Cloud

We offer several different cloud services

Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is a set of web-enabled tools that combine Microsoft Office productivity with the latest Microsoft communication and collaboration technology. A month-to-month subscription of Office 365 can help you get where you want to go with your business:

Spam Filter

Our most popular cloud product is our Spam Filter. Our Spam Filter applies its proprietary self-learning smart technologies to eliminate spam mail before it reaches your inbox.

Offsite Backup

Offsite backup is a method of backing up data involving the use of an offsite location as security in the event of a disaster. Traditionally this involved backing up data to a tape drive or other removable device. Now we can backup straight to the cloud, so you don’t need to worry about tape drives.

Hosted Servers

Whether you are looking for a maintenance contract, emergency on-site IT Support or just some helpful advice, we have the support solution to suit you. We offer on-site IT Support and Managed IT Services across the UK.

Hosted Desktops

Hosted desktops enable remote working with access to all your data and applications from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

IAAS (Infrastructure as a Service)

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a form of cloud computing that provides virtualized computing resources over the Internet.

DRAAS (Disaster Recovery as a Service)

DRAAS is used for protecting an application or data from a natural or human disaster or service disruption at one location by enabling a full recovery in the cloud. RaaS differs from cloud-based backup services by protecting data and providing standby computing capacity on demand to facilitate more rapid application recovery.

Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment which uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services with orchestration between the two platforms.

Public Cloud

A public cloud is a service where you can make your resources, such as applications and storage, available over the Internet.

Private Cloud

Private clouds are dedicated to a single organization, the hardware, data storage and network can be designed to assure high levels of security that cannot be accessed by other clients in the same data center.

Cloud – everyone’s talking about it.

What actually is “The Cloud”?

To put it simply, something in the “Cloud” is just something accessed or running over the Internet. “Hosted” is another common word; “Hosted” means that some software or service is running from a server accessed via the Internet.

Storage in the Cloud

Cloud storage is just files stored on servers and accessed via the Internet as opposed to on your local computer or server. Some well known examples of this are Microsoft OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive), Google Drive, Dropbox and Box.

Email in the Cloud

Cloud email (i.e. Exchange Online) is a hosted email solution. Instead of your emails being sent to your ISP, your web server or your Company Server, they are directed to a hosted email solution, which then manages and stores the emails as well as providing email access to the users. Well known common examples of this are Google Mail (specifically the Google Apps for Business Mail) and Microsoft Office 365 with hosted email (certain versions).

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a broader term, but generally describes virtual computing in the Cloud. One example is that you remotely take over a virtual workstation in the Cloud from any computer you choose, so your computer is everywhere and anywhere. There are many different types of implementations of this and not many are common knowledge. One of the bigger more common names is the Microsoft Azure framework for cloud computing.

Private, Public and Hybrid

Put simply, these terms describe the different ways (and places) that your Cloud solution is hosted.

Private is a Cloud solution using a private server, solely accessible to you.

Public is a Cloud platform which everyone can have an account on and access (i.e. Office 365, OneDrive etc)

Hybrid is a mixture of both. E.g. you use Public Cloud email with a Private Cloud offsite backup soluttion.

So what can Cloud do for you?

People are hearing good things about Cloud, or just wondering why everyone’s talking about it and what it can do for them.

Remember – a Cloud IT solution is another type of IT solution.

It’s not a “one fix for all solutions”, and it can help different companies in different ways.

Cloud can have many different benefits, such as:

  • Cheaper monthly cost
  • Lower total cost of ownership
  • Lower electricity usage
  • Can be more reliable with less overall downtime
  • Normally has better redundancy for recovery from failures
  • Naturally accessible for multiple locations (normally)
  • Normally compatible with multiple devices and computers
  • Expandable – can grow with your business
  • Rapid changes, any Cloud infrastructure changes are extremely fast as you don’t have to wait for new hardware
  • Flexible – Cloud solutions can use anything from virtualisation in the Cloud to simple Cloud storage

Cloud can also have disadvantages, such as:

  • Can have a higher overall cost of an IT solution over a long term period (e.g. 5 years)
  • Requires a good Internet connection
  • Internet connection downtime can mean no access to Cloud based services
  • You don’t “have” your data like you would if you had an on-premises server
  • You have to completely trust a provider with your data
  • If that Cloud provider goes down you can lose access to, or lose, your data