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Virtualising Your Servers: Benefits, Advantages and Savings

Virtualising Your Servers

Server virtualisation has been a viable IT strategy for some time. Virtualisation has its origins as a technical concept in the 1960’s, but it is more recently that the virtualisation of servers has become commonplace, and it is a matter of priority for many IT managers: the 2017 Spiceworks State of IT survey suggests virtualisation is at the top of the list for software investment. The reason for this is simple: by making use of virtual server hosting UK companies are saving on expenditure and seeing the implementation and management of software applications becoming much more flexible.

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Why Cloud Computing Saves You Money

Why Cloud Computing Saves You Money

The prevalence of cloud computing is continuing to grow dramatically – the Synergy Research Group reports that cloud computing revenues grew 25% across 2016. In fact, throughout last year several information technology sectors started to see the dominance of cloud technology as a delivery method for technology services. The reason for this is simple: cloud computing makes good business sense and it is often cost savings that are the major driving force.

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When Should You Choose A Private Cloud Over A Public Cloud?

When Should You Choose A Private Cloud Over A Public Cloud

Forrester Research expects the global private cloud solutions market to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 11% from 2016 to 2021. While this is certainly small compared to the growth rate of public cloud solutions, it still means there are enterprises out there who are interested in using private clouds. But when would you likely choose a private cloud over a public cloud?

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Understanding the Business Benefits of Moving To Hosted Desktop

Benefits of Hosted Desktop

The ever growing number of personal computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets in the enterprise can present serious challenges in costs, maintenance, security, compliance, and productivity. But many of these challenges can now be addressed by employing hosted desktop. You may not be aware of them yet but there are actually several business benefits of moving toa hosted desktop. Here are some of them.

Saves hardware, power, and maintenance costs

Just like many cloud solutions, hosted desktop enable you to save on hardware costs. Instead of using desktop computers in your offices, you can use thin clients instead. These are lightweight machines that don’t require certain built-in components like hard disks, CPUs, or RAM. That means, they’re substantially cheaper than the average desktop computer.

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3 Major Myths About The Cloud You Need To Stop Worrying About

3 Major Myths About The Cloud You Need To Stop Worrying About

Being cautious is not a bad thing. But if you’re overly cautious of a perceived risk that’s actually non-existent or not as bad as you think, it can prevent you from taking advantage of opportunities. Cloud computing offers huge opportunities through increased cost-savings, business agility, and availability. But because of fear mongering, some businesses are unfortunately holding back on cloud migration and missing out on those opportunities.

In this post, we discuss some of the fears surrounding cloud computing that are really based on myths. By debunking these myths, we hope you can have a more positive outlook on cloud technology and be able to take advantage of the many benefits it can offer your business.

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Help! I’ve been hacked: 5 next immediate actions

Help! I’ve been hacked: 5 next immediate actions

Data centre optimisation and consequential benefits for businesses

With so much focus on hacking and internet security, many firms of 10 - 100 people will feel that they have put a lot of effort into making their data as secure as possible. Unfortunately, internet security is a moving target, where the threat may be characterised as agile and continually evolving. Consequently, it is impossible for networks to remain impenetrable.

Standard IT best practice, such as upgrading and patching operating systems and applications, and maintaining a reliable backup and Disaster Recovery capability, are all layers that help to ensure that a firm is in a position to resume normal operations within an acceptable timeframe, should it be the victim of an attack.

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Why Cloud Based Disaster Recovery Is The Better Strategy

Why Cloud Based Disaster Recovery Is The Better Strategy

Companies who require high levels of availability need a reliable disaster recovery strategy. For many organisations, that usually means adhering to the 3-2-1 backup rule, where the 1 refers to keeping 1 backup copy offsite. Traditionally, that copy is stored in a dedicated, company-owned and/or managed disaster recovery infrastructure. Lately, however, businesses have started turning to cloud-based disaster recovery solutions. This article explains why that strategy is better.

What is the 3-2-1 backup rule?

The 3-2-1 backup rule is a highly recommended backup strategy that says you must:

  • Possess at least 3 copies of your data;
  • Store copies on two different kinds of storage media; and
  • Keep one of those copies offsite.
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How Accountants Improve Productivity With Cloud Services

How Accountants Improve Productivity With Cloud Services

What if your firm was asked to improve productivity by 5% this year? To achieve that level of productivity improvement, you need to know all of your options. Improving your technology capabilities by adopting cloud services is one of the best ways to improve your productivity as an accountant.

What Are Cloud Services?

Let’s take a moment to define our terms before continuing further.

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7 Signs Your Company Is Ready For Cloud Migration

7 Signs Your Company Is Ready For Cloud Migration

While there may be a few businesses that don’t need to embark on cloud migration, they’re really more the exceptions than the rule. If you’re still pondering on whether it’s already time to move to the cloud, here are some tell-tale signs your company is ready for it.

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7 big reasons why the cloud is more efficient than on-premise computing

7 big reasons why the cloud is more efficient than on-premise computing

Data centre optimisation and consequential benefits for businesses

Cloud computing is delivered from purpose built data centres which optimise the environment and the support systems for online software applications and the data which businesses store in the cloud. Companies that opt for cloud software solutions and services enjoy exceptional consequential benefits.

Quite simply, cloud computing is inherently more efficient than on-premise approaches to provisioning the technology services that support operations in your business.

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Why is the cloud more physically secure than on-premise computing?

Why is the cloud more physically secure than on-premise computing?

The thing about data security…

Uncertainty about the security of the cloud has often been the deciding factor that has made some businesses retain an on-premise approach to provisioning technology to support operations.

High profile, security breaches involving large volumes of data, typically hackers stealing account and password and other personal information from online businesses, have created much doubt and distrust about the cloud, not to mention anxiety for those that have had their information stolen.

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7 Ways Cloud Computing Will Make You a Better Accountant

7 Ways Cloud Computing Will Make You a Better Accountant

Benefits of Adopting Cloud Technology for Accounting Firms

‘’Cloud Computing’’ could be akin to a tech buzzword that has been around for years. However, unless they have been living under a digital rock, accounting firms will be aware that cloud computing has finally moved from just another buzzword to a real tool for businesses.

According to a report by Intuit, almost 80 percent of U.S. small businesses will be fully adapted to cloud computing by 2020 with an increasing number of respondents currently using it or planning to within the next two years.

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The value of an IT firm that understands regulation in your sector

Value of IT firm that understands regulation in your sector

An increased compliance burden

The issue of increased regulation is a challenge to many businesses. The regulatory burden has been increasing; indeed, in stark contrast with the public sector slashing budgets, the powers and capability of quango executive agencies seem to have expanded.

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Enjoy the efficiency of hosted desktop with the performance graphics application users need

Hosted Desktop Graphics performance with NVIDIA GRID

Hosted Desktop Now available to firms with heavy graphics demands.

Hosted desktop offers significant benefits to businesses of all types and sizes. Business applications are in the cloud, hosted on our servers in the data centre. Using laptops, PCs, tablets or thin clients, each user’s computing desktop is delivered through a business-class Internet connection.

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3 reasons recruiters do it better in the cloud

3 reasons recruiters do it better in the cloud

Flexible, secure and cost effective: What are you waiting for?!

Businesses of all types are able to benefit from cloud computing. However, some of the advantages lend themselves particularly well to certain aspects which characterise the recruitment sector. They simply map on to the needs of recruitment business much better than an on-premise approach to provisioning technology for a recruitment business. Here, we outline three of them.

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