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Cloud computing is a network based computing model where shared resources (network, CPU, memory) and shared information are provided to computers on-demand.  Cloud computing and storage solutions provide users and businesses with numerous ways to access, store and process their data.  The secure cloud systems can be located in nearly any data center facility on the planet.  Either with a private cloud onsite, or a secure cloud service hosted by a third party, cloud computing enables convenient, on-demand access to shared, secure computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned or decommissioned with minimal administrative time.  Cloud services users can scale up as computing needs increase or scale down as demands decrease.  Some of the cloud services we offer are:

Microsoft Office 365

This is the flagship online product line offered by Microsoft.  It includes all the latest versions of Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote and all other Microsoft Office tools that allow you to create, edit, and share from your Apple or iOS devices, your Android devices, or Windows desktop and phones with anyone, anywhere, any time.

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Exchange Online

Often referred to as “Hosted Exchange”, this product offers enterprise messaging & communication for 1 user or 1000 users.  It’s easier than ever to provide your users with the business email they need to stay productive.  Maintain control over your environment while gaining the advantage of hosting your email on Microsoft servers.

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SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online delivers the powerful features of SharePoint without the associated overhead of managing the infrastructure on your own.  Safeguard your data by hosting it in geographically distributed data centers with premier disaster recovery capabilities and a team of experts monitoring the servers around the clock.

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Secure File Sharing

Secure File Sync & Share, built for the Enterprise but available to everyone.  Maintain control with centralized security, administration, and remote wipe capabilities.  Files are protected end-to-end in transit with AES 256-bit encryption.

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s definition of cloud computing identifies “five essential characteristics”:

  • On-demand self-service – A consumer can unilaterally provision computing capabilities, such as server time and network storage, as needed automatically without requiring human interaction with each service provider.
  • Broad network access – Capabilities are available over the network and accessed through standard mechanisms that promote use by heterogeneous thin or thick client platforms (e.g., mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and workstations).
  • Resource pooling – The provider’s computing resources are pooled to serve multiple consumers using a multi-tenant model, with different physical and virtual resources dynamically assigned and reassigned according to consumer demand.
  • Rapid elasticity – Capabilities can be elastically provisioned and released, in some cases automatically, to scale rapidly outward and inward commensurate with demand. To the consumer, the capabilities available for provisioning often appear unlimited and can be appropriated in any quantity at any time.
  • Measured service – Cloud systems automatically control and optimize resource use by leveraging a metering capability at some level of abstraction appropriate to the type of service (e.g., storage, processing, bandwidth, and active user accounts). Resource usage can be monitored, controlled, and reported, providing transparency for both the provider and consumer of the utilized service.