What Is The Cloud?
“The cloud” is a friendly way of describing web-based computing services that are hosted outside of your organization. When you use cloud-based services, your IT infrastructure resides off your property (off-premises), and is maintained by a third party (hosted), instead of residing on a server at your home or business (on-premises) that you maintain. Many services you use every day are a part of the cloud—everything from web-based email to mobile banking and online photo storage.
What Is Office 365?
How Office 365 Works
The Office 365 suite of products is located and managed remotely on servers owned and operated by Microsoft in a growing network of data centers world-wide. Because Office 365 is located online or “in the cloud,” it can be accessed from virtually anywhere with an Internet connection and on a wide variety of devices – PCs, Macs, tablets, or smartphones. More importantly, since the Office 365 infrastructure is owned and operated by Microsoft, businesses require little or no infrastructure investment of their own to start using Office 365, benefit from a financially backed guaranteed 99.9% uptime service level agreement, have access to 24/7 IT-level phone support for critical issues, and are protected by world-class security, compliance and privacy capability.
Included In All Office 365 Plans
No IT Investment | Businesses require little or no IT infrastructure investment to start using Office 365
99.9% Uptime | A financially backed guaranteed 99.9% uptime service level agreement
IT-Level Support | 24/7 phone support for critical issues
World-class Security | Office 365 provides world-class security, compliance and privacy and is certified by global standards bodies like ISO 27001, EU Model Clauses, HIPAA, FISMA and others
Anywhere Any Device | Office 365 can be access from virtually anywhere there is an Internet connection and on a wide variety of devices – a PC, Mac, tablet, or smartphone
Office 365 Options
Full Office | The latest Office apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, OneNote – downloaded and installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs
Mobile Office | The latest Office apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote – downloaded and installed on up to 5 smartphones and 5 tablets
Exchange Online | Business class email, calendar and contacts with a 50GB per user mailbox
Skype for Business | Unlimited online meetings with HD video conferencing and Instant Messaging (IM)
SharePoint Online | Intranet site for centralized file sharing and team collaboration
OneDrive | 1TB of personal file storage per user
Yammer | Corporate social network to help employees share ideas and information, take poles and conduct surveys across departments and locations
BI Tools | Self-service Business Intelligence (BI) tools to discover, analyze and visualize data in Excel
Compliance | Information protection including Legal Hold, Rights Management and Data Loss Protection (DLP) for email and files
Active Directory Integration | Connect with On-premises network to allow users single sign-on access both internal and Office 365 resources