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Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides trained dogs to people who are blind or visually impaired. When the organization was preparing to expand into a new building in Patterson, New York, it engaged ConvergeOne to install eight (8) new Cisco wireless access points and WLAN controllers. The relationship between the two companies quickly evolved after the successful wireless deployment, as Guiding Eyes was looking for a new managed services provider to handle all of its servers.
Bill Ma, the organization’s Director of IT, is responsible for handling the organization’s technology needs, including networking, security, workstations, and access controls. As with most non-profit organizations, all donor dollars go toward furthering the mission, with IT taking on more of a support role. This dynamic demands a creative and efficient approach to IT spending.
As Bill evaluated how Guiding Eyes should go about upgrading its aging and increasingly unreliable servers, he followed ConvergeOne’s recommendations to incrementally migrate them to the cloud instead of rebuilding an on-premises infrastructure. A cost-benefit-analysis determined that this option would save the organization nearly $500 a month in on-premises infrastructure and off-site backup and storage costs. As Guiding Eyes prepared to move to the cloud, Bill’s main concern hinged on whether end-users would experience any lag-time or performance impact.