Consulting

Need Expertise implementing Microsoft technologies? Infront is here to help.

The installation, configuration, and integration of Microsoft technologies is a highly specialized process. Let our experts at Infront help to manage this one-time process and then transfer the knowledge to your team so you can focus on running and operating it.

Cloud

Let Infront help you to migrate or automate workloads in Azure IaaS, configure OMS or EMS or implement our Azure Consumption Reporting tool; HoneyPot.

Datacenter 

Let Infront help you to optimize virtualization, storage and Disaster Recovery (DR) costs or install, migrate, and integrate System Center in your datacenter. Infront can help you achieve 100% compliance with Beekeeper 2.0 or help you to eliminate downtime when patching your highly available applications.

Desktop

Let Infront help you to automate the provisioning of Windows client operating systems on notebooks, desktops and Surfaces. Let Infront help you to patch, deploy applications and manage your Windows client and mobile systems.

Cloud, Datacenter, Mobility & Managed Services

Your IT direction should be driven through logical, business decisions and not the direction of software vendors. Infront can work with you to understand your IT vision, make recommendations based on what we’ve seen work and not work. Whether it’s Cloud, on-premise Datacenter or something hybrid, let’s work to prioritize your requirements and recommend solution options.

If you’ve chosen your direction and you are looking for packaged offerings to accelerate your progress, we can assist here as well.

Cerulean – Retail PoS Patching

Infront’s Cerulean solution allows retailers to manage the patching of their Point of Sale and Windows Embedded systems from Azure. Achieve compliance and reduce your attack surface by staying current with security updates. Avoid costly PCI penalties and fines.

Managed PKI in Azure

Infront’s Managed PKI solution allows customers to improve the security in their environment through the use of certificates. Multi-factor authentication is a defence in depth strategy that reduces security threats.

Disaster Recovery as a Service

Infront can provide Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to customers, allowing them to reduce their costly, annual expenses in Disaster Recovery facilities, hardware and network connectivity costs as well as automate the provisioning of their systems in the event of a disaster.

SCOM as a Managed Service

Good monitoring tools are fantastic at generating alerts but without ongoing tuning, your operations team can drown in alerts and begin ignoring them, crippling the benefits of the monitoring tool. Infront can manage the tuning, agent deployment and Management Pack configuration to get the actionable alerts out to the right people.

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection

Simply put, no organization can ignore, delegate, delay, deny or dismiss security. It is everyone’s job to have security on their mind, but security has to be the top concern for the IT department as a breach causes damaging publicity, expensive mitigation, business disruption, and most importantly lost customers. Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) gives you a quick, effective and affordable way to improve your email security.

$4 Million

Average cost of data breach.

2016 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis: Ponemon Institute

$1 Billion

Losses from ransonware in 2016

Vircom.com Blog:The 10 Craziest Cybersecurity Statistics of 2016

4,000

Ransomeware attacks per day in 2016
 
>FBI PDF: Ransonware Prevention and Response For Crisis

$500 billion

Total global cost of cybercrime
 
Cybersecurityventures.com 2016 Report: Hackerpocalypse Cybercrime

Security Challenges – The Evolving Threat Landscape

 

 

73% of Enterprises

87% of Senior Managers

75%+ of All Network Intrusions

80%+ of Employees

200+

indicated security as a top challenge holding back SaaS adoption
admit to regularly uploading work files to a personal email or cloud account
are due to compromised user credentials
admit to using non-approved SaaS apps in their jobs
The median number of days that attackers reside within a victim’s network before detection

As hackers around the globe launch increasingly sophisticated attacks, organizations are seeking tools that provide additional protection. Microsoft is pleased to offer customers security capabilities in Microsoft Office 365 with Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), an email filtering service that provides stronger protection against specific types of advanced threats.

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The Microsoft Approach – Office 365 ATP offers three core features to better secure your email:
1. Safe Attachments, which protects against unknown malware and viruses
2. Safe Links, which provides real-time, time-of-click protection against malicious URLs
3. Rich reporting and trace capabilities

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Deploying SCOM

Do you need help with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Deployment?

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  • 100% remote delivery
  • Timeline for delivery will be determined based on a signed SOW and retainer received
  • Infront will define and implement a very specific architecture that the customer is able to grow and add on to in the future
  • No SCOM Agent remediation (Out of Scope, but can be quoted separately)
  • Infront will coach the customer (via informal knowledge transfer) on how to accomplish some basic tasks and record the sessions for their internal use at a later date.
  • OMS integration can be added, but not in scope

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Deploying SCCM

Do you need help with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Deployment?

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  • 100% remote delivery
  • Timeline for delivery will be determined based on a signed SOW and retainer received
  • Infront will define and implement a very specific architecture that the customer is able to grow and add on to in the future
  • No SCCM Agent remediation (Out of Scope, but can be quoted separately)
  • Infront will coach the customer (via informal knowledge transfer) on how to accomplish some basic tasks and record the sessions for their internal use at a later date.

 

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Reusable Automation Offerings

Reusable Automation Offerings are Self Service offerings via System Center Service Manager. On premise Enterprise datacenter management scenarios which Infront has automated and are completely reusable. These are built on System Center Orchestrator and can be converted to PowerShell easily to be used via other automation engines.

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Have you moved VMs to Azure IaaS? Are you benefiting from the cost savings in Microsoft’s Azure Hybrid Use Benefit? Most organizations aren’t and they are losing out on potential cost savings.

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Server Patching as a Service

Compliance & Security has never been most important!

 Allow us to show you how outsourcing your patching will result in
  • Guaranteed compliance
  • Improved security
  • Reduced risk and attack surface
  • Reduced OpEx

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Security Assessment for 0ffice 365 (O365)

Have you implemented Office 365 (O365) and would like an independent security assessment performed to allow your organization to review any security issues with the vendor that performed the implementation.   Infront Consulting Group Ltd. (Infront) can provide your organization a remote, short, fixed price engagement that will involve a security review of your O365 estate.

Infront will perform the following tasks …

• Perform a security analysis to help identify potential areas where security vulnerabilities exist
• Provide a full inventory of your current O365 security configurations
• Provide a list of recommendations to mitigate identified security risks including:
– Account Breaches
– Elevation of Privileges
– Data Loss
– Malicious Insider
– Phishing/Whaling
– Data Spillage
– Data Deletion
– Password Cracking
– Dormant Account
• Produce an Office 365 Secure Score Report

Please note that Infront will require Global Admin level access temporarily to the O365 tenant to perform a security assessment and review and produce a report based on our findings.

Infront will use Microsoft’s O365 Portal to conduct the security review. Infront will work with you as required and provide a 1-2 hour presentation to management of our findings at the end of the engagement.

The Result: At the end of this engagement, your organization will have a detailed O365 Security Analysis report listing areas of risk and providing details on ways to remediate or eliminate the risk.

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Do you require a fast, reliable and private Azure connection?

ExpressRoute is the answer.

  • Public and Private connections to Azure and O365
  • Increased reliability and speed
  • Lower latency, better performance
  • Significant cost benefits possible

ExpressRoute connections don’t involve the public Internet. This offers more reliability, faster speeds, and lower latencies than typical Internet connections. Using ExpressRoute connections to transfer data between on-premises systems and Azure can give your organization significant cost benefits; an added bonus in some cases.

Why use a virtual private cloud for storage, backup, and recovery?

ExpressRoute gives your organization a fast and reliable connection to Azure, which makes it excellent for scenarios like:

  • Periodic data migration;
  • Replication for business continuity;
  • Disaster recovery;
  • Other high-availability strategies.

Are you transferring large amounts of data, such as:

  • Datasets for high-performance computing applications,
  • Moving large virtual machines between your dev-test environment in an Azure virtual private cloud and your on-premises production environment.

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Back to the Basics / FAQ

What is ExpressRoute?

  • ExpressRoute is an Azure service that lets you create private connections between Microsoft datacenters and infrastructure that are on your premises or in a colocation facility. ExpressRoute connections do not go over the public Internet and offer higher security, reliability, and speeds with lower latencies than typical connections over the Internet.   In some cases, using ExpressRoute connections to transfer data between on-premises systems and Azure can give you significant cost benefits.
  • With ExpressRoute, establish connections to Azure at an ExpressRoute location, such as an Exchange provider facility, or directly connect to Azure from your existing WAN network, such as a multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) VPN, provided by a network service provider.

How can I use ExpressRoute?
A. Use a virtual private cloud for storage, backup, and recovery

  • ExpressRoute gives you a fast and reliable connection to Azure, which makes it excellent for scenarios like periodic data migration, replication for business continuity, disaster recovery, and other high-availability strategies. It can be a cost-effective option for transferring large amounts of data, such as datasets for high-performance computing applications, or moving large virtual machines between your dev-test environment in an Azure virtual private cloud and your on-premises production environment.

B. Extend your datacenter

  • Use ExpressRoute to add compute and storage capacity to your existing datacenter. With high throughput and fast latencies, Azure will feel like a natural extension to your datacenter, so you enjoy the scale and economics of the public cloud without having to compromise on network performance.

C. Build hybrid applications

  • With predictable, reliable, and high-throughput connections offered by ExpressRoute, build applications that span on-premises infrastructure and Azure without compromising privacy or performance. For example, run a corporate intranet application in Azure that authenticates your customers with an on-premises Active Directory service, and serves all of your corporate customers without traffic ever routing through the public Internet.

What are the benefits of using ExpressRoute and private network connections?

  • ExpressRoute connections do not go over the public Internet. They offer higher security, reliability, and speeds, with lower and consistent latencies than typical connections over the Internet. In some cases, using ExpressRoute connections to transfer data between on-premises devices and Azure can yield significant cost benefits.

What is the pricing strategy for ExpressRoute?

  • No upfront costs
  • No termination fees
  • Pay only for what you use

Do I have to pay an additional ExpressRoute fee to Microsoft to access Office365 on ExpressRoute?

  • No. You will be billed the ExpressRoute monthly fee (including the premium add-on monthly fee) and the Office365 subscription charge; there is no additional fee for using this service.

Can I use Office365 (including Exchange and Skype for Business) on ExpressRoute?

  • Yes. Office 365 license must be separately obtained. You will need to purchase an ExpressRoute Premium circuit to use Office 365 with ExpressRoute. Moreover, you will be charged for data transfer (based on consumption) if you choose the ExpressRoute metered pricing plan.

If I pay for an ExpressRoute circuit of a given bandwidth, does the VPN connection I purchase from my network service provider have to be the same speed?

  • No. You can purchase a VPN connection of any speed from your service provider. However, your connection to Azure is limited to the ExpressRoute circuit bandwidth that you purchase.

If I pay for an ExpressRoute circuit of a given bandwidth, do I have the ability to burst up to higher speeds if necessary?

  • Yes. ExpressRoute circuits are configured to allow you to burst up to two times the bandwidth limit you procured for no additional cost. Check with your service provider to see if they support this capability.

Can I use the same private network connection with a virtual network and other Azure services simultaneously?

  • Yes. An ExpressRoute circuit, once set up, allows you to access services within a virtual network and other Azure services simultaneously. You connect to virtual networks over the private peering path, and to other services over the public peering path.

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Enterprise Strategy Consulting

Infront’s Solution Architects meet with our customers and spend as much time as needed to understand their priorities and discuss options, highlighting recommendations and discussing pros and cons to each. A ship without a rudder is destined to end up on the rocks at some point. Infront can help you to determine your strategy and then assist you with the execution of the strategy and measurement and tracking of your success.

Infront has developed ‘Stop Clock Dev’ as a solution to help our customers achieve more through automation. Ask us how our Stop Clock Dev solution can help your team achieve more.

 

Client Testimonial

As the person responsible for nurturing and developing System Center’s Regional SI Channel, I really value our relationship with Infront Consulting and the great work they have been doing for our Customers in the APAC region. They improved the System Center partnering experience and ultimately resulted in more satisfied customers. Thanks for the great work.

— Frederick Foong, Regional Marketing Director, Intel