Cloud-based is a term that refers to applications, services or resources made available to users on demand via the Internet from cloud computing provider's servers. Cloud based services that are commonly used are services including Voip, email, conferencing services, storage, applications, MS Office 365, Google services and security. While there are many options and types of cloud based services, some or all may apply to your business model and provide profound efficiencies, redundancies, mobility and scalability. With today’s technology advancements utilizing sound data services coupled with cloud services is becoming the preferred business model for companies of all sizes. Below are a few types of cloud based services being implemented by companies from small to large.
Daas: Desktop as a service is becoming a common solution for business customers. This service provides virtual desktops housed in data center servers. Customers are able to load their application into the servers and gain access securely from any internet connected device. This allows the flexibility to work from anywhere and helps with the reduction of capital expenditure and maintenance costs. An employee can work from notebooks, tablets or devices of the like. Laptop and desktop computer costs can be expensive to purchase, and to maintain. With Daas, also referred to as VDI ( virtual desktop infrastructure) there are many benefits including IT cost savings, IT flexibility, employee mobility, increased security and compliance as well as providing a redundant environment for storage and access to records.
Saas: Server as a service allows the leasing of server space in a redundant secure data center. Utilizing cloud based servers reduces costs by curbing the purchase and maintenance of potentially several servers to host email, desktop, website and development servers. Some of the main benefits are the abilities to partition servers to gain services from one server opposed to several, scalability, sharing of applications and software and more efficient maintenance for company IT staff.
Security Services: We have several providers that provide software, hardware and hybrid based security soltions
Unified Communications: Unified communications is a business term describing the integration of enterprise communication services. UC is not necessarily a single product, but a set of products that provides a consistent unified user interface and user experience across multiple devices and media types. Some common products within unified communications are listed below.
- Instant Messaging
- Presence Information
- Mobility features like extension mobility and single number reach
- Audio, Web & Video Conferencing
- Fixed-Mobile Convergence
- Desktop Sharing, Data Sharing including web connected electronic interactive whiteboards communication services such as unified messaging, integrated voicemail, e-mail, SMS and fax.