The Speros Cloud

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The Speros Cloud

192_Cloud-ComputingThe Speros Cloud was envisioned and designed for the corporate business office. Our specifically designed Data Center encompasses all critical components necessary to insure our Cloud customer’s receive reliability, redundancy, speed, real time back-ups, security and peace of mind.

The Speros Cloud was completed in 2011; the Speros Cloud housed within our Savannah Data Center now provides top notch technology, the latest Microsoft suite of software, and a turnkey computer solution that will always remain fresh and state-of-the-art.

Our Cloud customer’s love the fact they will never need to purchase new server equipment. Their investment in their computers is now a monthly service expense and not a huge capital expense. Not only can they count on the fact they have the latest technology always, their Company’s internal network has the support of multiple IT professionals.

Speros is a Microsoft partner. Therefore, the Speros Cloud always has the latest software. When Microsoft issues new software our Cloud clients receive the newest technology. We eliminate the need to buy expensive software that becomes obsolete as soon as it has been loaded onto a customer provided server.

The Speros IT professionals monitor our Cloud clients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our data center is secure, fully protected and not susceptible to power outages or glitches. Our data center has a back-up generator and our Center is located in one of the highest parts of Savannah. Our real time back-ups go to Atlanta, San Diego and Ontario, Canada.

Our Cloud customers can work and access their data remotely on a normal sunny day from anywhere in the world and our Cloud customers can work and access their data remotely on a severe evacuation threat of weather from anywhere in the world.

The Speros Cloud is the right choice for your office. Whatever your offices’ CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software is, the Speros team of IT technicians will verify with the manufacturer it is compatible for a Cloud environment. We will implement a new change with greater computer speeds, more security and more back-up potential than you could previously purchase.

The Speros Cloud and Speros Services Guarantee Your Company IT Peace of Mind!


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Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS)

Software as a Service (SaaS) is defined:

…software that is deployed over the internet… With SaaS, a provider licenses an application to customers either as a service on demand, through a subscription, in a “pay-as-you-go” model, or (increasingly) at no charge when there is opportunity to generate revenue from streams other than the user, such as from advertisement or user list sales

SaaS is a rapidly growing market as indicated in recent reports that predict ongoing double digit growth [9]. This rapid growth indicates that SaaS will soon become commonplace within every organization and hence it is important that buyers and users of technology understand what SaaS is and where it is suitable.

Characteristics of SaaS

Like other forms of Cloud Computing, it is important to ensure that solutions sold as SaaS in fact comply with generally accepted definitions of Cloud Computing. Some defining characteristics of SaaS include;

• Web access to commercial software

• Software is managed from a central location

• Software delivered in a “one to many” model

• Users not required to handle software upgrades and patches

• Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) allow for integration between different pieces of software

Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Platform as a Service (PaaS) brings the benefits that SaaS bought for applications, but over to the software development world. PaaS can be defined as a computing platform that allows the creation of web applications quickly and easily and without the complexity of buying and maintaining the software and infrastructure underneath it.

PaaS is analogous to SaaS except that, rather than being software delivered over the web, it is a platform for the creation of software, delivered over the web.

Characteristics of PaaS

There are a number of different takes on what constitutes PaaS but some basic characteristics include [16];

  • Services to develop, test, deploy, host and maintain applications in the same integrated development environment. All the varying services needed to fulfil the application development process
  • Web based user interface creation tools help to create, modify, test and deploy different UI scenarios
  • Multi-tenant architecture where multiple concurrent users utilize the same development application
  • Built in scalability of deployed software including load balancing and failover
  • Integration with web services and databases via common standards
  • Support for development team collaboration – some PaaS solutions include project planning and communication tools
  • Tools to handle billing and subscription management

PaaS, which is similar in many ways to Infrastructure as a Service that will be discussed below, is differentiated from IaaS by the addition of value added services and comes in two distinct flavors;

1. A collaborative platform for software development, focused on workflow management regardless of the data source being used for the application. An example of this approach would be Heroku, a PaaS that utilizes the Ruby on Rails development language.

2. A platform that allows for the creation of software utilizing proprietary data from an application. This sort of PaaS can be seen as a method to create applications with a common data form or type. An example of this sort of platform would be the PaaS from which is used almost exclusively to develop applications that work with the CRM

Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a way of delivering Cloud Computing infrastructure – servers, storage, network and operating systems – as an on-demand service. Rather than purchasing servers, software, datacenter space or network equipment, clients instead buy those resources as a fully outsourced service on demand.

Within IaaS, there are some sub-categories that are worth noting. Generally IaaS can be obtained as public or private infrastructure or a combination of the two. “Public cloud” is considered infrastructure that consists of shared resources, deployed on a self-service basis over the Internet.

By contrast, “private cloud” is infrastructure that emulates some of Cloud Computing features, like virtualization, but does so on a private network. Additionally, some hosting providers are beginning to offer a combination of traditional dedicated hosting alongside public and/ or private cloud networks. This combination approach is generally called “Hybrid Cloud”.

Characteristics of IaaS

As with the two previous sections, SaaS and PaaS, IaaS is a rapidly developing field. That said there are some core characteristics which describe what IaaS is. IaaS is generally accepted to comply with the following;

  • Resources are distributed as a service
  • Allows for dynamic scaling
  • Has a variable cost, utility pricing model
  • Generally includes multiple users on a single piece of hardware

There are a plethora of IaaS providers out there from the largest Cloud players like Amazon Web Services and Rackspace to more boutique regional players.

As mentioned previously, the line between PaaS and IaaS is becoming more blurred as vendors introduce tools as part of IaaS that help with deployment including the ability to deploy multiple types of clouds.

The Speros Cloud is the easiest way to gain a fast, up to date, problem free IT environment that just works!

  • UPGRADE your computer network without dreading the big cash outlay for a new server, software licenses, and computers
  • SOFTWARE ASSURANCE eliminates the risk of paying big after a Microsoft license audit
  • INSTANT Disaster Recovery
  • HIGHER level of security for your data
  • LESS downtime, problems, and interruptions
  • FREEDOM to work from anywhere, on any device, at anytime

Mary Willoughby

Episcopal Diocese of Georgia

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