Cloud Computing

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS)


Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Cloud Computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) is the hardware and software that powers it all – servers, storage, networks, operating systems

 

How does our Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) work?

Our multi-tenant IaaS platform provides virtualised hardware, storage, networking, firewall and private connectivity offered together as-one-service.

Combining these standard infrastructure service ‘building blocks’ provides a comprehensive solution for your requirements and allows you the flexibility of changing your configuration as your needs evolve.

The IT Force IaaS is available as either a ‘public cloud,’ that uses a broadband Internet backbone, or a ‘private cloud,’ that runs on a closed network using high quality and low latency dedicated lines.

Our IaaS is rigorously standardised, monitored and managed to a high level of automation reducing provisioning time from weeks and days to just hours. It can be purchased as a standalone solution or uniquely in combination with a data network and communication services.

  • Fully Managed Infrastructure operates as a service delivery vehicle to provide managed services for production applications.
  • Flexible and integrated with access via the Internet or our provider's private connectivity services.
  • Multi-tier Auto-provisioning for complex multi-tier designs automatically provisioned
  • Managed Storage with integrated backup and restore
  • Scalable and standardised services provided on-demand to flex with your business growth
  • Constant monitoring by our providers established NOC

How do clients benefit from IaaS?
Clients may choose the IaaS route if they are looking at replacing some or their entire IT infrastructure.  It may also be an option for a company looking at virtualising their existing ICT infrastructure or seeking a robust infrastructure solution to support more demanding IT applications.


Hosted Virtual Desktop (HVD)

A hosted virtual desktop provides a Windows Operating system and all the normal applications such as Microsoft Office. You launch the desktop on a PC, laptop or compatible mobile device over the internet. Normally, this means you connect to and launch the desktop via a web browser.

 

How does our Hosted Virtual Desktop work?

Hosted Desktop is a secure web-based solution that hosts all your business software and information online allowing you to access it anytime, anywhere from almost any device.

Each user’s hosted desktop exists as a session on a virtual machine on the IaaS provider's servers. All business software, files, and emails are moved to the cloud IaaS allowing you to access them at any time. For the end users, the experience is indistinguishable from a non-cloud based solution in which all their data and applications are local.

How do clients benefit from a Hosted Virtual Desktop?
Deploying desktops as a managed service lets you respond more quickly to changing needs and opportunities. You can reduce costs and speed service by quickly and easily delivering virtualised desktops and applications to branch offices, outsourced and offshore employees, and mobile workers on iPad and Android tablets. IT Force desktop solutions are scalable, consistent, fully secure, and highly available to ensure maximum uptime and productivity.


Virtual Data Center (VDC)

Virtual data centers (VDC) are cloud-based data centers which are populated by virtualised resource pools of storage, servers, network, and security on IaaS infrastructure and securely managed via an online portal.

 

How does our Virtual Data Center work?

The IT Force Virtual Data Center (VDC) is the virtual equivalent of a real data centre. Our virtual data centre delivers a ‘Self-Managed’ On-demand cloud computing service to clients, with an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) delivery model, in a private cloud, hosted in our data centres in Ireland.

The service enables IT Force to build complex Multi-VLAN networks, ensuring the highest levels of security and data integrity. It is designed for enterprise computing applications with performance, reliability, and security to the fore.

Why do clients need a Virtual Data Center?
The IT Force virtual data center is like having your own physical data centre at your fingertips, without the hassle of having to manage all the hardware and the virtualisation, delivered via IaaS.


Software as a Service (SaaS)

Cloud Computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. SaaS (Software as a Service) applications are designed for end-users, delivered over the web offering an access anywhere approach.

 

How does our Software as a Service (SaaS) work?

Traditionally companies purchased licenses for a software program or application.  This was delivered as a boxed CD/DVD or as a downloadable file. It was then installed on a PC and users were responsible for keeping it updated.

Software as a service (or SaaS) is a way of delivering applications over the Internet—as a service. Instead of installing and maintaining software, you simply access it via the Internet, freeing yourself from complex software and hardware management.

SaaS applications are sometimes called Web-based software, on-demand software, or hosted software. Whatever the name, SaaS applications run on a SaaS provider’s highly available and redundant infrastructure. The provider manages access to the application, including security, availability, and performance.

How do clients benefit from SaaS?
Software as a Service allows organisations to access business functionality at a cost typically less than paying for licensed applications since SaaS pricing is based on a monthly fee.
With SAAS the software is hosted remotely and users don't need to invest in additional hardware. It removes the need for organisations to handle the installation, set-up and often daily upkeep and maintenance of software. The software inherits the benefits of sitting on the SaaS provider’s infrastructure, such as high availability, scalability, redundancy and powerful hardware.