Our heads are in the Cloud….

Fear not, we haven’t been daydreaming!

Through the course of the year so far we have been focusing on the latest the Cloud has to offer, the future is here and we are embracing it.

Many of our customers use Hosted Exchange email services which offers business continuity in the event of on-premise server downtime, highly sensitive spam filtering and storage of up to 125GB.

What else is the Cloud capable of?

Well, on a visit to Microsoft’s HQ in Reading this month we discovered the fantastic opportunities that Microsoft’s Cloud Platform Azure has to offer. Azure essentially focuses on 3 areas:

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)

In this blog, we will be focusing on IaaS.

Traditionally companies have an on-premise server, storage and network. Azure brings this concept to the cloud, the server specification, storage and security can all be set up to use Microsoft’s huge resources.

Now while most companies wouldn’t suit a cloud only solution, what is known as the Hybrid Cloud is a seriously strong option for all companies big & small.

You can keep your on premise server just where it is but provision a virtual server in Azure to be your off-site back up. At present many server rooms are awash with external drives used as an offsite backup, whilst these are attached to the server this is not a true off-site solution.

The days of swapping over backup drives can be something of the past, companies will have a backup in the cloud that is always there and can be called upon in the event of disaster.

It is time to look at your infrastructure and ask if you could be utilising the cloud.

We are here to help you find and execute the right Cloud solutions for your business.

The team @ Format Computer Services


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