Advanced Public and Hybrid Cloud
Managed Azure Services
Advanced + Azure = The Smartest Way To The Cloud
To migration and beyond...
We recognise that organisations are at different stages with regards to fully leveraging the power of Azure. We advise, assist, secure and operate - wherever you may be on this journey. As a longstanding Microsoft Partner with an Infrastructure (Azure) Designation and deep cross-sector knowledge, we enable you to get the very best from Azure.
Azure optimisation - we understand and solve your key issues
We provide services which are designed to solve our customers' key challenges.
- Skill gap
The industry-wide skill gap means lots of businesses don't have the required expertise to migrate or optimise Azure. This means they either need to invest heavily in upskilling the team - which is time consuming and costly, hire new recruits- which can be difficult in the current market, or outsource to experienced azure managed cloud services providers.
- Understanding the hybrid mix
Moving from on-premises to cloud is not like for like, so a 'lift and shift' approach simply will not work. You need to carry out a thorough analysis of your environment and assess which workloads are suitable for moving to the cloud and which should remain on-premises.
- Spiralling costs
The lack of expertise, expert planning and continuous optimisation, often results in the project taking much longer than expected and in businesses having unused licences and under-utilised resources. This means organisations find themselves with high costs and lower ROI than anticipated.
With new breaches hitting the headlines each day, security is top of most businesses' agenda. However, finding a solution that delivers robust, multi-location security without hindering the user experience can be challenging.
Comprehensive Azure solution
Connectivity with current environment
High performance & availability
Resilience, back-up & recovery
Ongoing Managed Services
Microsoft Certified Professionals
Gold Microsoft Competencies
FEATURES & BENEFITS
Gold Microsoft Partner
Adavnced + Azure is a powerful combination, providing hassle-free services so that you can get the best out of your cloud infrastructure
Solutions Partner for Modern Work & Infrastructure (Azure)
When an organisation is looking for a Microsoft Partner to help them with a project, it can be difficult to know which potential partner is best suited to carry out their requirements. For this reason, Microsoft recently replaced the Gold & Silver partner statuses with specific designations which clearly validate a partner’s skills in a particular area.
Advanced have already been awarded with the Infrastructure (Azure) and the Modern Work Designations, demonstrating our depth of experience and knowledge in these areas.
Our Infrastructure Modernisation service is designed to help businesses
transform an existing on-premises or hosted IT infrastructure to Microsoft
Using industry best practice, our cloud experts will work in partnership with your team to assess, design, migrate and optimise your existing IT infrastructure in the Microsoft Azure cloud, and can provide ongoing service management of your new IT infrastructure.
Complimentary Data & Infrastructure Migration Assessment
Identification of the key drivers for moving to Azure
Highlight any risks of migration
Define a cloud strategy and cloud readiness
Form your strategy, build a roadmap and envision the future
Plan your stabilisation, migration and optimisation approach
Select your ongoing operation and management services
Identify benefits, risk and constraints
Azure Design Services
Dedicated experts, building Azure directly to your needs and optimised for your infrastructure
Azure Design Services
Our experts design for security and reliability, ensuring the integrity of Azure Service Level Agreements (SLA) by following Microsoft best practices.
Our design principles
Taking into account desired availability, maintenance & failure, RTO, RPO and SLAs
Designed to enable you to focus on business agility and reaching your goals
Supports UK Government Codes of Practice with open standards, security principles and cloud-first strategies
Provides the right levels of innovation & support, including automation & DevOps enablement
Allowing you to have a smooth transition with experts on hand to guide you through your journey to the cloud.
Azure Transformation - Deployment and Migration Services
We deploy new, migrate legacy and take on existing Azure solutions, and we'll do the heavy lifting so you can focus on business outcomes.
Low level configuration, migration and deployment planning
Procurement, provisioning, migration & integration in preparation for Landing Zone deployment
Workload, application and data migrations in accordance with our seven modernisation options
Testing to go-live acceptance: test migrations, final migration & live cut over, testing & acceptance criteria
Cloud Execution Framework
This automates solution deployment & configuration management using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates
The templates are automated by Terraform, configuration managed by Ansible & orchestrated by Azure DevOps
This provides consistent, repeateable & automated solution builds & capabilities that can be exploited by DevOps initiatives
Support and Management
Dedicated experts, who know you and your business priorities and are on hand to support your needs
Azure Support & Management Services
Our tiered ITIL and DevOps-aligned support and management services combine with value added service options to deliver enterprise-class Managed Azure Services.
Support & Manage services
Service Level Management, subscription management & optimisation, cost management via Azure cost manager
Security & access management, operations & support, configuration & modern lifecycle management
Additional optional services including applications/database/identity & access management
Optional cyber security services including Scanning & Discover and Managed Detection & Response (MDR)
Other services we can provide through our Azure practice
Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD)
AVD is a cloud based desktop and app virtualisation service running on Microsoft Azure. AVD provides a cost effective and secure Windows 11 experience for end users.
Deliver Windows 11 desktops and applications virtually anywhere
Built-in intelligent security
Deploy and scale in minutet
Reduce cost using existing licenses
Learn more about our AVD Services here.
PaaS is a cloud computing model providing customers a complete cloud platform. It includes hardware, software, and infrastructure - for developing, running and managing applications whilst removing some of the cost, complexity and lack of flexibility that is seen when trying to maintain an on-premise platform.
Scale up and down according to demand
Pay only for what you use
Cut coding time
Add development capabilities without adding staff
Who succeeds with us
A rich, diverse customer base from finance to healthcare and everything in between
”As a charity, it was really important for us to partner with someone that understood what we needed and Advanced did just that – they understood our vision. ”
— Rob Bing, IT Service Manager
St Andrew's Healthcare
- 1. What is Private Cloud?
A private cloud refers to a model of cloud computing where IT services are provisioned over private IT infrastructure for the dedicated use of a single organisation. This setup maintains the scalability and efficiency of cloud computing, but provides a higher level of control and security, making it suitable for businesses with strict data, regulatory, or performance requirements.
Private clouds can be hosted on-premises in the organisation's own data centre, or externally by a third-party provider, but the resources are not shared by other organisations.
- 2. What are the benefits of hybrid cloud?
• Greater control: Organisations can maintain a private infrastructure (on-premises/private cloud) for sensitive workloads.
• Increased flexibility: Organisations can scale easily by deploying additional resources to public cloud when required.
• Cost-effectiveness: The ability to scale on demand through public cloud, therefore only paying for compute when required.
- 3. What are the challenges of hybrid cloud?
• Complexity around implementation- it can be complex and difficult to implement and manage a hybrid infrastructure.
• Lack of visibility: running an environment with multiple clouds can lead to a greater burden on operations. This can also lead to lack of clear understanding of the current infrastructure, therefore leading to an unclear view of the cloud environment.
• High in-house expenses: Hybrid Cloud can be expensive to run, due to the high costs to maintain on-premises hardware in relation to private cloud.
- 4. What is the difference between hybrid cloud and multi-cloud?
The terms multi-cloud and hybrid cloud are often used by customers and businesses to say the same thing. However, in reality there is a difference. Multi-cloud is when an organisation uses more than one public cloud environment whereas hybrid cloud refers to the use of both a public and private cloud environment.
Featured resources for you
Azure Virtual Desktop Workshop
Advanced are offering an AVD Workshop run by subject experts, which consists of an initial one-day engagement with your company to help accelerate your journey to AVD.
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