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Cloud Computing

Harnessing the power of simplicity
The concept behind cloud computing is simple: it lets you run computer applications over the Internet, without having to buy, install or manage your own servers. You can run your company's IT operations with nothing more than a browser and an Internet connection. Applications, operating systems, and servers all reside out of sight and within the metaphorical cloud or, if you prefer, the Internet.

A New Way of Doing Business
Cloud computing turns conventional software delivery on its head in a number of ways:

Low overhead
Upgrades, maintenance and system administration take place in the cloud and are managed by us so you don't have to spend nights or weekends supervising a new version upgrade or a failed server. One industry analyst study found that cloud-based business software cost 50% less than on-premise software over a four-year period for a 100-employee company.

Ease of access at anytime, and from anywhere
Cloud computing is "always on," making it easy to grow your business and support remote workers and locations, or support a highly mobile sales or service team, because people can access the cloud any time, day or night, from any browser, desktop or mobile device around the globe, 24x7

High availability
Cloud software architectures are designed from the ground up for maximum network performance, so they frequently deliver better application-level availability than conventional, on-premise solutions. For example, we commit to 99.5% availability for our customers, and provide data security such as PCI DSS compliance that would be cost prohibitive for an SME.

For most small businesses the level of security and availability, disaster recovery and back-up provided by us far exceeds that which they can provide themselves.

Fast deployment
You can be up and running with ERP, CRM or ecommerce applications, on a local or global scale, within a few months, rather than the six to 12 months it would take to write, install and troubleshoot conventional servers and software.

Optimized performance
The cloud adjusts to your performance needs, dynamically assigning server cycles whenever and wherever you need them, and automatically adjusting to spikes in your business.

Subscription-based pricing
You pay as you go, unlike conventional systems where you have to make a major up-front investment in licenses, hardware and software. You benefit from better cash flow and far greater IT flexibility.

Energy savings
By eliminating the need for on-premise hardware, cloud computing reduces overall server room electric consumption as well, which can save a mid-size businesses more $10,000 or more per year, according to a recent sustainability impact study.

You're in Control
Best of all, cloud computing lets you focus on your business rather than on your software. You don't have to use valuable IT resources to keep business systems on life support. Instead, you can re-deploy them to focus on more strategic business initiatives while leaving us to worry about scalability, security, uptime, application maintenance and system upgrades. And you can be confident in taking your business public, or into new regions of the world, without outgrowing your cloud computing resources, thanks to the world-class datacenters we use.