Business Insider broke the news with this headline: Microsoft is bundling up all its best stuff in a bid to overtake Amazon in the cloud wars. They described Microsoft’s new cloud as a service bundle in a way that made you think of cake and ice cream – a delicious and palate pleasing duo for businesses hungry to improve their efficiencies.
It’s true that we’ve had customers salivating over the new offering. That’s because this bundle of services was designed specifically for the small size business looking for the benefits of the cloud along with the best technology and tools that Microsoft can offer.
What’s Different about Cloud as a Service?
Let’s give you some backstory in case you’re too embarrassed to acknowledge that you never quite figured out what the cloud is. In fact, you probably use the cloud every day. The cloud is a form of computing in which data and applications are housed on a remote network, not a local network. The ‘net has enabled software geniuses like Microsoft to offer software-as-a-service (SaaS) in the cloud instead of requiring you to buy a box of discs and install it on your office computer.
Cloud as a service models can encompass everything from your email to document storage to software, and much more. It simply means that your data is securely stored in one of Microsoft’s mega-server farms, where it is encrypted, stored behind firewalls, and monitored 24/7/365.
Cloud as a service models allow even the smallest office to access some really big tools, like Microsoft Office 365, via a low-cost monthly subscription. You don’t need to buy any hardware, just connect to the cloud platform. You also don’t have to worry about security – patches are happening constantly in the cloud, where you have a team of experts monitoring constantly for data breach and security threats.
Cloud as a service models are also characterized by being scalable. This means you can add or subtract subscriptions, as you need them. It’s particularly valuable for companies that have seasonable up and down trends.
Benefits of Office 365 Cloud as a Service
Cloud models are also typically easy to install and deploy. They are interoperable with other software you may be using and are very mobile-friendly. All of these characteristics make for a particularly useful, robust, and intuitive set of software services that benefits can business from. Office 365 has been repackaged in the cloud with a set of tools designed for your business. Microsoft has been paying close attention to the needs, wants, and priorities of their customers. This bundle includes the Office 365 productivity suite for the cloud, the Windows 10 operating system, and all kinds of tools for your IT administrators to play with to customize and streamline this cloud as a service model.
Speaking of customization, CWPS is a leading provider of Microsoft managed services. We can help your team with customized packages to benefit your business. CWPS can also help with security and training to optimize your software and hardware investments. Contact us for a demo of the new Office 365 cloud as a service today.