Why your business needs hosted desktop

Why your business needs hosted desktop

Cloud-based services are becoming more and more essential as businesses look to maximise productivity and cut costs. Daas, or Desktop as a Service, is just one of the IT support solutions Nimbus CS offer.

How can a hosted desktop solution benefit your business?

Mobility

One of the biggest ways small businesses are able to grow is by being either partially or entirely remote. Being able to work from any location is a big boon, especially for businesses with a diverse client base. With a hosted desktop solution, you can access your business applications from anywhere, on any device. With managed services, you’ll also have the aspects such as upgrades, data management and service maintenance all taken care of.

Flexibility

Whether you’re a one-man-band or a growing SME, it’s important that your IT support solutions grow with you. Hosted desktop solutions are designed so that multiple employees can access business software from multiple locations. Today, that might be a single sales rep needing remote access at a sales meeting with an important client. In six months time, you might have a fleet of reps all needing access. A hosted desktop managed service changes with you and your business, allowing you to add and remove users as and when you need to.

Productivity

According to research from Pixmania, a cloud-based IT support solution can increase workforce productivity by up to 20%. This makes sense when you realise that as soon as your workers get to where they need to be, they can boot up and start working immediately. Morale also increases, as you can allow your staff to manage their own time and workload.

Cost effective

Small businesses simply might not have the capital for costly, physical servers. Cloud-based solutions reduce this cost, freeing up your budget to spend on the things that matter. Hosted desktop service costs are easy to manage and don’t demand the high level of layout that a physical server does.

Take a look at how our managed services and cloud-based solutions can help your business reach the next level. Get in touch today.

How healthy is your cyber-security system?

Even the most well-designed and carefully-maintained cyber-security systems aren’t 100% reliable. As time goes on, they can develop flaws or fail altogether. Businesses often don’t realise that part of their security system is failing until it’s too late. However, as a business owner, you have the power to prevent your cyber-security measures from becoming ineffectual. You can do this by having a security health check carried out by experienced IT professionals.

During a security health check, every aspect of your IT system is assessed to find out how secure it is, including routers, switches, anti-virus programs, firewalls and any other components that might have an impact on your cyber-security. However, if you’ve previously taken a more piecemeal approach to updating your cyber-security, you may be wondering what benefits these health checks offer.

1. Synchronising your security

It’s tempting to simply replace or upgrade each part of a security system as it fails. However, replacing or upgrading your cyber-security system one component at a time can lead to uneven protection and gaps in your security. After all, the individual components may not complement each other properly. Having a security health check allows you to see exactly where the gaps are in your cyber-security so that you can address them all simultaneously and ensure that every part of your security system gels with every other part.

2. Keeping up to date

Viruses, spyware and malware are constantly evolving and changing. So are hacking techniques. You need to stay up-to-date if you want to keep one step ahead of hackers and other individuals who may wish your business harm. Security health checks are the best way to find out whether your security system is equipped to deal with modern threats. Because health checks are carried out by IT professionals, you can be confident that they’ll identify out-dated hardware and software that might be vulnerable to more up-to-date malware or hacking techniques.

3. Lowering costs

Having a security health check can help you save money in the long run. They allow you to anticipate and correct potential security issues, which is a lot cheaper than fixing a problem once it has arisen.

Here at Nimbus CS, we offer comprehensive security health checks to every type of business. Whether you run a one man show, an SME or a corporation, you need to make sure your security is up to date, so get in touch with us today.

Common cloud mistakes your business needs to avoid

Cloud technology’s potential for savings, flexibility, and convenience has made it a staple of almost every modern business. However, as with any kind of emerging technology, there are various common issues businesses can run into, and which can drag down the value of their cloud solutions. Here are a few common cloud mistakes you need to avoid.

Not using role-based access control

Organisations that are new to cloud technology often don’t realise the full extent of risks to their data. Any important resources you’re keeping in the cloud have to be protected via role-based access control. For any business with employees filling different roles, this is a fundamental step towards effective admin security. Take the appropriate steps to keep credentials from being compromised, and ensure little errors don’t turn your cloud infrastructure on its head. Whether the threat is malicious or accidental, always maintain at least two sets of access privileges, or authentication layers, on every single point of access.

Failing to get clued-up on data security and compliance

If the cloud provider you’re using is compliant on PCI DSS, that means you’re automatically compliant on PCI DSS as well, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Though it’s easy to make these kinds of assumptions, the responsibility to secure and encrypt data lies with the company that owns it. Set some time aside to make sure you’re compliant with security standards such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, and so on. Taking this important step will protect your data from being hacked, or compromised through employee negligence.

Overlooking network connectivity

To ensure the security of your cloud data, a dependable internet connection is absolutely essential, particularly if all your company’s data is kept on the cloud. Don’t let price take precedence over performance, and stay away from cheap storage options that don’t guarantee high bandwidth and reliable network connectivity. If you’re just about to integrate cloud tech, consider the impact it will have on your existing network and research any steps you may need to take to ensure good performance and efficient compatibility with the cloud.

For professional and reliable cloud services, cyber security and support, get in touch with one of our friendly agents today.

How to handle rapid growth in your company

How to handle rapid growth in your company

You’ve worked exceptionally hard to get to this point, and when things finally take off it is a great feeling. But don’t book that holiday to the Caribbean just yet – not setting up your IT systems properly can crush your company. When growing bigger, your IT systems need to keep up and scale with you. These mistakes can be critical and lose you much-needed profits and clients

1. Too much to fast

It’s tempting to take on the world and push for all the high-level contracts you can get – but beware. Taking on too many projects at once will place your resources under new and dangerous amounts of stress. Remember that everything has a breaking point, including your I.T., don’t inflate the workload of your servers without making sure they can handle it.

2. Overall IT management

Often overlooked, bad IT management can cripple a company. As a small business, it was easy to fudge the lines and overlook certain aspects. Any errors or viruses that managed to sneak into your system were easily dealt with. But if you have 20+ individual machines, bouncing back won’t be so easy. You need a dedicated IT solution that will protect your company from device failure and cyber attack. Consider partnering with an IT company to avoid future issues.

3. Downtime

Downtime refers to the time that your systems, internet or servers or down. It can be for a quick upgrade or because a server malfunctioned. Everytime you disconnect, your clients will be increasingly unsure about your professionalism. Make sure your systems are set up to scale before you start growing and downtime can be avoided. Moving your data or servers to the cloud is a great way to do this.

4. Centralised data

As a small company, you could get along with an excel spreadsheet and an email or two. Now you need to handle a larger team and make sure everyone is working together. Make sure you are not neglecting interpersonal communications. Consider moving your staff over to a system that supports easy communication and stores vital data in the cloud

What to do?

Moving up in the world can be difficult, but as long as you stay on top of it you’ll be okay. If you need a helping hand, feel free to get in touch and we will hook you up with an IT system that supports your growth.



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