Why can’t we just move these Windows servers to the cloud?
For the last five years I’ve been looking for a way to move my customers Windows Active Directory domain controllers to the cloud. These are server that sit in hidden closets throughout offices all over the world. Some sit on IT desks and look like patched together computers, some are nicely mounted in air-conditioned rooms in server racks. All of them require space, power, backup, redundant power, redundant hard drives, reliable internet and in some cases a team of people. They require proper Windows licensing, they’re generally run on some sort of RAID system that is often prone to failure and they often run out of space. On top of all this, they’re not easily accessible everywhere, so if you open a remote branch office with two employees you have to figure out a complicated and often expense remote system in order to connect them. Usually the fix has been to connect them through a VPN network and install another server in a closet in the new office.
Why can’t we just move these to the cloud?
Why can’t they be in the cloud where:
- We don’t have to worry anymore about RAID failures
- We don’t have to deal with a myriad of onsite/offsite backup solutions
- We don’t have to worry about arguing with the CTO every time they require an upgrade
- We can forget about Windows Client Access Licenses
- We’ll never run out of space
- Our customers data can be securely accessed from anywhere without frustrating site to site VPNs and Gotomypc and Sonicwall Netextender and all the other myriad of ways that people use for remote access that are hard to manage
Enter TrueStack Direct Connect.
I’m the CEO of TrueStack and I’ve been managing IT for businesses in Southern California since the early 2000s.
We’re doing it. We’re the only company doing it – Hosted Active Directory as a Service plus Storage by using TrueStack Direct Connect, a VPN management server made to connect Windows computers to Windows servers in the Amazon Web Services or Azure clouds.
Our customers can:
- Securely access their “Z drive” and any other short-cuts they currently have on their laptop or desktop from anywhere
- It’s fast and stable, always-on connection.
- It’s inexpensive. Connect up to 4096 computers and 253 servers for $142 a month.
- IT can manage their Active Directory connected devices at Starbucks the same way they manage them in the office
- You can use it to migrate your on premise domain to the cloud.
For more information read: Connect Windows computers to Windows cloud servers.
TrueStack offers a free 30-day trial. To set up your TrueStack Direct Connect VPN server in AWS or Azure follow our tutorials at truestack.com/support.
Want to take a Test Drive? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject: Test Drive. You’ll receive 48-hour access to a TrueStack Direct Connect VPN server and Windows 2012 R2 instance with a pre-configured domain controller with network shares.
Not sure if TrueStack Direct Connect is right for you? Contact us with questions, email@example.com or call 1(619) 634-4235, PST Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm.
Steve Fink – CEO TrueStack Inc.