Arrow & Microsoft: Meeting Business Needs with Cloud Ecosystems

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Data has become the new currency of world trade. With so much data generated and so many ways the data can be useful for the company – it has become imperative for companies to deploy robust infrastructure and processes to protect their data, back it up and recover it when needed. Stakeholders must evaluate the use of their data, manage different types of data, and choose from cloud options, while balancing business and economic benefits.

The first and most important step is to decide on the type of cloud deployment you want. With public, private and hybrid clouds, options, costs, control and ease of implementation can guide the decision. Moving to the cloud – Practical strategies to meet your business needs The white paper discusses this subject in more detail.

Once you've decided to switch to the cloud, you need to consider a variety of factors to determine the right partner for implementing the cloud model. A holistic approach that takes into account not only the functionality of cloud providers, but also the ease and risk reduction inherent in moving to the cloud is prudent.

Cloud Partner Considerations

Several operational factors determine tradeoffs when companies deploy a cloud infrastructure. Speed ​​to market, greater flexibility, lack of internal skills, etc. are often a priority for stakeholders. These operational factors must be weighed against the features provided by cloud infrastructure partners during the evaluation.

The main dimensions of the evaluation are:

  • Architecture and service offer – Scalable and sustainable cloud architecture enables organizations to adapt to industry changes and competitive dynamics. The decision to switch to a cloud provider can be expensive, and choosing a partner offering flexibility, scalability, and adequate growth options can reduce costs. Support for professional and future workflows is important to avoid surprises. Several types of storage offer to meet different data needs are also important.
  • security – Data security must be the cornerstone of any cloud strategy. It is essential to ensure that the supplier has confidence and robust security measures. In addition, it is critical to understand how the vendor keeps up-to-date measures to counter new and emerging threats.
  • Conformity – Depending on the industry and applications, many compliance measures may apply to the data. Ensuring that the provider is aware and can comply with regulatory frameworks (eg DPR, SOC 2, PCI DSS, HIPAA, etc.) or other can help mitigate the risks associated with data leaks and hackers inadvertently.
  • Manageability – An essential set of tools allowing managers to keep an eye on the deployment, use and consumption of resources is one of the key elements of good cloud management. When an array of dashboards and tools is available, managers can easily visualize information, draw conclusions and make objective decisions in a dynamic manner.
  • Levels of service – When selecting vendors, engaging cloud service providers in published service level agreements that meet the requirements is critical. The detailed thresholds for SLAs and the costs associated with each level of service are an important first step in aligning organizational needs with partner offerings. In addition, the historical performance of SLAs is useful for assessing a partner's commitment to SLAs.
  • Footprint of the global data center – Latency and regulatory compliance are critical factors in cloud decisions, especially if a global footprint is needed. Understanding the size, scope and location of a potential partner's infrastructure will help bring applications closer to users in the relevant geographies. The ability to preserve data residency and provide customers with comprehensive compliance and resiliency options can be a differentiator and consideration of needs
  • Support – The support available not only from the partner, but also from the partner service provider network, is by far the most important factor when choosing cloud partners. Migration consulting, migration strategy development, cloud design and architecture, etc. are just a few areas that require external support to supplement often less specialized internal resources. Partners who bring not only solid infrastructure solutions, but also support infrastructure with support services, can dramatically reduce adoption costs and help create frameworks. sustainable planning and management.
  • Tariff structure – Transparent pricing policies for simple budgeting and strategic growth planning are the hallmarks of a good cloud provider. Infrastructure options allowing the flexibility of customers' business models are desired. Paid choices and dedicated instances are also needed.

While different partners excel at specific dimensions, it's best to make the appropriate tradeoffs to match the most cost-effective cloud solution. Ignoring trade-offs and implications can result in disproportionate costs and post-implementation inflexibility. Similarly, not matching business needs to the capabilities of the cloud provider can compromise the success of a cloud adoption project and contribute to unnecessary IT expenses and a loss of business. productivity.

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Arrow and Microsoft

Arrow and Microsoft are a powerful combination of solutions to create a single value proposition for stakeholders looking for cloud storage and backup infrastructure. Together, they offer their customers a complete set of solutions that can meet all the needs of the business on the periphery of the Internet of Things.

Microsoft's Azure platform is the backbone of the infrastructure and Arrow completes the infrastructure with state-of-the-art assessment and implementation services. Azure offers the most complete cloud eco-system:

  • Multilevel backup storage solution, massively scalable and low cost in the cloud, which reduces forecasting risks while turning capital expenditures into a pay-per-view cloud model, while providing the flexibility to scale.
  • Seamless backup and archiving of data that improves productivity by simplifying backup and archiving of data with hybrid storage and backup as a service that can easily restore data and applications from the cloud.
  • Policies designed to meet various compliance requirements With 99 years of backup data retention and choose an Azure region around the world as a backup and archive location.

As a Microsoft Solution Aggregator, Arrow offers the market an unparalleled portfolio of hardware and services that meets all the needs of the technology ecosystem. With Arrow, small and large businesses can take advantage of payment models as they happen, with no minimum term commitment. Arrow helps customers transform the cloud by offering:

  • Cloud consulting services, architectural support and general expertise meeting the needs of OEMs and ISVs. Assessment services to meet business needs with a cloud strategy and engineering services to evaluate, design, migrate and manage an existing cloud infrastructure
  • Level 1 support and climbing support it goes beyond the cloud and includes hardware, operating systems, integration services, and cloud storage services.
  • Comprehensive Portfolio of Business Components and Services: silicon solutions, sensors and IoT, hardware solutions and custom software. From secure asset disposals and acquisitions to customized finance solutions, Arrow offers a wealth of business services throughout the product lifecycle.

How the combination benefits customers

When measured against key dimensions, the feature sets offered by Microsoft and Arrow are unmatched in the industry. The figure below summarizes all the benefits that customers get from partnering with Arrow and Microsoft.

The adoption of a cloud-based infrastructure can be complex, but Arrow and Microsoft have strived to make the transition to the cloud transparent, cost-effective and low risk. The features are specifically targeted at OEM and ISV customers who are embracing new business models that make the cloud infrastructure a key component of next-generation IoT products and services.

How to get involved

A variety of concept validation programs are available to customers to test the waters of the cloud infrastructure. Engaging Arrow representatives to design missions that meet the demands of the business can be a low-risk first step towards deeper assessments and migration.

Contact Arrow Intelligent Systems at [email protected] for cloud storage evaluation services. The evaluation methodology follows the "cloud migration decision framework" to identify the complexity, priority, potential benefits of applications by evaluating various parameters, including architecture, performance, attributes financial, operations, security and compliance. It also helps to develop the migration strategy, aligning the approach with the factors of enterprise migration.

Additional resource

For more information and frameworks to help you determine the right cloud storage strategy for your business, attend to theMake your cloud strategy your competitive advantage"Webinar, organized by experts from Arrow, Microsoft and ReadWrite Labs.

Scott Chmiel

Scott Chmiel

Head of Microsoft Development at Arrow Electronics

Over 22 years of experience in embedded hardware and solutions, including 13 years at Arrow, covering several roles. Scott holds a BSME from San Diego State University. He is based in Houston, Texas.