Cloud Computing

Adopting a Cloud service can save your organisation money, but how do you actually get there?

What are your options?   Which cloud service do you transition first?  What is your Deployment Methodology and Logistics?   How do you leverage existing investments and licensing agreements?

Cloud on your Terms

IT transformations are complex and time intensive at the best of times and now cloud brings the biggest change to platform and infrastructure that we have seen in years. Softsource can help you navigate and simplify your journey to the cloud, helping you formulate the blueprint for your transition and ensure the best cloud fit for your business needs.

One size does not fit all – Every transition path and time-line is different.  Selecting the solution that fits your needs now and for the future is the key.

Softsource is a pioneer and NZ market leader in cloud solutions.  We have built our own Private Cloud from the ground up amassing a wealth of experience and resource.  Our cloud offering includes both Private and Public cloud options but also, a solution that is being readily adopted in NZ, the Hybrid Cloud.

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What is the cloud??

Simply speaking, the cloud, or cloud computing as it’s commonly called, refers to IT applications that operate over the Internet, rather than on your local server or PC’s hard drive. Your programs run on Internet based servers and your data is stored there.

3 main cloud types:

Public

The public cloud uses the Internet to connect customers and services, providing easy, inexpensive access to software and storage. Examples of public cloud applications include the Microsoft Azure, Amazon Simple Storage Service, Salesforce.com, and all Google apps. Public cloud can be a good fit for companies without an IT staff or large data users with global affiliates.

Private

Larger organisations that are particularly worried about security may choose a private cloud. A private cloud is operated solely for a single organization within their firewall to restrict access to information. In addition to providing greater security, a private cloud allows an organisation to easily customize their applications and data. The downside is that the private cloud requires significant in-house IT resources to set it up and operate it.

Hybrid

A hybrid cloud infrastructure uses a blend of public and private cloud environments to deliver the advantages of each. For example, you might put sensitive production data on an application in a private cloud to maximize security and then archive less critical data on a public cloud service to take advantage of the less expensive storage costs. Hybrid clouds can also provide more cost-effective scalability. Your organisation can take advantage of the computing and storage resources you typically need on the private cloud without buying more than you need. Instead, you pay for extra resources on the public cloud as you use them; for example, in response to traffic spikes.

Cloud Benefits include:

  • No capital costs.

    Instead of purchasing application software for one large up-front price, you subscribe to cloud services, paying a predictable and affordable monthly or annual fee. Capex to Opex.

  • Rapid Scalabilty.

    Increase or decrease capacity to meet your changing business needs. Pay only for what you need when you need it.  

  • Cut hardware costs.

    Because you access the applications through the Internet, you no longer need to purchase the fastest PCs or devices with the most memory. All you need is a reliable Internet connection.

  • Get started quickly.

    The cloud provider takes care of installation and upgrades, relieving your IT staff of those tasks. You can quickly start using the application and you’ll always be working on the most recent version because your application is upgraded automatically.

  • Anytime, anywhere access.

    You can connect to your cloud-based data and applications anytime, anywhere from any PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

  • Simplify collaboration.

    No longer will there be a need to worry about compatibility of data formats across your business. Everyone can access the same documents and data. Cloud applications make it easier for businesses to collaborate internally and with partners, vendors and customers.

  • Focus on your business.

    The cloud allows you to take advantage of advanced software without having to spend your team’s valuable time installing and maintaining your IT infrastructure and applications. Your staff is free to focus on creating new products and services that differentiate your business and generate income.

Adding the trusted advisor:

Softsource’s leading edge, Cloud offering and expertise has been recognised for 4 consecutive years at the NZ Microsoft Partner Awards.  This year Softsource received top awards for delivering exemplary and innovative solutions using Microsoft technologies to address customer’s business requirements.

Softsource offers a complete, one point of contact solution. We have built our reputation on innovation and commitment to the highest levels of service and professionalism. The cornerstone of our business is our long-standing client relationships which are founded on flexibility, reliability and integrity.

The Softsource company promise is “To make our customer’s life easier and their organisations more productive and efficient”.   Contact us now to see how cloud solutions with an experienced advisor can help your business.