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CBTS recognized at Cisco Partner Summit

Cisco recently honored CBTS, a leading technology provider that delivers communications, cloud, infrastructure, and consulting solutions to clients across North America, with two awards at the Cisco Partner Summit annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • CBTS received the Execution Excellence Regional Partner of the Year award for its innovation, leadership and best practice as a Cisco business partner across the Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio region.
  • CBTS received the SLED Breakaway Partner of the Year award in the U.S. Public Sector.

Joe Putnick, Vice President and Principal for the CBTS Communications Practice, accepted the awards on behalf of the company.

“These awards reflect our commitment to strategic partnerships with Cisco. We pride ourselves in delivering best-in-class solutions, built on Cisco technologies, that deliver positive business outcomes to our clients,” said Putnick.

“We have seen tremendous success with our Hosted Unified Communications as a Service solutions, especially in the SLED space, as more and more clients wish to consume technologies in a hosted model.”

Cisco Partner Summit Theatre awards reflect the top-performing partners within specific technology markets across the country. All award recipients are selected by a group of Cisco Global Partner Organization and regional and theatre executives.

Cisco Partner Summit is attended by more than 2,100 global attendees from Cisco’s ecosystem of partners representing more than 1,000 companies worldwide from more than 75 countries.

 

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Backups vital part of Cybersecurity plan

“We’re very sorry, but your data has been lost.”

“We’re very sorry, but your data has been compromised.”

These are words that no CEO, CFO, or manager wants to tell his or her clients, and for good reason.

Compromised or lost data devastates businesses because it destroys trust. When clients don’t trust a business, they look elsewhere, which impacts the bottom line.

Cyber attackers and hackers are proliferating, and their skills continue to evolve. Chief among these attackers are those who use ransomware in an attempt to bring companies down.

Ransomware is a form of blackmail. Hackers take over the computer systems of any entity with deep pockets, whether it’s a business, hospital, or a public utility provider. They freeze the system and demand payment before they’ll release the system back to administrators.

Data backups must be part of your security plan to protect your institution from this scenario.

Effective backup solutions can protect your data from ransomware

Ransomware attacks succeed when businesses fail to back up their data, or keep that backed-up data secure. CBTS keeps your data secure by backing it up on a daily basis and storing it in a monitored, offsite environment.

And fortunately, companies can adopt proactive solutions that alleviate the damage that ransomware attacks inflict. Automated backups of all computer files on a real-time basis will go a long way toward foiling ransomware attacks, especially if your business quickly detects such an attack. As long as current back-up data exists, companies can usually wipe servers and reinstall clean backups with little or no impact to its clients.

CBTS Backup as a Service (BaaS)

CBTS offers Backup as a Service (BaaS) to ensure your business infrastructure and critical systems are protected from malicious activity and sustained downtime. With CBTS Backup as a Service, your data backups are stored offsite in a secure environment. We monitor this environment and ensure that it retains full restoration capabilities in the event of a ransomware attack.

Companies that rely on outdated technology such as tape-based backups do themselves, and their clients, a disservice. Companies that expect their employees to manually back up data on a regular basis also run the risk of being severely unprepared for a ransomware attack.

Every business needs a robust data backup and restore policy to prevent the potential loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in computer downtime and lost income from disaffected clients.

Offload the burden of risk with CBTS Managed Data Protection

  • Customized data backup strategy assessments. CBTS assessments provide tailored solutions to your company after identifying your current backup policies and determining your needs to establish data protection best practices against ransomware and other cyber threats.
  • Managed data backup. If you have several branch offices, CBTS solutions will manage real-time backups of each offices’ data, which then is backed up to your central headquarters.
  • Offsite data storage. Data from your central headquarters is then backed up to a secure CBTS facility.

Our Backup as a Service is scalable depending on the size of your company.

Managed disaster recovery. We discuss our clients’ needs before instituting the necessary BaaS. Recovery Time Objectives and Recovery Point Objectives are discussed in order to best meet budget needs.

  • Recovery Time Objective defines how long a system can be down before it impacts the day-to-day business of the company.
  • Recovery Point Objective defines how often your data is backed up. A backup every four hours meets the needs and budget for many companies; others need a backup every few minutes, which requires a larger budget.

Contact CBTS today for a free consultation

Protect your business, and your customers, from attacks with the CBTS backup and disaster recovery programs. Contact us today to learn about our Data Protection Assessment services, and the wide array of effective and proven data backup and recovery solutions we offer to suit the needs and budget of every business.

To learn more about CBTS security strategies, read our Ebook on “Why your backup solution is crucial to defending your organization from ransomware.”

 

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Governments: Four steps to cloud migration

The cloud offers a wide variety of new opportunities for government organizations.

These solutions can streamline project collaboration, improve interdepartmental communication, save time and resources, and ensure important data is safe from cyber attacks or incidents. CBTS, a proven IT solutions provider to government institutions, has created four steps to successfully migrate your government organization to the cloud.

Step 1: Get to know your cloud options

There are many options for a quality cloud provider. Every platform has its strengths, so it’s about finding the right fit for your team. No two groups are alike, and depending on your structure and workload, you may want to consider a hybrid cloud solution. A hybrid cloud environment uses a mix of on-premise solutions, IT providers, private cloud, and third-party public cloud partners.

With a CBTS cloud solution, your administration benefits from having access to:

  • World-class security, so you know your constituents’ information is protected.
  • Broad compliance, ensuring your sector’s standards and regulations are met.
  • Cost efficiencies, permitting you to remain within strict program budgets.
  • Flexibility and scalability, allowing your organization to evolve without restrictions.

Step 2: Assess your workloads, plan a cloud migration strategy

Every journey to the cloud is different. Your organization’s structure is unique and full of intricacies and nuances. Before beginning your transition to the cloud, take time to inventory your current workload and initiatives, and outline a cloud migration strategy that is tailored specifically to your group. An experienced cloud provider will walk you through the transition, and you can be confident that the experience will benefit your organization.

Step 3: Ensure sensitive data is secured

Moving your organization to the cloud is a great way to improve security, but there are some extra steps you should take to ensure that your data is protected. Many cloud providers have additional security features such as disaster recovery and data backup. These measures are important in order to secure and protect taxpayer information. Moving your backup recovery environments to the cloud is an essential part of the migration process. When you diversify where your data is stored, you help safeguard and protect sensitive information against cyber attacks or natural disasters.

Step 4: Partner with a trusted managed cloud provider

Cloud offers endless opportunities for your organization, but cloud effectiveness is not a given. As a government organization, you face certain challenges and have specific compliance and regulatory needs. You’ll need a cloud partner that understands this reality. Enlist a trusted cloud partner that has deep knowledge of the government sector. This will ensure a smooth and sustainable transition to the cloud.

CBTS has decades of experience partnering with the government sector on a variety of IT solutions. We offer a wide variety of managed cloud solutions, including managed cloud backup, disaster recovery as a service in the cloud, and more. When you partner with CBTS, you are working with a devoted cloud provider that is dedicated to making your government operations efficient, impactful, and secure.

Contact CBTS today to learn more about your public cloud options and learn how our experts can guide you on your journey to the cloud. To learn how your organization can address IT challenges with a CBTS cloud solution, download our free guide.

 

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Governments serve public through cloud solutions

Government organizations are facing a variety of IT challenges. Rather than being a source of worry, however, think of these challenges as opportunities to transform your strategic initiatives, reduce expenses, and better serve your communities.

Here are the top IT challenges facing the government sector, and how the public cloud can help.

Meet taxpayer needs on a strict budget

Governments have the difficult challenge of navigating tight budgets while meeting the high expectations of constituents. As the political landscape evolves, the expectations of your residents will increase, whether you’re a state government serving millions, or an agency serving a specific need for a small community. Your citizens expect your organization to be readily accessible. They want to use their benefits, speak with representatives, and receive answers to their inquiries no matter what time it is, where they are, or what device they’re using. With the added element of financial responsibility to the taxpayer, can your organization stay on budget while meeting those requirements?

There are viable ways to meet taxpayer needs and remain financially prudent. Migrating to the public cloud offers your organization:

  • 24x7x365 reliability, giving your constituents constant access to information.
  • Use of new, innovative technologies like AI, Big Data, and IoT.
  • Robust data backup and disaster recovery solutions, keeping data safe from cyber attacks or natural disasters.

By streamlining these processes into a single location, you save your organization time and resources, and allow yourself to focus efforts on important government initiatives. You can successfully meet the needs of the public, and reduce overall costs for your organization, with the public cloud.

Make security a priority

Upholding strict security and privacy standards is crucial for the success of any governmental organization that wants to foster trust among its citizens. Your organization is responsible for valuable personal data, leaving little room for error. Cyber attacks are evolving with increased sophistication; therefore, it is essential that your organization remains agile in its effort to protect sensitive information. Staying several steps ahead of hackers can be an extreme drain on resources, but the public cloud offers industry-leading security measures to ensure that your constituents’ information is kept safe without having to hire additional IT resources or invest in on-premise infrastructure.

Government organizations should partner with a company that understands security and privacy regulations. By working with a provider that has extensive knowledge of, and experience with, the government sector, you can ensure that your organization is compliant with current policies and standards.

Streamline and consolidate technology

Allowing different government organizations to operate on disparate systems is expensive, time-consuming, and  creates roadblocks for communication and collaboration on important initiatives.

Moving your organization’s infrastructure to the public cloud will yield many positive results. For example:

  • Your organization’s technology is kept current via regular updates of your cloud-based applications, eliminating the need for hardware or software maintenance, monitoring, and management.
  • Cloud-based Unified Communications streamlines collaboration and communication between teams and office locations.
  • You pay only for what you use, decreasing the strain on program budgets.
  • Moving from capital expenses to operational expenses with a predictable monthly premium reduces budget constraints and eliminates the need for additional resources such as new equipment and staff for maintenance.

CBTS understands the IT challenges facing government organizations. We understand the responsibility you have to maintain your citizens’ security and peace of mind while meeting their high expectations for service. CBTS has served the government sector for decades, and we provide sophisticated public cloud solutions to ensure that your organization delivers successful results.

To learn how your organization can address IT challenges with a CBTS public cloud solution, download our free guide.

 

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How cloud capabilities benefit financial institutions

Financial institutions can harness the power of the cloud and managed services to make a positive investment in their continued success.

Financial institutions typically have their own infrastructure hardware, which requires regular equipment updates and maintenance even as it continually moves toward end of life. This cycle requires significant capital requirements and involves specialized personnel and skill-sets.

Hosting mission-critical financial and office management systems off-site, or “in the cloud,” allows institution to save money while giving them the confidence that confidential information and customer data are secure. At the same time, these institutions can address stringent compliance and regulatory requirements.

Financial institutions should seek out cloud providers that specialize in “enterprise-class IT,” rather than services best suited for small businesses that do not have the exceptional speed, reliability, scalability, and security requirements of a financial organization.

CBTS managed cloud services deliver enterprise-class IT models that financial institutions – and their clients – need and expect. Our cloud is secure, robust, scalable, and optimized for any financial institution at a predictable monthly rate.

Financial institutions and the requirements of the cloud

FDIC regulatory requirements are designed to keep customer and client information safe.  Any financial institution that migrates to a cloud-based IT operations model must hold the cloud provider to those same high standards.

As financial institutions grow, so do the demands facing IT resources. When the FDIC and other regulatory bodies implement new regulations, which require compliance, it can be cost prohibitive for a single institution – especially one with multiple branches – to meet those requirements.

CBTS as your managed cloud service provider

All cloud service providers are not created equal. Even those that meet all regulatory requirements have internal features that vary from provider to provider.

The CBTS cloud and managed services give your institution a team of dedicated IT professionals that work to ensure compliance is met at all times.

When you work with CBTS, your IT staff is freed from the necessity of “patching” or upgrading infrastructure software, and from the daily firefighting of mundane tasks. Partnering with CBTS allows your staff to focus on service requests and high-priority initiatives that drive the bottom line.

You can then invest your IT staff’s increased availability into improving the client’s experience and satisfaction, or to introduce new efficiency boosting systems across your organization.

Summary

Financial institutions that utilize the power of the cloud can grow or, if necessary, downsize infrastructure needs with ease, while being economical and compliant.

Our IT teams provide managed cloud and data services that are customizable to your financial institution. Our experts are deeply experienced providers of cloud essentials for the financial sector. CBTS remote monitoring and management services like anti-virus, cyber defense, and disaster recovery solutions are critical to the security of your institution’s confidential information and ability to stay relevant as technology rapidly progresses.

To learn more, read our case study on how CBTS cloud and managed services provided successful results for a credit union experiencing rapid growth with limited IT resources.

CBTS provides four unified communications essentials

Today’s business world is filled with seemingly unending e-mails, phone calls, and meetings. In order to keep your organization’s various departments running smoothly, all team members must stay updated on project developments and day-to-day operations.

A new cloud-based unified communications solution can help transform your business activities — and having the right partner will lead your team toward success. CBTS provides industry-leading cloud-based unified communication solutions, and we’re sharing our advice on how to choose a partner that will ensure long-term prosperity with your new technology. Check out the four unified communications essentials below.

Training and support 

The new solution will greatly enhance your overall communications experience, including new features and functionalities that your old PBX lacked. High-quality training and support is crucial to guarantee your teams maximize the solution.

CBTS is there to provide 24x7x365 coverage to keep your system working properly and make sure your teams understand all of the available tools and assets. We are with you from day one, providing support with planning, implementation, and management to provide a seamless transition. Additionally, we offer on-site and WebEx-based training, and a robust self-service portal.

Monitoring tools

When migrating to a new cloud-based system, you want to be certain all the moving parts work properly. Network monitoring and analytics tools can help establish an optimally performing solution for your business.

CBTS cloud unified communication solutions offer network monitoring tools and constant analytics that can enhance management control and monitor for service issues. By partnering with us, you get a bird’s-eye view of your system and the ability to catch and fix issues before they occur.

Auditing and road mapping

Keeping the big picture in mind is vitally important when implementing a new cloud-based solution. Communications auditing and road mapping is key for boosted performance. Your audit should cover three essential elements:

  • Technology: Compile an inventory of your current tools and features, physical equipment, and underlying network.
  • Processes: Outline all of the current communication avenues operating within your business.
  • People: Who could be impacted by the transition? Audit everyone affected including staff, partners, suppliers, and customers.

Once you have a clear picture of your technology, processes, and people, analyze what will change with the new transition. What are the benefits each group will see from leveraging the cloud?

The auditing process can seem overwhelming, but CBTS offers a range of resources to support your transition and benefit your team at every stage. We also proactively suggest new services for improving your experiences, always ensuring you’re getting the most out of the cloud.

Experience

CBTS has implemented cloud unified communications solutions for organizations large and small, within every industry. With our experience, we understand that no IT solution is one-size-fits-all. We tailor each of our solutions to meet your business goals, always keeping client relationships top of mind. When you work with CBTS, you are partnering with an organization that truly appreciates the nuances of your business and will be by your side as your company evolves.

To learn more about the steps for a successful cloud communications journey, download our free guide.

Unified Communications transition mistakes to avoid

Collaboration is fundamental to any relationship, whether personal or professional. Given all the moving parts within your business, it can be challenging to ensure your team stays on the same page and is able to work efficiently on projects.

A cloud-based unified communications solution will help your organization connect, communicate, and collaborate in eye-opening ways. While making the switch from traditional PBX solutions can be extremely rewarding, the transition should be carefully navigated in order to avoid common pitfalls.

As a leader in cloud-based unified communications solutions, CBTS is sharing the top four mistakes to avoid when implementing a cloud-based communications solution:

Mistake 1: Missing a key feature when you launch

A lot hinges on the success of your new communications system, and planning is a vital step in the implementation process.  It’s important that you survey all user requirements during your communications audit to make sure your organization has the necessary components. In doing so, you will help guarantee the foundation of your system is fully secure before launching your cloud-based communications solution.

Mistake 2: Network infrastructure hampers system performance 

The purpose of a cloud-based communications solution is just that — to communicate. Key features such as voice and video need to work flawlessly to effectively unite departments and teams. Sufficient quality of service for real-time voice and video is essential for connecting with clients and outside agencies. Because of this, it is crucial to cover yourself during unexpected surges in network traffic, and allow sufficient WAN bandwidth for concurrent phone calls or videoconferences. To ensure a successful experience for your end users, you’ll need the network infrastructure to support it.

Mistake 3: Lackluster process mapping disrupts the transition 

It all goes back to planning. The last thing you want when implementing a new solution is for it to disrupt business operations. To keep continuity of existing processes, detailed data capture is a must, and should include number blocks, call flows, call handling, hunt groups, and contact center call routing. Ensuring functionality is in place from day one will avoid confusion and mishandled calls, ultimately leading to effective deployment of your cloud-based system and overall business operations.

Mistake 4: Improper training means employees won’t maximize new system

Without the proper education, your team will not be able to use the new system to its full potential. When you implement the right user training, and have the ability to rely on a well-staffed help desk for efficient issue resolution, your company greatly benefits. By making sure all of your employees are properly trained on the features and functionalities of the unified communications solution, you secure long-term success.

Your cloud communications partner should provide support every step of the way. From planning to transition, to launch, training and beyond, your organization can avoid these missteps by partnering with an experienced UC provider. CBTS has provided tailored cloud-based unified communications solutions to organizations of all sizes and across all industries. Contact us today to start your UC journey.

To learn more about how to successfully implement a cloud-based unified communications solution in your organization, download our free Cloud Communications Journey guide.

Three solutions cloud brings to governments

State and local government organizations across the country are facing a variety of new challenges.

Budgets are tighter. New technologies offer ways to be more efficient, but government agencies may not have the time, talent, or resources to implement them properly. There is pressure to be more innovative—not just to improve services, but also to attract jobs.

But each of these challenges also offer an opportunity to transform and better serve your community. And that opportunity is in tailored cloud solutions.

Governments are expected to do more with less.

Whether you’re a state government serving millions, or a small local agency serving a specific need for a small community, your constituents’ expectations are constantly growing.

Thanks to the instant gratification of the digital world, the community you serve is less likely to tolerate the slow pace of traditional bureaucratic processes. They want to access their benefits, communicate with your organization, and find information to solve their problem—and they want it now. Your constituents want to see your organization using technology to improve their lives and communities.

At the same time, your organization is tasked with making responsible use of taxpayer funds. Can your organization meet those always-on demands while staying on budget?

A managed cloud solution can make it happen. In addition to always-on reliability, your organization will be able to leverage new and innovative technologies like AI, big data, and IoT to better serve your community. And you’ll be able to keep everything up and running with robust cloud-based data backup and disaster recovery options.

Governments face evolving security threats, increasing privacy standards.

Your organization is entrusted with large amounts of personal data, and it’s your duty to protect it. But this data makes government organizations and agencies valuable targets for cybercriminals. Governments are taking these threats seriously, and many are enacting stricter privacy and security regulations to help combat these attacks.

Attacks are also becoming increasingly sophisticated, so it can be time consuming and expensive to stay several steps ahead of the threat. By migrating to the cloud, you can offload the burden of security to a trusted cloud provider and security expert.

No matter what cloud option you select—public, private, or hybrid—your organization will be able to access the enterprise-level security measures that keep your data safe. And cloud-based data backup and disaster recovery solutions can help protect your organization from everything from natural disasters to ransomware.

Streamlining and consolidating your organization’s technology is more important than ever.

Departments and agencies across your organization should be able to work together and collaborate easily—but thanks to disparate systems, software, and applications, it doesn’t always work that way. And managing and maintaining a complex web of different technologies across your organization can be a headache.

Streamlining your technology improves productivity and collaboration, and also saves your IT team both time and resources. It can also help provide a more seamless experience for your constituents.

Centralizing your IT solutions in the cloud will not only simplify your IT operations, it will allow for automated deployments, updates, and support across your organization.

CBTS provides tailored cloud solutions for state and local governments

No two cloud migrations are the same. But the cloud experts at CBTS have helped organizations of all sizes and across all industries navigate their journey to the cloud. CBTS offers end-to-end cloud solutions that assess, plan, implement, manage, and support the cloud solution that meets your organization’s unique needs.

The cloud offers a variety of benefits for state and local governments:

  • Scale easily as your organization’s needs change
  • Move from a CapEx model to an OpEx model
  • End the cycle of maintaining, repairing, and replacing outdated technology
  • Meet your constituents’ expectations with the latest technology
  • Cut costs by paying only for what you use
  • Protect your organization’s data with enterprise-level security features and robust backup and disaster recovery solutions
  • Comply with government regulations

Your organization’s cloud options seem limitless, so partnering with an experienced cloud provider is a great way to find the right fit. The CBTS Cloud Assessment services will take stock of your organization’s goals and existing IT environment. Our cloud experts will then offer you clear guidance on the cloud solution and migration strategy that meet your needs.

Download our free infosheet to learn more about our Cloud Assessment services and start your journey to the cloud today.

CBTS helps overcome cloud migration obstacles

While more companies are moving to the cloud every year, some organizations still aren’t sure that cloud migration will meet their specific business needs.

Thankfully, the following concerns can be overcome, especially if you have the right cloud partner on your side.

Budgets are too tight to invest in new technology.

Some organizations aren’t convinced that embracing new technologies like the cloud can fit into their budget or provide an acceptable ROI. But the reality is cloud migration and other cloud solutions should never be “one size fits all.” Instead, they should be tailored to meet your unique business needs.

Owning a data center can be an incredibly expensive endeavor. And it’s not unusual for companies to invest in more space and power than they need. And your IT team spends valuable time managing the data center, instead of focusing on initiatives that help your business grow.

Your cloud partner should optimize your cloud journey to meet all of your business goals, at the right price. Managing your own data center can mean costly capital expenditures with repairs, replacements, and upgrades. With the cloud, you pay a predictable monthly fee and scale easily, paying only for what you need.

Moving the day-to-day management responsibilities to your cloud partner doesn’t just mean cost savings—it means freeing up your IT team to focus on the projects that help you grow.

The benefit to the organization and to customers is unclear.

While every organization faces different challenges and has different needs and goals, nearly all organizations can use the cloud to improve operations.

Cloud can help your organization:

  • Improve collaboration internally
  • Better address customer service issues
  • Streamline your technology
  • Take advantage of new technologies like IoT, AI, and big data
  • Increase the availability of your mission-critical applications
  • Automate deployments, updates, and support across your organization

It can’t meet our security and regulatory requirements.

IT leaders across the world are focused on security.  A breach can put your business and its reputation at risk. And if your industry has high regulatory standards, you may have doubts that the cloud will keep your business safe and compliant.

By partnering with a managed cloud provider and implementing cloud migration, you’ll offload the ongoing burden of staying several steps ahead of cybercriminals. You can rest assured that your data is safe under the protection of IT professionals and security experts providing 24x7x365 support.

The right provider will have experience in your industry and understand the complexities of even the strictest regulations and hold certifications that prove their capabilities.

Partner with CBTS for a tailored cloud solution

The good news is you don’t have to tackle these challenges alone.

CBTS has helped organizations just like yours move to the cloud with end-to-end solutions. Public, private, or hybrid, the cloud experts at CBTS can help you find the perfect cloud solution that:

  • Fits your budget
  • Meets your needs today
  • Helps reach your organization’s goals
  • Provides agility as your organization evolves

Download our free Cloud Readiness Workshop infosheet to learn more about partnering with CBTS for your cloud migration.

Three keys for iSeries cloud migration

The IBM iSeries has enjoyed a remarkable run. What started as the AS/400 in 1988 evolved into iSeries in 2006 and survives to this day under IBM’s Power Series brand.

But three decades of rock-solid performance have not overcome the challenges of hanging on to legacy iSeries systems. Dedicated hardware and software are difficult and expensive to upgrade. Seasoned iSeries experts are getting harder to find. Cloud technologies, meanwhile, offer power, flexibility, scalability, and economy that are too attractive to pass up.

Fortunately, embracing the cloud doesn’t force you to unload your iSeries infrastructure platform. You just need a sound strategy for migration to the cloud. Most likely, you’ll need a hybrid strategy that keeps some IT workloads in-house but seamlessly connects to others in the cloud.

Preparing for that move requires you to have three things in place: proper staffing and management, adequate power and space, and robust backup and recovery.

Let’s walk through each of these issues:

1. The staff to implement, manage, and support it.

Before you launch an iSeries cloud migration, you must solve several core challenges:

  • A cloud migration must be carefully crafted to suit your existing technologies and unique business needs. If you’ve never designed an iSeries cloud migration, the learning curve can be time consuming and expensive.
  • Staffing. Due to the maturity of the iSeries platform, younger IT professionals haven’t always been trained to master iSeries technologies. Many iSeries experts are close to retirement age and replacing them gets more difficult all the time. There’s still an abundance of iSeries talent available—the challenge is connecting them with your IT department.
  • Management and support. If you’re short on iSeries talent, managing and supporting your new cloud environment will also be a big challenge.

2. The power and space you need.

Many organizations have far more processing power in their legacy systems than they’ll ever need or use. Making the move to the cloud means you can still get the power and space you need, while cutting costs at the same time. This is especially important for organizations whose needs fluctuate throughout the year.

Moving portions of your iSeries environment to the cloud will reduce the overall iSeries IT spend while matching your processing power with the precise needs of your applications.

And with a managed cloud solution, you can scale easily and pay only for what you use as your needs change.

3. A robust backup and disaster recovery program.

Breakthroughs in virtualization, containerization, and replication allow any organization to develop robust backup-and-recovery systems. You no longer have to buy a duplicate data center that goes unused for years on end.

Cloud backup and recovery systems can be configured to create real-time failover for mission-critical systems like ERP’s or eCommerce, where downtime is a killer.

You’ll need these things in place when you migrate to iSeries cloud backup and recovery:

  • Tape-drive replacement plan. The cloud enables you to dump tape-drive systems. However, many legacy forms of archival data might be best retained on tape. Your backup-and-recovery system needs to work this out.
  • System design. You can build a system that uses virtual servers and containers to replicate real-time backup and recovery. The challenge is developing a system that accounts for your complex business needs and computing architecture.
  • Recovery goals. You have to establish recovery time objectives (RTOs) determining how soon you need to get critical IT operations back up and running. You also need recovery point objectives (RPOs) determining how many hours, days, or weeks of data you want to recover.
  • Testing. Conducting backup and recovery drills is the only way to ensure your systems work when you need them most. Testing often requires taking critical systems down temporarily, so it must be done with care.
  • Documentation and support. You need thorough directions so that your backup expert doesn’t have to be available in a crisis. Moreover, you need backup support staff who will monitor your systems and escalate at the first sign of trouble.

A partner for your iSeries cloud migration

This provides only a glimpse at the complexities of migrating iSeries technologies to the cloud. For many enterprises and organizations, it makes sense to partner with an iSeries expert like CBTS to design and implement their cloud migration and then manage everything under a service level agreement.

A cloud migration can help you embrace transformative, data-driven technologies like AI and the IoT. You can make it happen faster with CBTS, where our managed services division will deliver the talent, experience, and knowledge you need for a smooth migration of your iSeries technologies.

Want more? Download our free eBook for more on migrating iSeries to the cloud.

 

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