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Applied Cloud Systems' awarded Barracuda's Cloud Partner of the Year

(Pictured left to right: Alden Spraggins, T.J. Barry, Jeff Johnson)

Applied Cloud Systems was honored with Barracuda's Cloud Partner of the Year 2019 award at the Cloud Summit in beautiful Lake Tahoe. This event celebrated partners and the journey we share in building a foundation of trusted security, products, and services.

ACS was chosen for this distinction because"...was an early adopter of the Cloud Ready Program and is a leading evangelist for Barracuda's security proficiencies in Azure. As Microsoft is shaping their partner ecosystem to be more services oriented, it is great to work with a partner that is well ahead of that curve. It helps that we can trust ACS to not present Barracuda as a tool but as a solution to real-life problems that a customer needs to resolve for their clients." according to Alden Spraggins, Public Cloud Channel Manager, North America.  

T.J. Barry, Applied Cloud Systems'  V.P., Cloud Solutions, was speaking at the summit and was present to accept this honor. He noted, "The Barracuda Cloud Summit was a great event that allowed us as partners, to collaborate and gain perspective on the Barracuda's cloud offerings. They have the first ecosystem that leverages on-demand cloud computing to simplify data security, storage and IT management.  Our cloud expertise is a complementary component of all Barracuda products, providing an added layer of protection, scalability, and cloud first architecture." 


Introducing  R.A.C.E. Framework

Applied Cloud Systems is proud to announce our R.A.C.E. Framework - an engagement aimed at tackling  the many challenges faced with securely accessing valuable research data. We wanted to tackle wasteful spending and loss of valuable time experienced by Researchers and Educators associated with the implementation of research environments.
Our R.A.C.E. Framework (Research Analytics Computing Environments) simplifies the process of obtaining valuable research data by creating a secure environment that leverages tools powerful enough for a researcher’s needs, while providing access to rich computing resources and state of the art tools. We wanted to extend the boundaries of a research organizations’ security management processes to include their cloud hosted services and cloud platforms respectively. This framework is designed to be deployed in Microsoft Azure and is used to manage the security of deployed services for corresponding service tenants. 
For more information on the R.A.C.E. Framework and how Applied Cloud Systems can help your Research or Educational Institution, please visit our website.
ACS was a proud  Platinum sponsor at Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC19)

This years PEARC19 event in Chicago was overflowing with information, engagements, and experiences. With topics covering Cybersecurity, Machine Learning Adoption and Data Management workflows, the conference also fostered organic discussions leading to significant personal connections.

Partnering with Microsoft promoted a rich engagement resulting in a standing room only workshop for ACS. Our discussion introducing the R.A.C.E. Framework was very well received and sparked interest in the research community. 
Applied Cloud Systems understands the educational and research space and looks forward to many opportunities to implement this approach with our customers. 

Special thanks to Microsoft West Coast EDU teams for their support!
ACS Employee Spotlight
Evan Parana

Applied Cloud Systems would like to introduce you to Evan Parana, one of our talented Cloud Business Analysts. Evan joined ACS over a year ago with six-plus years experience in leading multi-disciplinary project teams and organizational change initiatives. His background ranges from small scale process improvement initiatives to large scale, custom application development efforts.

With an eager can-do attitude, Evan has quickly become one of the go to's to get the job done! When asked what makes ACS unique, he states, "The thing that amazes me the most about ACS, is our amazing team!
I've never worked in an environment where everyone is genuinely interested in the development of their teammates!  So long as you're willing to learn, everyone here is a teacher."

Evan is passionate about projects with new clients. He enjoys learning how different organizations work, and how they are looking to improve their everyday practices. He has also lent his talents to the sales and marketing teams, creating and delivering SOW's, content for custom ACS products, and engagement offerings.

Evan has dove into IoT, Dynamics365 migration, Power BI, Azure DevOps, Dynamics 365 Training initiatives for clients, custom CRM and Azure DevOps demos.

Evan and his wife will be celebrating their second anniversary next month. When not hanging with their very cool yellow Labrador, Lexi, they enjoy exploring Pittsburgh's robust dining scene and traveling.  Their next adventure takes them on a two week Thailand excursion! 

Thank you, Evan, for bringing your positive energy, ever-present smile and bright attire to ACS! We appreciate your hard work and dedication, which contributes to Applied Cloud systems success!