Financial savings for your business with cloud migration

With more and more businesses looking to cloud-based servers, there is growing interest in exactly how cloud migration can save businesses money. Whereas most of the common questions revolve around how much it can save on IT spending both in the short and medium term, the bigger question is how it can benefit the top line revenue and the growth of a business.

The economics of cloud servers

Many businesses have headed to the cloud simply because the cost and performance ratio of a cloud server is superb. This has been put down to the fact that companies no longer have to worry about any breakdowns in hardware that could potentially cost them money. With most companies entirely reliant on their servers, downtime has become their worst fear. In fact, just a few short hours of server downtime could end up costing a mid-sized business thousands upon thousands of pounds.

Another key factor relates to speed. A cloud server offers more resources, which means ultimately it will run faster, which in turn will give you a quicker website. Meeting the expectations of today’s demanding consumer is absolutely critical, and by not keeping them waiting on your site, you’re preventing them from seeking out your competitors. Consumers expect quick results, and with over half of online searches now being conducted on mobile devices, a fast server is more important than ever.

Modifications and scalability

No matter how big your business is, you’re always looking for ways to grow, and that occasionally means making wholesale changes. The cloud is great for allowing that to happen. When the time comes to make a change, many businesses find it to be extremely malleable. It allows them to make modifications quickly without having to wait around for the process to get done. It also makes customising your operating system as well as making changes to your internal software quick and straightforward. This will be particularly handy if you ever find yourself needing to make any last minute changes to keep up with a competitor.

Cloud servers also have easy scalability. Whilst you work on growing your business, you’ll find that you will eventually need to add additional memory as well as plenty of other features to keep up with customer demand. It’s during these times, when you see an influx of visitors to your site, that a cloud server allows you to expand it quickly, meaning you have full control when it comes to preventing a server crash.

If you’ve been thinking about the benefits that cloud migration could bring to your business, talk to Nimbus today about how we can help by seamlessly migrating your workloads with minimum fuss.

Why should you consider outsourcing your cloud computing needs?

Cloud storage can be an invaluable resource to any business. However, you should seriously consider outsourcing your IT support if you want to move towards using the cloud. Here’s why:

It’s less of an upfront investment

It can cost businesses a lot of money to move their systems over to the cloud: you’d need to invest in both new hardware and software, neither of which will be cheap at the enterprise level.

By outsourcing your IT support, you’ll only need to pay a smaller monthly fee, making it much more affordable for SMEs and businesses with less financial resources.

It’s a more secure option

The major cloud platforms take security very seriously, as do the best IT support providers. By outsourcing your cloud storage, you’ll not only enjoy the security of the platform itself, but also the knowledge and safety expertise of your provider. Cloud outsourcing is simply the more secure option for your business.

Outsourcing is reliable

When you outsource, you know that your cloud service will be managed by genuine experts: people who spend their whole working lives working with the technology. That’s simply not the case if you leave your storage to whoever is best-placed on your team to manage it. Outsourcing means you get real ongoing stability.

You save money twice

The alternative to simply letting your most knowledgeable team members handle your storage is to hire someone with genuine expertise full-time.

However, this is naturally far more expensive than simply outsourcing, especially when you take into account the investment we’ve already mentioned. Outsourcing is the cheaper option in more than one way.

You’ll be able to scale

Let’s say that you make an upfront investment in cloud services. What happens if, down the line, you find that your resources aren’t enough? Well, then you’ll have to make further investments in software and hardware. However, specialist IT support businesses will already have the resources in place, simply because they have to serve multiple companies. Increasing your resources is as simple as picking up the phone and asking your support team to take care of it.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update offers challenges to IT support

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update offers challenges to IT support

For any company with a recent batch of PCs on their desks, the arrival of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is another challenge in the changing world of Windows. While upgrades to new operating system editions seem to have been smoothed over and mostly run without issue, the new Redstone version of Windows adds a range of features that might cause issues for a company. At Nimbus we have a history of helping local companies out when it comes to Windows update time.

With Windows 10 updating very frequently to protect businesses against security risks, some users or part-time IT workers might mistake this for a simple update and expose new features to workers not ready to deal with them.

The new update adds powerful features

The addition of a Timeline mode, similar to that found on Macs, will help users who have deleted data or overwritten a file find that content, be it something they lost a few hours back or months ago and failed to notice. This will cause issues when it comes to people starting to work on old data that surfaced in that file, so users need to be trained in how to manage the feature.

Microsoft is also offering on-demand cloud storage to help when PCs start running out of disk space. Again, there could be issues where files are unavailable to other workers because one user has left them in the cloud, inaccessible to others, so some training is required.

One of the best new features enables you to work where you left off, featured across devices logged into the same account. Files will be available across your desktops, Windows tablets or all-in-ones and Windows Phones for power users. This freedom will be beneficial for those in an all-Windows environment, but needs careful device management and file archiving across any mid-sized business.

If your business is growing and the level of IT support is above what you can offer, then it might be time to look to outsource. We can provide all the help and support you need across multiple offices, helping to better manage your data and help when it comes to these tricky upgrades that can drop new features on unsuspecting users. Get in touch to find out how we can help.

3 benefits of outsourcing IT support for medium sized businesses

3 benefits of outsourcing IT support for medium sized businesses

An efficient IT system is an essential requirement of every business, allowing your employees to complete projects on time and in full, and allowing your whole business operation to flow. The cost in terms of both time and money of having an efficient IT system is significant and, when you take into consideration the cost of upgrading systems and technologies, training, and personnel resources, it can have a heavy impact on your business.

There are so many benefits of outsourcing your IT support, especially if you’re a medium size business, which can help to improve the efficiency of your business and save you time and money. Below we’ve listed some of the main benefits you can look forward to by outsourcing you IT support.

1. Cost effectiveness

Outsourcing your IT support to a specialist company can help to save you time and money, as you don’t have the responsibility in house of employing IT professionals, or the pressure to upgrade IT systems and technologies. Outsourcing your IT means that all training required to upskill employees as technologies evolve is taken care of, and you have the expertise of not just one IT professional in house, but several within your outsourced team to utilise.

2. Security

Outsourcing your IT can also give you peace of mind that your data is being protected from the latest anti-virus, malware and spyware attacks that businesses can suffering from. To stay on top of developments in technologies to protect your business can be time consuming and overwhelming. By partnering with IT experts outside of your business, they take the pressure off you to ensure your company is protected as best as possible, every day, all year round.

3. Efficiency

Installing new systems, products and technologies requires a lot of time and forward planning, which – if you’re looking to current employees to take responsibility for – undoubtedly ends up effecting their day to day tasks. By outsourcing all your IT support needs, you’ll be increasing the speed in which new technologies can be implemented in your business and reduce the downtime the company is affected by.

If you want to hear more about how outsourcing your IT support could benefit your medium size business, saving you time and money, contact Nimbus CS today.

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