The Cloud: Office 365’s Platform for Modern-Day Innovators
The Cloud is something that is one of the most misunderstood and underappreciated benefits in making the switch to Office 365. While many companies are implementing a cloud storage system, Office 365 provides a strong list of benefits along with its Cloud system, creating a wide gap between Office 365 and the rest of its competitors.
Uptime. Something that most any business would want to maximize. Why? Because companies want to be online all the time. But everyone knows that 100% uptime is a virtual myth. So when Office 365 says they have been maintaining a 99% uptime, we tend to balk and even disregard it. Office 365’s cloud service, when implemented, is the ultimate source of uptime. Even better is the fact that it requires little effort from you or your company. Now, how is Office 365 maintaining this 99% uptime? They implemented in their highly redundant cloud. Because of this wondrous implementation, applications of the Microsoft Office are able to be used offline. There is a lack of downtime when applications can be used and work can be done even without cellular data or wifi. The cloud enabled Office 365 to be completely usable online or off. It now syncs all of the offline work up into your individual applications when it is reconnected, making a seamless transition to your workload and making it seem as if you and your company were never offline to begin with.
Redundancy is something that the Office 365 Cloud team is extremely proud of. This redundancy has been built upon three different levels of the Cloud. They have a physical redundancy at their disk/card levels within their servers. This protects their data centers against failures. How? They have separate facilities and power redundancies set up for each region they are supporting. Likewise, they link their data received through each of these data facilities, so that if one goes down, your information isn’t lost. It will be spread out amongst the different data centers, so you’ll always have a point to access your data from, regardless of whether or not one data point crashes or goes offline. Lastly, they input the ability for all of their services to work offline. Basically, your working never stops. You can work without internet, and when you connect next, all your information will sync to the cloud and be added to the network of data that is your Office 365 account.
Office 365 balances loads to provide end users with the best possible experiences. These auto-updates also prioritize, performing low priority tasks during low activity periods and deferring them during high load periods. It utilizes automated and manual failover to healthy resources during hardware or software failures and monitoring alerts. Furthermore, it routinely performs recovery across failed domains to ensure readiness for circumstances requiring failovers.
Office 365 cares about its customers, and constantly monitors its servers for signs of failure or shutdown. Alerts are sent directly to support when irregularities are seen in pattern behavior. Another interesting feature is Outside-In monitoring, which is constantly executing from multiple locations around the world both from trusted third party services and our own worldwide datacenters to raise alerts. But what happens when the computers do this, you ask? On call professionals are ready to answer any and all questions revolving around the Office 365 Cloud and its irregularities or blips. Their support line puts you in touch with support engineers, product developers, program managers, product managers and in some cases, senior leadership.
Office 365 standardizes its components and processes, so that if complications arise, everything is easy to understand and more of a simple fix. Again, reduced confusion and downtime. They have architected the software components to be loosely coupled so that their deployment and ongoing health don’t require a degree in rocket science to build it.