Cloud readiness is a meticulous process of incrementally adjusting network, security and data center processes and designs. Instead of seeing the cloud as a managed services cure-all, we recognize its value and recommend its implementation only after essential elements of infrastructure, functionality and security are in place. This foundation makes it possible to prepare an organization’s network for the use of private, public and hybrid cloud options while conducting initial projects exploring cloud technologies.

Moving data or processing to the public cloud comes with very real security concerns, and it should be driven by genuine organizational priorities. Public cloud adoption should not be pushed simply because of technical trends. Private cloud, by comparison, can provide a secure basis to begin transforming processes while analyzing application structures and security needs for how to best leverage public or hybrid cloud.

NetCraftsmen® experts work with our clients to first determine the viability of any cloud-based implementation, providing guidance and expertise that can save expense and frustration without overlooking security demands. We call it “Cloud Common Sense.”

Recent projects

  • National Energy Company – NetCraftsmen provided a readiness assessment for an enterprise SaaS application.
  • National Financial Institution – NetCraftsmen provided a reference architecture for securing all of the cloud-based assets as the organization moved from on-premise data centers to a cloud-only infrastructure.
  • Local Government – NetCraftsmen developed a five-year strategy and plan to move from an antiquated IT infrastructure to a cloud-based infrastructure, including security, for a large local Government. NetCraftsmen is also participating in the execution of the five-year plan.

Our Cloud solutions are available as discrete, consulting projects or through an ongoing, fixed-monthly-fee engagement with our Craftsmen Assurance® Managed Services solution.  Every NetCraftsmen engagement provides clients access to the entire NetCraftsmen team of best-in-class professionals. You’ll never get traded-down.  We empower our team of experts to do what’s right, every time.

If you’re eager to go to the cloud, don’t go without a Craftsman.

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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.