Manage your environmental data in the cloud
Enviro Data has more implementation options than any comparable system. And now you can take the power of Enviro Data and run it in the cloud. Using the robust Microsoft Windows Azure, Geotech can help you set up your whole database system in the cloud. You get all the benefits of Enviro Data, along with all the benefits of a cloud implementation. This means that you don’t have to install any software or data locally, with no need to deal with servers, your IT department, or other hassles. You can provide access to the software and data to others, without having to worry about distance, connection speeds, and so on. Your Enviro Data databases can be in Access or SQL server, depending on your needs.
You can provide several instances of Enviro Data for multiple users at once, all connected to the same database. Your cloud system is backed up with automated failover, so it will always be available. And we can help you set up a backup system to suit your specific needs. Many of our clients are migrating much of their software and data to the cloud, and Enviro Cloud makes a perfect database solution for this type of implementation.
All the functionality of the Enviro Data software
Enviro Cloud implementations are based on the same powerful and time-tested Enviro Data software that you would install on your desktop. So you don’t give up any functionality when you go to the cloud.
Same familiar interface
If you have already been using Enviro Data, you will be able to hit the ground running with your Enviro Cloud system. And if you are new to the software, you will find features like an on-screen tour and wizard-assisted operations make it easy to be productive right away. And with most laboratories able to provide electronic deliverables compatible with Enviro Data and Enviro Cloud, you can get started building your database right away.
Multiple connections from anywhere in the world
The idea behind the cloud is that you don’t have to worry about where your data is. It’s always there whenever you (or anyone to whom you provide access) need it. For example, one of Geotech’s clients has an Enviro Cloud implementation where he has his consultant import his field data, and Geotech import his lab files. He reviews the data, and then his consultant creates his reports to submit to the appropriate agencies.
Geotech will help you set up your cloud site. Enviro Cloud runs in Microsoft Windows Azure on Microsoft’s cloud servers. Azure is really just a special version of Windows optimized to run in the cloud. Your data can live in Access, SQL Azure, or the full Microsoft SQL server. Then one or more user interface instances run in virtual machines in the cloud, which you connect to with Remote Desktop, which is part of Windows and Macintosh iOS. You can copy and paste files between your desktop and the remote computer, and do pretty much everything else you would expect to do on a Windows computer. You just don’t have to worry about computer maintenance, crashes, and so on that are a sad fact of Windows desktops.
Azure can also be used for more advanced tasks, too. It can host websites, and lets advanced users automate a variety of data movement and manipulation activities.
Despite the software and data not being local, performance is excellent, usually faster than your desktop and local network. So you can get your work done more quickly.
A cloud implementation can save a significant amount of money over a traditional client-server implementation. Since your desktop computer is basically acting like a terminal, you can get by with inexpensive hardware. And more importantly, Enviro Cloud eliminates the need for a local server, and IT staff to babysit it. For a couple of hundred dollars a month for the cloud site, you can eliminate thousands of dollars of server hardware, and hundreds of hours of IT staff time. And there is no need to update your database server to keep up with technology.
Step into the future
Maybe it’s time to switch to Enviro Cloud, and move your data management out of the client-server past and into the cloud future.
Enviro Data for the Web
Talk to Geotech about how we can help you display your data on the web. For more information, click here.