Speros Chooses Expedient to Power Their Hosted Cloud Service Business
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.