What is Cloud Computing?
Computing delivered over the Internet like a utility service that can be
accessed by any device that has internet connection. Computing horsepower is
located and happens outside the company on external servers, so no hardware
needs to be owned and operated by the user.
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What is a Thin Client? How is it different from a PC?
A Thin Client is a simple local terminal device with connections for
monitor, keyboard and mouse. It has no moving
parts, no hard drives, no noisy fans or local data storage. It is used for
connecting to a remote computer or computing
platform. In simple terms, it relays your keyboard and mouse commands to a
remote computer, such as a VIRTUALe server,
and in return, display a screen, or desktop, from the server.
They are very energy efficient, usually drawing a 1/10th of the power or
less, compared to a typical PC. And they have a
much longer operating life than a PC.
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Do we have to buy servers ?
No. With VIRTUALe there is no cost burden of server ownership and therefore
no expensive capital expenditure. Consilien owns and operates the servers on
behalf of all clients.
I am a very small company, can I afford
VIRTUALe is specifically designed for the small and mid sized company in
mind. Depending on your requirements a small company with as few as 5 users
can sign-on for less than $1000 a month.
What about SPAM and Viruses?
VIRTUALe uses the very latest in anti-virus, anti-SPAM software and firewall
technologies to protect against malware infections. We will help each client
design and implement a custom web access policy to ensure they have the best
protection for their environment.
How physically secure are the servers where my
data is held?
At most small to mid-sized businesses, servers are housed in server rooms
with limited physical security. This makes them vulnerable to thefts,
accidents, disasters and sabotage. Consilien’s VIRTUALe servers are housed
in a seismic zone rated data center, with multiple layers of physical and
data security. The building is also protected against fire and power
failure. It also operates a dedicated diesel generator for power and
cooling, as well as fuel resupply contracts to keep it running indefinitely.
How secure is my data?
VIRTUALe‘s architecture/design makes it much more secure than most company
networks. Each client company’s data and network is compartmentalized to
separate disk storage and dedicated networks. Access to your hosted VIRTUALe
servers is only through an encrypted VPN or dedicated link from your office
to our data center. No connection is every directly open to the Internet. We
also utilize a state-of-the-art data backup system that will backup your
complete VIRTUALe server multiple times a day. Optionally, our clients can
elect to have a copy of their VIRTUALe server backed-up to our alternate
data center, to protect against those extreme emergencies.
What happens if my internet connection goes
When we are deploying VIRTUALe service for a client, whenever possible we
will help them ensure their offices, or sites, are equipped with redundant
Internet connectivity and VPN link. This redundancy can be a combinations of
Telecom services, such as T1s, cable, fiber and wireless connections.
Our data center is equipped with multiple dedicated fiber connections,
supported by multiple back-bone providers to guard against any type of
Can I access my VIRTUALe desktop remotely from
Absolutely. One of the big benefits of VIRTUALe is that your Desktop can be
anywhere you have an internet and a VPN connection. All home PCs and vast
majority of current Smart devices, such as iPhones, Droids, iPads, are all
capable of establishing an encrypted VPN link with our data center.
Do I have to buy my own copies of Microsoft
No. We can provide you with the most current (standard or professional)
version of Microsoft Office as part of your VIRTUALe service.
What about our enterprise software, such as ERP
and CRM, which has been
customized and tailored for our company or business?
As part of the VIRTUALe service we will help you migrate your existing
enterprise software to the virtual servers that we host for you. We will
work with your software consultants, VARs or software vendors to ensure
a smooth transition.