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CRN's Next-Gen 250 list offers a snapshot of the channel's up-and-comers: young solution provider companies that focus on new business models and are zeroing in on lucrative and emerging technologies, among them cloud computing, mobility, virtualization, unified communications, business analytics and business intelligence.
Here we take a closer look at three of our Next-Gen 250 solution providers who are taking advantage of the mobility revolution and offering integration and services on top of mobile platforms.
Ceryx: Head In The Clouds, Feet In Mobility
Cost-efficiency: It’s one of the main reasons why companies engage IT solution providers, and a main driver for cloud solutions. Cloud computing can help IT solution providers reduce customer costs and increase efficiencies. For example, according to research from the Carbon Disclosure Project, a typical food and beverage firm transitioning its human resources applications from dedicated IT to a public cloud can achieve a net present value of $10.1 million during five years with a payback period of less than a year.
Next-Gen solution provider Ceryx helps customers gain that competitive edge via the cloud.
“Ceryx helps enterprises gain the efficiencies of cloud computing without giving up the control of an on-premise solution,” said Paul D. Engels, executive vice president, Ceryx sales and marketing. The company focuses on cloud-based messaging and collaboration targeting large enterprises; although it specializes in Microsoft Exchange/SharePoint/Lync, Ceryx adds complementary best-of-breed products from other vendors.
Formerly known as 800onemail, the company changed its name to Ceryx in October 2004. (Ceryx was founded in 2001 and is based in Toronto, Canada.)The solution provider is a managed services company specializing in unified communications, offering Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Office Communications Server (OCS), advanced security and archiving solutions. Ceryx’s key differentiators include its platform flexibility to meet complex or changing client needs; broad integration options to interoperate with other solutions (such as mobility, security, IP voice, etc.); and powerful user control via its proprietary Cloud Control management environment.
Cloud Control is a SaaS platform that helps large enterprises leverage cloud-based technologies. The solution acts as a single point of administration across all of Ceryx’s solution components, lowering support costs by enabling delegated administration without sacrificing compliance, said Engels.
Among Ceryx’s offerings is its Private Dedicated Cloud solution, which is focused on enterprise security, reliability, flexibility and cost-effectiveness. The service is highly adaptable to meet today’s increasing demands for security, compliance, integration and data residency. Ceryx’s Private Managed Cloud is aimed at enterprises that have in-house infrastructure for Exchange, Lync and/or SharePoint but need to boost their operational efficiencies and reduce costs.
For customers with fewer than 3,000 employees, Ceryx has tailored Enterprise Multi-Tenant solutions to deliver cost efficiencies. Enterprise Multi-Tenant offers many of the same benefits associated with a private dedicated cloud solution.
“Ceryx further meets the sophisticated needs of large enterprises with a suite of integrated solutions offered by best-of-breed technologies in archiving and compliance, antivirus and antispam, mobility and unified messaging,” Engels said.
The company works with partners such as IBM and CompuCom. It serves several vertical markets, including health care, mining and resources, financial, retail, real estate, travel, automotive and manufacturing.
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