Applications Support and Integration, a PPM Private Cloud Advantage

February 3, 2016

Many healthcare customers have numerous software development projects underway for instituting electronic medical records or insurance payment processing.  They require Microsoft Team Foundation Server (or a similar tool) linked to PPM in order to keep project tasks in sync with more granular development tasks and source code control.  In other cases, developers develop industry or functional apps directly for a customer to match their particular business processes, and these custom apps require integration into the PPM platform. This kind of tight integration with “full trust apps” is not currently available for Public Cloud solutions, but it is the norm for Private Cloud solutions.

When it comes to choosing a public or private cloud for Microsoft Project Server you have a choice. Your success depends not only on a strong solutions architecture, but on a rich set of applications that are tuned for your business, and backed by the app provider. Working with leading app providers, we extend standard cloud app capabilities by offering:

  • Public Cloud services, plus:
  • Full trust code for 3rd party and Microsoft add-on apps
  • Custom Web Parts
  • OS and DB admin access privileges on dedicated servers
  • Hybrid Solutions (off-site to on-premise); VPN to on-premise
  • Person-2-Person Customer Support

Cloud_ApplicationsFor example, Several customers we have with Pcubed are manufacturers which use PPM to develop new products.  These customers utilize PTC’s PPMLink application as a part of their deployment to ensure that their project management processes are tightly integrated with their product lifecycle management processes.  Here’s an article about how Pcubed customers use Private Clouds.

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Cyber Security: Is your Cloud Service Provider (CSP) really secure?

January 26, 2016

Security_CloudSecurity concerns over sensitive data and workloads is a valid concern for enterprises and government agencies. These concerns are often minimized for government agencies due to compliances such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and FedRAMP (Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program). But how does the private sector find a similar peace of mind in cyber security?

The first step in assuring proper cloud security is by identifying a creditable CSP (Cloud Service Provider) and whether or not this CSP offers a Private Cloud. A private cloud offers true scalability and the ability to access shared resources on your terms. While privacy and data encryption are essential for true security, you must look closely at how well your CSP protects key functions and your sensitive data as well as what certifications and compliances they possess.

FedRAMP_Mark_color“Project Hosts is the first Cloud Service Provider to have demonstrated compliance with the rev4 FedRAMP baseline,” said Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP Director, GSA. “Through the CSP supplied path, Project Hosts’ environment was assessed by a FedRAMP-accredited 3APO confirming the completion of the FedRAMP Security Assessment Framework, paving the way for Project Hosts’ customer to grant their Agency ATOs.”

Federal and state agencies can rely on Project Hosts to deploy and manage their private, community and hybrid clouds in a secure, reliable and cost-effective manner. And so can the private sector.

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Private Enterprise Software Cloud Hosting provides ongoing customization and security monitoring

January 21, 2016

PrivateCLoudGraphicWith over 12 years of direct expertise in hosting Microsoft private and hybrid cloud solutions, more than a thousand customer deployments, tens of thousands of provisioned tours and demos, and gold-level certification as a Microsoft hosting provider, Project Hosts continues to lead the market in secure custom cloud hosting. Great pride in architecting each environment for customer’s particular business and technology needs ensure that all application needs are fully met.

persoon-to-person-supportUnlike a Standard or Public Cloud solution, our Custom Cloud solutions deliver a higher degree of customization and support for your precise solutions architecture, applications integration needs, security requirements, and real-time reporting customizations. A Custom Cloud delivers the same degree of customization as an on-premise “Private Cloud”, but without all the IT costs, complexities, staff allocation and training, maintenance and support.

Person-2-Person Support eliminates the common practice of automated self-help systems, community bulletin boards and FAQs. Our Person-2-Person support instead puts you in direct contact with our support staff, which will review and respond to you request via email or phone.

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ISMScloud.com Service Launched by Project Hosts

January 14, 2016

Yesterday we announced the ISMScloud.com service.  A new online service that helps companies define, manage and document the process of securing their company’s information system, protect their business and employees’ privacy, and achieve their ISO 27001 certification. For additional information please visit the ISMScloud.com site.

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“The ISMScloud provides a best practices approach to manage the ISO certification process using standard ISO controls,” said Erez Avidan-Antonir, COO of Project Hosts. “It follows the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle methodology through a centralized and intelligent, yet easy-to-use Information Security Management System (ISMS). But the real value of the ISMScloud.com service is that it gives companies a ready-made process and methodology so they can actually secure and protect their information systems.”

The ISMScloud provides a single, efficient, organized and systemic environment that can reduce the number of staff to create the necessary business processes and documentation required to achieve certification. The ISMScloud is an ideal productivity tool for gaining your first time ISO certification as well as for re-certifying.

Follow this link to the ISMScloud service overview.

The ISMScloud.com service can help your company:


You’re hosting your own environment through Azure, now what?

January 13, 2016

Azure-Managed-Services2By leveraging an Azure IaaS or PaaS cloud platform you can quickly create a windows server environment with minimal effort and trust that the infrastructure (servers/storage/network) and platform (operating system/database) elements will be available 24×7. But once servers are spun up, application management services are still needed.

While you can assign your own software engineering and IT support staff to provide these services, it may take time and effort to train-up your personnel to perform the Security Management, Deployment Optimization and Support Services highlighted below. Project Hosts, a recognized Cloud Services Provider (CSP) for both Azure and private cloud environments, has the critical expertise and support staff to assist with the continuous monitoring and optimization of your Azure deployment.

azure-managed-servicesWhen a deployment is first architected for Azure, it is optimized and updated for its initial and originally intended usage scenario. As time passes, deployments are typically modified to meet additional needs and as such require additional updates and re-optimization:

Continuous Monitoring
Update and Patch
Architecture Optimization
Database and Application
Third Party Application
Backup and Restore
Disaster Recovery

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What should IT Managers be looking for in a CSP?

January 5, 2016

PrivateCLoudGraphicWith the New Year, many organizations are making the resolution to better understand the cloud and the benefits of cloud computing. The common benefits are presented everywhere you look; cost savings, scalability and mobility. Finding a credible Cloud Service Provider (CSP) isn’t as simple as a sales brochure may advertise.

The first thing an IT Manager should understand is that most CSPs have more compliance experts, networking engineers, security engineers and support staff than their internal data center. Going with a CSP immediately increases the size and expertise of your IT staff.

Leader_in_CCSecurity is at the top of all IT Manager’s list of concerns when considering cloud migration. While most CSPs will rattle off security keywords, a reputable cloud service provider will be able to show you just how secure your environment will be. Does your CSP carry any specialized certifications or compliances such as FedRAMP or ISO 27001? Such compliances show a dedication to security and updated processes that go far beyond the hardware your environment is built on.

Project Hosts provides all of the necessary information you require to make an informed decision, as well as the Person-2-Person on-going support that very few providers offer.

Visit: projecthosts.com for more information

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Disaster Recovery and Support are most important when considering Hosted Cloud Solutions

December 10, 2015

Leader_in_CCAccording to an article by TechRepublic, the cloud is growing and will continue to grow, as cost savings and time to market can no longer be ignored. So the cloud is here to stay and both Enterprises and Government Agencies are realizing the benefits of hosted enterprise software environments. But there is no magic in Cloud Computing. Data is not stored in a cumulus cloud floating low during an otherwise clear sunny day. Cloud Data is still stored on high tech servers in data centers around the world and therefore require support.

Disaster Recovery is at the top of the list of concerns for IT professionals considering a Cloud Service Provider (CSP) for you cloud solutions. Project Hosts is a CSP that rebuilds their customer’s deployment in another data center. This is a DR option that is included by default in all Project Hosts pricing. Some customers may request a Virtual DR sever, in which Project Hosts deploys a virtual DR server in another data center that is geographically remote from the production data center. In the event of a disaster in the primary data center, the DR environment will be online within 1 day. Custom DR infrastructure is another option, in which physical and/or virtual servers are deployed in a physically remote data center. These servers mirror the primary production infrastructure. Custom DR solutions are typically designed to have a customer’s DR environment online within as little as 4 hours.

p2p_CustomCloudWhen it comes to customer service/response, Person-2-Person support by Project Host is beyond compare. In this age of automated self-help systems, community bulletin boards and FAQs, Project Hosts is proud to offer a unique Person-2-Person Support service. Our Person-2-Person support puts you in direct contact with our support staff, which will review and respond to your request via email or phone.

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