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      We are proud to announce that Shamrock has been recognized by CIO Review at one of the “20 Most Promising AWS Solution Providers” for 2019! Check out the article on how our AWS solutions are changing the game for IT decision makers around the globe.
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        • cdc-wide-v2Cloud Direct Connect

          Connect From Any Location To Any Cloud.

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          Proven leader with successful hands-on cloud deployments, systematically analyzing every aspect of your cloud infrastructure to avoid wasted dollars.

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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 will help you secure and easily monitor your corporate environment in real-time.

          An industry leader in corporate security

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        • cloud-cost-optCloud Cost Management

          Shamrock has carefully vetted the top performing tools for public and private cloud orchestration and cost management to service deployments of any size, on any budget at guaranteed best rates.

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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.

            We’re top rated AWS consultants for a reason – because we’re a team of vendor-neutral, award-winning cloud experts who always act in the best interests of our clients, and we always guarantee the best price on AWS products and services.

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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.

            Shamrock is a Certified MS Azure Partner, offering expert consulting services at the guaranteed best price.

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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.

          Join our growing list of Fortune 500 and see why Shamrock is an industry leader in corporate security.

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        • data-center-colocation-v2(1)Colocation

          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

          We Sell Data Center Space!

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        • cdc-wide-v2Cloud Direct Connect

          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).

          We’re also the exclusive solution provider for 100G cloud direct connects into Google Cloud Interconnect and AWS Direct Connect.

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        • tem-squareTelecom Expense Management (TEM)

          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.

          34% Average Cost Savings with Shamrock

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        • 2-new-1Broadband Aggregation

          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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        • art8-new-smallPrivate WAN (MPLS / VPLS)

          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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        • art3-new-smallDark Fiber

          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.

          Looking for fiber providers in your area?

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        • art7-new-smallSD-WAN

          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.

          Considering an SD-WAN solution for your company?

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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.

          Licensing discounts of up to 50 percent below market rates.

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        • penntesting-v2Penetration Testing

          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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        • vulnerability-testingVulnerability Management

          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.

          We can offer the best prices on CrowdStrike products and can also provide a free security assessment.

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        • ngfwNGFW & Software Defined Perimeter

          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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        • cloud-security-smallCloud 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.

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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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      Whether you are looking to increase network uptime, reduce operational expenses, or build a next generation global development company, Shamrock Consulting Group has turnkey solutions tailored to the needs of the Construction and Development industry at guaranteed best rates.

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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 studio, Shamrock Consulting Group has turnkey solutions tailored to the needs of the Media and Entertainment industry at guaranteed best rates. Nobody delivers more connectivity solutions to Media and Entertainment companies than Shamrock Consulting Group!

      300+ Media and Entertainment Customers Served!

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      Shamrock Consulting Group offers its retail customers the best-fit, access technologies at each of their sites to ensure complete coverage and uptime at low costs. We design solutions that provide PCI-compliant security for credit card transactions and support for data communications for key retail applications—including point-of-sale, back-office systems, training, and digital video surveillance.

      Let's Start With Understanding Your Retail Business Operational Objectives!

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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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5 Considerations When Evaluating SD-WAN Architecture

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Quick reality check for all enterprise IT decision makers: Legacy Hub-and-Spoke networks that were built around customer premise and data center-hosted apps have gone out of style. In their place are cloud-hosted and SaaS-based apps, which are swiftly taking the world by storm. As such, moving from a centralized Hub-and-Spoke network to a distributed wide area network leveraging technology like software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) is something that should be at the forefront of every IT decision maker’s mind.

Few technologies have grown as rapidly as SD-WAN in recent years, with figures from International Data Corporation (IDC) revealing growth in revenue from around $225m in 2015 to more than $800m in 2017.

But does that mean every business should be rushing into building an SD-WAN architecture? Absolutely not. As with all new technologies, there is limited standardization, which means that there are a multitude of different factors that IT stakeholders must consider for their business. A full market study is necessary to understand the inherent differences between SD-WAN vendors, because although one vendor may be best for a certain type of business, that doesn’t mean it’s best for yours.

In other words: the worst mistake your IT team can make is to rush into moving to an SD-Wan platform before conducting a complete evaluation of the marketplace.

With this in mind, here are 5 key considerations that every IT decision maker needs to take into account when evaluating SD-WAN vendors and deployment options for your business.

Choosing the Correct Bandwidth and Configuration

According to Network World, businesses need an average of 20% more bandwidth year-over-year. This is a huge driver for SD-WAN adoption as it allows companies to purchase cheaper internet and even LTE circuits rather than provisioning additional, expensive MPLS circuits.

Getting the most bang for your buck means ensuring that your network is fully optimized. For example, your network should normally be configured on an active-active basis over multiple circuits. This will deliver maximum cost-savings, as backup circuits will be fully utilized at all times, not just when the main circuits fail.

You’ll also want your latency-sensitive and mission-critical applications (e.g. VoIP connection, media streaming, etc.) to be prioritized over normal network traffic so you’re your quality of service (QoS) remains high.

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Determining Your Need for a Managed Service

One of the biggest considerations IT stakeholders need to make is whether or not to opt for a managed SD-WAN deployment or manage it yourself. Vendors offer different levels of managed service, ranging from simply taking care of the customer premise equipment (CPE) to a full end-to-end tiered management service.

If you do decide to outsource your SD-WAN management, it’s a smart business decision allow your IT managers access to the performance data so they can intervene if needed.

One other critical consideration is your vendor’s SLA. Not only should they offer high availability and uptime, but the best often provide guarantees around latency, packet loss and jitter as well. An experienced SD-WAN consultant like Shamrock can help you navigate SLAs to find the perfect balance of control and convenience.

Many of the large telcos offer not only single pane of glass management and visibility from network edge to network core, but also cover umbrella SLAs that are contiguous between core net transport and edge, which can guarantee the best overall gains in visibility, issue remediation and uptime guarantees, as well as minimize multiple vendor finger pointing and troubleshooting.

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Finding a Partner You can Trust

Even seasoned IT pros can encounter challenges when navigating the complexities of SD-WAN. Shamrock Consulting Group has partnerships with every leading SD-WAN provider in the industry, and we’ve led full-scale RFPs for dozens on Fortune 500, 100 and 50 companies with some of the largest enterprise deployments in the world.

Our RFPs include comprehensive network and service audits, custom design, product procurement, contract negotiations and more. In most cases, or RFP services come at no cost to our customers.

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Choosing a Flexible Vendor

If your company is looking to expand rapidly through mergers and acquisitions, you’re going to need a vendor who excels in speed to deployment and maturity, which will allow you to quickly and efficiently get new sites online. Whereas this can traditionally take days or even weeks to achieve for some SD-WAN vendors, the cream of the crop can integrate new sites within minutes. One caveat to this, however, is that certain SD-WAN vendors are limited to operate within certain regions, and others are only familiar with specific types of connections.

Special consideration should be given to companies with advanced network function virtualization (NFV) offerings at the edge. Using NFV technology, the most elegant way to deploy an edge solution such as SD-WAN would be inline integration with perimeter-based security and potential WAN optimization or caching solutions.

Shamrock can help you to explore a host of realistic scenarios with your vendor shortlist to find out which ones can handle the direction you are likely to be moving in.

What’s the Deal with Security?

It’s 2019, people. In today’s fast-moving world, there are only two types of companies: ones that have been hacked and know it, or others who’ve been hacked and have absolutely no idea.

It’s a common misconception that SD-WAN technology is automatically secure. The reality is that you will still need to address security issues through choosing the right type of on-premise hardware and cloud security solutions.

Security posture should be the absolute, #1 consideration when designing and implementing a distributed SD-WAN solution. Legacy Hub-and-Spoke networks typically had one or few ingress-egress points that were generally secure with a next gen firewall in place. In moving to distributed model where every location is open to inbound and outbound traffic (preferably over multiple links), IT decision makers need to keep perimeter security at the top of mind, always.

Proper security can be accomplished with either an inline next gen firewall, a virtual firewall delivered on an NFV stack, or even a cloud-based firewall. If leveraging a cloud-based solution, IT decision makers need to make sure that both inbound and outbound security is addressed, and should also look towards solutions that utilize a unified threat management (UTM) functionality with cutting-edge capabilities around anomaly detection, malware and botnet detection and prevention, zero-day response services, sandboxing, and threat exfiltration and remediation.

This task may sound daunting, but that’s Shamrock is here: to assist in giving a full market study of your options, explaining the granular pros and cons of each approach, and enabling end users to be productive while maintaining a safe corporate security posture.

We can help you research every security option available, from NGFW devices to encryption protocols, to ensure that your deployments are safe and secure. Our proven RFP process and partnerships with top SD-WAN, MPLS and VPLS providers puts us in a unique position to support your business as you adopt a burgeoning technology like SD-WAN.

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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