Cloud Services provide a way to maintain current hardware and software capability, near 100% availability and robust end-user accessibility. Infrastructure, platforms and software are hosted in highly connected fault tolerant data centers. Users access company resources using desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. In most cases the user device and operating system are not important. Apple and Android devices can access Windows Remote Desktop Services and use any windows application. It’s even possible to use “thin” client devices like Google ChromeBooks or Wyse Terminals to connect to Remote Desktop Services.
BUT what can it do?
For businesses that have mediocre connectivity and a mobile workforce Cloud Services in the form of Virtually Hosted Desktops can give guaranteed high speed connectivity to shared applications and common data. Accessing knowledgebases, ticketing systems, accounting, payroll, etc. without regard to home office connectivity.
This can be especially helpful during emergency events that can prevent physical access to the office, extended power outages following natural disasters or COVID19 type events where employees need to maintain physical distance.
It can also facilitate a Bring-Your-On-Device Model. By utilizing Remote Desktop Virtual Sessions in an Integrated Active Directory environment, network management becomes easy even with employee supplied devices. File and Network Security are still part of an Active Directory environment and employees remotely connect to virtual sessions that look and feel just like the familiar Windows 10 Desktop. Since many employees already have a personal desktop or laptop and servers are hosted in the cloud, the cost of servers and workstations can be minimized while always maintaining the “latest” version of the OS, Line-Of-Business and productivity applications.
Some Cloud offerings are often referred to as Software-As-A-Service or SaaS. It is possible to share a single application or a suite of business critical applications delivered as a package. With shared applications users are presented with one or more desktop icons on their computer that link to cloud hosted application(s). Once launched they function much like locally installed versions but are centrally managed reducing the time needed to manage the system.
The other most common Cloud offering is Infrastructure-as-a-Service. This can include both Storage and Compute components. Cloud Backup, Shared File Systems, Compute capacity and Network services are examples of IaaS. IaaS offers the ability to maintain the latest, often redundant, hardware. Providers assume the responsibility for maintenance, hardware refresh and in many cases data resiliency.
Teksys Networks Partners with Microsoft, Google and Amazon to provide the same enterprise-class Cloud Computing Services used by Fortune 500 Companies, Federal, State and Local Governments.
Give us a call and we can help you explore the world of Cloud Computing and help guide your decision-making process when it comes to building a cost-effective, fault tolerant solution for your business.