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Will 2021 be your Year of the Cloud?

Published by Phoebe | Blog | 28 December, 2020

They have long been one of the most crucial parts of an IT department, and yet always confined to a secret room or even a purpose-built data centre down the road…We’re looking at you, servers.

They are the unsung heroes of IT infrastructure. Essential. Powerful. Yet noisy and oh so large. They whirr away behind the scenes, and traditionally have required an expensive replacement.

In recent years an exciting new option has emerged – especially for SMEs.

A cloud-based tomorrow

SMEs need an IT infrastructure which makes running their business easier. But IT can be expensive, complex, and prone to eventually becoming out of date.

The beauty of a cloud-based platform is its low cost and independence from any physicality. Everything – from servers and software, to storage and processing power – can now be run from the cloud. Updates are carried out instantaneously, so you’re never left behind.

Imagine your business becoming scalable overnight. Your IT costs shrink. Capital expenditure vanishes from budgets. What’s more, there are no up-front costs. You only pay for what you use in the form of a monthly fee. If you stop using a particular feature, then you stop paying for it. It’s as simple as that.

It’s clear then why 88% of organisations use cloud infrastructure in one form or another. 51% of UK businesses said their shift to cloud-computing saved their business from collapse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft is one of the leading cloud service-providers. Their platform is called Azure and for those just starting out, it gives your business the works with almost no up-front cost and no long-term expenditure. If you’re established already, you would be amazed at what Azure can do for your business.

Security is second to none, (we are talking about Microsoft, after all). Azure best practice ensures the most common threats are eliminated automatically. Data isn’t stored locally and so geographical vulnerabilities are not an issue.

Disaster recovery solutions no longer exist as independent entities. They are inexpensive, integrated bolt-ons. There is even third-party support in place, should you need to redeploy staff on more important projects. Even the physical space once reserved for your servers is free for another purpose.

M365

M365 is Microsoft Office, repurposed for the cloud. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, plus a large and growing list of other apps, are now accessible by any member of staff, remote or in-house, 24/7. An affordable monthly subscription is all it takes, with a 99.99% uptime guarantee. With M365, it’s time to wave goodbye to expensive outdated software.

Move to the cloud with Nebula

Our team of experts is fully insured and have a wealth of organisational experience with businesses ranging from 1 to 250 users.

Not only will you receive quality set-up and training, you’ll get on-going administration and support. We are vendor certified and use industry-leading processes, tools, and systems.

Call us for more information on cloud strategy, migration and support.