Cloud computing has many parts to it, but in general it refers to any Internet hosted services such as applications or storage. These services can be software such as office productivity packages or online storage accounts or servers which are accessible remotely. Over the next decade, we will be seeing more of this as we become a more mobile working society.
Below are the cloud based services which we support or offer our clients. We will gladly explain the differences between them before a decision is made.
Google Apps for Business/Education – Google has its own suite of online office productivity applications including wordprocessor, spreadsheet, presentations, and database. Included in this package is custom domain email which is a rebranded Gmail. The cost for this service is under $10 per person per year.
Microsoft Office 365 – This relatively new suite of applications includes the applications we have all gotten to know over the years, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook. Like a magazine subscription, one pays per user per month. The benefit is that you always have the most updated software available. Unlike Google Apps, Office 365 comes two ways, online only and online and desktop applications. The difference in price is very small, but offers greater flexibility Also included, like with Google, you get custom email using Microsoft’s renowned Exchange.
There are other products available as well through Office 365 such as Project and Visio who use those products to manage projects and do visual diagrams.
Online Storage and Servers – One of the major benefits of the cloud is being able to use off-site servers for storage and applications. This reduces in-house costs for hardware and software. There are the free services available, but the benefit is the multitude of options available for running virtual computers and storage in the cloud and other services like Active Directory, Web hosting, and DNS which used to require having a room ful of equipment.
Let SAK Information Systems help you migrate your network infrastructure to the cloud and let you operate your business the way it should be run rather than constantly worrying about IT infrastructure maintenance and upgrades.