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          Whether your company is premise-based, in a private cloud, hybrid cloud, or multi-cloud, Shamrock has you covered. We will help you secure and easily monitor your corporate environment in real-time.

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            Whether you’re looking to migrate to AWS, better manage your current AWS environment, or expand your capabilities within AWS, Shamrock can help.

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            We’ll help you maximize your Azure experience and take your business to the next level by designing, deploying and managing scalable infrastructure and application-based solutions. We’ll even facilitate your migration from your on-prem or environment or from another cloud provider to Azure, in whatever capacity you choose.

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            Google’s Partner Network is one of the most prestigious in the industry, and Shamrock is honored to be a part of it. As a Google Partner, Shamrock is your go-to resource for support in GCP. We provide free 24/7 US-based support, migration support, scalable solutions, cloud cost management and more within GCP, all for the guaranteed best price.

            Shamrock is the market leader in GCP cost reduction, GCP migration services, GCP Interconnect direct connects and much more.

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        • cloud-security-1000×500(2)Cloud Security

          Whether your company is premise-based, in a private cloud, hybrid cloud, or multi-cloud, Shamrock has you covered. We’ll help you secure and easily monitor your environment in real-time to ensure proactive protection of your corporate IT environment. Join our growing list of Fortune 500, Fortune 100 and Fortune 50 customers and see why Shamrock is an industry leader in corporate security.

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          We’ve been recognized as an industry leader in data center sourcing and procurement on a global scale. We represent every major data center operator both domestically and globally, so no matter the size, scope or area of your needs, we’ve got you covered. With over 1,200 major networks, enterprises, and business partners available for interconnection and traffic exchange via direct cross connects, peering and Ethernet services

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          Shamrock is an industry leader in provisioning cloud direct connects from any business or data center location, anywhere in the world, at any speed (10 Mbps to 100Gbps).

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          Our portfolio of services includes business process outsourcing (BPO), telecommunication audit, procurement advisory, and wireless expense management. We strive to produce sustained results for your organization.

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          Shamrock’s mobile cost management experts can help you drastically reduce your enterprise mobility costs without any provider or contract changes. Our technology uses patented algorithms and machine learning. The result: instant and tangible savings!

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          Shamrock Consulting provides Long Distance Services with cost-effective in-state, state-to-state, international and toll-free calling for businesses. International or Domestic Toll-Free Numbers, Conferencing Services, powerful cost-management options.

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          As industry-leading UCaaS consultants, Shamrock has negotiated direct partnerships with every major UCaaS provider to ensure that our clients receive the best possible solution at the best possible price. Guaranteed.

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          Dynamically manage traffic pattern changes and get high-quality, reliable voice services that leverage your existing PBX investment. Pbx Service Providers, SIP Service, Pbx Pricing, Cloud Pbx and more.

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          The need to future proof your network has created an unprecedented demand for fiber to the premise. Dark Fiber, Fiber Ethernet, DS3, OC-x, Fixed Wireless (Microwave, lazer, WIMAX), Ethernet over Copper (EOC), T1, NxT1, Cable, DS, Shamrock Consulting Group has all of your options in one place.

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          The need to future proof your network has created an unprecedented demand for fiber to the premise. Dark Fiber, Fiber Ethernet, DS3, OC-x, Fixed Wireless (Microwave, lazer, WIMAX), Ethernet over Copper (EOC), T1, NxT1, Cable, DS, Shamrock Consulting Group has all of your options in one place.

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          Global enterprises, financial institutions, the largest networks and the Internet’s foremost content companies trust us with what matters most to them—their information assets. Shamrock Consulting Group can design wide area networks for any size, any budget, anywhere.

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          We partner directly with every major Dark Fiber providers in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific. We also work with cities and municipalities such as Los Angeles County, Orange County, the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and elsewhere to find you the best possible solution at the guaranteed best price.

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          As top-rated SD WAN consultants who partner directly with every leading SD WAN provider in the industry, Shamrock is committed to helping you make well-informed procurement decisions at the guaranteed best price. We offer a free consultation to identify the best solution for your needs and budget.

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        • crowd-strikeCrowdstrike EDR/MDR

          As a CrowdStrike partner, the Shamrock team as a whole are big fans of the company’s cloud native endpoint protection platform. But don’t take our word for it – we’ve had hundreds of customers using CrowdStrike tell us how much they love the platform, and many of them have said that they have no idea how they ever lived without it.

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          We’ve formed deep partnerships with the most trustworthy cybersecurity vendors in the industry, and we guarantee the best price from every single one of them. Black, White & Gray Box Testing, Cloud Pentesting, Mobile & Web App Pentesting, Wireless Pentesting, Physical Pentesting, Client-Side Pentesting. In addition to pentesting, we can also help you out with next-generation firewalls, endpoint protection and corporate email security.
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          We take a look at some great security solutions that achieve real time visibility into all aspects of a corporate network, even reaching the most remotely deployed endpoints. If you’re interested (and you probably should be), Shamrock Consulting Group can secure these cutting-edge tools for you at the best prices.

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          How can companies be both agile and secure in these unprecedented times? For help with empowering your WFH teams with the tools and processes they need, speak to a Shamrock consultant today.

          Our strategic partners are comprised of the very best in the industry from a security standpoint (Trustwave, AlertLogic, CrowdStrike, Fortinet, PaloAlto, Carbon Black, etc.).

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          Whether your company is premise-based, in a private cloud, hybrid cloud, or multi-cloud, Shamrock has you covered. We’ll help you secure and easily monitor your environment in real-time to ensure proactive protection of your corporate IT environment.

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      Safeguard Proprietary, Mission Critical Data Whether its R&D for a world changing innovation or straightforward emails to accounting, Shamrock provides a comprehensive suite of security services – including Managed Firewall, Intrusion Detection/Prevention, and Vulnerability Scanning – to ensure that your organization’s data is safeguarded and kept out of the wrong hands.

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      Shamrock Consulting Group’s Financial Services practice offers customers robust custom architected network, cloud, data center, and unified communications solutions that provide the security, compliance, and uptime their organizations require to function on a day-to-day basis.

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      Shamrock has cross-disciplinary knowledge of healthcare-specific IT apps. Shamrock has extensive rural network design and build experience. In addition to 100+ partners, Shamrock has experience, connections and industry tools to identify, design to, spec, procure and project manage complex multi-vendor deployments. Healthcare institutions, financial institutions, the largest networks and the Internet’s foremost content companies trust us with what matters most to them—their information assets.

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      Whether you are looking to increase network uptime, reduce operational expenses, or build a next generation global Software as a Service Platform, Shamrock Consulting Group has turnkey solutions tailored to the needs of the SaaS Industry at guaranteed best rates. Low, Mid, and High-density data center options with robust connectivity options to extend service coverage all over the globe.

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How to Move from CapEx to Cloud-Based OpEx (and Save Money!)

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Here’s something you probably already know: Most legacy IT networks are largely CapEx driven. You buy your servers, switches, cables and other hardware, forecasting demand and buying whatever disk space and memory you think you’ll need. If something breaks or needs upgrading, you just have to hope whoever approves IT purchases is in a good mood.

Now here’s something you may not know: You don’t actually have to outright buy (or maintain) any of the things you need for your network. And it’s all thanks to a little something called Infrastructure as a Service, or IaaS.

The concept of IaaS is a relatively simple one: it’s a form of cloud computing that delivers virtualized computing resources via the internet In other words, you only pay for what you actually use.

This commoditization of compute resources can help shift your IT provisioning into the OpEx side of the balance sheet, which is a very alluring concept for CFOs and Finance Directors charged with finding cost efficiencies wherever possible.

What’s more, IaaS allows you to add or reduce processing and storage capacity on demand, which not only means that you’ll never run out of memory or disk storage ever again (especially during peak demand), but also that you no longer have to overspend on compute resources you never use.

The easiest way to determine the best Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model for your business is by going through one of The Big Four commodity public cloud providers who offer it: AWS, Azure, GCP and IBM.

Each platform delivers IaaS in their own way, though, so don’t hesitate to partner with a no-cost and vendor-neutral consultant like Shamrock to understand how the options differ and who fits your use case best.

TACTICAL COST REDUCTION

Building a Case

It’s no secret that any major change to business operations requires the support of executives and key stakeholders to enact effectively. In fact, the CIO reports directly to the CFO in a whopping 42% of company structures, so any suggestion from IT which would alter the corporate business model will most likely have to be approved by the individuals who hold the company purse strings.

As such, there isn’t much point in going to your board with a highly technical document or stats based around 99.99% availability, throughput improvements, etc. – even if your pitch makes perfect sense from an IT standpoint. Instead, your case needs to be built around an element that your finance department can jive with: overall cost reduction.

These items include:

Server hardware you won’t need to buy

Software licenses you won’t need to renew

Savings realized on software upgrades

The ability to deduct all IT expenses immediately (no depreciation or amortization delays)

Savings in upfront data provisioning (these calculations will need to include scenarios where demand is both less and more than expected)

Cost projections based on low, medium and high demand using a PAYG service

Anyone who has consulted the pricing tables for AWS, Azure or GCP products will know that there is a lot of detail to go through in each – and the information is not something you can easily jot down for reference.

If you need help in calculating TCO, Shamrock’s team of financial experts can support you as you build your case for your own finance team.

Eye on the Prize

Let’s be clear: If your only goal is to simply “get to the cloud” at all costs, then you’re missing the point. The cloud is a tool that can help you achieve your business goals, but it’s not a goal in and of itself.

Bringing down costs will of course be a key aspect of your argument to finance, but you also need to make sure that your existing applications and services will still work in a software-defined environment, with little to no reduction in performance.

When it comes to architecting your IT network, there are more choices and combinations available than anyone could realistically fathom.

Most businesses don’t want to tie themselves completely into one of the big commodity public clouds, which is why a hybrid cloud architecture is being adopted by more and more companies who desire both flexibility and scalability. But be forewarned that choosing a hybrid network adds yet another layer of complexity to process.

Need help with your cloud migration? We got you.

Whichever direction you decide to take, there is a ton of groundwork and research that must be done first. This is where companies get into trouble, as they either employ an overtaxed IT staff that doesn’t have time to vet all options completely, or a mistake was made along the way (either via misinformation or a haphazard rollout) and they find themselves too far down the road trying to fit a bunch of square pegs in round holes.

Don’t be one of these unlucky souls. See below for how it should be done.

Precision is King

As the late, great former coaching legend John Wooden used to say, “Be quick, but don’t hurry.” This saying lends itself quite well to the “CapEx to OpEx” shift, especially when the impetus comes from IT initiatives.

A poorly crafted migration, beset by choosing the wrong IaaS vendor, misconfiguring the architecture, or rushing the process (or all three), typically winds up being much worse than no migration at all.

So while you’re beholden to the finance department to show tangible cost savings quickly, those who make decisions too quickly or try to cut corners will only find themselves getting hurried out the door after they’ve been fired.

Here’s how the process should work:

Start by setting up a fully fleshed out change management project. This should include taking accurate inventory of all your hardware, networks, applications and services.

Next, perform a data audit so you can track every bit and byte that comes into (and goes out of) your network. You should also have a plan in place to ensure any necessary compliance with industry and federal data protection laws.

Now get some quick wins under your belt: start moving applications which are the easiest to ‘lift and shift’. Ideally these will be apps with the least amount of dependencies so as to not overcomplicate your migration from the very beginning.

As you migrate these ‘easy’ apps and your IT costs inevitably start coming down, the subsequent buy-in from finance should be much easier to come by now that you have a proven ROI and you’ve made them (and yourself) look like heroes to the C-suite for saving the company money.

Now you can continue migrating the more complex services and apps until the process complete. Just be sure to have a keen eye on ongoing costs and performance so that your team can make adjustments as necessary.

Shamrock can Help with Your Migration

Shifting from a CapEx model to OpEx by transforming your network architecture is not by any means a minor undertaking. But, when done correctly, it can be a major financial win for your business.

Shamrock is a globally recognized IT consultancy that can help you on your journey from CapEx to OpEx. From full network audits and detailed financial forecasting, to cloud comparisons, app discovery, readiness assessments and the eventual migration itself, we’ve helped thousands of businesses with tactical cost reduction strategies that have saved an average of 34% on IT expenditure.

Our consultations are free and all products and services are guaranteed best price from every provider.

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Ryan Reeves

Ryan Reeves is the Director of Marketing and Customer Success for Shamrock Consulting Group, and he is also an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner. Ryan brings a unique perspective and skill set to the technology industry after spending the first 10 years of his career working with some of most innovative media and entertainment brands in the world. His versatility has been vital in establishing Shamrock as an award-winning industry leader and industry disruptor. In his free time, Ryan likes to snowboard, play soccer and basketball, and travel with his lovely wife, Lucy.

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