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Cloud Computing

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Over the last two years Cloud Services have become all pervasive with both large and small customers embracing the cost savings and performance offered by a plethora of suppliers. There is a bewildering array of Cloud services available with almost every software and hardware vendor bringing an offering to market. We can help you get the best from Cloud services, ensuring that your business does not get left behind.
Whether or not this type of backup gives you everything you need to recover from a disaster is another question.  Each function of your business with its associated application should be thought through carefully to make sure that if things do go wrong you can continue to produce the product or service that your customers usually enjoy.
In the end backup is all about recovery.  How fast can you get back to a place where you can service your customers to your usual high standards after each kind of disaster.  Also any solution that has not been tested is still in the ‘design stage’ only a test brings it into reality.

Cloud Services we provide

Make use of the Cloud so you can reach your Business Goals

Cloud Migrations

Typically if your on-premises server comes to the end of its life, and particularly for small to medium sized businesses, replacing it can be expensive. Migrating to the cloud however can be a cheaper alternative for your storage and hosting needs, and we can help you through the process by defining your business goals and then implementing the best solutions for your business.

Cloud Hybrid

In some cases migrating all of the company’s assets to the cloud can be unbeneficial in terms of cost or resource, therefore Hybrid is sometimes the answer. Utilising both the Cloud and on-premises infrastructure; and harnessing them to work together can make a powerful alternative. We can help you mix the right amount of cloud and on-premises to benefit your business so you can reach your business goals.

Online Backups

Backing up to the Cloud allows for extra security and resilience than just backing up onto hardware. Disasters will evidently always occur in the end and hardware will always fail, so allow us to help you secure your data so your business can continue functioning even in the event of a disaster.

Software as a Service

The maturity of SaaS now allows organisations to meet business goals by selecting software which can be utilised over the internet rather than having to add complex hardware and support services in house. We can help you to decide which of the correct software services are right for your business, as well as implementing those software solutions, configuring, training users and supporting them going forward.

Cloud Storage

Also known as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), in which your business can utilise the power of the Cloud by replicating your storage to the Cloud or having a storage spread across multiple cloud providers, synchronising storage with the cloud or using storage in the cloud for disaster recovery. We can help to produce a design and make the most cost effective and powerful facility for your organisation to utilise the best in cloud technologies.

CRM

We have partnered with one of the leading CRM vendors in the UK, this Cloud hosted Customer Relationship Management Solution has been refined to cater for any type of business need without being so complex that users find it difficult to use, while still giving value for money. One CRM, that combines Sales, Marketing, business management and customer relations in the Cloud.

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Microsoft Services we provide

Utilising Microsoft for all your Cloud storage needs

Microsoft Azure Microsoft’s flagship Infrastructure as a Service product.  Microsoft use it to host all of their own services as well as offering it to millions of organisations across the globe. With benefits like unlimited on demand storage, pay by the second and only when a server is turned on and new servers available in minutes it’s a compelling solution for eliminating the need for more complex hosting services or on site equipment.

This service allows you to manage desktops, provides malware protection and gives you control of mobile devices.  You can purchase this for your own IT staff to administer or as a fully packaged service from us. This piece of software is a SaaS provided by Microsoft.

This has replaced Microsoft Lync online. This service provides industry leading instant messaging, voice and video conferencing.  It also has PBX functionality for organisations that want to move away from traditional telephony. We can help you implement this powerful SaaS that can help meet the needs of your organisation.n

SharePoint Online is part of office 365.  It’s a tool used by millions of organisations to collaborate on documents projects and much more.  It's a feature rich way of delivering content to your staff securely in the Cloud eliminating the need for onsite storage.  Utilising SharePoint Online can offer efficiency savings and eliminate the risk of owning and maintaining a network server.

Previously, organisations would have used a server to host and manage their email, intranet and other services. Now Microsoft offer many of these as a Services so you can have powerful software for a much smaller price.
Office 365 is a group of services that are designed to work together to provide productivity solutions to organisations without the need for complex on site IT, including email, storage and shared calendars and documents.

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Cloud Computing FAQs

Below we have compiled a list of all helpful questions we are asked on a daily basis and our knowledge.

FAQs

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud Computing is a style of computing in which IT-related capabilities are provided 'as a service' using Internet technologies to connect to equipment hosted by others.  Often it has self-service interfaces that let customers acquire resources at any time and relinquish them the instant they are no longer needed.
The cloud is not really a technology by itself. Rather, it is an approach to building or consuming IT services that harnesses the rapidly increasing power of hosted and virtualization technologies that combine many servers into large computing pools.  Cloud services are usually spread across groups of IT hardware and separate locations, for resilience.  This means large IT resources can be made available at very short notice to fulfill demand such as very high demand for a company website after a marketing launch.

What is Public Cloud?

A public cloud is a service that anyone can access with an internet connection and a credit card. Public clouds are shared infrastructures with pay-as-you-go access to applications. Public clouds are easily accessible, multi-tenant virtualized infrastructures that are managed via a self-service portal.

What is Private Cloud?

A private cloud attempts to mimic the delivery models of public cloud vendors, but does so entirely within the firewall (sometimes within a single geographic location) to meet the specific requirements of an organisation. A private cloud would be highly virtualized, stringing together large numbers of items of IT equipment into one or a few easily managed logical resource pools.
Like public clouds, delivery of private cloud services would typically be done through a Web interface with self-service and charge-back attributes. Private clouds give you many of the benefits of Cloud Computing, but are privately owned and managed, the access may be limited to your own enterprise or a section of your staff. It can drive efficiency, enforce standardization and promote best practices.

How do you charge for Cloud services?

For most cloud services you pay monthly for only what you use.  Some are annual contracts but most allow for very short term requirements.

What types of applications can run in the Cloud?

Almost anything.  Most common so far has been hosted email services replacing on site servers doing the same job.  However organisations are moving more technical workloads to the Cloud all the time including large databases, business applications such as Customer Relationship Management systems and Enterprise Resource Planning.  In fact the vast majority of software companies now have a Cloud offering of one kind or another for organisations to take advantage of.

FAQs

Can applications move from one Cloud to another?

Yes, some moves are easier than others. There is not very much standardization in the Cloud at the moment which creates barriers for moves.  Moves are still possible but they take careful planning and specialist software and services.  As Cloud matures, Cloud vendors will adopt standards-based technologies in order to ensure true interoperability, according to several industry groups. 

How does traditional software licensing apply in the Cloud world?

Most traditional software licensing operates with a rental or a ‘perpetual’ licence allowing usage rights based on certain criteria. Cloud services tend to operate on a subscription model where the subscription allows use of the ‘service’ without reference to the separate software titles that may be involved. 

What types of services-level agreements do you provide?

We can offer the same sorts of service levels for supporting Cloud applications as we do for traditional applications.  Our aim is to match the services levels to your business goals and the way you work.

How can I make sure my data is safe?

It's important to carefully read the security documentation of the Cloud service you are using.  Although many Cloud services are intrinsically resilient and many are ISO 27001 certified you may want to replicate the service to another provider as a disaster recovery option just as you would for a service that were running in your own office.

How can I make sure that my applications run with the same level of performance if I go with a Cloud vendor?

When moving to the Cloud, stress testing of the service is key before deploying into production.  Often Cloud services can run faster than local services because they are more scalable adapting to demand.  There are latency issues to consider and depending on the latency of the current service this may be a factor.  With the right connectivity and the correct Cloud resources the service should be able to accommodate any workload.