Case Studies

Cloud and Infrastructure Economics

Before wide spread adoption of cloud computing and virtualization, the path of hosting and managing enterprise applications was narrow and well understood. With the increased complexity and multitude of choices, cloud and infrastructure economics must be brought to the attention of every organization to avoid catastrophic cost overruns.

Pronto needed to increase access to their content for their far east clientele and decided to bring in 515 Engine to help. 515 Engine was able to quickly layout their options for cloud computing in that region and worked through time zones to get a perfect of understanding of scope and pricing. They were able to meet their targeted launch date by using 515 Engine who already had an understanding of the Far East Cloud markets.
MotionPoint runs one of the most advanced website translation services on the planet. They allow firms to concentrate on their English language sites knowing full well that the content will be perfectly translated and replicated to their foreign language sites using human translations rather than machine. Motionpoint was looking to deploy advanced analytics software separately from their main infrastructure and called on 515 Engine to find the best public cloud that would allow seamless scaling of their platform.
Mettel offers a robust portfolio of network and unified communications services. Their infrastructure is robust and spans multiple data centers across the country. To focus on more pressing projects, Mettel tasked 515 Engine with locating the best facilities for their growing network with a focus on superior interconnectivity and reliability.
Strategy& was a formerly known as Booz & Company, an international consulting powerhouse. Prior to their acquisition by PwC, 515 Engine worked with Strategy& to document and consolidate their IT systems into a single outsourced hybrid cloud provider. The project entailed gathering detailed inventory of all the systems and users and running a complete RFP process which included authoring the RFP.
Aravo wanted to move their test lab outside of their offices where they had initially colocated their hardware. Rather than investing in their internal server room, Aravo enlisted the services of 515 Engine. Availability and pricing for several excellent providers in close proximity were provided in less than 48 hours. Additionally, competitive networking pricing was found to allow continued high speed connections to their application which had been previously in the same building.
Allied Dental has many branch locations that depend on access to their healthcare management application. Even small outages mean that clients and employees are losing time and money. 515 Engine outlined the benefits of cloud and colocation and outlined how budgets, management and reliability could be increased by using cloud. Since their placement by 515 Engine a few years back, they haven’t found a need to change and are very content in the mutual selection made with 515 Engine.

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