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MCAT Chooses Henson Group for Azure Deployment

About the Client MCAT has built business partnerships aimed at an organized statewide solution for administering industry-standard utilities for use with CAMA software. Those include Marshall and Swift, Apex Sketch, SPSS, NCSS, and ESRI-based GIS solutions. Some utilities are in-development, but all should be made available within the organization’s official CAMA solution, PUMA. In some cases, these solutions may be made available as separate components to existing CAMA systems. Business Situation To aide in its mission to provide the best available information at the best possible price, MCAT enlisted the help of Microsoft in developing a cloud based solution, based on Microsoft Azure technology.  Microsoft Azure is an expanding group of cloud based services that allow companies to work more efficiently while saving money. To implement this project, Microsoft chose Henson Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with extensive experience assisting companies configure Azure and other cloud services. Solution Henson Group worked with MCAT to develop a virtual network strategy with respect to existing and future servers.  In addition, Henson Group trained the client on Azure PowerShell and related concepts.  The solution entailed ExpressRoute, virtual networks, static VPNs, several VMs and PaaS services, redis cache, and blob storage. Objectives The priorities for this project were • Upgrading MCAT’s IT infrastructure to increase its security and stability. • To create an environment that would respond quickly and efficiently to future business growth. • Lower existing IT costs. • Complete knowledge transfer and documentation. Results and Benefits Henson Group worked closely with MCAT to develop a plan to migrate and update its system to the newest version of Microsoft Azure.  During the transition, Henson Group worked to transfer knowledge and practical skills to the client.  This transfer ensures MCAT is able to optimize the performance of its Microsoft Azure system. As part of the project, three servers were upgraded and the client is now using a more stable and secure IT environment.  With the transition complete, MCAT is now using a system that can grow with the company. MCAT is now experiencing an increase in infrastructure performance thanks to the upgrades Henson Group enacted.  With Microsoft Azure, servers are only used when they are needed. The migration to the Azure increased the security level of MCAT’s servers, applications, and infrastructure. MCAT also increased cost savings by 20% as they only pay for the services and servers they need. However, the client is able to increase their use of servers and applications as the business grows with speed and efficiency.  With per-minute billing and a price-match guarantee, MCAT is able to easily manage the costs associated with maintaining and operating its IT environment. Products • Microsoft Azure • Windows Server 2012 • ExpressRoute • Redis Cache • Blob Storage • Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit • Microsoft System Center 2012 To request a free consultation to learn how your organization can realize similar benefits and gains with Microsoft Azure deployment services provided by preferred Microsoft Gold Partner Henson Group, please email

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