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AccelerEd for the Win

Applied Cloud Systems would like to share  the recent journey AccelerEd made from AWS to Azure. AccelerEd is an academic enablement company that makes next-generation technology both available and viable for educational institutes. Their goal is simple, to improve the economics of colleges and universities, make education delivery more efficient and effective, and enable academic administrators to focus on improving student outcomes.  They were searching for a way to pass along cost savings to their customers and sought a migration from AWS to Azure for that cost savings.  

ACS re-platformed and enhanced the existing application to support a migration from AWS to Azure infrastructure.  The re-architected solution leveraged App Services hosting, Service Bus  messaging and Azure SQL Database to provide scalability and resilience, and DevOps to support AccelerEd's CI/CD initiatives. 
By leveraging Azure Hybrid Use Benefits on deployed virtual machines, AccelerEd was able to significantly reduce their run time costs. The productive working environment created by both the AccelerEd and ACS Team formed a rewarding and efficient delivery.
 
The ACS team of experts are ready to help  your organization migrate workloads to Azure. 
Contact us today to learn more!

 
Happy New Year from Applied Cloud Systems.  We wish you all growth and prosperity in 2020!
 
Accelerate You Onboard Experience to WVD with Lighthouse
 
Applied Cloud Systems is proud to announce that we have been chosen as a go-to delivery partner for Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop Lighthouse Program. With deep Azure and VD experience in Citrix and VM Ware, Microsoft entrusts ACS to deliver this engagement to qualified customers.  ACS is well underway with several pilot and scale engagements. WVD assists in common desktop virtualization issues like End of Support, Migrations to cloud for flexibility and cost savings, and consistent secure Windows 10 user experience.Our templated approach allows for successful WVD deployment in a short amount of time, making this a repeatable and  scalable engagement for Microsoft and our customers.  Azure credits available for qualified opportunities.
 
Connect with ACS to learn more about the Lighthouse Program.
 
Azure Expert MSP

The accomplished team at Applied Cloud Systems is in the final stages of becoming Azure Expert Managed Service Providers.  We have completed competencies, have a staff of certified members, and are well into the final auditing  step.  Microsoft has has deemed ACS having deep technical know-how to achieve your digital transformation with minimal disruption.  Microsoft offers full support participants  of MSP's and validates the high standard of our services. Very few firms have the privilege of such title,  ACS is proud to be a part of this elite team!
 
ACS Spotlight on
Gabriel Keller
Meet Gabriel Keller, Applied Clouds Senior Cloud Architect and world traveler.

Gabriel started his career in the mid-90's, pioneering in the world of multimedia and the internet.  He saw his work featured at the LG Electronics  / Phillips booth at COMDEX, one of the largest trade shows at the time, which  served as a launch platform for key technologies from companies like Microsoft, Apple, and other industry leaders. He continued his 25-year career as a Software Architect and Director, leading teams in the development of high-traffic, transactional websites and enterprise-wide software solutions.  His work crossed many industry verticals including healthcare, marketing, travel and tourism, higher education, non-profit, retail, financial services and manufacturing.  

When approached about joining the ACS team, Gabriel took the opportunity to step away from managing teams and get back into what he loved to do, hands-on software development.  He also viewed this as a path to become more cloud focused and grow technically and professionally in the world of cloud computing.  
Gabriel was one of the architects deeply involved in the AccelerEd migration from AWS to Azure.  He found the AccelerEd team to be a joy to work with and  true partner in ensuring the successful delivery of one of AccelerEd's key product offerings.

The ACS family is a close-knit supportive group of folks that are not afraid to help and be helped.  Everyone is eager to jump in and do whatever it takes to get the job done.   One of the many perks Applied Cloud offers to our  Cloud Architects is a flexible work environment.  Gabriel is grateful that he can telecommute while traveling to exotic locations, which, in turn, means more quality family time.  

Speaking of traveling, Gabriel and his family have a passion for international travel and have visited many interesting areas  particularly in South America, Asia, and Oceania.  Gabriel himself has been to 26 countries and counting. They enjoy immersing themselves in the local culture and cuisine.
His family also has a unique way to bring together Gabriel's two worlds of technology and family time.  They work together on a geodesic dome containing a symbiotic, self-powered aquaponic garden and fish farm that operates year-round.  They take care of the plants and fish while developing ioT technologies in its monitoring, maintenance, and automation.

The Keller family embraces the Pittsburgh vibes and supports the sports teams, local politics, and culture this amazing city has to offer.  Some of their favorite places to enjoy a fabulous meal are Gaucho,  
Nicky's Thai Kitchen, and Napa Prime Chophouse.  Gabriel is looking forward to warmer months when he can get back to his bocce league and tighten up his  golf game.   In the meantime, he's hoping for some snow to hit the slopes. 

ACS is a little more fun  with Gabriel around.  Thanks for all you do,  we are lucky to have you!