Cloud Strategies

Cloud strategies

Today’s business environment is more data-centric. Not only do you need to stay on top of current workloads, but you must also prepare for future goals by anticipating cloud-based services, machine learning, AI growth, IoT, digital transformation, and much more. To become an agile business, companies need a data center that can keep up with the speed of innovation without compromising uptime or availability.

IT Transformation is a dynamic process of re-evaluating and optimizing your data center strategy. Whether you are considering your first cloud investment or looking to optimize a dynamic, multiplatform environment, Horizon can help you discover how to take full advantage of the cloud now by taking a strategic approach to your data center strategy. We’ll help you assess workloads and evaluate the technology landscape so that you can enhance your overall effectiveness while optimizing costs.

We’re committed to helping customers discover, consume and apply next-generation technologies and business processes. We help businesses transform the way they use IT in order to maximize innovation and business value.

Understanding your options is the first step

Horizon's cloud & data center portfolio is a fully integrated set of solutions that enable you to optimize your IT, run more efficiently, and transform your business.

Public
Cloud

The public cloud refers to the cloud computing model in which IT services are delivered via the internet.

Private
Cloud

The private cloud refers to any cloud solution dedicated for use by a single organization and managed independently.

Hybrid
Cloud

A hybrid cloud solution is one where an organization uses a mix of private and public cloud services.

Public Clouds are the most common type of cloud solutions. In this instance, all hardware, software, and support are provided by the cloud service provider. This includes servers, storage, and networking equipment as well as backup power protection. The key attraction of public cloud services, compared to hosting your own equipment, is that you don't need to purchase and maintain IT resources.

Advantages of public clouds:

  • Cost Control—No need to purchase hardware or software, and you pay only for the service you use.
  • Maintenance Free—your service provider provides the maintenance.
  • Highly Scalable—on-demand resources are available to meet your business needs.
  • High Reliability—a vast network of servers ensures against failure.

By hosting your cloud in your own data center, you can ensure that cloud services will meet the security and compliance requirements of your business more easily. This option may be ideal if you have existing infrastructure that you’d like to leverage, or if you have strict security requirements for your organization’s data.

Private clouds provide a way for an organization to customize the resources it uses at its data center, or even within its own network, to meet specific business requirements. Large organizations that have business-critical operations often use private clouds because they can enable these organizations to enhance control over their environments.

Advantages of a private cloud:

  • Flexible—your organization can customize its cloud environment to meet specific business needs.
  • Controllable—resources are not shared with others, so higher levels of control and privacy are possible.
  • Scalable—private clouds often offer more scalability compared to on-premises infrastructure.

Hybrid cloud computing gives organizations many advantages—such as greater flexibility, more deployment options, security, compliance, and getting more value from their existing infrastructure. Hybrid cloud computing lets businesses seamlessly scale up their on-premises infrastructure to the public cloud to handle any overflow—without giving third-party datacenters access to the entirety of their data.

A Hybrid Cloud strategy enables companies to scale computing resources— from servers, storage and networking capacity to processing power – in real time to address demand. It also eliminates the need for massive capital expenditures to handle short-term spikes in demand or when the business needs to free up local resources for more sensitive data or applications. Companies will pay only for resources they temporarily require instead of having to purchase, program, and maintain additional resources and equipment that could remain idle over long periods of time.

Advantages of the hybrid cloud:

  • Control—your organization can maintain a private infrastructure for sensitive assets or workloads that require low latency.

  • Flexibility—you can take advantage of additional resources in the public cloud when you need them.

  • Cost-effectiveness—with the ability to scale to the public cloud, you pay for extra computing power only when needed.

  • Ease—transitioning to the cloud doesn’t have to be overwhelming because you can migrate gradually—phasing in workloads over time.

Adoption Strategy

We offer a variety of cloud expert services and solutions to help you adopt and enjoy the benefits of cloud adoption. Whether you’re just beginning or well down the road to embracing cloud services for your business, we’re here to help you navigate your cloud adoption journey.

IT Service Desk

Horizon’s next -generation service desk operates out of our Saskatoon office; this ensures that we are able provide businesses and organizations with a dedicated support structure as part of our managed services offering.

Horizon has built an advanced infrastructure focused on providing the best-in-class service with some of the most advanced software in the industry, and has been custom tailored to be an extension of your organization.