Case Studies

What Is Your QSA Missing? Companies of all sizes are using virtual and cloud environments for computing. Both provide a high degree of flexibility to grow and shrink depending on demand loads, allowing companies to right-size their IT infrastructure. On the other hand, virtualized and cloud environments can be exceedingly complex to understand at a fundamental level. But at the end of the day, all the senior executives want to know is whether it works. If your company deals with credit cards or provides IT services to companies that do, you are subject to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), which includes audits of your IT environments. As with most standards, however, interpretation can be left up to the individual...

Profile: Major full-service hospital, Tampa FL. Need: Older system for backup falling out of HIPAA-compliance; data volume growth outpacing processing capability. Solution: Hitachi Protection Platform (HPP) S-Series; Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) S-Series Outcomes: Regulatory compliance, smaller footprint, faster and more secure backup and restore, simpler administration, quick installation, improved data mobility, and future expansion potential with low-cost components. Coping month to month. With an eight-year-old system, this large urban hospital was barely managing its routine data backups, which grew larger and took longer every month. Although the system was operational and approaching the end of its useful life, the hospital saw no immediately compelling reason to explore its options. Then the other shoe dropped. The system manufacturer announced it planned to end support for this generation of software and...

Profile: Financial-services firm with $2.5B in revenue, Greater Atlanta Need: Computing, storage, and networking resource for new office space. Solution: Next-generation, hyperconverged infrastructure running on Dell/VMware vSAN platform. Outcomes: Low cost, right-sized, simple administration, rapid deployment, expansion potential.   Every office buildout involves infrastructure decisions. After outgrowing its previous space and leasing several floors in a new building, this Edge Solutions client needed to provide robust computing and networking services for a diverse mix of sales, marketing, and developer groups. Beyond immediate needs, the firm also wanted to stay ahead of its rapid growth curve—a doubling of sales by 2021. The quicker the move, the sooner the teams could be fully productive. A discouraging start. When the job went out to bid, most system-reseller proposals called for a traditional, dedicated...

Cloud Computing Cost of Capital The weighted average cost of capital not only helps us understand what it costs to raise money from investors, but it also provides the minimum required internal rate of return for any investment made by a company. A semester’s worth of graduate school finance will help you memorize the formula forever, but the multiple uses of the rate itself is what’s truly handy. Suppose we had a similar metric for determining what “rate of return” we needed when we made the decision to migrate workflows to the cloud? How much easier would it be to make our decisions about whether to pursue cloud computing or not for anything from a single workflow to an entire data...

There are a variety of ways to protect your information while using Amazon Web Services (AWS) but how you approach data protection is dependent on your specific environment. Below, we explore a few use cases and touch on different ways to protect data. One noteworthy takeaway from the use cases below is that data protection should factor in your initial designs, not as an add-on after the fact. AWS EC2 / Cloud Computing There are multiple approaches to using AWS to run software on EC2 instances, including Amazon’s recommendation, using Third Party Backup Software and a combination of the two: Approach #1: Amazon’s Recommendation: First off, there is no “backup software” in AWS. Your data is protected through a combination of tools and...