THE NORRCOM CLOUD ADVANTAGE
A brief description of the terminology
What is Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. These services are broadly divided into three categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The name cloud computing was inspired by the cloud symbol that's often used to represent the Internet in flowcharts and diagrams.
A cloud service has three distinct characteristics that differentiate it from traditional hosting. It is sold on demand, typically by the minute or the hour; it is elastic -- a user can have as much or as little of a service as they want at any given time; and the service is fully managed by the provider (the consumer needs nothing but a personal computer and Internet access). Since innovations in virtualisation and distributed computing, as well as improved access to high- speed Internet and a weak economy, have accelerated interest in cloud computing.
A cloud can be private or public. A public cloud sells services to anyone on the Internet. (Currently, Amazon Web Services is the largest public cloud provider.) A private cloud is a proprietary network or a data center that supplies hosted services to a limited number of people. When a service provider uses public cloud resources to create their private cloud, the result is called a virtual private cloud. Private or public, the goal of cloud computing is to provide easy, scalable access to computing resources and IT services.
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) like Amazon Web Services provides virtual server instances) to start, stop, access and configure their virtual servers and storage. In the enterprise, cloud computing allows a company to pay for only as much capacity as is needed, and bring more online as soon as required. Because this pay-for-what-you-use model resembles the way electricity, fuel and water are consumed, it's sometimes referred to as utility computing.
Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) in the cloud is designed as a set of software and product development tools host- ed on the provider's infrastructure. Developers create applications on the provider's platform over the Internet. PaaS providers may use APIs, website portals or gateway software installed on the customer's computer. Force.com, (an outgrowth of Salesforce.com) and GoogleApps are examples of PaaS. Developers need to know that currently, there are not standards for interoperability or data portability in the cloud. Some providers will not allow software created by their customers to be moved to the provider's platform.
In the software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud model, the vendor supplies the hardware infrastructure, the soft- ware product and interacts with the user through a front-end portal. SaaS is a very broad market. Services can be anything from Web-based email to inventory control and database processing. Because the service provider hosts both the application and the data, the end user is free to use the service from anywhere.
Cloud services from Everycloud Hybrid Cloud or NO extra cost.
Hybrid cloud is a solution available to all schools regardless of the internet speed and regardless of available budget. These solutions include Google Mail, Google Apps, MS 365 as Mail and storage solutions, Hosted SMS, all major SMS providers now have cloud solutions. Accounts are now moving to options such as Xero which is cloud based, Library packages now have cloud based options. All schools can use all of these solutions here and now for little
Hosted services are to provide everything you would have on your schools current server hosted as a virtual server on one of NORRCOM’s new HP rack mounted servers in the cloud, the cloud in this case being Datacoms data centers. The Server can be maintained by NORRCOM or by your current technician the cost benefit is no onsite server, no 3-4 yearly replacement costs just a monthly cost to cover actual hardware, electricity, etc.
A virtual desktop delivers a common user interface to all devices in the school, similar to but not Remote Desktop which some people are familiar with. The benefit of this service allows applications to be loaded at one central place. Most devices can access the VDI (virtual Desktop Image) so new devices are not essential. It is a sound solution which works well with BYOD, it is important to note it does not replace device maintenance as the devices do not leave the school and you also loose the ability to work online should the internet fail.
Fully Managed Hosted Solution
A Fully managed hosted solution is everything rolled into one. With NORRCOM taking care of all hosted servers and services and the NORRCOM help desk and/or onsite technicians managing the onsite infrastructure.
NORRCOM’s cloud backup solution is an excellent entry into cloud computing, automatically backing up changed data only from your server, it is stored in New Zealand in secure data facilities. Consulting NORRCOM's team of consultants include ex College Principals, Executive Officer, Teachers and technicians who know how to do it not our way but the best way.
Who are we
EveryCloud is a division of NORRCOM Ltd, EveryCloud is a cloud based solution operating from servers hosted within Datacom datacenters, the technology provides fully redundant fall over sites (Tri location), high speed connections and platforms customers can manage independently of ourselves. More importantly this service if extremely cost effective and built from the ground upwards.