OUR RANGE OF CLOUD & HOSTED SERVICES
Our Cloud specialists can advise you as to what solution most suits your requirements. Whether that be a full cloud or hybrid cloud solution we’ll walk you through the options and talk you through the cost implications. If you have concerns about the perceived security risk we’ll take time to address these with you and will show you how you can increase security.
Cloud Backup – Provides backup, storage, and recovery of computer files. Automatically save critical data to the Cloud. No need to manually take back up offsite.
Cloud Disaster Recovery – The entire server, its operating system, applications, updates and data is wrapped into a single virtual server. This is then backed up to a cloud data centre where at any time it can brought back up up on a virtual host in a matter of minutes not hours. Traditional disaster recovery approaches required that servers be loaded with the operating system, applications software and updates set to the last configuration used in production before the data can be restored. This would often take days.
Cloud Anti-Virus – Cloud based anti-virus brings you the latest anti-virus definitions (updates) to protect you from the latest threats. The cloud antivirus client requires a small amount of your computer’s processing power.
Microsoft Office 365 – A cloud-based service hosted by Microsoft that brings together familiar Microsoft Office desktop applications with business-class email, shared calendars, instant messaging (IM), video conferencing, and file sharing. You receive secure, enterprise-grade tools for a predictable monthly cost and no upfront infrastructure investments.
Hosted Anti Spam – To prevent the irritation of email spam (a.k.a. unsolicited bulk email). An additional benefit is if your mail server or internet lines go down you will be able to access a web portal to access your email.
Hosted SharePoint – Microsoft Share Point is the industry-standard repository for document storage, sharing and workflow. It allows your employees to connect and collaborate from wherever they are. By hosting your Share Point server (2010 or 2013 edition) in the form of Software as a Service (SaaS), you make it our problem to ensure that your staff are always connected. And it’s the perfect complement to our Hosted Exchange.
Hosted Exchange – Exchange Online protects your information with advanced capabilities. Anti-malware and anti-spam filtering protect mailboxes. Data loss prevention capabilities prevent users from mistakenly sending sensitive information to unauthorised people. Globally redundant servers, premier disaster recovery capabilities, and a team of security experts monitoring Exchange Online around the clock safeguard your data. And with a guaranteed 99.9% uptime, financially-backed service level agreement, you can count on your email always being up and running.
VARIATIONS ON A CLOUD THEME
The four commonly cited cloud computing types:
Public Cloud is service which provides IT applications and storage to the general public over the Internet. Public cloud services may be free or offered on a subscription basis. Public clouds, provide services to multiple clients using the same shared infrastructure.
Private Cloud has all the features of the Public Cloud but is not a shared service. It is set up solely for a business for its own staff to access specific services. Private Cloud means a company has its own infrastructure which can only be accessed by authorised users. A company either employs their own equipment and locates it in a datacentre or hardware rents hardware in a hosting centre and pays for it on a monthly basis.
Hybrid Cloud is an environment where an organisation has some resources in-house and others provided externally. For example, they may choose to use a public cloud service for email and online backup but keep a file server onsite.
Community Cloud is a collaborative affair where infrastructure is shared between a number of organisations from a specific field, or with a common purpose (i.e. compliance, security etc.).
WHY CLOUD COMPUTING?
Cloud computing services allow you to upload your files to a secure, hosted server managed by a trusted, secure provider. You can then download your files any time you need them regardless of where you are (provided you have internet access). This is useful if you wish to have greater mobility of access to these files or where you want to collaborate with your colleagues on the same files. It is also a very effective way to back up important information because it will be safe even if your office burns down is flooded, robbed or hacked. But there is more to Cloud …..
Cloud computing means that you don’t have to invest in physical infrastructure (servers for example) or software (Microsoft Office say) because you can rent them, effectively, as and when you need them. Move from a Capex to Opex model. All the maintenance, updates and security processes will be managed 24/7 by the provider. What’s more if you want to grow your department or expand your operations you simply let your cloud provider worry about the additional hardware.
- Anytime, Anywhere Access on a variety of devices provided you have access to an internet connection.
- Reduced Hardware. No need for a physical email or file server in your office Reduces maintenance costs considerably. Also decreases carbon footprint.
- Monthly Recurring Payments. Predictable ongoing operating expenses. No need for capital expenditure. Fast deployment. Minimal project start-up costs.
- Scalable. Immediately scale up or down to suit your business requirements.
- Automated Software Updates. Managed 24/7.
- Increases Collaboration and Document Control. Employees, wherever they may be, can work on shared documents and applications simultaneously.
- Faster Resolution in Disaster Recovery. Companies using the cloud able to resolve issues nearly four times faster than businesses that don’t use cloud.
- Highly Secure Datacenters. 99.9% Uptime guarantees. Eliminates data loss risk from laptop theft.