We recognise that businesses are at different stages in their journey towards fully leveraging the power of Azure. We advise, assist, secure and operate - wherever you may be on this journey. Our core principles are: Business focus Peace of mind, security Innovative solutions, managed services excellence Government Codes of Practice - Open Standards, Security, Cloud First Our heritage in business applications, Cloud managed services and unique application modernisation capabilities underpin our own enterprise.
Azure Cloud Services
63 GOLD STAR SPECIALISMS
Understanding key issues
Data Centre costs and contract expiry
Data Centre ownership is expensive, distracting and requires specialists to help keep pace. We address skill shortfall(s) in a sustainable, cost-effective manner, so you can focus on your business.
Technology and service provider lock-in
Microsoft Azure Cloud and our Azure Cloud Services free you of lock-ins via our Cloud native open standards approach.
Urgent capacity needs
Our Managed Services will monitor your Cloud compute capacity using standard or customised thresholds and offer the ability to scale on demand. You pay only for the resources used.
Disruptive and costly hardware lifecycle
We deliver a consistently supported and maintained IT estate. We identify ageing or end-of-life technology and our change processes eradicate costly disruption.
The Microsoft Azure platform is created using some of the most rigorous security and compliance standards in the world. Security is a focus throughout all our customer engagements.
Microsoft maintains several compliance standards for Azure which adheres to security controls for ISO 27001, ISO 27018, SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC3, FedRAMP, HITRUST, MTCS, IRAP, and ENS.
How our Azure cloud services can help you
FEATURES & BENEFITS
Cloud Transformation and Innovation
Our capability and services combine in the form of a framework for Cloud Transformation, assisting our customers throughout the lifecycle of their solutions.
Tried and tested framework
Developing our framework has been supported by working with specialist partners and learning what works well for customers all over the world.
Support throughout the lifecycle
Rather than implement a Cloud solution, transform your IT then leave you with new, unfamiliar, technology, we deliver support throughout the lifecycle of your solution.
Our Cloud Advisory services assist customers in defining new Cloud strategy and performing Cloud readiness assessments for migrating workloads to Azure.
Discovery and Cloud readiness
A business-first focused discovery is essential. It enables our readiness assessments and advice to be fully supportive of strategy while shaping the right change approach.
Strategy and vision
From our discovery and readiness assessments, we form strategy, build roadmaps and envision the future. Strategy and vision activities inform initiatives and solution design activities.
Businesses differ and technology is continually evolving. We help keep pace, and offer a variety of design services that meet your complex, specific strategic needs, creating a non-complex steady state.
We have the products, processes and skills to de-risk your business and modernise your applications. Combined with customisable modernisation options, we offer a comprehensive, highly automated, tool-based approach that has proven successful over the last 35 years.
This capability modifies application functionality iteratively to benefit your organisation. The application will be optimised for a stateless, elastic Cloud environment.
Modify your application’s architecture and structure which will then enable the development of Cloud-native microservices.
Informed by our deep understanding of each customer’s business, our Azure solution architects aim to design world-class solutions fit for the future - solutions which ensure performance, availability, resilience, visibility, control and security.
This enables us to understand business needs, current state and requirements. It ensures we deliver future-proofed, secure and commercially aware solutions.
Delivers desired availability, addresses maintenance and failure and also measures application workloads, all while achieving Microsoft Cloud Services SLAs.
Peace of mind
Our technical design, service solution and change approach are created to give you peace of mind. All allow our customers to increase their focus on business agility and organisational goals.
Our Azure Cloud services are built to support UK Government Codes of Practice with open standards, security principles and enabling Cloud-first strategies.
We want to support our customers’ business innovation, so our Azure Cloud capability is designed with this in mind, including Infrastructure as Code (IaaC) automation of environments and DevOps enablement.
Our process reflects our passion for responding quickly and effectively to customers’ needs, while maintaining the availability and health of their solutions. We do the heavy lifting to migrate legacy Azure solutions, take on existing ones and deploy new options.
Azure customer landing zone
This execution framework automates deployment and configuration management. ARM templates are automated by Terraform, configuration is managed using industry tools and it is all orchestrated by Azure DevOps.
Throughout the process, your business remains the focal point and our experts are there to offer support. We understand your needs and work closely with you to meet them.
Cloud Support and Management
The benefits of our operational Managed Services are fully realised at handover. ITIL/DevOps-aligned support and management services deliver enterprise-class Azure services, commercial flexibility, peace of mind and security.
Monitoring, procedures, run books
Delivered prior to go-live, these define standard operating procedures and provide relevant, focused guidelines which enable us to automate alerts and escalation procedures.
Designed to go the extra mile in: Applications and Database Management Identity and Access Management Web Access Firewall, Distributed Denial Of Service, Information Protection Cyber Security - scanning and discovery, Managed Detection and Response
We work with customers, mapping the variety of tiered service options to their environments using Azure subscriptions, helping with commercial segregation and reporting.
Ongoing cloud innovation and developments
We are always improving and innovating our services to deliver the best experience for our customers. Here are a selection of the latest updates to our Azure cloud services.
- November 2019
Updated Azure migration framework for Windows 2008 R2.
- We have refreshed our Azure migration framework to account for Microsoft’s free Windows 2008 extended security updates for workloads on Azure.
- October 2019
Full IaC customer Azure landing zone deployment.
- In readiness for an increase in Azure migrations, we have fully automated the deployment of a customer landing zone for Azure. This IaC deployment of the virtual data centre within Azure includes network, backup, secure bastion jump off capability, firewall, key vaults and polices for monitoring, backup with update management and more.
“We are moving forward to meet growing and more complex demands with Advanced, a provider that can both scale to meet those needs and provide the level of professionalism needed within this marketplace."
Rob Bing, IT Service Manager
St Andrew’s Healthcare
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