Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based service from Microsoft.  It brings together ‘Cloud’ versions of Microsoft’s most trusted next-generation communications and collaboration products.  Our on-going investment in Cloud Computing means you’ll have less downtime and less cost, therefore, benefiting your bottom line.


Office 365 provides up-to-date versions of Office Professional Plus.  This 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.  Also, manage and access email, calendar and contacts, all via a remote internet connection from any location, 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 Office 365.  So, a one-man band through to a large multinational Company with 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 in a datacentre.  This enables 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.  Also, there is no need to purchase associated software.  Most Cloud Computing is 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 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 achieved by a Company purchasing their own equipment and locating it in a data centre.  Alternatively, hardware supplied by a data centre can be used then paid for via a monthly subscription.  This model gives a company the ability to up or downscale hardware as and when needed.

Having the main Servers and data located in a data centre gives the User better access due to the fast Internet connection available.  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 data centre and often far superior than would be implemented by most companies.