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With all the hype and buzz about cloud computing, it is easy to find your head in the clouds unable to focus on how it can be used within your organization and how it can help cut operating costs.
What is Cloud Computing?
A simple definition is that cloud computing is a broad term used to describe technology services delivered over the internet. Now considering how everything else is in the technology industry, cloud computing is a bit more involved than that.
Cloud computing is a broad term which covers a number of variations of technology:
- Software as a Service (SaaS) – applications are hosted by vendors and delivered to customers over the internet. This is the most mature type of the cloud computing technologies. Some SaaS providers have been around for more than a decade.
- Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) as Public Cloud – businesses access services that are run by third party suppliers which they then pay a subscription for. Google Apps and Salesforce.com are both examples of this.
- Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) as Private Cloud – when businesses take advantage of technology pioneered by cloud computing vendors to modernize their own internal servers or datacenter. This is possible by combining virtualization and automation.
- Platform as a Service (PaaS) – a set of services hosted by vendors on which companies are able to develop and host applications. Microsoft describes its Windows Azure technology as a platform as a service because, unlike infrastructure as a service, it has an integrated software layer on which applications developed using Java, .NET, PHP and XML, among others, can run.
Outsourcing has long been a common business practice, from hiring an attorney for legal services to using an outside firm to fabricate printed circuit boards for building electronic assemblies. With the advent of Cloud Computing, IT departments now have an efficient way to outsource a variety of their hardware and software needs.
Why is Cloud Computing good for your organization?
When considering cloud computing for your organization there are several key benefits to take into consideration:
- Cost savings
- Ease of start up
Web based email, calendar and documents that let you work from anywhere.
G-Suite is a cloud-based productivity suite that helps you and your team connect and get work done from anywhere on any device. It’s simple to setup, use and manage, allowing you to work smarter and focus on what really matters.
Google’s web-based messaging and collaboration apps require no hardware or software and need minimal administration, creating tremendous time and cost savings for businesses. End users can use the familiar Microsoft Outlook interface for email, contacts and calendar as they transition to Gmail and Google Calendar. Additionally, a leading research firm found that G-Suite is as little as 1/3 the total cost of competing solutions.
Want to see how much you could save with Google’s G-Suite compared to Microsoft Exchange?
Work with anyone, anywhere, on any device
Office 365 is in the cloud. Wherever your people are, online or offline, they can get to—and work with—the most up-to-date versions of the files and tools they need to get things done. And they can do it on virtually any device.
Office 365 is the same Office you already know and use every day. And then some. Because Office 365 is powered by the cloud, you can get to your applications and files from virtually anywhere—PC, Mac, and select mobile devices—and they’re always up to date. Same goes for updates to features—you get them automatically.
If you are already using Office365 or are interested in switching to it, give us a call and we can help. We have assisted many clients in migrating to Office365.
Access the powerful UC features of Switchvox in the cloud
Switchvox Cloud is not only a hosted PBX, it is a full-featured Unified Communications (UC) solution designed for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs). Switchvox Cloud runs the same award-winning software as an on-premises Switchvox appliance. This means your business phone system works the same way, regardless of whether you are running the hosted or on-site version.
Switchvox is the only hosted / on-site UC solution that runs on the exact same software.
This huge for companies who want to start off in the cloud and then transition into an on-site phone system or vice versa. Your staff will already be comfortable and used to working with the phone system minimizing the costs of change and training.