You have heard of cloud computing, but what exactly is it?

“Cloud computing” is a common phrase in many organisations in todays digital-first world, but for many organisations they have only really dipped their toes in the water. They probably have Office 365 deployed, but to what extent. maybe they have their users mailboxes hosted in Office 365, and use OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online. It can, and should be so much more than this though.

Microsoft are one of, if not the, the leaders in “cloud computing”. They look to deploy everything to the cloud first. In fact a lot of Microsoft employees dont use any on-premise technology nowadays.

Lets have a look at some common IT services and if they can be consumed via a cloud service

  • Windows 10 Desktop – Absolutely. Microsoft offer Windows Virtual Desktop, hosted in Azure (Microsofts cloud service)

  • Email – As part of Office 365 service, mailboxes would be hosted in Exchange Online.

  • Documents – With both OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online, users can access their personal and company data from any device, in any location

  • Applications – Move your company applications to Azure-hosted platforms and easily access them from any location.

  • Identity – Azure AD can provide your users with identity and authentication services

  • Security – Cloud-based security products are more common now. Easily setup services such as Windows Defender ATP, Data Loss Prevention policies, or Mobile Device Management…all from the Microsoft cloud services

That is not where cloud computing stops though, you can still host some applications in your data centers and still access them via the cloud services. This helps remove expensive VPN solutions and ADFS soltutions. The cloud so much more than just Office 365. Get in touch if you want to arrange a Cloud Readiness Workshop to see how your organisation can leverage cloud computing

Case Study

Misxon Group were recently engaged by a global company to look to migrating their existing IT services to the Microsoft cloud service. Let’s have a look at what that turned out like in reality.

The company were a global-leader in a niche retail sector. They had a large number of Windows 7 desktops, and some Windows 10. They desktop estate wasnt well managed. Their core infrastructures were looked after by a large MSP and hosted in the MSPs data centre. They used a Remote Desktop session to connect to resources, such as email, document storage, business applications and print services. They infrastrcuture was coming to end of it’s life (2008 server) and the MSP wanted to charge the company for the uplift.

Mison were able to migrate the company to Microsoft 365 Business. This service gave the company access to Office 365 and Windows Virtual Desktop. Misxon then leveraged Azure to host the company business applications.

As part of the Microsoft 365 Business service the company were also entitled to Windows 10 Pro licenses, so they were able to upgrade their existing Windows 7 desktops as part of this process.

We coupled this all with the enhanced security and identity services offer through Azure AD and Enterprise Mobility & Security. This help the company ensure that their company data and employees identities were secure and protected