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1 CLOUD COMPUTING SOLUTIONS AND SERVICES Expertise to discern, design, and deliver a next-generation cloud strategy

2 Why Choose GovConnection for Cloud Solutions and Services? GovConnection has built a robust Cloud Practice including: Cloud Storage and Disaster Recovery p. 3 Colocation p. 4 Connectivity p. 5 Desktop as a Service (DaaS) p. 6 Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) p. 8 Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) p. 9 Our Cloud Practice has qualified experts with years of experience who personally engage with you to build the right hybrid and public cloud solutions for your unique environment. Our team helps you discern the factors to identify and prioritize the providers to best host your workload. Combine public cloud capacity with high performing network connectivity and the option to colocate legacy or proprietary hardware, and optimal possibilities evolve. That s where our team excels we provide you with options to deliver a next-generation IT strategy

3 Cloud Storage and Disaster Recovery With an on-premises data center connected to the storage pools or replication services of a public cloud provider, we can provide you with a tiered and resilient data protection strategy. Whether your goal is redundancy, primary off-site storage, or a new storage pool for the delivery of a new application, our team will design a solution to accomplish every facet with one of our public cloud partners. Protect Your Data with Confidence Runaway data growth is a major concern for many IT organizations. And how that data is protected is extremely important. We have the expertise to design and implement a backup and recovery plan that is optimized for your organization

4 Colocation A colocation facility is an additional or alternate space where an organization can run their most critical workloads. Organizations may consider a colocation facility for a number of reasons including the need to move or build a new facility for expansion, or they may not have the budget or space. Management costs are another deciding factor. Costs for power and cooling may simply be too much for an organization to carry. Additionally, an organization might consider colocation due to an unstable power supply from a provider in a particular geographical location. Maximize Your Potential Reducing operational costs and focusing your IT team on your own core business lets you maximize the potential of your organization. With colocation, you don t need to invest in additional real estate to manage your workload. Our tier 3 colocation data center providers manage data center services for your equipment. If your organization needs a better, safer, and more resilient environment, we can help you find the right facility in the right location to meet your needs

5 Connectivity Today, it is unacceptable for an organization to have interruptions to their Internet connectivity or phone system for any length of time. As more functionality moves to the network, there can be very severe financial impacts associated with connectivity outages. Organizations cannot afford to be down and require fast and responsive connectivity for employees to get work done quickly and efficiently. The Heart of the Network Connectivity is at the center of networks and communication. And today, it comes in all shapes and sizes to fit an organization s needs. Bandwidth, connectivity, and redundancy are now available as a cloud service, and inexpensive enough for even the smallest of organizations. There are plenty of choices out there for bandwidth, too. Solutions range from small wireless connections, T1s, and cable Internet, all the way up to the GigE and 10 GigE fiber to serve the needs of a global enterprise. Lower Costs and Increase Network Performance In the past, organizations needed three separate physical circuits for voice, Internet, and office-to-office connectivity. But with connectivity as a cloud service, networks are now converged. Today, organizations can access all three applications on one physical circuit. And they can typically add redundancy and bandwidth at lower cost too, while still increasing network performance. Moreover, connectivity as a service lets organizations shift their CAPEX spend to OPEX spends to stretch their budget further. Implementing a connectivity solution is relatively straightforward. Researching all the options available can be challenging and time-consuming. However, our Cloud Practice works closely with you to discern, design, and deliver your connectivity solution, saving your valuable time and offering great insight. Once your solution is deployed, our Networking Practice can work with you to review your new fiber channel connectivity, and help you improve your quality of service and internal network infrastructure to further optimize your connectivity solution

6 Desktop as a Service (DaaS) Many organizations have historically used a combination of stand-alone initiatives, such as a VPN and core desktop, to extend employee mobility. But all of these technologies must be individually managed and financed. Aggregating these technologies into one efficient desktop delivery solution is an attractive option. Additionally, many organizations have highly distributed workforces that work in smaller, geographically distributed branch offices. These locations need desktops, but the locations are too small to justify on-site IT. This pushes some organizations to hire a managed service to support those locations. But organizations find inconsistencies in the level of service each office receives. Today many organizations are also supporting international workforces, and their offshore teams are dealing with sensitive intellectual property or personal information. Yet they are leveraging third-party, back-office, offshore IT solutions and are uncomfortable with that type of data to traversing IT systems overseas. Additionally, traveling with data on devices internationally presents some organizations with significant security concerns. They worry if an employee s device is compromised or lost, they will also risk the loss of their intellectual property

7 Take the Cost and Complexity Out of Managing Your Virtual Desktops Reducing operational costs and focusing your IT team on your own core business lets you maximize the potential of your organization. With colocation, you don t need to invest in additional real estate to manage your workload. Our tier 3 colocation data center provides managed data center services for your equipment. If your organization needs a better, safer, and more resilient environment, we can help you find the right facility in the right location to meet your needs. Virtual desktop technology can address many of these concerns. In a virtual desktop infrastructure, organizations never send their data outside the data center, and data is never saved locally on devices that can be lost, stolen, or compromised. Information is displayed as pixels on a screen. And if a desktop is hosted in the data center and there is a failure on that device, employees can still be productive by accessing their virtual desktop from another device and pick right up where they left off. However, virtual desktops can be complex to deploy and present an IT organization with a lot of up-front costs to build out the infrastructure. One of the reasons that this cost is hard to justify is that the success of the project is dependent upon users accepting the technology and that acceptance is very individual. If an employee moves from one environment with certain responsiveness and flow and then moves to another that does not work as well, they may express frustration. This makes such a large investment risky. And if it doesn t go well, it s difficult to redeploy such a highly specialized technology for another purpose. Capitalize on the Benefits of DaaS With DaaS, organizations can reap the rewards of virtual desktop, without investing up front in the infrastructure. Our team of experts offers professional services to help you implement your DaaS solution. We can perform migration of data, or implement images or profiles in the environment. We ll also work with your DaaS provider to ensure your desktops are hosted in geographically desired data centers to ensure the best performance

8 Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) Today, many organizations want to free themselves from maintaining at least some level of their infrastructure. Owning and maintaining a data center has physical and security requirements that are becoming increasingly complex to manage. At the physical level, organizations need to maintain their servers and storage arrays, as well as their power generators and daily backup logistics. Additionally, executives need to take more personal ownership for any security breaches, all while regulations like PCI and HIPAA continue to put additional demands on IT. Furthermore, HR is finding it increasingly difficult to hire, recruit, and train people qualified to keep up with these changes. For these reasons, many organizations are starting to reconsider what IT core competencies should remain in their organization and which are best suited to move to the cloud. Opportunities and Challenges One of the challenges an organization faces is to find the time to step away from their day-to-day operations and design a go-forward strategy. An overwhelming majority of IT professionals say their time is mainly focused on just trying to maintain and keep their systems running. Another challenge is to evaluate all the options available. Timely and well-organized information about all the solutions is needed to decide which one is the best fit. IaaS is the true foundation for cloud computing: vast resource pools in globe-spanning data center environments, shared and consumed on-demand by companies of all sizes. PaaS combines the multi-tenant shared resource pools of public cloud infrastructure with an added layer of tools, operating systems, applications, and other services. A PaaS deployment provides baseline service architecture with the ability to accelerate application deployment based on its pre-built nature. PaaS offers highly streamlined and efficient provisioning and management of cloud environments, where everything is managed and maintained by the provider

9 Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) When you can t communicate clearly, everyone in the organization is affected. The speed of completing operations is also critical, and productivity cannot be negatively affected just because a person is remote or traveling. Improving the way that we communicate must be a priority to support the needs of a modern workforce. Employees are increasingly more global, more distributed, and frequently working anywhere, at any time of day. The PBX phone sitting on your desk doesn t enable modern communication or connectivity. Employees today need technology to be productive anywhere, and on any device. Goodbye PBX. Hello Unified Communications Unless an organization migrates from a PBX system, they will need to go to extreme measures just to keep their environments functioning. It will soon become prohibitively expensive to maintain both the lines and the hardware, and organizations will have to replace their PBX systems. The last time many organizations updated their phone systems was in preparation for Y2K. People feared their phone system would not make it through the date and time change, so they migrated to PBX architecture. However, even the PBX-based phone architecture is no longer modern and now moving to end of life. Take Advantage of More Agility and Productivity with Reduced Costs Today s modern environment is IP-based. Moving to an IP-based architecture requires an initial investment, but the savings will be exponential. Users can make a real impact on reducing overall costs by consuming technology as needed, and only paying for what they use. UCaaS offers a unified, integrated solution that leverages a soft phone and combines IM, presence, voice, and collaboration. This enables rapid response communications and increased productivity. A UCaaS solution is hosted, which means organizations are not required to make a significant investment to update their infrastructure. Additionally, the UCaaS solution is flexible. It can be deployed on- or off-premises, or in a hybrid configuration, enabling IT to configure the solution to address your unique needs. It can also be integrated with existing communication technology

10 Need a Better, Safer, and More Resilient Environment? There are multiple benefits to move your operations to the cloud. Whether you simply want to store shared files in a central location, easily create and maintain websites, or improve your bottom line the list of advantages is nearly endless. Combine the attributes of public cloud capacity with high-performing network connectivity and the option to colocate legacy or proprietary hardware, and optimal possibilities evolve. GovConnection has qualified experts with years of helping customers to build the right hybrid and public cloud solutions

11 What Is Unique about Our Cloud Practice? Our Cloud Practice helps you discern, design, and deliver the best cloud computing solutions for your organization. There are no one-size-fits-all versions of any cloud technology when it comes to real-world applications. That s why we view cloud computing technologies as raw materials that you can combine in multiple ways to achieve your desired outcomes. We have deep partnerships with best-of-breed providers in every cloud category from private cloud to software as a service. Our goal is to deliver the right solutions for your unique needs. GovConnection has built a robust Cloud Practice with vendor partners who passed a rigorous vetting process. We ensure their organizations are stable, their products are secure, and their solutions are industry relevant. We understand their strengths and weaknesses, and it s only after they clear our checkpoints that we bring them into our practice. Our research and clearance process saves you time and helps you narrow down your choices quickly. Get Started Today! We can help you select and implement a cloud computing solution to fit the unique needs of your organization. Our understanding of Cloud Solutions and Services is deep. We take a consultative approach to understand your environment before implementing a solution. While we remain agnostic, we are extremely knowledgeable across many leading industry technologies and our goal is to deliver the right solutions to meet your needs. For more information, contact an Account Manager at

12 Technologies and Partners in This Practice Zayo, ViaWest, HOSTING, CenturyLink, Windstream, Verizon Terremark, CoreSite, Digital Realty Colocation HOSTING, NaviSite, RapidScale, EvolveIP, nscaled, Cosentry, Datapipe, VMware, Microsoft, CenturyLink Cloud Storage and Disaster Recovery DaaS HOSTING, NaviSite, Peak 10, EvolveIP, RapidScale, VMware ShoreTel, EvolveIP, 8x8, WestIP, Masergy, Thinking Phone Networks UCaaS Connectivity Windstream, Masergy, NetWolves, Level 3, Lightower, CenturyLink, Verizon Terremark, Zayo, Cosentry Hosted/ Managed Private Cloud HOSTING, NaviSite IaaS and PaaS HOSTING, NaviSite, RapidScale, Windstream, Microsoft, Rackspace, ViaWest, Datapipe, CenturyLink, Peak 10, QTS, EvolveIP

13 CONVERGED DATA CENTER CLOUD SECURITY MOBILITY NETWORKING SOFTWARE LIFECYCLE About PC Connection, Inc. As a leading National Solutions Provider, we ve been trusted for more than 30 years to connect people with technology that enhances growth, elevates productivity, and empowers innovation. PC Connection, Inc., a Fortune 1000 company, has three sales companies: PC Connection Sales Corporation, MoreDirect, Inc., and GovConnection, Inc., headquartered in Merrimack, NH, Boca Raton, FL, and Rockville, MD, respectively. Small and Medium Business IT Enterprise IT Government and Education IT Complete technology solutions and services are available through the PC Connection, Inc. family of companies PC Connection, Inc. All rights reserved. PC Connection, MoreDirect, and GovConnection are registered trademarks of PC Connection, Inc. or its subsidiaries. All copyrights and trademarks remain the property of their respective owners. C

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