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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CRM 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.

SharePoint Custom Cloud

Share Point FedRAMP Cloud

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Project Hosts expands into SharePoint Managed Cloud Services

July 21, 2015

RemoteSPAdminServcs_ArtFor over a decade, Project Hosts, Inc. has provided hosting and infrastructure services for enterprises and government agencies using SharePoint. From installing and configuring to maintaining SQL Server Databases, Project Hosts has managed the transition from On-Premise environments to hosted deployments, making for a seamless experience. With a growing demand for SharePoint Administrator services, Project Hosts is now filling the gap that many organizations have in managing their SharePoint environment.

Project Hosts’ Remote SharePoint Administrator Services offers 3 levels of support to help your organization better utilize all that SharePoint has to offer as a software.

The Basic User Management service covers:

  • Provisioning new users that are authorized by the customer lean admin
  • Disabling users that are no longer part of the organization
  • Adding users to security groups based on the permissions that they require
  • Modifying permissions of users that have changed roles
  • Resetting passwords for users
  • Notifying users of scheduled maintenance windows and security patches

Core SharePoint Support Services:

  • Building new list based on the attributes of an existing list
  • Provisioning a new site from templates
  • Training on access or use functionality within SharePoint
  • Managing patches and maintenance

Advanced Configuration Service (Please click here for more on Advanced Services)

biggestguns_HiResProject Hosts, Inc. is a leading provider of managed cloud services for Microsoft SharePoint 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 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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Public Cloud Safety Concerns are not the Concerns of a Project Hosts Dedicated Private Cloud

July 14, 2015

Dedicated_SolutionsNot all clouds are created equal. Public Clouds and Dedicated Private Clouds, and their underlying architectures differ in many ways. One area that is of critical interest to all buyers is cloud security, and how it differs based on the type of cloud deployment you choose.

For example, when considering the security of a public cloud, take into consideration the words of Azure CTO Mark Russinovich. “We are in the third era of computing – the cloud and mobile era – but security considerations on cloud are still not widely understood. It is important to address the public cloud security concerns to facilitate its adoption,” Russinovich told delegates at the annual IP Expo 2014 in London.  Russinovich went on to list 10 security concerns typical to public cloud services.

These specific security concerns of the public cloud are not as prevalent with a Dedicated Private Cloud solution from Project Hosts.  To save a little time, we’ll just take a look at a couple of the concerns on his list. A closer look at the Dedicated, “Custom Cloud” Advantage can be found here.

“Shared technology vulnerabilities” is the first listed concern in the public cloud.  With a dedicated hosted SharePoint, Dynamic CRM or Project Server environment with Project Hosts, your environment is isolated from other customers on a dedicated server, housing only your company’s data.

Another risk mentioned by Mr. Russinovich is the “Insecure interface and APIs”. Azure offers a very powerful and large Application Program Interface (API), which adds both a benefit to developers and the risk of hacks. Access to Project Hosts’ API is restricted from public access and limited to the customer’s deployment, therefore significantly mitigating the likelihood of a security breach.

Take a look at Mr. Russinovich’s list here and feel free to contact Project Hosts at: info@projecthosts.com with any questions about your security concerns and we will show you a solution that will help you sleep at night.

Custom Cloud Advantage

SharePoint Custom Cloud

Share Point FedRAMP Cloud

CRM Custom Cloud

CRM FedRAMP Cloud

PPM Custom Cloud

PPM FedRAMP Cloud


State and Local Government Agencies see the benefit of going with FedRAMP Compliant CSPs

July 7, 2015

FedRAMP_Security_NotWhile state and local government agencies are not required to adhere to the federal government’s “Cloud First” initiative, many are now requesting FedRAMP standards be met for their cloud deployments.

The reason: it’s a combination of both economics and security. FedRAMP SaaS-compliant solutions allow agencies to eliminate the significant cost associated with establishing and maintaining a high-degree of cloud security; the GSA notes that it can save 30-40% of government costs for cloud computing.

And when it comes to cloud security standards, you can’t do much better than FedRAMP and its 325 unique security controls.

Project Hosts offers two types of cloud solutions: our commercial custom clouds for enterprise customers, and FedRAMP compliant clouds for state and federal government agencies.

FedRAMP_Mark_colorFor a full list of FedRAMP applications, click here, or give us a quick call and we’ll get things started.

FedRAMP SharePoint Cloud

FedRAMP Dynamics CRM Cloud

FedRAMP Project Server Cloud


Person-2-Person Support helps Project Hosts avoid the most common complaints of customer service

July 1, 2015

persoon-to-person-supportAccording to a study performed by Open Access BPO, the 4 most common customer service complaints are as follows:

  1. No follow-up to customer questions.
  2. Experiencing multiple transfers
  3. Unmatched expectations
  4. Unfulfilled agent promises

They sum up their findings with a quote about Customer Service never being perfect. While perfection is a relative term, we have a solution that works. Project Hosts offers a unique Person-2-Person™ support services; meaning our customers communicate with our support staff, based in our US offices via phone or email. There’s no reason to transfer because our staff is well versed in the support we offer.

We cover the security, availability and performance of the applications we host (Project Server, SharePoint and Dynamics CRM). We also support general application functionality as intended by the developer of the application, including the Microsoft application platform and third-party add-ons. These are all reasonable expectations from a premier cloud services provider, making it quite simple to deliver.

“We are very, very pleased with Project Hosts’ PPM Custom Cloud service. Their quality of service and personalized support has allowed AutoTrader to fully meet our Project and Portfolio Management needs, and with only one internal IT person allocated at 50%. We think of Project Hosts as our virtual IT department – managing our PPM infrastructure while assuring world-class availability and uptime.”
– Donna Woodruff Director of IT Planning and Governance, AutoTrader

sharepoint-admin-servicesProject Hosts has recently taken Customer Service to another level by offering Remote SharePoint Admin Services for Companies and Government agencies who are finding it difficult to effectively implement and maintain their On-Premise or Hosted SharePoint environments. You can find more information on this service here.

Custom Cloud Advantage

SharePoint Custom Cloud

Share Point FedRAMP Cloud

CRM Custom Cloud

CRM FedRAMP Cloud

PPM Custom Cloud

PPM FedRAMP Cloud


Not all Clouds are created equal – Project Hosts’ explains the FedRAMP Cloud

June 24, 2015

projecthosts-woman_M2MWhen it comes to clouds, not all clouds are created equal. Some Clouds lock-out solution providers from accessing core database capabilities and other administrative controls, making it difficult for them to give their customers the experience they expect. Then there are FedRAMP Compliant Clouds.

FedRAMP compliant Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) have demonstrated the necessary security controls to provide Federal Government agencies with services that keep them inline with the “Cloud First” initiative. In order to provide agencies a SaaS level cloud environment such as Project Server, Dynamics CRM and SharePoint, the CSP must have 100% of the 325 controls in place, like Project Hosts“Project Hosts is the first Cloud Service Provider (CSP) to have demonstrated compliance with the rev4 FedRAMP baseline.” Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP Director at GSA.

PH_FedRAMPComplianceThere are CSPs currently bidding on government hosting contracts without FedRAMP compliance; you should know the difference. For a complete list of the FedRAMP SaaS Compliant Clouds, please refer to this page: FedRAMP Compliant Systems- CSP Supplied Packages

Learn more about Project Hosts’ FedRAMP SaaS-Compliant Clouds here. 

FedRAMP SharePoint Cloud

FedRAMP Dynamics CRM Cloud

FedRAMP Project Server Cloud


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