CLOUD AND HOSTING

We believe the only thing matching the interest in cloud computing right now is the confusion surrounding it. To simplify it as much as possible, cloud is just another way to access your everyday applications through the Internet anywhere, anytime and on multiple devices.

In traditional environments, also known as On Premise, all of your servers are at your office. When you go to a Cloud environment, some or all of your servers you use are owned and housed by another organisation. At this time, pure cloud environments are uncommon with most organisations continuing to use applications that can only be held on premise.

How is it different?

When using the example of Microsoft Word as a cloud app through Office 365 you use Word directly on your primary computer exactly the same way you are used to. The added advantage is that you can also access Word and your documents when working remotely on any device using a web browser. The remote version of Word is almost identical to what you’re familiar with, this way you have the best of both worlds.

The user experience is still functionally the same, although performance is affected by the speed and reliability of your internet connection. This is why it is important to select the right internet plan for your organisation’s cloud requirements. As there are a variety of cloud options and associated requirements, it is best to speak to Diamond before deciding on what is best for your organisation.

Office 365

Why are organisations around the world quickly adopting Office 365?

Office 365 will dramatically change the way your organisation collaborates and does business.

Business doesn’t need to stop when you leave the office. Office 365 gives you fingertip access to your documents on the go and provides you with the most effective set of productivity and collaboration tools all within the cloud environment.

Office 365 is provided as a subscription service and provides you with:

  • A predictable monthly cost instead of an up-front investment.
  • The freedom to add licenses as your business expands, and remove them when they’re no longer needed, saving you time and money.
  • The latest versions of your selected Office applications as soon as the technologies become available.
  • The data is backed up safely and automatically and accessible anywhere using your secure log in information.

Depending on which subscription level you choose, you will have access to Office, Exchange, SharePoint and Lync. This would mean your staff can email, share calendars, instant message, video conference, upload and share files and simultaneously edit documents from anywhere, on any device.

The key benefits of Office 365 is that it offers flexibility and value for money. It can grow or be reduced with your organisation as necessary and allows for easier budgeting and management.

Hosting/IAAS

Hosting, also referred to as Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS), is a proven technology that’s been available for some time and is now considered a subset of Cloud technology.

Infrastructure as a service is a simpler way of managing your organisation’s ICT. Gain access to servers and utilise secure storage in world class, state-of-the-art, Australian data centres.

There are two main types of Hosting

  • Dedicated – Where you have dedicated computing resources (your own Blade/s).
  • Multi-tenanted – Where you share computing resources with others

With Infrastructure as a Service you have the ability to scale up or down, choose a private, virtualised or shared infrastructure and match your security levels to suit your organisation’s needs with confidence in carrier-grade disaster recovery. The pay-for use, or predictable monthly subscription also allows you to accurately forecast your expenses.

It’s really important to get the right advice based on your technical and licensing requirements. We can help quickly configure servers and storage with advanced online tools. This means you can focus on growing your business while we can focus more of our time on driving innovation for your organisation.