We are FileMaker Geeks

Many providers have experience with FileMaker or hosting, but very few are truly experts at both. Whether you are hosting on one of our cloud servers, a local server, or a server in Azure/ Amazon/ Rackspace/ etc.- we have services to make your FileMaker solution run better. From expertise with FileMaker’s (often confusing) licensing options, to non-traditional deployment, to high-security/ compliance requirements- these are day to day topics for us. We have divided our FileMaker-centric hosting services into the following categories to order to bring a little to the order to the plethora of options.

Traditional FileMaker Hosting

Many of the ‘newer’ FileMaker offerings make it difficult for small businesses to utilize a distributed FileMaker solution. Worldcloud offers a mix of services which provide hosting options as low as $12/month. We have hosting packages to meet any size organization.

Worldcloud has more plans and more deployment options than any other FileMaker hosting provider. Traditional FileMaker Server Hosting is at the heart of many of those options.

FileMaker for Teams Hosting Plans

FileMaker, Inc. introduced a new type of ‘simplified’ licensing for FileMaker 15. This licensing combines the cost of FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go, FileMaker WebDirect, and FileMaker Server into one bundle. For some users, this new pricing is much less complex and offers a better value; however, for those which require more flexibility.

FileMaker Solution Hosting

Traditionally, most hosting companies are only about providing ‘hosting services’. New for 2016, Worldcloud now offers ‘solution hosting’ which includes ‘premium support’ for your entire FileMaker solution: end-user support, FileMaker coaching, and code reviews are included.

Third-Party FileMaker Servers

Hosting on Worldcloud servers are typically less expensive than Rackspace, Amazon, or Azure; however, there are cases where these other providers have value which we can not offer. We have become an authorized reseller for these providers so that we can offer their services in additional to our own.

Our goal is to provide the best FileMaker-centric servcies no metter where your files happen to reside. Our expertise, management tools, monitoring tools, and updates.

FIleMaker Server Management

Many users which have their own FileMaker Server systems lack the time, money, and/or technical expertise to manage their servers to the same standards as large institutions and/or hosting companies. If you have your own server, we can manage it like it was one of ours. We have our own software which was specifically designed to manage and monitor FileMaker.

Leased FileMaker Servers

FileMaker Server has the ability to have a ‘live’ connection with a second ‘fail-over’ server. If you —operate a ‘mission-critical’ server, then you should consider having Worldcloud host a ‘live’ backup server, so that if you experience a disaster, then your users can simple switch over to one of our servers- complete with up to date data.

Fail-over FileMaker Servers

Most companies do not have the redundancy of architecture which Worldcloud employs. FileMaker Server 14 introduced the ability for a FileMaker Server to be ‘grouped’ to another ‘backup’ server. Should a problem develop on the ‘production’ server, a Worldcloud provided Fail-over server can be engaged with ‘up-to-date’ data.

FIleMaker Robot Systems

Many users which have their own FileMaker Server systems lack the time, money, and/or technical expertise to manage their servers to the same standards as large institutions and/or hosting companies. If you have your own server, we can manage it like it was one of ours. We have our own software which was specifically designed to manage and monitor FileMaker.

FileMaker Virtual Clients

FileMaker Server has the ability to have a ‘live’ connection with a second ‘fail-over’ server. If you —operate a ‘mission-critical’ server, then you should consider having Worldcloud host a ‘live’ backup server, so that if you experience a disaster, then your users can simple switch over to one of our servers- complete with up to date data.

If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life

FileMaker isn’t just one of the many environments which we support, it’s our passion.

FileMaker Expertise

While it is true that there are an endless array of providers which can host FileMaker; however, few have the experience that we do. We have Certified FileMaker Developers on staff to help you determine which type of hosting that you need. As your needs become more complex we can help guide you through the different approaches, techniques, and options.

Cloud Expertise

A number of experienced FileMaker Developers may guide you through the options of FileMaker Server and discuss with you the best way to optimize your FileMaker solution; however, few ‘traditional’ FileMaker Developers are certified or trained by Microsoft, Cirtix, 2X, and/or VMware.

The honest truth is that ‘cloud technology’ is moving at a much faster pace than ‘FileMaker technology’ and to succeed it is becoming more and more common to embrace these technologies and allow FileMaker to utilize technologies which extend the ‘traditional’ limitations of FileMaker deployment.

SMB Expertise

The vast majority of our clients are small businesses or they represent a department or smaller group within a larger corporation. The fiscal responsibility, time to market, and pressure to succeed is different in a small business, non-profit, or departmental database.

Why deal with a huge provider which can’t relate to the ‘real-world’ nature that many/ most FileMaker solutions to use to address.

Better Solutions

Although world class hosting is a key component for a successful FileMaker-based deployment; often times the techniques, skill level, and security built into your solution will do more to secure your data, enhance functionality, and improve usability. We have the skills to assure that your FileMaker solution delivers to it’s fullest.

The following are just a few of the topics which we discuss on a daily basis:

Interface Design

Most users have no concept of the structure or architecture of a FileMaker solution. Most users judge a solution by the way that it appears. Modern design techniques can not only make a solution function better, but may also change the impression it makes on it’s users.

WAN Optimization

For every technique a developer uses, there are likely three other techniques which would yield the same result. The fact is that FileMaker gives a developer a great amount of flexibility in the way in which they design their FileMaker solution; however, many of these methods are more efficient than others over the network.

Custom iOS FileMaker apps

Most any FileMaker solution may delivered as a ‘real’ iOS app through the Apple AppStore. Not only does this assist your marketing efforts, but it also makes it easier for new users to get started with your solution. Worldcloud has supported dozens of these apps and has the experience to succeed.

Non-traditional Deployment

Need a faster version of FileMaker? Do you have users spread all over the globe? Do you need plug-in support or other functionality which prevents your users from utilizing WebDirect? Worldcloud has solutions to all these issues. Worldcloud bundles FileMaker with other services to provide more options than any other provider.

Managed Security

Prior to hosting with Worldcloud, many FileMaker solutions are utilized on a single computer and security is not a major issue. Worldcloud has the experience to keep your data safe and secure. From the most basic advice to utilizing two-factor authentication and encryption.

Synchronization

One of the most requested functionality with FileMaker is an ‘off-line’ mode where users with FileMaker Go and/ FileMaker Pro can work without a network connection. Although not a ‘built-in’ functionality of the FileMaker platform, there are several solutions which offer this functionality. Worldcloud clients are using most every one of these solutions and we can discuss the merits of each approach to help your road warrior excel.

Premium Support for FileMaker Solutions

User Management

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FileMaker Training

FileMaker training is directed towards end-users- how to Find, how to print, sort, etc. We have supported FileMaker users for years and we have the experience to help keep FileMaker users productive.

FileMaker Coaching

Coaching is directed towards developers. In many cases, when a developer has an opportunity the opportunity to work with another, they get new ideas, perspectives, and experience which can save hours of time.

Technical Evaluations

We evaluate each solution which is uploaded. We check to make sure that your database meets common security issues. We can also make usability and functionality recommendations.

Emergency Support

Sometimes a FileMaker solution just stops acting the may that it was expected. We have years of experience to help troubleshoot issues quickly, not to mention since we provide that server environment and we have evaluated your solution, we are that much more prepared to help support your FileMaker solution.

Discounts on Development

Clients which have ‘premium support’ as a part of their hosting packages will receive discounted rates on development services. We have dedicated developers for FileMaker, web, and application development.

Certified Experts

We have a team of professionals which are constantly expanding their skills and displaying those skills by adding certifications to an ever growing list. Among our certifications include:

  • Certified FileMaker Developers
  • vmWare vExperts
  • Microsoft Certified Hosting Provider
  • 2Xpert
  • Certified Tableau Developer

Deployment Options

Worldcloud Infastrucuture

Our servers, in hand-picked datacenters across the globe allow us to offer excellent value, support, and security. We have hosted on our own equipment since 1998. The majority of Worldcloud clients are on hardware.

On-site Servers

We lease servers which can be installed on your own site and/or we offer management services to manage your own FileMaker Server at your own location. These servers can easily utilize Worldcloud hardware for backup, fail-over, and disaster recovery support, as well as our support services.

Rackspace

We are fully trained with OpenStack (created by Rackspace) and recently attended the OpenStack Summit in Austin, TX. We are a Rackspace reseller and have to enhance their services with our expertise.

Amazon

Amazon has received the favor of numerous FileMaker developers. As Amazon resellers, we can add value to their services and help our clients through the maze of options which Amazon offers.

Azure

Azure is the largest cluster of Windows-based systems in the world. As a Microsoft Certified Hosting provider we can advice on using Azure for FileMaker-centric applications.

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FileMaker Hosting 101

We have been hosting FileMaker since 1998 and we spend much of our time working with professional developers which long for the detail and diversity of options which are described on this site. If you are new to FileMaker, hosting is really a simple process. typically, after a quick phone call, we can recommend a plan and help you get your solution uploaded in just a few quick steps.

 

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