Case Study: Microsoft Sharepoint in the Cloud - Bluelock Helps Codesigned Deliver for WellStar Health Systems

By Pat O'Day (Profile)
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Monday, July 2nd 2012
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Codesigned is a technology services firm focused on high quality, branded collaboration solutions, specializing in Microsoft SharePoint. With a team of experienced consultants, system engineers, SharePoint Architects, .NET developers and web developers, Codesigned provides enterprise-class collaboration consulting, large-scale implementation planning and installation, design and deployment of custom features and customized private cloud and mobile solutions.

SharePoint has proven to be Microsoft’s fastest revenue growth product in the company’s history. Codesigned’s research and development team has recognized this product growth as a tremendous opportunity within the marketplace and has successfully leveraged it with its cloud-based SharePoint offerings. With enterprise IT environments growing in size as well as complexity, IT executives are faced with the challenges of monitoring cost, maintaining security and mitigating risk, all while successfully addressing the needs of the business. While some hosting companies are alleviating some of these challenges by hosting SharePoint for companies, many lack the SharePoint expertise for development and administration of the collaboration solutions. Codesigned developed its unique cloud computing offerings to help create and provide comprehensive hosted SharePoint solutions, with manageable infrastructure, combined with their well-renowned SharePoint expertise and staff.

Specifically, Codesigned recently completed a project with WellStar Health System’s marketing department. The group was looking to build a new, dynamic company website on the SharePoint 2010 platform. Not being an IT department, they were not interested in managing the infrastructure and chose Codesigned because of the added value of hosting the application, as well as years of experience in SharePoint administration and development.

“While SharePoint deployments and the number of hosting providers have skyrocketed, the number of SharePoint specialists has remained nearly the same,” said Jake Weaver, CEO and Founder of Codesigned. “This partnership allows us to combine our extensive SharePoint expertise with Bluelock’s market-leading cloud services to take the burden of managing infrastructure off of our enterprise clients. Our success at WellStar proves that this relationship with Bluelock will continue to provide benefits to our clients.”

Bridging the Gap

The Codesigned team evaluated several large hosting companies that would enable greater scalability, agility and compliance for their needs. They evaluated managed hosting and cloud providers, including Terremark, SunGard and Dell, but found that most options did not provide the transparency and accessibility to their environment as well as a strong service mentality that could ensure a mutually beneficial partnership. Codesigned ultimately chose Bluelock, a VMware vCloud Datacenter service provider, due to its unparalleled visibility into costs and resources through Bluelock Portfolio, true environment scalability and agility and Bluelock’s strong partnership with VMware.

“We wanted to find a partner that would provide quality of service beyond just the virtual hosting aspect,” said Weaver. “Bluelock’s Virtual Datacenter model provided us with flexible and agile IT infrastructure that we needed to deliver the service in a cost-effective and reliable manner. But what really made Bluelock stand out is their quality of support and managed services. We’re able to leverage their team’s extensive experience and expertise in the enterprise market. Bluelock consistently provides our team frontline support as we continue to optimize our SharePoint Private Cloud and serve enterprise customers such as WellStar.”