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AonixCloud

Virtual Data Centre

What is AonixCloud?

AonixCloud is a Virtual Data Centre Product (VDC). AonixCloud is an Infrastructure as service (IaaS) solution that provides a highly secure, virtualised hosting environment to host services (email, website and any other applications). AonixCloud can be privately connected into your site or WAN, giving you secure resilient access to data and services hosted there.

 

AonixCloud can be scaled up and down at a moments notice to meet your business needs, allowing you to increase usage without the need to purchase expensive equipment or pay for something you don’t need.

 

Easy to deploy – it’s as simple as 1-2-3

AonixCloud offers a simple and easily understandable solution.

Building a private AonixCloud is simple using our AonixCloud portal. With drag and drop facilities deployment can be achieved very quickly.

Additional servers, called Virtual Machines or VMs, backup and storage can be added to the VDC at any time via the AonixCloud portal together with monitoring tools.

Scalable costs

AonixCloud provides a cost effective alternative to expensive hardware investment and maintenance without the need for ongoing costs such as co-location, power consumption, cooling, physical security or manpower.

 

With a faster time to deployment and pay as you go pricing there is an immediate return for businesses looking to reduce their overheads. AonixCloud is effectively another on-net site on the MPLS core meaning that connectivity costs are also reduced, leaving the end customer benefiting from faster speeds, enhanced resiliency and higher security.

Increased business agility

Too much time is spent maintaining current assets which doesn’t help businesses achieve that all important growth.

With demands on IT and capabilities forever increasing, technology is expected to do more, faster and for less money. AonixCloud helps address the challenge as it means companies can be more agile, productive and efficient by reducing costs, allowing access from anywhere and simplifying the management and operations across their IT.

Networking

Each AonixCloud has three types of network connection:

Private – traffic stays within the Virtual Data Centre

External – VLANs we take outside of the platform

Public – Internet traffic (unfiltered, un-firewalled)

Key Benefits

 

Cap-Ex Free

Pay-as-you-go so there’s no need for capital expenditure at all. And because cloud computing is much faster to deploy, businesses have minimal project start-up costs and predictable ongoing operating expenses.

Increased collaboration

Cloud computing increases collaboration by allowing all employees – wherever they are – to sync up and work on documents and shared apps simultaneously, and follow colleagues and records to receive critical updates in real time. A survey by Frost & Sullivan found that companies which invested in collaboration technology had a 400% return on investment.

 

Work from anywhere

As long as employees have internet access, they can work from anywhere. This flexibility positively affects knowledge workers' work-life balance and productivity. One study found that 42% of working adults would give up some of their salary if they could telecommute, and on average they would take a 6% pay cut.

 

Flexibility

The second a company needs more bandwidth than usual, a cloud-based service can instantly meet the demand because of the vast capacity of the service’s remote servers. 65% of respondents to an InformationWeek survey said “the ability to quickly meet business demands” was an important reason to move to cloud computing.

 

Disaster recovery

When companies start relying on cloud-based services, they no longer need complex disaster recovery plans. Cloud computing providers take care of most issues, and they do it faster. 

 

Document control

If a company doesn’t use the cloud, workers have to send files back and forth over email, meaning only one person can work on a file at a time and the same document has tonnes of names and formats. Cloud computing keeps all the files in one central location, and everyone works off of one central copy. Employees can even chat to each other whilst making changes together. This whole process makes collaboration stronger, which increases efficiency and improves a company’s bottom line.

 

Security

Laptops can get lost, stolen or damaged which can have some serious monetary implications, but when everything is stored in the cloud, data can still be accessed no matter what happens to a machine.

 

Competitiveness

The cloud grants SMEs access to enterprise-class technology. It also allows smaller businesses to act faster than big, established competitors. A study on disaster recovery eventually concluded that companies that didn’t use the cloud had to rely on tape backup methods and complicated procedures to recover – slow, laborious things which cloud users simply don’t use, allowing David to once again out-manoeuvre Goliath.

 

Environmentally friendly

Businesses using cloud computing only use the server space they need, which decreases their carbon footprint. Using the cloud results in at least 30% less energy consumption and carbon emissions than using on-site servers. And again, SMEs get the most benefit: for small companies, the cut in energy use and carbon emissions is likely to be 90%.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is the Operating System Licence included?

A: Yes.

 

Q: Can I bring my own Windows licence?

A: No.

 

Q: Who provides licences for the applications?

A: The End User.

Q: Is the Virtual Machine backed up?

A: Not by default. The customer can opt-in with an additional charge. We use Veeam to backup the entire Virtual Machine.

 

Q: What is the backup cycle?

A: One full backup per week. Incremental every day. Not variable.

 

Q: Can we do snapshots?

A: No, but the customer can clone an existing Virtual Machine or restore a backup to the other data centre.

Q: What happens if a host server fails?

A: All Virtual Machines are spun-up again on another host in the same data centre automatically.

 

Q: Is everything replicated to the other data centre?

A: No. Customers wanting resilience are welcome to build servers in both data centres. However, there is an additional cost in doing so.

 

Q: Does the Partner or Customer run the enterprise?

A: Either or both. The Partner gets given a login which can see all their customers. The end customer only sees their own enterprise.