Cloud Computing: Leveraging Technology to Your Advantage
Imagine a place where no-one is tied to a desk by the software they need to do their job—imagine an "office" confined not by walls or even distances—one where the right people for the job the world over can collaborate and get great results— imagine a dynamic new technology model—low cost, yet secure, resilient and imminently flexible. That's Cloud Computing. Uni-Data serves this future today.
Cloud Computing defined
Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.
"Cloud Computing" refers to the use of powerful, efficiently deployed servers to provide computing processes for remote users. Cloud computing encompasses the serving of applications and data; the virtualization of operating systems, either desktop or server; the virtualization of desktop applications to end-users. Used correctly, it can provide great gains in productivity while providing streamlined management and deployment capabilities for businesses of all sizes.
Benefits of Uni-Data Cloud Computing
Simply put, Uni-Data Cloud Computing allows businesses to add functionality without acquiring additional infrastructure. It enables a consistency of experience amongst users; it protects data, and encourages collaboration— delivering business technology advancements without entry-barring cost.
Right now, thousands of individual workers at thousands of businesses do their day-to-day work on servers in Uni-Data's SAS 70 Type II data center facilities. Our engineers and 24 x7 helpdesk in our U.S. based Network Operations Center (NOC) support them all with secure, discrete workspaces accessible from any internet-accessible desktop, laptop or smart device. They share their files amongst their appropriately permissioned co-workers, without needing a file server in their office. They use software that their company either already owned, or has leased from Uni-Data. Their productivity is assured because their workspace is completely supported and constantly available, with a Managed Services technician always just a call away to assist and guide them in all they do.
Uni-Data has a long history as IT Solution Providers: we've kept a large number of Fortune 100 financial services business in New York and New Jersey running since 1989. For Uni-Data, Cloud Computing is nothing new: we know that keeping files accessible across the internet makes business easier—it enables business owners and their clients to stay current with one another, provides tight integration between customer facing payment methods and the company cash flow, delivers integration of disparate business technology (CRM, Point of Sale, email), and allows the company books and the bank account to work together in real-time. Finally, we don't think that what we're doing is rocket science—we do it day in, day out, delivering a tried and time-tested enterprise IT solution, measuring our success through our client's satisfaction.
Uni-Data's innovation is in providing Small Business access to the tools, security and support enjoyed by Big Business, at a Small Business price. Uni-Data Cloud Computing Solutions are flexible: month-to-month access to the latest business software on a per user basis, no set-up fees, no minimums and no long term commitments. Unlike some others, we price our solutions according to the bandwidth, power, software licensing and support they entail, rather than what we feel you might be willing to pay. Straightforward, all-inclusive rates that makes business technology a predictable fixed-cost utility that scales with your demand, rather than our revenue goals.
- Have your own software? We'll put it to work for you, and augment as necessary.
- Need a temporary worker provisioned for a month or two? Add a user for heavy workloads, and shut them off when you're done at the end of the month—their files stay with you.
- Need certain people to see confidential files and restrict others' access? No problem: Uni-Data Cloud Computing is based on the Microsoft Active Directory, which allows user level permissioning to files and directories, as well as restricting the software that they can use.
- Need an easy to use, get-in-there-and-start-working solution that won't scare your employees? This is it- the same Microsoft Windows desktop they've always used, virtualized on a terminal server, which your people connect to using a Remote Desktop Client, software which is already embedded in their Windows or Mac device.
Application Hosting vs. Software as a Service (SaaS)
Uni-Data Cloud Computing features what's known as Application hosting—access to full software products, such as QuickBooks or Microsoft Office, rather than a watered down web version, typical of Software as a Service (SaaS). The only difference between the software you run on your desktop and that hosted by Uni-Data is where it sits—in a fully secure virtualized desktop run on high speed, high capacity servers located in our state-of-the-art data centers.
QuickBooks Hosting by Uni-Data
. This means that Uni-Data has been thoroughly vetted by Intuit regarding our security, infrastructure and expertise in financial data management. Our Hosted QuickBooks® solution makes it possible to use the full power of QuickBooks® in a flexible and secure hosted environment. Moreover, software is available as a subscription, so there is no large upfront licensing expense, while software is perpetually upgraded to the latest version.
Uni-Data: a leader in Application Hosting & Cloud Computing Technology
Uni-Data achieves the highest degrees of authorized service provider certification for the technologies we support. Besides our status as Intuit Authorized Commercial Host for QuickBooks, Uni-Data is also an Intuit Solution Provider, with specialized knowledge in the implementation and ongoing support of Intuit's product line; Uni-Data is a Microsoft Gold Partner, with staff trained and certified in the proper provisioning of shared server environments; Uni-Data is a VMware Partner, with certifications in the latest virtualization technologies; Uni-Data is an IBM partner, and as such we utilize the best, most powerful servers Big Blue has to offer.