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Case Study

ProfitBricks is the preferred cloud provider for Managed Service Provider CSS

CSS is an MSP using ProfitBricks for their clients and it's enabling them to increase their revenues and deliver more value to their clients.

Situation

CSS works with clients, primarily based in the Chicago and St. Louis areas, some of whom wish to replicate their backup infrastructure for the purposes of disaster recovery, and others of whom migrate their entire infrastructure to the cloud. Finding a reliable and flexible public cloud that can meet their customers’ varied needs is essential for them. CSS also offers customized software for their clients and require data centers to host these solutions, too. Before learning about ProfitBricks, CSS worked with a different cloud provider but they were not able to meet their standards when it came to simple billing structures, performance and customer support.


Solution
Kevin Cornette, Client Services Manager and Cloud Architect at CSS, came across ProfitBricks and weighed us up against 14 other cloud providers.
 
“ProfitBricks had the right combination of price, performance, usability and support. The support and account management teams have always been so attentive to our needs. Initially, we viewed ProfitBricks as a cloud partner for replicating data centers, for those clients who were interested in disaster recovery. We quickly realized that on top of this the ProfitBricks solution falls in line with everything we want to do. Now we have one provider for everything.”
 
CSS uses the ProfitBricks Data Center Designer to replicate their customers’ backups, in case disaster recovery is needed. This Disaster Recovery as a Service solution includes de-duped and compressed replicated files. For some customers, CSS has moved their entire infrastructure over to the cloud. CSS is even planning on moving key portions of their own internal infrastructure to the ProfitBricks platform. CSS also has customized software solutions (which often combine and integrate popular 3rd party construction industry software) for their clients which they run on the ProfitBricks cloud. CSS also offers a file-sharing program housing 1TB of data, and a shared, multi-tenant Exchange solution with over 2TB of email.

Benefits

CSS have one public cloud computing solution provider for all of their IaaS needs which they see as unparalleled in the cloud computing world:

• Per-Customer Data Center Isolation
Channel solution providers can provision each data center as a unique entity with dedicated CPU cores and dedicated RAM – enabling easy billing and isolation between customers. 
“We are billed per data center, which allows us to isolate each customer and calculate their costs easily and efficiently. This is a huge plus for us, as an MSP.”
  
• Flexible and naturally compatible cloud solution
ProfitBricks’ platform is built on open-source standards and is architected to enable CTOs and operations architects and engineers to host traditional non-cloud applications.
“We like to empower our customers with best of breed solutions and line-of-business applications; combined with our expertise and the highly flexible and standards-based infrastructure at ProfitBricks, we are able to differentiate our offerings from the competition.” 
 
High-performance cloud enables CSS to drive new revenue streams with new and existing customers
ProfitBricks high performance cloud computing enables CSS to run a number of applications on the cloud to host dedicated client environments for our clients.
 
“By integrating ComputerEase, ProEstimating, and Project Sales Achiever, we’ve built a software platform which enable us to offer a per-user, rentable, and integrated solution unique in this space - and unlike anything offered by our competition. The performance, cost, and ease of provisioning our custom solutions on the ProfitBricks infrastructure is driving additional revenue, and enabling us to provide greater value to our clients without requiring a drain on their CAPEX budgets.”
 
Reseller Partner Program
With the lowest pricing in the industry and a very generous reseller program, CSS sees ProfitBricks as a long-term partner.
“While the cloud revolution is still at its early stages, we see our role as a responsible MSP, by offering our customers DRaaS and business focused solutions which we manage and support at a competitive price point.”
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