Why Migrate to the Cloud?
As all our Colchester business cloud solution clients will say, there’s a wide range of business benefits to migrating to the cloud.
It’s far easier to manage IT costs with our Colchester business cloud solutions since you sidestep the hefty investment in hardware and software.
Migrating to the cloud allows you to scale your IT resources at each stage of your business’ growth.
Employees can collaborate and share information from anywhere (perfect for hybrid working).
Strengthen your business by moving from gut-decisions to data-driven insights.
Access previously unaffordable or out-of-reach technologies and software applications.
We work with a wide range of businesses from global companies, SMEs, and charities through to academy trusts across Colchester. Whether you’re an IT Manager seeking to outsource the introduction of a cloud application or a small business that needs help migrating to the cloud, we can help.
Agile Cloud Backup Solutions
Migrating to the cloud is a big decision, which is why any plan must be supported by a comprehensive IT security strategy. This is something our technicians are highly skilled in.
We have even built our own cloud computing data server in Colchester, to offer the highest levels of security and disaster recovery capabilities. Many of our clients choose to rent physical space in our data centre to house or co-locate their servers and network rather than keeping them on-premise.
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We regularly visit our Colchester clients, and so if you’d like to talk to us about what might be the best and most cost-effective cloud service for your business, please get in touch!
Cloud Solutions FAQs
What is cloud backup?
In Colchester cloud computing terms, business cloud backup is where data and applications on a business server are backed up and then stored remotely in the cloud. In the event of a system failure, breach, or natural disaster, a business can access its data and applications in the cloud.
Given the vast amount of information exchanged every day, having business cloud backup makes sense. Needless to say, more and more organisations choose cloud solutions rather than physical disaster recovery solutions.
In part, this is due to the flexibility, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of Colchester business cloud solutions.
What are cloud computing services?
There are primarily three different Colchester cloud computing services: public cloud storage, private cloud storage, and hybrid cloud storage.
Primarily, businesses use either private or hybrid Colchester business cloud solutions.
A private cloud service is a cloud environment used exclusively by one organisation and is usually managed by a third-party IT provider or vendor. This is ideal for companies that need full data control and high-level security.
Hybrid cloud services, on the other hand, involve a combination of public and private cloud storage. Here, critical data is stored in a private cloud, while less sensitive data is contained in the public cloud.
What is the best online backup for small businesses?
In our opinion, Altaro provides one of the best Colchester business cloud solutions, especially SMEs.
We partner with Altaro for all our backup requirements which can provide offsite backup and Disaster Recovery for physical and virtual servers.
Altaro also has a cloud product, which we use to backup customers' mailboxes hosted through Office 365 as well as their OneDrive and SharePoint data.
How does cloud backup work?
Cloud backup solutions for business involve sending a copy of a physical or virtual file or database to another off-site location. This secondary location is based in the cloud usually hosted by a third-party service provider, who charges the backup customer a fee. The agreed fee is typically based on storage space needed, bandwidth, number of users, and servers.
There are several Colchester cloud computing solutions available to businesses, including:
- Backing up directly to the public cloud
- Backing up to a service provider in a managed data centre (Agile has its own data centre in Colchester)
- Cloud-2-cloud backup using SaaS
- Hardware facilitated cloud backup systems
Most business cloud backup subscriptions run yearly or monthly and are used by big and small businesses alike.
For small to medium-sized businesses, Altaro is a great option. It essentially grabs data as and when it is modified to create an almost ‘live’ backup. It ‘watches’ the files and folders at a low level and when a change is made, it replicates the same change to its backup copy while retaining the original file for data retention.
How do businesses use cloud computing?
Colchester cloud computing can be used in all areas of the business. From Email to file storage to server hosting and software as a service (SaaS). Mobile Device Management (MDM) Products are often cloud-hosted. This gives businesses a way of managing corporate and BYOD equipment connecting to company data, as well as auditing and protecting their intellectual property.
Essentially, Colchester cloud computing services make it easier, cheaper and quicker to run IT business architectures and the key benefits are:
- It significantly reduces IT costs
- Assists with cashflow since cloud computing services are typically subscription-based
- Adds flexibility. Businesses can ‘rent’ IT solutions as and when they need them and are not weighed down by legacy systems
- Scalable. Unlike on-premise solutions, you can scale-up and down more readily depending on demand
In our experience of offering cloud services for business, businesses benefit from becoming far more efficient, and dare we say, agile!