CloudStrategies Makes Cloud Computing a Reality for Businesses

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While the concept of cloud computing has been garnering headlines for some time, businesses are now starting to see the benefits of moving their information technology infrastructure to the cloud. As these new solutions go from theory to reality, CloudStrategies is leading the way. Based in the New York metro area, CloudStrategies is an IT consulting firm that is dedicated to life on the cloud. At the heart of their business is Microsoft Office 365, the newest online services offering from Microsoft.

While the concept of cloud computing has been garnering headlines for some time, businesses are now starting to see the benefits of moving their information technology infrastructure to the cloud.

As these new solutions go from theory to reality, CloudStrategies is leading the way. Based in the New York metro area, CloudStrategies is an IT consulting firm that is dedicated to life on the cloud. At the heart of their business is Microsoft Office 365, the newest online services offering from Microsoft.

“We were Microsoft’s first 'born on the cloud' Partner” said Pete Zarras, president of CloudStrategies. “We were founded for the sole purpose of working with businesses to realize the benefits of the cloud and, in particular, Microsoft’s online services. It’s a big, unique differentiator for us. This is all we do. We don’t have any other legacy business. We can’t help you with on-premise software. We don’t sell hardware. We just help people move to the cloud.”

With offices and employees positioned across the United States, Zarras and his co-workers know whereof they speak. Their track record reflects their own commitment: CloudStrategies has successfully transitioned more than 250 companies to the cloud and they do it by everyday example.

But, the group doesn’t preach only to the choir. CloudStrategies works with businesses from all backgrounds to hone solutions for individuals as well as corporations, all while utilizing Microsoft’s extensive portfolio of cloud options.

It’s a mission made for the elasticity of Microsoft Office 365, which permits endless mixing and matching of business solutions.

“The cloud is about a business transformation and it is a business decision way before it’s a technical or technology decision,” Zarras said. “There’s certainly a technical aspect to it, but this is not the kind of decision you make because this is the latest and greatest."

Yet, self-reliance also was an advantage. CloudStrategies employees concentrated on building a business and a client base, not worrying about meeting hardware sales quotas.

“This isn’t something that we’re just telling people what we think they should do,” Zarras said. “We’re doing it ourselves. We’ve bet our own business platforms on the cloud. We do not own a server. We do not own any physical assets beyond laptop computers and a wireless router here and there.

“Literally, we’re using this technology every day and we have since day one of Cloud Strategies’ inception.”

To read more about CloudStrategies’ success, you can visit the Cloud Innovators page at http://online.wsj.com/ad/cloudinnovators

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