SEXY? Might be a bit strong a term for blending these two products, but here are my thoughts on why together, Office 365 and Windows Server 2012 offer great benefits from both offerings.
Maybe two years ago there was still some resistance to putting systems and data into the cloud. Nowadays, I think we can agree that it is generally safe, and accepted as part and parcel of a technical solution for any business. However, there has always been the fear for the business user, what if something goes wrong in the cloud, what if the datacentres come crashing down, what then? Well the perfect scenario would be the blend of elements, both offsite and onsite.
One of my customers said to me once, “If something major happened I just want the ability to be able to grab a computer that has all my company data on it and simply walk out of the premises”.
We understand that notion, and to be honest our business works on this hybrid model, although most of our systems and data reside in a secure cloud we have also engineered that the company data can be physically reached immediately, this is in light of our Business Continuity Plan.
Considering how your data is shared between cloud and on premise is essential when considering a Business Continuity Plan. Essentially “what if?” needs to be asked and if your business can have some sort of fail-over within its IT strategy then you are well on your way.
When we are engaged in organising Office 365 and server 2012 essential solutions we consider three things: Budget, resources and practicality. Once the systems are setup, then our company gets on with day to day helpdesk and overall management of the systems.
We can now promote this solution as an affordable way to ensure you get what you want. Microsoft Office either standalone or the 365 suite is the crux of any business so we can plump for the cloud delivery of Office 365. However, we can also take an extra step to maintain the sensitive onsite control of data, CRM and accounts by opting for an onsite server running Server 2012. Using a centralised dashboard in Windows Server Essentials to manage PCs and devices—you know that your data is further protected with daily (or more frequent), automatic backup of every computer on your network.
ABCOM help to configure this solution. Once the systems are set we will proactively watch over them and of course, on a day to day basis, check Anti-Virus integrity, and that software patching and data backups are all working as they should.