We are Splitbrain

The Microsoft Hybrid Cloud partner.

The Splitbrain team consists of true perfectionists at their job. They are surely experts in their field. By leveraging innovative Microsoft technologies, Splitbrain guides companies in their process to digital transformation, making it easier to make the right choice between on-premises, public cloud or choose for a combination both.

In fact, Splitbrain truly believes in hybrid cloud as our daily experience shows that few organizations are ready for a full transition to the public cloud. Why would it be useful for an infrastructure to move to the public cloud? There are many different types of infrastructure and cloud strategies that can be tailored to the specific needs of an organization.

Through years of experience, Splitbrain ? like no other – is very familiar with both the on-premises and the cloud world. Consequently, our experts have excellent insight into the do’s and don’ts. We use our knowledge, expertise and passion to support organizations from start to finish. This includes an inventory of your IT environment demands, preparing a cloud roadmap, doing the actual implementation, and accepting complete management of the solution.

The NEW Azure Stack HCI

Azure Stack HCI becomes a true cloud solution, managed from Microsoft Azure. With the use of Azure Arc, organizations connect Azure Stack HCI to Microsoft Azure to enable cloud management and governance capabilities such as VM deployment to on-premises, role-based access control (RBAC), Azure Policy, resource tagging and much more. Find out more on our dedicated page.

“Only through focus can you do world-class things,
no matter how capable you are.”

Bill Gates

Why Hybrid Cloud?

Hybrid Cloud is able to offer an IT infrastructure that feels familiar, but with the ability to scale indefinitely and leveraging new cloud technologies. A hybrid cloud combines the benefits of both the public and the private cloud.

Flexibility and scalability

Microsoft Azure has many data centers across the world. The size of these data centers is immense and allows Microsoft customers to scale up and down as needed. To achieve this, it is not a requirement that the entire infrastructure is present in Microsoft Azure. By means of the right design, it is possible to provide services from a combination of the on-premises environment as well as the public cloud.

Location of data

Microsoft Azure data centers are required to meet high-quality certifications. In spite of this, organizations may be required to keep management of data confined to their own geography, governed by its country?s law and regulations. This requirement can be fully covered by Azure Stack, Microsoft’s hybrid cloud solution. For example, Microsoft’s solutions make it possible to run database clusters on-premises and web frontends in the cloud. This preserves the data in-house and maintains the advantage of cloud scalability; best of both worlds.

Ensure business continuity

Will your company be up-and-running again after a full power outage has occurred in your datacenter? Microsoft’s disaster recovery solutions provide this kind of continuity after a disaster has struck the datacenter. No costly investment is needed for an additional datacenter because the public cloud can function as a cost-effective stand-in for your primary datacenter. Services will be standby and ready to take over in the case of an emergency. We?ll help customers prepare a Disaster Recovery Plan and we?re ready to execute it in close communication with their IT team. Business continuity has become close to a commodity but requires a group of experts to fully prepare and execute successfully.

Azure Governance on-premises

The latest developments show an interesting trend; the ability to implement the cloud model on systems that are not in the public cloud. Azure Arc makes it possible to manage systems in its own data center through policies created in Microsoft Azure. This allows a policy to be executed in the IT environment, irrespective of in what location it is active.

Why Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI)?

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure offers a single platform for compute, storage and networking. A separate storage array is no longer needed, but storage is fully integrated in the solution. A significant advantage of Azure Stack HCI is that IT teams spend 50% less time managing their infrastructure. But benefits don?t end here: licensing can be saved significantly because fewer servers are needed and traditional silos can merge. There is no separation between server, storage or networking teams as the technologies are all integrated into one solution. Azure Stack HCI offers fully validated Windows Server-based solutions, as major server hardware vendors such as Dell, HPE, Lenovo, DataOn and Fujitsu, have invested in building fully qualified and tested HCI solutions.

Integrated storage features

By default, Windows Server offers a number of capabilities such as deduplication and compression on the HCI solutions. With Storage Replica, clusters can use either synchronous or asynchronous replication to meet strict RTO and RPO requirements by continuously replicating data to a different system.

Unprecedented performance

Through the architecture of Storage Spaces Direct, Microsoft’s software-defined storage solution within Azure Stack HCI, clusters can fully unleash the power of the hardware. In addition, Azure Stack HCI leverages the latest innovations in hardware, e.g. NVMe SSDs and Persistent Memory (PMEM). The combination of both makes the Azure Stack HCI solutions among the fastest on the market.

End-to-end hardware validation

Hardware used for Azure Stack HCI is subjected to extensive end-to-end testing. The validation process is conducted by Microsoft in conjunction with the hardware vendors. This guarantees that all components can work together.

Save costs on license fees

Windows Server Data Center licenses are required to use Hyper-V and an unlimited number of Virtual Machines. This same license includes the right to use other Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) features, such as Storage Spaces Direct, Deduplication, Storage Replication and Network Virtualization. So, there are no separate licenses required for specific storage functionality features. This combination of all features in one license really saves cost when adopting an Azure Stack HCI solution.

Why Kubernetes (K8s)?

Kubernetes is an open-source management system for containers. This system enables deployment of applications, scalability and integrated management of containers. Kubernetes offers an abstraction layer on top of physical hosts. Because of this, application developers no longer have to deal with resource management and high availability as Kubernetes fully takes care of this. A Kubernetes cluster is the foundation of the company?s critical applications and is independent of the infrastructure on which it is installed. That doesn?t mean that this infrastructure is unimportant in attaining a high level of availability. Containers will be deployed to the most suitable physical host that has proper connections to persistent storage. Innovations in the latest version of Windows Server have given Microsoft hybrid cloud solutions the ability to act as an ideal foundation for Kubernetes clusters.

Windows Subsystem for Linux

With the arrival of Windows Server 2019, it is possible to use the ‘Windows Subsystem for Linux? (WSL). This makes it possible to have Windows and Linux containers active on the same container-host.

Infrastructure independence

Kubernetes ensures the orchestration of application roll-out using containers. Because a Kubernetes cluster is independent of the hardware, it can also use different types of infrastructure. This flexibility allows a Kubernetes cluster of mission-critical applications to be spread out across multiple Azure Stack environments.

Services

At Splitbrain we have a simple goal with our services: we want to ensure that our customers can move forward with their IT and Cloud plans. Each organization has its own pace going through a digital transformation. Realizing that each organization has different IT requirements, we can be and want to be your experienced and qualified sparring partner. We possess the knowledge and the drive, and at each and every step, we?ll be able to support you with your digital transformation.

Projects

Are you planning to refresh your datacenter or are you ready to (partially) migrate to the cloud? Splitbrain can offer a solution on both tracks, with a combination often being the best choice. Thanks to years of experience with these transitions, the pitfalls are well known, and a smooth transition can be guaranteed. The first and most important step in the process is to inventory the current situations and the IT requirements. Then, based on these wishes and needs, a route can be mapped out to work towards the desired end result. Let the Splitbrain experts help you avoid unexpected surprises.

Managed Operations

Your IT department can save valuable time by keeping focused on core activity and business processes.

Splitbrain offers a full range of services to take responsibility for managing your infrastructure, including business critical applications. Our specialists manage the environment, monitor the infrastructure 24/7 through proactive monitoring and acting when needed. The result will be less worries and full confidence in the stability of the platform.

Consultancy

Need an expert looking over your shoulder? No problem!


Thanks to extensive expertise and years of experience, our consultants can help with any kind of issue, ranging from on-premises systems to cloud infrastructure. As a specialist in hybrid cloud, Splitbrain has the right tools and techniques to help organizations with their issues and build a stable platform for the customer to rely on.

Managed Operations

Do you want to regain governance of your IT environment within an organization? At Splitbrain Managed Operations, your IT infrastructure is in the hands of specialists, day and night. These specialists take care of keeping mission-critical applications available. Due to the standardized building blocks, they fully master the environment, applying their experience to efficient management and monitoring practices. Don?t let your business-critical infrastructure be managed by generalists or inexperienced admins. Make sure you hire the right team for the right job!

Expert Desk

Wouldn?t it be great if you could call an expert any time you need one? Our Expert Desk, consisting of knowledgeable specialists, is available to answer your questions. You?ll always have access to that skilled semi-colleague to spar with.

Healthchecks

Periodic monitoring of the company’s infrastructure is important to ensure business continuity. Splitbrain specialists are happy to check the existing infrastructure to ensure that the latest best practices have been followed. Based on their findings, a report with clear recommendations and action points is prepared. Because Splitbrain specialists (some are MVP) are in close contact to Microsoft program managers, they?re the first to know about new best-practices and important patches. Urgent updates and modifications will be applied as soon as possible.

Cluster Updates

Periodic updates are important to keep an infrastructure safe and reliable. As part of Managed Operations, we are able to take care of this. Updates are first extensively tested on our own test environments before we release them for installation to our customers.

Which package suits you?

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SLA Response time
< 3 days< 2 daysNBD<4h<1h
Expert Desk support
24×7 monitoring 
4x Healthcheck per year 
4x cluster update per year  
Microsoft premier support   
Fully managed     
No hardware investment
    

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Tel: 085-3013851
Email: Info@Splitbrain.com
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