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"The Cloud" are words you will likely have heard in recent years and if you are wondering what it means, put simply, it refers to any hardware or software you use, that isn’t physically at your premises.

Cloud based services have been around for years, if you have ever used a Hotmail/Gmail or Yahoo account, then you have already used "The Cloud".

More recently, cloud computing has emerged and this refers to a server or applications that you access via the internet. Focus IT have a range of cloud based services available such as hosted email, cloud backup, hosted servers and hosted desktop solutions.


Hosted Desktop

Hosted Desktop services provided by Focus IT give you the ultimate flexibility to remotely access your business applications. All you need is an internet connection and you can be connected to your business from anywhere in the world. Hosted Desktop allows all users to access your business data and applications from multiple locations and hosting your business applications in the cloud gives you the ability to upscale your infrastructure at any time, this saves on costly hardware and software upgrades. You simply pay per user.

Hosted desktop enables software applications, and even your complete desktop, to be run in any web browser providing constant remote access to your applications and data, safe in the knowledge that it is stored and backed-up daily in our high security data centres. You never need to be concerned about backups as this is taken care of as standard.

The benefits are truly endless but below are just a few.

  • Work from anywhere – access your applications and data via your PC/laptop, phone or tablet on any web browser from anywhere with an internet connection, at any time.
  • Security – all data is stored in high security UK based data centres, transmissions are made using the same industry standard SSL encryption that is used for online banking and secure payments. Additional protection is provided by enterprise grade firewalls on our network, with antivirus software and intrusion detection on our systems to monitor and block any unauthorised access.
  • Business continuity – our daily back-up and hourly replication process ensures that in the event of an equipment or connectivity issue at our main data centre you can still access your applications or desktop as normal from our second site.
  • Reduce IT costs – with hosted desktop you no longer need expensive in-house servers with their associated IT support costs.
  • IT support – we install your application software on our servers and deal with any maintenance or updates on your behalf at a time that suits you. We offer UK based telephone and helpdesk support for all customers.

Hybrid Cloud Server

  • Fully Cloud Based Server Environment
  • Backup Server Hosted Locally
  • Watertight Disaster Recovery Contingencies
  • Fully Scalable

Until recently, businesses have been forced to decide whether to go for on-premises IT or use a fully cloud based solution.

On top of this, from summer 2015, mainstay technologies such as Microsoft Exchange 2003, Windows Server 2003 and Small Business Server 2003 will cease to be supported and this will become a real issue for a significant number of organizations who continue to rely on these systems.

So what do you do?

Speak to Focus IT about our Hybrid Cloud Server packages of course… Our Hybrid Cloud system gives you all the benefits of a hosted solution with none of the drawbacks of on-premises IT. It is perfect for users who don’t wish to go fully cloud based. You retain a server in your premises that is constantly replicated to the cloud. If the internet goes down, you can still work locally. If the local server goes down, you can still work on the cloud. This is advantageous if your internet connection is unreliable or you are prone to power cuts. Working off a local server also gives you the highest possible speeds of 1Gbps.

Because your server is replicated in a data centre, backups are automatic, you are protected from flood, theft and fire so in the event of a disaster, you can be working again within minutes from another location with an internet connection, it really is the best of both worlds!

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