Understanding the Cloud Migration Roadmap

September 11, 2017

Migration_Art_101Cloud migration can be a daunting task. What are the necessary steps to ease your transition from on-premises to the cloud?

First, you want to decide which applications and workloads you will be migrating. Many factors must be considered before deciding which on-premises applications should be moved to the cloud when considering cloud migration. Here are some general guidelines that we typically encounter in working with healthcare providers. Cloud migration should be considered under the following circumstances:

  • Applications that are not ISO 27001, HIPAA or HITRUST compliant , yet need to be
  • Customer-facing web-or-mobile applications that are operational of in-develpment
  • Applications and OS/database platforms* that are several revisions back and are scheduled for larger scale upgrades (Such as Windows Server/SQL Server or Linux/My SQL)
  • Any on-premises infrastructure that is: limiting application performance, cannot scale up or down as needed, lacks adequate storage, or cannot meet disaster recovery or business continuity needs
  • Any on-premises application/solution which requires additional integration with external PHI/EHR system in a secure manner (i.e. hybrid-cloud solutions)
  • Workloads that can be more efficiently and economically managed in a cloud platform such as backup, date archiving or disaster recovery

Ashley_HIPAAHaving a Complete Migration Plan helps to organize the migration by outlining all aspects of the move, including OS’s, databases, applications and their associated upgrades, licensing considerations, security aspects and pricing. After a pre-migration audit, Project Hosts can create a new HIPAA/HITRUST compliant Azure Cloud in either your subscription, or our own, with the most up-to-date databases and applications, and migrate your data, workloads and configuration settings for you.

For more information about Cloud Migration, contact Project Hosts today.

 

HIPAA/HITRUST Compliant Clouds

Secure Azure Services

Secure SharePoint on Azure

Share Point FedRAMP Cloud

CRM Custom Cloud

CRM FedRAMP Cloud

PPM Custom Cloud

PPM FedRAMP Cloud

Remote SharePoint Administrator

Azure Managed Services


The Healthcare Industry is Migrating to the Cloud with the help of Microsoft’s Azure Security Containers

August 31, 2017

More healthcare providers are migrating to the cloud to cut costs and increase security through measurable compliance, but many are having trouble deciding where to start. Fortunately for, there are well respected industry leaders, such as Microsoft, who have developed solutions for healthcare’s cloud computing needs. Microsoft  now offers Azure Security Containers for Healthcare companies and ISVs who need to ensure their cloud apps and workloads are fully compliant with regulatory standards at the software and data level. CSPs, like Project Hosts are providing complete migration plans and  Azure Managed Services, giving healthcare providers and ISVs a one-stop solution to their migration needs.

Azure Security Containers

The Azure Security Container enables Healthcare providers to move their on-premises apps and workloads into the cloud with full HIPAA/HITRUST compliance, quickly, cleanly and affordably. This is achieved through Project Hosts’ Complete Migration Process, Managed Security Services, and Compliance Documentation and Management.

The HIPAA/HITRUST Azure Security Container offers a complete, ready-to-run environment that includes:

  • Azure Security Services – A turnkey Azure environment that ensures that any Windows or Linux apps deployed are fully compliant with ISO 27001, HIPAA and HITRUST security standards at the software (SaaS) level. Elements of this include: HIPAA/HITRUST Security Compliance, Azure Applications and Access Management Services, Azure Performance Management Services, and Documentation and Compliance Management.
  • Backup and Archiving Services – Leverage Azure services and third party tools to provide archiving for Office 365 email – a necessity for security and eDiscovery requirements.
  • Disaster Recovery Services – Advanced Disaster Recovery for on-premises solutions that support the recovery of secured data and applications when an customer on-premises outage happens at their primary datacenter.
  • Compliance Management Tools / Services – For healthcare providers managing their own Azure subscriptions, the ISMScloud.com provides a secure, online application to help manage and document the process of gaining your HIPAA/HITRUST compliance.

Azure Security Management

Project Hosts’ Azure Security Management services include implementing and managing the following:

  • HIPAA Security Controls (as defined by NIST 800-66)
  • HiTRUST Security Controls (as defined by HiTRUST CSF-certification)
  • Azure subnets with their NSG “firewall” access controls
  • An Active Directory Domain to manage servers and group policy
  • Web Application Proxy (WAP) servers as the controlled front door to the Deployment
  • McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) on every server, and EndPoint Protection centrally managed by ePolicy Orchestrator

HIPAA/HITRUST Compliant Clouds

Secure Azure Services

Secure SharePoint on Azure

Share Point FedRAMP Cloud

CRM Custom Cloud

CRM FedRAMP Cloud

PPM Custom Cloud

PPM FedRAMP Cloud

Remote SharePoint Administrator

Azure Managed Services


Project Hosts Shares a Much Faster Road to FedRAMP for Microsoft ISVs at the U.S. Public Sector FY18 Kickoff and ISU Event

August 2, 2017

pskickoff-headerProject Hosts is proud to be in attendance at Microsoft’s U.S. Public Sector FY18 Kickoff and ISU event in Seattle Washington, showcasing it’s Federal Private Cloud, a fully FedRAMP SaaS-level authorized cloud at the Moderate, High and DoD CC SRG 4/5 level.  Project Hosts builds on top of Azure’s IaaS/SaaS FedRAMP compliant platform to ensure that government agencies and ISVs alike are compliant at the required SaaS-level.

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Project Hosts’ Federal Sales Manager, Sean Barkey

Project Hosts works with ISVs, who want to sell their application as a cloud service to U.S. federal and state government agencies. By working with more than 17 ISVs, we know that the FedRAMP process can take you anywhere from 1 to 2 years, and cost upwards of 1 million to 2 million dollars if you do it yourself. The ISV FedRAMP program ensures that your application is 100% FedRAMP compliant and available from a FedRAMP SaaS -level authorized cloud faster and at a fraction of the cost.

Project Hosts’ Federal Private cloud boasts more than 20  applications  for Government agencies  of all types – Federal, State and Local.  Applications include:

  • Microsoft SharePoint, Dynamics CRM, Project Server, TFS, Remote Desktop
  • AvePoint SharePoint Infrastructure Mgmt
  • Birst Business Intelligence / Analytics
  • BrightWork SharePoint Project Mgmt
  • Drawloop Salesforce Document Mgmt
  • Drupal Website/CMS
  • eSignLive e-Signature Solution
  • FlowVU Secure Collaboration Solution
  • Gimmal SharePoint Records Mgmt
  • Innovative-e PPM Reports
  • Joomla! Website/CMS
  • Nintex SharePoint Workflow
  • RMS Property Management
  • UMT360 Enterprise Portfolio Mgmt
  • Urban Turtle SW Development
  • Veritas Office 365 email Archiving
  • WordPress Website/CMS

Click here for more information about FedRAMP SaaS Compliant Solutions.

Secure Azure Services

Secure SharePoint on Azure

Share Point FedRAMP Cloud

CRM Custom Cloud

CRM FedRAMP Cloud

PPM Custom Cloud

PPM FedRAMP Cloud

Remote SharePoint Administrator

Azure Managed Services

 


Project Hosts Announces ‘Ready-to-Run’ HIPAA/HITRUST Security Containers on Microsoft Azure

July 27, 2017

Ashley_LRG_HIPAAHealthcare Providers and ISVs now have a ready-to-run, HIPAA/HITRUST compliant cloud solution for their software and data, all on the industry leading Microsoft Azure platform. The Azure Security Container, with complete HIPAA/HITRUST compliance, enables healthcare providers to move their on-premises apps and workloads into the cloud, quickly, cleanly and affordably.

To read the entire press release, please click here.

Secure Azure Services

Secure SharePoint on Azure

Azure Managed Services


Federal CIOs, Struggle No Longer – Compliant Managed Cloud Services

July 20, 2017

In a CIO.com article titled, “5 years into the ‘cloud-first policy’ CIO’s still struggling”, Marlon Andrew, deputy CIO at the National Archives and Records Administration was quoted, saying, “The greatest challenge is not getting a contract in place, but what you find out is where those boundaries cross of who’s now responsible because you’re in a different infrastructure set-up, and what the cloud provider’s going to do versus the contract staff, versus the application support staff versus the infrastructure staff,” Andrews says. “So, that’s the greatest challenge we’re having now is defining roles and responsibilities and who’s going to do what because the world has changed as we’ve known it, and we’ve been client-server for so many years that this is truly a different environment for us.” He continues with this question, “What does the word ‘manage’ mean in a cloud environment.”

It’s a great question, and like so many questions, the answer is “it depends.”   It really depends on the type of cloud solution provider you’re working with, the types or levels of services they offer, and the amount of control they’re willing give you. When it comes to “managing,” Project Hosts offers a range of “managed services”.  From helping or assisting you in your subscription, to co-supporting an environment based on the software layer, to fully managed hosting services.  In this way, you can apply the talent and resources you have where they’re most likely most needed and valued — typically at the application layer where you’ve done custom development or configuration for your software solution. You should consider offloading things like infrastructure, server, platform and networking management to a cloud solutions provider as they can manage and monitor the environment more cost effectively than using your own staff.

In addition, some CSPs, like Project Hosts, offer advanced  management services such as security controls implementation and management to ensure compliancy with regulatory standards.  Project Hosts provides ready-to-run containers that support the necessary security controls including ISO 27001, HIPAA/HITRUST, NIST 800-53, and FedRAMP Moderate, High and DoD CC SRG IL4/5 level with full compliancy. 

So in summary, we provide the managed services to deploy, host, monitor, and maintain your subscription, ensuring ongoing trouble-free operation in a highly secured cloud. Whether you need us to provide managed services for your Azure cloud subscription, or you need us to deploy, host and manage the solution over it’s lifespan using our subscription, rest assured we will secure your cloud.

Click here for more information about FedRAMP SaaS Compliant Solutions.

Secure Azure Services

Secure SharePoint on Azure

Share Point FedRAMP Cloud

CRM Custom Cloud

CRM FedRAMP Cloud

PPM Custom Cloud

PPM FedRAMP Cloud

Remote SharePoint Administrator

Azure Managed Services


HIPAA/HITRUST Security Containers in Microsoft AZURE

July 13, 2017

Ashley_LRG_HIPAAGetting and maintaining HIPAA/HITRUST security compliance is at the forefront of the Healthcare industry’s migration from on-premises solutions into the cloud.  Non-compliance can mean criminal and civil penalties reaching upwards of $1.5 Million per incident, per year. Eliminating the risk of exposing ePHI (electronic Protected Health Information) in the cloud with HIPAA/HITRUST Azure Security Containers also eliminates the risk of such penalties.

Project Hosts is a leader in Azure, with more than a decade of expertise in Healthcare security standards and control methodologies. We’re enabling Healthcare providers to move their on-premises apps and workloads into the cloud with full compliance, quickly, cleanly and affordably –  through our Complete Migration Process and Managed Security Services.

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Project Hosts’ CISO, Scott Chapman

 

For a limited time, Project Hosts is offering a one-hour conversation with Project Hosts’ CISO, Scott Chapman, to help healthcare professionals identify potential gas in their current cloud migration and security plans.

You can register here, or contact Project Hosts via email (info@projecthosts.com) to set up your free consultation today.

 


Compliant (ISO 27001, FedRAMP DoD I/L 4, HIPAA/HITRUST, NIST 800-53) CSP offers Azure Security Management

June 30, 2017

amanda_brent_david_sign_cspAzure takes care of the physical security of their data centers as well as access control and the security surrounding physical devices. But Azure leaves it up to each customer to secure and restrict access to their own virtual servers/subnets, database and web applications. Managing a secure standards-compliant Azure environment requires an IT staff to continuously monitor alerts and threats while managing updates and patches with minimal downtime. These are just a few of the tasks in managing a truly secure Azure environment.

Logging configuration, collection, alerting and reviews are daunting tasks that can take up most of your teams time, or it could all be left to a security compliant CSP who can also handle your OS, DB and application software vulnerability scanning and patching. Project Hosts offers centralized inventory tracking and an alerting system incident response system with periodic testing. Please visit ProjectHosts.com for a complete list of the managed services Project Hosts offers.

Whether your are in healthcare, government or the private sector, your Azure environment can be managed with the proper compliance through Project Hosts.

  • Security: Choose the industry security standard that best suits your business needs and data criticality including ISO 27001, NIST 800-53 and FedRAMP and FedRAMP DoD I/L 4.
  • Integration: With our intelligent cloud integration services, your users will be able to access and navigate seamlessly between multiple cloud service infrastructure, including Azure-based deployments.
  • Support: Backed by our renowned Person-2-Person admin support services and uptime guarantee, our Cloud-Ops managed services will take your business operations to the next level of productivity without breaking the bank.

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