On the floor at SharePoint Fest 2015 in Seattle, Project Hosts highlights SharePoint Managed Cloud Services

August 19, 2015
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Project Hosts’ COO Erez Avidan-Antonir along with Ron Luchansky discuss the benefits of Remote Application Admin Services with an attendee.

SharePoint Fest has been a “nice little surprise” as SharePoint Professionals from all of the United States converge on Seattle for a 3 day event. Day 1 consisted of workshops where attendees attended technical classes and seminars on practical techniques and best practices. These workshops gave attendees a glimpse of how much deeper the SharePoint application goes, making this event the perfect place for Project Hosts to introduce our newest Managed Cloud Service offerings.

On Monday we announced a new Azure Application Management Service to answer the need that enterprises and U.S. government agencies have for application monitoring, performance optimization, security management and user support in their Microsoft SharePoint, CRM, ERP and PPM-based Azure deployments. We’re highlighting this new service along with our Remote SharePoint Administrator Service and our Dedicated Clouds for enterprises and Federal/State agencies in our booth.

On Day 2, attendees were given the chance to meet face to face with CSPs, MVPs, Consultants and ISVs on the floor of the beautiful Washington State Convention Center. Sponsors from all over the world continue to share their products and services as the 3 day event is only just getting started.

SPFest_GraphicProject Hosts, Inc. is a leading provider of Managed Cloud Services for Microsoft solutions and third-party software add-ons. Enterprises, state and federal government agencies and ISVs rely on Project Hosts to deploy, configure, secure and manage their cloud solutions in public, private and hybrid cloud environments. Project Hosts enables organizations to harness more power from their cloud by providing advanced security, including FedRAMP, tightly integrated third-party add-on applications, cross-cloud integration, managed services for a customer’s on-premise or in-Azure deployment, along with dedicated private cloud hosting services; all backed  by Project Hosts’ renowned Person-2-Person support services. www.projecthosts.com/about.aspx   info@projecthosts.com

 


New Azure Application Management Service Introduced To Meet Growing Demand for Enterprises Deploying Private Clouds in Azure

August 17, 2015

Today Azure-Managed-Services2we announced a new Azure Application Management Service to meet the growing demand that enterprises and U.S. government agencies have for application monitoring, performance optimization, security management and user support in their Microsoft SharePoint, CRM, ERP and PPM-based Azure deployments. We will be highlighting this new service along with our Remote SharePoint Administrator Service for on-premise, public, private and hybrid cloud deployments at this week’s SharePoint Fest in Seattle, WA from Aug 18-20. We will also be highlighting our  FedRAMP SharePoint Cloud, and Dedicated, Private SharePoint Cloud offerings.

Azure is an exceptional cloud platform that enterprises can use to spin-up new Windows Server-based application deployments with minimal effort. Some companies however, lack the cloud expertise and IT staff necessary to ensure that their Azure-based application deployments deliver the most secure, high performance, 24×7 trouble-free operation with full user support services. We’ve applied our more than 12 years of Microsoft hosting and cloud services for SharePoint, Dynamics CRM, Project Server and dozens of third party add-ons and applications to help solve this problem, and relieve enterprises of what’s considered a time-consuming and costly endeavor.

“The adoption of the Microsoft Azure cloud is accelerating because more and more enterprise customers are utilizing Azure for their private cloud needs instead of doing traditional on premise deployments,” said Scott Chapman, CEO and co-founder of Project Hosts. “With this growth we’re now being asked to apply our Microsoft cloud expertise to a customers’ specific Azure deployment. Our new Azure Managed Services offering fills the void that exists between Azure’s platform support and the customer’s ability to provide application cloud management services and user support to their employees and customers.”

For a complete description of all Azure Managed Services capabilities, please contact info@projecthosts.com

 


Project Portfolio Management (PPM) on a Custom Cloud, offers Greater Cloud Security and other Essential Benefits

August 13, 2015

project-server2013-custom-cloud-business-man2Project Hosts’ PPM Custom Cloud is a fully integrated solution built on SharePoint, Project Server 2013 / 2010, SharePoint and SQL Server that can integrate any of the industry-leading applications from our PPM partner ecosystem. We offer a range of Project Management cloud solutions including: PPM Custom Cloud, Project Server in a FedRAMP Cloud and Brightwork Online. No matter which one you choose you’ll benefit from a cloud solution that delivers the accessibility, security, reliability, and built-in scalability you need, and at a price that you can afford.

Below is a short list of services you get from a Custom Cloud that you will not find in a Public Cloud.

Security: Not only are Custom Cloud data centers SSAE 16 certified, we also offer dedicated options for servers, domains and networks.
FedRAMP SaaS Compliant, Custom Defined Security Policies, Access from defined IP addresses only, Private Customer Network, Customer Vulnerability Assessments.

Advanced Real-Time reporting and BI:
Direct Database Access for Reports, SSIS integration

Person-2-Person Customer Support: When you need to talk to someone in a hurry, we’re available “In Person” with a published call back time.
Support via email, phone or web inquiry, Published support turnaround times based on severity.

biggestguns_HiResBuilt-in Business Flexibility:
Support for Customer/Partner Hosting Agreements, Ability to request changes to Hosting agreement, Customer/Partner can choose when to upgrade application/system software versions and Customer can migrate on-premise to Cloud; and Customer can migrate from Cloud to on-premise at a later date.

Click here for a more in-depth comparison.

Our PPM Custom Cloud solution is the number one choice for most of our clients, but if your business doesn’t need this level of customization, or a Microsoft Project Server-based platform, then you may want to consider one of the other options in our family of Cloud-based Project Management services. Read about the Top 10 Reasons why partners and customers choose Project Hosts’ as their preferred hosting provider.

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SharePoint Fest 2015 Seattle promises to present innovation in a growing SharePoint marketplace

August 6, 2015
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Discuss Remote SharePoint Admin Services, SharePoint Custom Cloud, SharePoint FedRAMP Cloud and much more.

Project Hosts, Inc will be exhibiting at SharePoint Fest 2015 in Seattle to highlight their new services around SharePoint. As a leading provider of managed cloud services for Microsoft SharePoint solutions and third-party software add-ons for over a decade, Project Hosts will be highlighting their Application Management services for on-premise, public, private and hybrid cloud offerings at the upcoming SharePoint Fest.

Enterprises, state and federal government agencies and ISVs rely on Project Hosts to deploy, configure, secure and manage their SharePoint solutions in public, private and hybrid cloud environments. Project Hosts enables organizations to harness more power from their cloud by providing advanced security, including FedRAMP, tightly integrated third-party add-on applications, cross-cloud integration, managed services for a customer’s on-premise or in-Azure deployment, along with dedicated private cloud hosting services; all backed  by Project Hosts’ renowned Person-2-Person support services.

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Is it possible to build a private cloud on public cloud infrastructure?

August 4, 2015

PrivateCLoudGraphicThe NIST Special Publication SP800-146 (http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-146/sp800-146.pdf ) provides a detailed explanation of what is meant by an Outsourced Private Cloud. In Section 4.3 of the document, it is emphasized that an outsourced private cloud must have two main components:

  • A security perimeter implemented by the cloud provider the prevents “mingling of private cloud resources with other cloud resources that are outside the provider-controlled security perimeter”
  • A protected communications link

The publication does not specify that an outsourced private cloud necessarily requires dedicated hardware. Rather, it gives some examples of protections that could be put in place by the provider to establish the private cloud perimeter. One of the acceptable protection mechanisms listed is the use of VLANs. A dedicated VLAN is one of the perimeter protections that Project Hosts establishes for its private cloud customers.

Cloud_Provider_GraphicThe publication clarifies that if a cloud environment uses virtualization and VLANs as the only protection, and they are used in the same way as in a public cloud, then the environment should not be characterized as a private cloud. In section 9.4 of the publication, NIST suggests other protections that could be applied to enhance protection, such as virtual firewalls and virtual IDS/IPS systems. Both of these protections are implemented in Project Hosts’ private clouds in order to strengthen the perimeter.

But in addition to implementing the perimeter protections listed above, Project Hosts also implements boundary protection for its private cloud environments. Project Hosts’ private cloud boundary protection mechanisms take one of two forms: either restricting the IP addresses that are allowed to access the private cloud or establishing a VPN directly to a customer’s on-premise network. In either case, the private cloud is not publicly accessible from the Internet – it is only accessible from the customer’s private network (as shown in the diagram above).

Because Project Hosts can provision environments with the two key requirements listed by NIST for outsourced private clouds (perimeter protection and boundary protection that limits access to a customer’s private network), Project Hosts considers one of its deployment models to be a Private Cloud.

Custom Cloud Advantage

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Share Point FedRAMP Cloud

CRM Custom Cloud

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PPM FedRAMP Cloud


The leading CSP in Custom Cloud Hosting, Project Hosts continues to deliver the most secure Cloud Solutions

July 30, 2015

Leader_in_CCProject Hosts has hosted many generations of Microsoft Project Server, Dynamics CRM, and SharePoint solutions and has amassed a tremendous knowledge base in delivering SaaS and Cloud based versions of these solutions for over 12 years. Having distinguished themselves in the top 1% of Microsoft Partners with Gold Competency in hosting and PPM, Project Hosts has grown on the premise of providing ISO 27001 and FedRAMP secure environments and perhaps the best customer service model with their Person-2-Person support.

Private or Custom clouds , as the company calls them, extend a public cloud’s capabilities by providing dedicated IT infrastructure, 3rd party app support, integration with on-site systems (Hybrid), more partner control, advanced security and real-time BI reporting.

“We like to think of it as delivering the best of both worlds -the ease and flexibility of a public cloud, with the added value of a dedicated and highly integrated solution gained from the private or hybrid cloud,” notes Project Hosts’ CEO and Co-Founder, Scott Chapman.

While some find comfort in a public cloud environment, State and Local Government, Hospitals, Banks and the Federal Government require the additional levels of security that Project Hosts continues to provide.

Custom Cloud Advantage

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Share Point FedRAMP Cloud

CRM Custom Cloud

CRM FedRAMP Cloud

PPM Custom Cloud

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Project Hosts’ partner Gimmal offers a solution for Full-Featured Document Management and SAP Connector

July 28, 2015

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Large enterprises require a full-featured document management solution. Unfortunately for companies who prefer SharePoint over competitor software solutions, SharePoint alone does not have all of the needed features.  Enterprises also need their document management solution to integrate with SAP.  But once again, there hasn’t been a good SharePoint solution, while SharePoint competitors offer SAP integration.

Most customers prefer the familiarity of Microsoft software packages, such as Project Server and SharePoint and have suffered with lesser options in order to meet their software needs, until recently.

Gimmal adds all the needed functionality to make SharePoint a full-featured document management solution.  Recently they have also developed a full-featured SAP connector.  With Gimmal, large enterprises now have the full document management solution they need with SAP integration. Large Enterprises and Government agencies a like can now reap the full benefits of their SharePoint solution without compromise.

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Share Point FedRAMP Cloud

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