Cloud Computing

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Business Works are the cloud computing specialists providing trusted advice, deployment and support for cloud computing services and solutions in Melbourne including cloud storage, cloud backup, cloud hosting, cloud security to name a few. Our overall cloud services include:

Cloud Hosted Microsoft Exchange
Microsoft Exchange without the servers, staff and headaches. Business grade email, always there – from anywhere!
Cloud Hosted Workstation Security
A business-grade information security and computer activity monitoring solution managed from the cloud. It allows you to effectively prevent, detect, respond, monitor and review measures to reduce risks of corporate data loss.
Cloud Hosted Email Archive and Storage
True “business grade” email archiving technology for small to medium businesses for a fraction of the cost without the need to purchase hardware, install software or manage ongoing maintenance. Every email that any person in your business sends and receives is securely archived, searchable and accessible forever.
Cloud Security – Cloud Hosted Web and Internet Security
Stop web based threats and workplace abuse of the internet. With no hardware or software to manage, a lower total cost of ownership and better protection against viruses, spyware, phishing attacks and inappropriate online usage, this comprehensive solution can replace or enhance a company’s existing security infrastructure.
Cloud Hosted Email Security
An affordable, effective business grade email security solution that is easy to use and automatically updated to protect against the latest threats.
Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Cloud backup for small to medium sized business. Data is transferred via the internet to a primary data centre that has built in tolerance to power spikes and outages, network outages and fire suppression, as well as physical security to keep unauthorized people out.
Cloud Hosted File Sharing and Collaboration
Business Works is proud to partner with Soonr to provide a cloud based file sharing and collaboration solution which is business grade, 100% locally supported and truly mobile.
Microsoft Office 365
Office 365 gives you the power of cloud productivity and the freedom and flexibility to get your work done anywhere!
Application Servers

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud Computing is a style of computing in which IT-related capabilities are provided “as a service”, allowing users to access these services from the Internet (“in the cloud”). The on-premise IT infrastructure like server hardware, storage, network, and software are replaced by a secure data centre which would run everything from e-mail, back-up to application servers. Almost every type of application can run in the Cloud!

In a cloud computing system, there’s a significant workload shift. The demands on the user’s side(local computer) decrease as a secure data centre that make up the cloud handles them instead. The only thing the user’s computer needs to be able to run is the cloud computing system’s interface software, which can be as simple as a Web browser, and the cloud’s network takes care of the rest.

There’s a good chance you’ve already used some form of cloud computing. A good example would be Web-based e-mail service like Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo. Instead of running an e-mail program on your computer, you log in to a Web e-mail account remotely. The software and storage for your account doesn’t exist on your computer, it’s on the service’s computer cloud.

3 Types of Cloud Computing

1. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is when you buy IT infrastructure/hardware to use over the net, usually servers or online storage. You buy what you need and pay-as-you-go. The most basic example of this type of cloud computing is buying a web hosting for your website. You pay monthly fee to a hosting company for the storage on their servers and to have them serve up files for your website from those servers. Another good example of cloud storage would be dropbox.

2. Software as a Service (SaaS) is where you use the complete software application that’s running on someone else’s system. The best example of this is Google Docs, which you can use for creating and storing text documents, presentations, spreadsheets and so on. Another good example would be Web-based e-mail service like Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo.

3. Platform as a Service (PaaS) is where you create applications using web-based tools so they run on systems software and hardware provided by another company. As an example, consider a situation where you develop your own e-commerce website but have the whole thing, including the shopping cart, checkout, and payment mechanism running on a merchant’s server.

Benefits of Cloud Computing

Some of the benefits of cloud computing are :
a. Pay as you go
b. Pay only for what you need
c. Access from anywhere : when connected to the internet, data and software can be accessed anytime, anywhere in the world.
d. Cloud Security : Protection against data loss from theft, fire and other natural disasters. Stops web based threats, viruses, spyware and workplace abuse of the internet.
f. No big upfront costs
g. Automatic software upgrades : software upgrades usually occur automatically in “the cloud”.