. Once identified, this engagement will help identify other cloud services that should be integrated into the application, such as Logic Apps, Cosmos DB, Event Hub, IoT Hub, etc.
Integrating Azure Storage with Customers’ Backup, Archive and DR Solutions (BCDR)
UpSearch helps customers meet their evolving data storage needs by integrating and migrating their current storage, backup, and disaster recovery (DR) solutions with Azure storage solution. Azure storage allows customers to reduce their data storage and archive costs, while also increasing their security, compliance ability. This engagement assesses the environment and determines the best scenarios for cloud storage integration and migration, creating an activation plan to migrate data to Azure, and demonstrates the value of Azure with a proof of concept for deployment. As a registered provider of AZDPS, UpSearch can use Microsoft guidance and resources to prepare customers for a successful deployment and help them realize the value of their investment.
Migrate VMs and Applications to Azure IaaS
UpSearch uses this engagement to help customers assess, prioritize, and begin migrating existing virtualized applications. To provide value within an expedited timeframe, this engagement prioritizes the migration of applications that do not require significant re-architecting or code modifications. The following Microsoft Azure Service offerings are highlighted within this engagement: SharePoint on Azure IaaS, Windows Server on Azure IaaS, SQL Server on Azure IaaS, Azure Active Directory Premium, overall application migration, and migration from Amazon Web Services (AWS) or other competitive cloud platforms. As a registered provider of AZDPS, UpSearch can leverage Microsoft guidance and resources to prepare customers for a successful deployment and help them realize the value of their investment.
Modernizing Apps Using App Service
UpSearch builds a plan for how customers can modernize their applications using Azure App Service. This engagement will help customers map out their migration process, plan for dependencies, and conduct a smooth app migration so that they can quickly start using and taking advantage of this powerful platform-as-a-service, or PaaS. The engagement will show customers how to rapidly create and deploy new apps to production and development environments, automate deployments with CI/CD, and use the platform to quickly scale.
Modernizing Apps Using Containers
This engagement will help customers determine the best approach for how to implement containers based on their needs and requirements. Each container platform (e.g., Service Fabric, App Service on Linux, AKS) has specific considerations and optimal scenarios. Once the best approach has been identified, this engagement can provide customers with the optimal detailed architecture and strategy, and help the customer make key decisions such as which orchestrator to use, the best way to deploy new apps on this new platform, and how to satisfy security concerns.
Enterprise Mobility + Security Identity and Access Management
The Identity and Access Management engagement is designed to help customers maintain control over their applications across corporate datacenters and public cloud platforms through planned deployments for cloud and hybrid identity and access management solutions. Microsoft identity and access management solutions help IT protect access to applications and resources across the corporate datacenter and into the cloud, enabling additional levels of validation such as multi-factor authentication and conditional access policies. Monitoring suspicious activity through advanced security reporting, auditing, and alerting helps mitigate potential security issues. Employees are more productive when they have a single username and password to remember and a consistent experience from every device. They also save time when they can perform self-service tasks like resetting a forgotten password, or requesting access to an application, without waiting for assistance from the helpdesk.
Enterprise Mobility + Security Identity Driven Security
The Identity Driven Security engagement is designed to help customers address the customer’s security concerns and develop a solution for the customer that can protect, detect, and respond to threats of all kinds on-premises as well as in the cloud.Microsoft Identity-Driven Security addresses the security challenges of today and tomorrow across users, devices, apps, data, and platforms. Customer employees receive a single protected common identity for secure, risk-based conditional access to thousands of apps—on-premises and in the cloud. Innovative technologies safeguard the customer’s network at the front door. Deep visibility into apps, devices, and data activity uncovers suspicious activities, user mistakes, and potential threats before they become real ones. And with behavioral analytics, machine learning, and unique Microsoft security intelligence, the customer’s corporate files and data can be secured while freeing their employees to get their work done on the go.
Enterprise Mobility + Security Information Protection
The Information Protection engagement is designed to help customers plan deployment for a comprehensive information protection solution that ensures persistent classification and protection of customer data by enabling customers to classify and label their data at the time of creation. Protection (encryption + authentication + use rights) can then be applied to sensitive data. Furthermore, classification labels and protection are persistent, traveling with the data so that it is identifiable and always protected, regardless of where it is stored or with whom it is shared. The interface is simple and intuitive and does not interrupt normal working experience. Customers will also have deep visibility and control over shared data.
Enterprise Mobility + Security Managed Mobile Productivity
The Managed Mobile Productivity engagement is designed to help customers plan deployment for mobile device and/or mobile application management including Microsoft Office 365, corporate email, and other mobile apps. The Microsoft managed mobile productivity solutions allows the customer’s employees to do their best work on any device, while keeping company data secure. With EMS, customers can enable conditional access to Office 365 (Exchange Online and SharePoint Online) as well as to on-premises Exchange Server. When the customer’s employees try to access corporate resources from unmanaged devices, they are blocked and then provided with simple steps to quickly obtain access to email and other corporate resources. With the cloud architecture of EMS, IT does not need to install and configure email gateways or servers in the perimeter network nor do they need to develop custom scripts. EMS is directly integrated with Office 365 to give customer and their employees a seamless experience while also enabling IT to manage access to corporate resources.