What’s New in the Cloud?


Microsoft Cloud is a secure solution that can listen, learn and predict; turning data into actionable insight that enhances business opportunities. With the cloud, high performance computing and agility can help businesses expand their growth. The Cloud connects every user in your organization to the data they need to make better decisions, faster. Here are three services the Cloud can provide to help your business flourish.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) contains the basic building blocks for cloud IT and typically provides access to networking features, computers (virtual or on dedicated hardware), and data storage space. With IaaS there’s no need to maintain and upgrade software and hardware or troubleshoot equipment problems. With the appropriate agreement in place, the service provider assures that your infrastructure is reliable and meets SLAs. This provides the highest level of flexibility and management control over IT resources.  IaaS sidesteps the upfront expense of setting up and managing an on-site datacenter, making it an economical option for start-ups and businesses testing new ideas.

Platform as a Service (PaaS) removes the need for organizations to manage the underlying infrastructure (usually hardware and operating systems) and allows them to focus on the deployment and management of applications. Resource procurement, capacity planning, software maintenance, and patching are all taken care of. PaaS allows you to avoid the expense and complexity of buying and managing software licenses, the underlying application infrastructure and middleware or the development tools and other resources. PaaS provides all of the capabilities that you need to support the complete web application lifecycle: building, testing, deploying, managing, and updating within the same integrated environment. You manage the applications and services you develop, and the cloud service provider typically manages everything else.

Software as a Service (SaaS) provides a completed product that is run and managed by the service provider. The emergence of SaaS as an effective software-delivery mechanism creates an opportunity for IT departments to change their focus from deploying and supporting applications to managing the services that those applications provide. A successful service-centric IT, in turn, directly produces more value for the business by providing services that draw from both internal and external sources and align closely with business goals. A common example of a SaaS application is web-based email, where the organization does not have to manage feature additions to the email product or maintain the servers and operating systems. SaaS offers substantial opportunities for organizations of all sizes to shift the risks of software acquisition, and to move IT from a reactive cost center to being a proactive, value-producing part of the enterprise.

As a Microsoft Gold Partner, Accountnet helps companies get up and running with Microsoft Dynamics. We don’t just install and configure the software – we train your accounting staff to use it to create the reports they need, so they can analyze data as necessary. Our solutions give both technical and non-technical employees essential information to do their jobs well – wherever they are, in whatever application they choose to use. Take the next step towards growth with Microsoft Dynamics GP in the Cloud or on your servers – the choice is yours. Contact us at Accountnet to learn more.