Managed Cloud Solutions
We provide managed cloud solutions powered by the Microsoft Office 365 and Azure platforms. So what does this mean? Cloud Solutions designed for business use a combination of hosted applications and cloud hosted infrastructure. These are known as Software As A Service (SAAS) and Infrastructure As A Service (IAAS). Office 365 is a SAAS service, Azure is a IAAS service. Still confused? See below for more detail on these two major services categories.
The solutions are designed specifically for your business and may be totally cloud based or a combination of cloud and on premises services (hybrid cloud). The Azure platform alone currently offers over 600 different services, a bewildering choice to those not familiar with the technology.
Most solutions will use only a small subset of what is available. Many will use a combination of Office 365 and Azure services.
Office 365 is a suite of hosted applications. Many of the names will already be familiar to you. The most commonly used is Exchange Online which provides robust, cost effective email services to billions of business and personal users all over the world. The business subscriptions of Office 365 have many other components such as
- Office Suite
- Office Online
- OneDrive for Business
- Sharepoint Online
- Skype for Business
and many more. Talk to us today to find out how your business can benefit from these powerful services.
What is Microsoft Azure? Azure is an on demand data centre. Azure currently offers over 600+ services that previously would only have been available to companies with very large private data centres and IT staff to manage the centres. You can consume as many services as you need and be billed for the services on a consumption basis. So what sort of services are we talking about?
Services that form part of a cloud solution that we design and implement for your business might include
- Cloud backup of files and folders or complete computers
- Directory services to control authentication and access to resources
- Virtual private servers, typically Remote Desktop Services (RDS) servers that were formerly known as terminal servers
- Database service
If you have ageing hardware or software solutions that need replacing or simply want to understand more about what these technologies can do for your business give us a call or send us a message.