Microsoft Azure – How it can increase productivity for businesses

Microsoft Azure is a scalable and powerful cloud platform that can help businesses improve productivity and save money. It offers both infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS), supporting a range of operating systems, languages, tools and frameworks. Organisations can easily build, deploy and manage applications and services with a few clicks. Check out the video to find out more.


10 Reasons Why Cloud is Good for Business

In today’s world, everyone is captivated with their laptops, tablets and mobile devices, we are so captivated on average individuals have access to 3 different devices. We have the ability to be always connected and access the information we want and need within a few clicks, which leads to the idea of Cloud Computing revolutionising the workplace.

What is Cloud Computing?

It is the delivery of computing as a service comparatively than a product. Your business information, software and information is transferred to computers and other devices as a service over a network. A Cloud services has 3 main attributes that makes it slightly different from traditional hosted services;

  • It is sold on demand
  • It is elastic and scalable
  • It is fully managed

Why would Cloud Benefit your Business?

  1. Automatic software updates– The Cloud Service Provider (CSP) carries out the maintenance for all the software, which includes security updates, helping you free time for other tasks in your business.
  2. Flexibility – Any Cloud based service can immediately meet any frequency low or high so, it can adapt to your business as it grows.
  3. Controlling Costs– Save money by having a scalable solution for a monthly fee and if you choose to use a CSP your business will require less networking hardware on site.
  4. New Business Ventures – Due to the flexibility and the speed of deployment of cloud resources businesses are able to try new ideas without extreme investments in systems quickly and efficiently.
  5. Stability– A lot of businesses suffer from downtime due to crisis management, hardware upgrades or other problems, CSP continuously monitors and maintain the systems which provides dependable uptime.
  6. Work from anywhere– With an internet connection employees in your business can work anytime, anywhere which can help increase the workers’ productivity and job satisfaction.
  7. Build, expand and use new operations– Cloud computing enables you to build quickly, deploy and manage applications which can be built in any framework, tools and languages. So, setting up remote offices will be easy as 1, 2, 3!
  8. Security– By using Cloud everything is stored in a central location, so your business data can still be accessed no matter what happens to the device.
  9. Environmentally friendly– It helps decrease the carbon footprint of your business as you’re only using the resources you require.
  10. Competitiveness– The cloud grants SME’s access to business class technology at a set monthly cost. It can allow smaller companies to act faster than substantial well-established opponents with complex networks.

Cloud for business is advantageous, although the requirement of an internet connection is a disadvantage, with our addiction to mobile devices and access to information – the internet has become a common commodity. Find out what the cloud can do for your business by contacting us today 0845 603 5552.

Private, Public & Hybrid Cloud Computing explained

Cloud Computing is a type of computing that offers agility, scalability and cost-efficiency to the users. Although the word on the streets is ‘Cloud’ the theory/concept behind it is not new… as cloud computing in a nutshell is Virtualisation technology. A cloud environment would effectively provide a pool of computing resources that businesses can utilise when they require. But, there are different types of Cloud Computing – Private, Public and Hybrid.

Private Cloud – This is when a private network(s) or a dedicated hosted infrastructure is only accessible by a single company. Everything within this network is private the hardware, virtual technology and software licenses are all owned by the company the private cloud was built for. Therefore this will give the company total control of the IT environment and the cloud resources available to end users.

Public Cloud – The opposite is the ‘Public Cloud’, which offers IT resources to businesses through a shared infrastructure where all storage and applications are accessed over the internet. A cloud service provider would use virtualisation technology to section or dedicate virtual resources to each business and providing clients with as much or as little as they require. With a CSP cloud infrastructure platform businesses can also deploy their own applications, files, folders, desktops etc for their employees use.

Hybrid Cloud – This is a combination of a private and public cloud and is becoming one of the popular cloud model to go for. For example, a business may have a dedicated infrastructure for business critical applications where all data is stored locally on servers but, they utilise a shared infrastructure for emails. This model allow businesses to take advantage of the scalability and cost-effectiveness of the public cloud but, without the risk of critical applications and data being exposed due to third-parties vulnerabilities.

If you’re looking to move to the Cloud or would like to know more about Netshield’s Cloud Services please contact one of our consultants today.