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activCloud virtual servers and infrastructure

Why would you move your server workload to the Cloud? For your business, it means less hassle, less maintenance, and less worries than running them on-premise. 

Network infrastructure in the Cloud brings tremendous benefits to a business, providing high level network functionality for a fraction of the cost of traditional hardware based network solutions.

Benefits to your business

  • Pay as much as you need at the time, as activCloud is scalable to your requirements. Need more space or speed? No problems!
  • Eliminates the need for server hardware on site, which means there are no power or cooling costs, and you don’t need expensive same day warranty for server hardware.
  • Fast access to Cloud resources as all data is stored in Perth, in the CBD and Osborne Park.
  • No need to worry about backups, with daily backups to multiple locations occurring each night.
  • No lock in contracts, simply pay by the month and cancel at any time.
  • Integrate your existing IT systems into activCloud, creating a “best of both words” hybrid cloud environment

Entirely customizable to your needs

You can run just about any workload in the Cloud that you can on-premise, such as Microsoft Exchange, SQL, databases, websites, CRM, ERP, accounts packages, Remote Desktop Servers, and many other line of business applications. The possibilities are literally limitless.

Fast!High performance enterprise grade equipment saves your business time and money.
Reliable!Multiple internet links and fault tolerant hardware within the data centre increases overall reliability and availability.
Cost effective!Pay for what you need now, with the ability to add resources on-the-fly, and pay per month.
Secure!Locked down like Fort Knox, our security measures reduce the risks associated with cloud computing.
Local!Your data stays in Australia, instead of being shipped off overseas into cheap data centres. Our data centre is owned and run by Australians, for Australians.

Some examples of what we’re doing in the cloud
  1. Running core infrastructure such as domain controllers and Microsoft Exchange for businesses, linking this critical core infrastructure to their offices throughout Australia, and replicating their data to local servers in each office.
  2. Using secure networking tunnels to replicate Veeam server and data backups from client offices, to the data centre, ridding the client of the need to worry about their off-site data backup.
  3. Taking advantage of super fast internet links in the data centre, to allow many more mobile workers to connect throught to cloud based Remote Desktop Servers, than clients would otherwise be capable of providing with their slower office internet connections.
  4. Running high end internet-facing webservers that power eCommerce, with real time data input, output, and reporting, for time critical services such as GPS tracking.
  5. Host line of business applications that empower businesses to do business.
  6. This website itself is running on our activCloud platform!
Cloud infrastructure versus in-house infrastructure – which is best for your business?

Our experience has shown that:

  • Long term costs over three to five years for Cloud server infrastructure is comparable with the costs for in-house infrastructure.
  • Some clients do not have sufficient office space or capability to house a lot of IT infrastructure, so the Cloud presents a more feasible option instead of moving premises.
  • Some clients simply do not want the hassle or worry about housing, powering, cooling, and protecting their own IT infrastructure equipment.
  • Clients who have very sensitive data, such as lawyers or accountants, prefer to retain as much control of their data as possible and therefore opt for in-house equipment.
  • Some clients experience seasonal fluctuations in staff, or are forecasting rapid growth, in which case Cloud infrastructure works in their favour.
  • Some clients prefer IT expenses to be operational rather than capital expenses on the budget sheet, and some prefer it to be the other way around.

The simplest answer is: it all depends on your own requirements!

This article on businessbee.com by Alexia Chianis from 21st February 2014 discusses the question succinctly. Alexia summarises it thusly:

An on-site server gives you physical control over your server and it can be developed to meet the specific needs of your business. It also keeps critical data in-house. However, the initial cost to set up the server and the cost of maintaining it are sizable. Plus, you’ll be entirely responsible for paying for IT support whenever you may need it, which can make budgeting a nightmare.

When you move to a Cloud server, your on-site investment is negligible, you’ll enjoy enhanced scalability over an in-house server and it’s great for business with several virtual workers. You must have a strong, reliable Internet connection and you’ll have to budget for monthly hosting fees. Additionally, you must feel comfortable giving up control of data security, but there are trusted options out there to take care of this for you.

So should you go the traditional route and use an in-house server (or upgrade the one you have) or subscribe to a Cloud server? As with many business solutions, the answer depends on your business’ specific needs and budget. And while the Cloud has captured media buzz, according to a 2013 study by research firm Colmar Brunton, only 16 percent of small and medium business operators (SMEs) surveyed use Cloud computing. However, those SMEs that embrace the Cloud were over 100 percent more likely to enjoy increased revenue over the past year than those who didn’t.

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