Journey to the Cloud

Fully exploit cloud benefits to address resource shortages and tech debt

You want to take fuller advantage of the cloud but getting from here to there is not easy. You may be dealing with resource shortages and skills gaps. Many companies are working to get out of tech debt—with immediate needs having been met in the past, but at the cost of important technology innovations. And costs in all their forms are, of course, always an issue.

The journey to the cloud will necessarily involve app and database migrations. It may also involve operating system upgrades and data center moves or closures. Of course, you would like to put more resources on technical innovation, but it’s difficult when so many resources are devoted to operations and troubleshooting. How can you accelerate your journey to the cloud and innovate in support of your business?


Executing the complex journey

You need both a roadmap and cost-effective resources to help you along the journey. And the execution needs to deal with all the various complexities and gaps in your environment—small or big. Whether with internal or external resources, your plan will likely need to include:

  • Migration services (including rehosting, public cloud migration, data center migration, and Active Directory migration/consolidation)
  • Hosting managed services
  • Public/hybrid cloud managed services
  • Data center support

Finally, it must work within your budget. If you had adequate budget, you would already be able to acquire the resources to fix many of these issues.


Benefits provided by Celsior

  • Improved agility and scalability – effectively scale up or down depending on overall usage, seasonality, user requirements, and company growth
  • PaaS savings ranging from 25-70 percent through automation, cloud database, containerization, and serverless computing
  • Additional cost savings and improved compliance through software licensing optimization
  • Flexible sourcing models ranging from staff augmentation up to fully managed services
  • Ability to shift IT focus to value-add initiatives


Why Celsior

Celsior is a 28+ year-old company with expertise in cloud, application development/ maintenance, security, networking, and software licensing. Reasons customers select us include:

  • Agile & responsive – easy to do business with
  • Quality staffing within days, rather than months
  • Microsoft Solutions Partner with specialization in Azure and Digital & App Innovation
  • Strong client relationships – 90% of our clients would recommend us to other companies
  • Very attractive pricing


Case Study

A leading healthcare engagement company needed a more dynamic and scalable (up and down) environment for their evolving application development and testing operations. Colocation and support costs were increasing as they struggled to keep up with their fast changing dev/test needs. Internal IT resources were spending significant effort to maintain and operate this fast-changing environment. Unfortunately, this was taking time away from strategic, higher-priority initiatives. To deal with these issues, they were interested in moving
to the cloud, but first wanted to make sure that this made sense and to ensure that the public cloud would meet their needs.

Celsior started work by doing a rapid assessment of the existing dev/test environment and confirming the feasibility of migrating to Azure. We then designed and created the Azure configurations and target environment and performed the actual migration.
The migration included a mix of Wintel and CentOS systems, storage, and SQL database platforms.

As a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Program (CSP) provider, Celsior took full responsibility and provides on-going support for the Azure dev/test environment. We also continue to provide infrastructure management and “run” of the Azure hosting environment through a
5-year managed services contract.

The modernized, secure and dynamically scalable Azure dev/test environment resulted in:

  • Reduction of hosting operations “run” costs by 55%
  • Reduction in provisioning/deprovisioning times from days or weeks down to hours
  • Ability for the company to refocus their own IT resources from time-consuming operations tasks to more strategic, higher-impact IT imperatives

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