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.
Virtual hardware or virtual content is not actually in front of you but works as if it were. Virtualization occurs through the cloud when you have access to hardware and software that work as if they were in your own site even though they are at a distant location. For example, it’s possible to have access to a ‘portion’ of a CPU from a server or to a memory ‘chunk’ from some hardware, both to execute functions or to backup data from a different site – and not having to physically have the memory at your office. This access happens at high speed, which allows you to add or reduce capacity as needed.
Scalability is the capacity to grow, or scale, by adding components (hardware, software, memory) to cover new needs without having to make huge investments. It is important because it allows businesses to adjust to new situations without having to buy new equipment and discard old ones.
In today’s advanced technology, having Internet access is becoming a business standard. In cloud computing solutions, losing your Internet connection can result in loss of access to cloud services. Some providers – like WorldNet – provide their telecommunications client’s access to cloud through an internal network, instead of the public Internet network. This eliminates the risk of getting disconnected and adds security and dependability.

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.
SaaS or “software as a service” is the most commonly known level of cloud. It means you do not buy software as you would buy a product, but you access it as a service available via Internet to cloud subscribers. At this level you can find applications used to complete various processes at your company. Both the applications and the data processed with it live at the provider’s cloud platform. Payment for SaaS usually is tied to level of use. SaaS is very flexible and scalable, since it is very easy to give or deny access to the programming to different users.
PaaS or platform as a service is a second level in cloud. This service includes a combination of platforms built from one or several app servers and a database. Combined, the platform’s components allow you to run apps and programming (written in the languages served by the platform). Subscribers are freed from the responsibility and cost of upgrading the platform, since the provider is in charge of scaling resources in case the apps require it. In addition, the provider is responsible for maximum yield from the platform, app upgrades, secured access and other maintenance issues.
IaaS, or infrastructure as a service, is a third level in cloud. It includes computing and storage; that is: CPU and disc space. This means that you not only have access to an application or a fragment of the platform, but also to a specific, concrete infrastructure, which could include computers, servers and data centers – even if you access them virtually.

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.

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