Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

Our on-going investment in Cloud Computing means you’ll have less downtime, at less cost, which will of course benefit your bottom line.

Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based service from Microsoft, that brings together ‘Cloud’ versions of Microsoft’s most trusted next-generation communications and collaboration products.

Office 365 provides always-up-to-date versions of Office Professional Plus, which includes Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint with the latest version of Microsoft’s Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online.

You will have remote access to the latest Microsoft products that enable you to access and share documents; make real-time contact via instant messaging, video calling, live web conferencing and online meetings; and manage and access email, calendar and contacts – all via a remote internet connection from any location and on any device.

Benefits are:

  • Easy to Use
  • Improved Collaboration
  • Security and Reliability

Hosted in the cloud, and all up and running quickly and easily without the upfront costs of an on-premise deployment, Microsoft Office 365 enables your workers to communicate and collaborate effectively.

Any one individual or organisation can use Office365.  So a one man band through to a large multinational company with many thousands of Users could find this service just what they need.

For your free trial of Office 365 please click here.

Cloud computing enables Users to store files (Word, Excel, Photo’s, emails etc.) on secure shared Servers which are located in a datacentre enabling the Users to connect to these Servers from any location that has an internet connection.  It is also possible to run some software on these remote Servers taking away the need to load and keep up to date software on each PC.

The User does not need to purchase the physical Server or associated software as most Cloud computing is paid for on a monthly subscription.

Private cloud computing has all the features of the Public Cloud but is a closed, not shared service setup and configured by a company just for its own staff to access specific services.

A Private Cloud allows a company to create their own infrastructure behind a secure firewall which limits access to their equipment to authorised Users.  Often this is achieved by a company purchasing their own equipment and locating it in a datacentre.  Alternatively hardware can be used which is supplied by a data center and paid for on a monthly subscription.  This model gives a company the ability to up or downscale hardware as and when needed.

Having all the main Servers and data located in a data center gives the User better access due to the large and very fast Internet connections available through datacentres.  It also reduces the need for special facilities in the office of the company, redundant power supplies and standby generators, air-conditioning and fire suppression systems as well as secure access to the equipment.  These are all standard in a datacentre and often far superior than would be implemented by most companies.