Frequently Asked Questions
Cloud computing is a colloquial expression used to describe a variety of different types of computing concepts that involve a large number of computers connected through a real-time communication network (typically the Internet).
The phrase is also more commonly used to refer to network based services which appear to be provided by real server hardware, which in fact are served up by virtual hardware, simulated by software running on one or more real machines. Such virtual servers do not physically exist and can therefore be moved around and scaled up (or down) on the fly without affecting the end user – arguably, rather like a cloud.
Cloud computing has multiple business advantages such as:
- Effective cost savings for business operations
- Higher flexibility and adaptability for business unpredicted needs. On-demand cloud resources provide the way to try out new ideas without extreme investments in supporting systems. And a shift in business focus can be made fairly quickly.
- Superior mobility for business access that allows employees to work anytime, anywhere.
- Storage and services on demand to reduce business impact
- Superior backup and disaster recovery for businesses
Most of cloud computing disadvantages are based on misunderstandings, fears and specific compatibilities situations such as:
- Incorrect perception that leads to the fear of losing control, reliability and privacy
- The misconception that cloud solutions have unexpected costs and payments.
Companies using cloud have significant savings in:
- Hardware and infrastructure costs including support, repairs and upgrades;
- Energy consumption, since they do not house servers at their sites;
- Security systems for their data, since those systems are managed by the cloud provider;
- Redundancy systems for their network including backup and disaster recovery methods;
- Payments for over consumption or exceeding their system’s capacity;
- Personnel compensation for network maintenance and IT teams;
- Loss of business opportunities due to inability to manage them.
Yes. In order to help businesses grow faster, be more profitable and reduce overall risk, WorldNet has developed a strategic cloud offering called WorldNet Cloud Direct℠.
WorldNet Cloud Direct℠ was born from our customers – large and small – asking for technology services and offerings that can help them solve their most challenging issues while reducing cost
WorldNet formed a team of experts and spent over a year and hundreds of man hours reading, learning, evaluating, testing and trying every solution possible. They brought in outside experts and hired internal experts. The intent was twofold – find solutions that could help our customers build more successful companies for less cost and find solutions that WorldNet could use to enjoy the same benefits.
For WorldNet, some specific Cloud features proved to be of great value, because of the company’s growth process. At the top of the list were Cloud attributes like:
- Scalability: the possibility of expanding or reducing Cloud resources as required by business fluctuations.
- Sustainability: the possibility of sustaining continued use; as expanding the system does not imply constantly earmarking extraordinary resources.
- Upgradeability: the ease with which both software and hardware are upgraded as needed.
- Ease of access: the possibility of accessing applications and data virtually through the Internet, from any location.
The fact that the marketplace was asking for more technology to satisfy its business needs and that transport has become more critical for businesses triggered WorldNet’s decision to integrate Cloud as part of their main service offerings.
The WorldNet Cloud Direct℠ offering is composed of five best-of-breed services that have been vetted from hundreds of products and services in the marketplace today. Each part of the solution set was chosen based on its superiority in multiple areas, including: rich feature sets, ease of use, simplicity of implementation, low risk, affordability and outstanding support and service.
The offering includes: Business Continuity, Hosted Exchange, Web Hosting, Hosted PBX and Virtual Servers.