Posted on: June 17, 2019 By: Carolyn Kuczynski
Speros, a managed service provider and technology integrator based in Savannah, Georgia, relied on long-time relationships with CNSG Executives Randy Friedberg and Dave Hopper to facilitate discussions with proven infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers.
President and CEO, Susan Speros, and Director of Operations, Van Heath, worked with CNSG to identify suppliers that could deliver a hosted IaaS solution built on top of the latest VMware cloud technology. Security, stability, operational excellence, and a geographically diverse data center footprint were the most important business outcomes Speros was seeking from this cloud solution. Another important solution component for Speros was robust and automated disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) functionality.
After a competitive RFP process that occurred in late 2018, Speros selected Expedient – a Platinum-level CNSG supplier – as its cloud infrastructure provider. When asked what set Expedient apart from the competition, Speros highlighted Expedient’s stable operational model, diverse data center footprint, and ability to provide a customized DRaaS solution as differentiators.
“Security, stability, and the fact that [Expedient] owns its data centers was very important for us,” Speros explained. “As we’ve operated our own, multi-tenant data centers for years, we knew what we were looking for from a hosting provider. Expedient’s adherence to strict technology refresh practices and the bandwidth redundancy available at your facilities were important aspects as well.
“Additionally, [Expedient’s] thorough approach to solution architecture stood out as well,” she continued. “Your sales team really understood what we were after in terms of disaster recovery and built a solution with the capacity to deliver the availability and uptime we were seeking for our customers.”
Expedient’s Push Button DR solution streamlines disaster recovery by automating cloud workload replication between geographic locations. This unique feature enables total network failover without the need to reconfigure public IP addresses or DNS records.
In addition to delivering a disaster recovery solution to Speros, Expedient is providing enterprise-grade managed cloud services to the business, which will run its production environment on the Expedient Enterprise Cloud (EEC) platform. Based on VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC), EEC provides a next-generation cloud experience perfect for organizations with previous VMware experience looking for a turnkey IaaS solution.
“As a business, it’s important for us to be able to provide robust hosted cloud services to our clients,” Speros explained. “We want to enhance the Cloud experience for our customers, ensuring they have access to all of the latest technology, and continue to grow the Speros Cloud Platform.
“Also, the continued liability and implied risk of operating a data center in a hurricane-prone area such as Savannah was not ideal for our business,” she continued. “In Expedient, we’ve found a partner that provides us with a turnkey cloud infrastructure solution that is supported by a geographically diverse data center footprint. With this foundation in place, we have the confidence to market, promote and position Speros as a cloud-first technology solution provider.”
To complement its cloud and DRaaS deployments, Speros is also taking advantage of several managed services from Expedient including Dedicated Firewall Management, Dedicated Firewall Failover, Unified Threat Management, and hosted Cloud File Storage. These managed services will help Speros to mitigate the risk of critical data loss and protect customer workloads running in the Speros Cloud.
Founded in 1984 as a provider of business telephone systems, Speros has grown into a comprehensive technology solution provider with a diverse portfolio of services including hosted and on-premises VoIP systems, surveillance and cabling, Audio/Visual Systems and Design, managed IT services such as backup & recovery, firewall as a service, cloud computing, and website design. Learn more at speros.com.
Expedient helps companies transform their IT operations through award-winning cloud solutions and managed services including disaster recovery, security and compliance, and more. Expedient data centers are compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Service Organization Control (SOC) reports are published annually for all locations. Learn more at expedient.com.
Posted on: November 15, 2018 By: CNSG Marketing
As a CNSG partner for nearly a decade, managed service provider US Resources, Inc. was well aware of CNSG’s expansive technology supplier network. After struggling to find the right cloud service provider (CSP) for one of its customers, Delta Consulting Group, US Resources knew it could count on Ali Niroo, Managing Member, CNSG, to facilitate strategic introductions with CSPs with the right Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capabilities to meet the unique needs of Delta Consulting. Upon completing an extensive discovery process with the CNSG sales engineering team and discussing Delta’s IaaS needs with several CSPs, both US Resources and Delta Consulting were confident that Expedient, a CNSG platinum-level supplier, was the right choice.
For US Resources, the decision to select Expedient as the CSP for its customer went well beyond straightforward technical considerations. As an MSP offering a variety of value-added IT services to its customer base, US Resources was looking for a CSP that would not infringe upon its core business and would work collaboratively to ensure that the specialized needs of its customer were met. As a CNSG supplier, Expedient welcomed the opportunity to work with US Resources and help its customer achieve a successful cloud migration by ensuring maximum IT application and data availability, predictable monthly expenses forecasting, and hands-on collaboration with US Resources’ local team of experts.
With 11 data centers across seven US cities, Expedient delivers a rare combination of national capability paired with local service. Expedient is one of only eight VMware Cloud Verified Partners in the US and is one of the top 4 consumers of VMware technology in the world along with IBM, Rackspace and CenturyLink. Initially driven by a long relationship with Ali Niroo, Expedient values the mutually beneficial relationship it has established with CNSG since becoming a supplier in January 2018 and is looking forward to working with US Resources to enable valuable business outcomes for Delta Consulting Group.