CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Softchoice, a leading North American IT solutions and managed services provider, is pleased to announce the launch of Keystone Essential Managed Services for public cloud, which supports organizations in their transition to a hybrid IT model, and eases the adoption of leading public cloud platforms Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
“We recognize that in times of technology transformation, such as public cloud adoption, IT leaders can’t always move at a pace that matches their business’ demands, largely due to internal skill gaps,” said David MacDonald, Softchoice’s President and CEO. “With our world-class Keystone Managed Services, our customers get the technical support and IT mentorship they need to remain agile and competitive in today’s business landscape.”
Softchoice’s recent State of Cloud Readiness study found 61 percent of organizations are still just experimenting with, or have limited use of, public cloud; and less than 14 percent consider public cloud to be an internal corporate standard. Keystone Essential for Azure and Keystone Essential for Amazon Web Services customers get the support of Softchoice engineers and architects who have designed and deployed hundreds of cloud solutions and who provide ongoing mentorship and incident management as customers advance their public cloud adoption.
Keystone Essential for Azure and AWS addresses three primary barriers to an organization’s success as they enter the public cloud, including:
- Avoiding instability of the public cloud resources through setup and migration services, which allows IT leaders to speed public cloud deployments without errors
- Addressing cloud cost outruns through the access to cloud dashboards and guided consultations, which provides real-time insight into daily usage and improve ongoing performance
- Mitigating the lack of internal cloud expertise that slows down initiatives, through ongoing mentorship and support to supplement team knowledge
“We’ve seen public cloud growth explode in 2016, with our Azure business seeing 225 percent year-on-year growth, and Amazon Web Services grow an incredible 850% year-to-date,” said Aaron Brooks, Softchoice’s Hybrid IT Practice Director. “Even with this rapid growth, we recognize that our customers are not reaping the benefits they could be based on early instability, concerns on cloud costs, and general cloud skills gaps. Softchoice and our Keystone Essential for Azure and AWS managed service solve these challenges, and make it easy to adopt and manage a cloud or hybrid environment.”
Softchoice’s Keystone Managed Services allow businesses to reimagine their operational support model and ease the complexity of adopting disruptive technologies like cloud. Keystone helps organizations achieve agility without the risk through flexible support offerings, and by filling skill gaps from the end user to the cloud. Keystone customers have access to an on-shore, multi-disciplinary Softchoice team 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year – all based in a single technical support center. Uniquely, Keystone helps clients learn as they go through mentorship to help IT teams unlock new features and validate configurations without the risk. Softchoice is currently ranked in the Top 5 global managed service providers by MSP Mentor.
As a leading North American provider of IT solutions and managed services, Softchoice combines the efficiency and reliability of a national IT supplier with the personal touch and technical expertise of a local solutions provider. Softchoice's holistic approach to technology includes solution design, implementation, asset management, cloud and managed services, as well as access to one of the most comprehensive and cost-effective technology distribution networks in North America. With over 1,300 employees, Softchoice manages the technology needs of thousands of corporate and public sector organizations across the United States and Canada.