The Microsoft Cloud for Small Business

Microsoft Azure and Office 365 represent a completely new approach to information technology for small business. Your business can avail itself of the security, reliability, and scalability of IT infrastructure that was once available only to the largest corporations. Think of it as having your own datacenter.

IT Consulting Services, LLC is a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider that specializes in developing small business Office 365 and Azure cloud solutions.

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Your Small Business Data Center

Virtual Machine

Create Linux and Windows virtual machines in seconds. Azure Virtual Machines give you the flexibility of virtualization for a wide range of computing solutions—development and testing, and running applications.

Security Center

Continuously monitor the security of your machines, networks, and Azure services using hundreds of built-in security assessments. Use actionable security recommendations to remediate issues before they can be exploited.

Virtual Network

An Azure Virtual Network gives you an isolated, secure environment to run your virtual machines and applications. Use your private IP addresses and define subnets, access control policies, and more. Use a Virtual Network to treat Azure the same as you would your own datacenter.

App Service

An App Service is a collection of computing resources needed to run your application or website that doesn't require a physical server or virtual machine.

The enterprise-grade global datacenter network, security, and compliance level of the Azure platform mean you can build and host your apps with confidence.

Azure SQL

Azure SQL allows you to deploy SQL Server databases without having to stand up and configure a physical server or VM.

SQL Database helps you build security-enhanced apps in the cloud by providing built-in protection and security features.

Azure Backup

Azure Backup is a simple and reliable cloud-integrated backup as a service. Azure Backup automatically allocates and manages backup storage, and it uses a pay-as-you-use model.

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Your Data

With 1 terabyte of storage, Microsoft OneDrive for Business gives you anywhere access to all your files. Automatically sync your files so you can work with files offline. Access files on Windows, Mac, or your mobile devices.

Preview more than 270 common file types right from your browser.

Your Apps

Access your applications from any device. One license of Office 365 Business Premium, Office 365 ProPlus or Enterprise E3/E5 allows you to install the Office 2016 suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access) on up to 5 devices.

You can also use web version of Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint from any browser.

Your Team

Skype for Business enables you to host online and video conferencing meetings with up to 250 people. Skype Meetings Broadcast enables meetings for up to 10,000 people.

Microsoft Teams, a chat-based workspace that integrates all the people, content, and tools your team needs to be more engaged and effective

Your Projects

SharePoint Online is a cloud-based service that helps organizations share and collaborate with colleagues, partners, and customers.

With SharePoint Online, you can access internal sites, documents, and other information from anywhere—at the office, at home, or from a mobile device.

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Azure & Office 365 Solutions

City of Atlanta

Ethics Office EFile System

Developed, hosted and managed by, The City of Atlanta's Electronic Filing System is a web-based electronic filing and public disclosure system for financial disclosure statements and other ethics forms required under city law.

The EFile system was developed for the .NET framework. EFile and its SQL Server 2016 database server run on an Azure virtual machine in an Azure virtual network connected to the local area network via a site to site VPN.

The EFile system operates under a heavy load during the month long filing period but operates under significantly less load for the rest of the year. EFile's VM can be quickly scaled up to handle the load and then scaled back down after the filing period.

The ability to dial computing resources up or down as needed keeps costs in check.

Superior Oasis

Hospitality Management

The Superior Oasis Family of Businesses in Marquette, Michigan includes a Days Inn, Comfort Suites, Hudson's Classic Grill and My Place Economy Extended Stay.

Superior Oasis relies on Office 365, Sharepoint team sites, the Office desktop suite and online apps, Skype for Business, and OneDrive for Business to manage their day to day operations.

Superior Oasis uses Azure Backup on all their desktop computers for offsite backup and operational recovery. has been Superior Oasis's Microsoft Office 365 Partner of Record since Office 365 was first released in 2010.

IT Consulting Services

How We Use Azure and Office 365

We use Azure Virtual Machines in our production and test/development environments. Test VMs can be deallocated when not in use, and production VMs and app services can be scaled up or down to meet capacity, so we only pay for computing resources as needed.

Our Azure Virtual Network is connected to our on-premises LAN through a VPN which allows us to manage our on-premises servers and Azure Virtual Machines as one logical network.

We use Azure App services to deploy web applications directly to our Azure subscription without having to stand up and configure VMs, operating systems and web servers.

Azure Site Recovery protects our virtual machines and Microsoft Azure Recovery Services allows us to backup and restore files and folders on individual computers.

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