Which hosting service is the best fit?

Take a look at hosting providers and the services they offer, and it can feel like a minefield of choices! Here’s our breakdown of the most popular options, cloud and dedicated to hopefully lend a helping hand!



‘Cloud Hosting’ involves your environment being held on a shared virtual network. This option is very cost effective as you only pay for what you use.

Despite the sharing of hardware, the performance, security and control is still exactly the same as on-premise. Perhaps the biggest benefit of cloud hosting is the ability to scale up and down the resources you need within seconds. This is especially important for companies that regularly change their user numbers or have plans to expand and makes the whole process a lot quicker.

Not only can the costs of outright hardware purchase be saved, the rolling costs of additional office space for cabs, power, cooling and provision of internet connectivity can also be lowered. Often these costs are not factored in when making the choice between on-premise or hosted but can take up quite a chunk of outgoings!

Dependant on the service agreement, the hosting provider could also handle backups, patching, upgrades and general maintenance, removing the pressure from any in-house IT staff allowing more important tasks be dealt with.



This option involves the rental or purchase of hardware on which is yours, so no other business will ‘share’ the environment with you. Dedicated hosting is more suited to companies who have a steady capacity demand that is unlikely to change over time, or those with exceptionally high level of security needs.

Unless support is provided as an ‘add on’ service, a downside is still needing an in house IT team to handle patches, upgrades and general support issues. Lead times for any additional resource is also considerably longer than cloud hosting, as extra hardware may need to be ordered.

For high availability and DR environments, the costs can also be very high with double the hardware, software and man hours needed to arrange the setup, maintenance and support.

Support may not be included as part of the service agreement for dedicated environments; not an issue should you still have an in-house IT team, but another cost to think about should you be relying on the data centre provider for this!


The Choice is Yours..

There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution for hosted options, as every business has different needs. Netshield can help you, and also provide exactly what you require. For more information about our cloud and dedicated hosting options, contact us today. 


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.

Top 10 Advantages of Cloud in 2 minutes!

As discussed in an earlier post Cloud Computing has its disadvantages and may not be suitable for every organisation. However, cloud is still going strong, with many businesses opting for a hybrid IT environment with a mixture of on-premise and hosted cloud technologies.

If you are still undecided and want to know more about the benefits of cloud, check them out here in this short video:-

Why moving to a hosted desktop service is beneficial

Moving to a Virtual Desktop environment helps unify and centralise network management for IT administrators and empowers employees to work remotely using their choice of devices. However, to migrate from a physical desktop to a virtual desktop environment can be costly and time consuming due to the hardware, software and expertise required to install and manage it. A simpler way would be to opt for a ‘Hosted Virtual Desktop service’ from a services provider and here are a few reasons why…

Reduce costs
Helps convert capital expenditure to operational expenditure, there will be some software and hardware costs but, it will be considerably less than implementing it yourself. VDI infrastructures are flexible, it can be scaled up as well as down – the service provider can add new user accounts within minutes. Desktop bandwidth consumption will also reduce as all the processing work is done at the core of the network (at the service provider’s datacentre) – so, existing WAN bandwidth will be able to support more branch users.

It consolidates, standardised, cut hardware costs and centralise management where administrators can monitor and maintain the desktops all in one place. VDI streamlines day-to-day management, new application deployments and operation system upgrades. Choosing a hosted service means businesses will not need to worry about the management of the network, as the service provider will manage it all.

Device and Location Independence
Remote WorkingIt provides mobility to the workforce – allowing users to access corporate data and applications from any device securely and efficiently. It offers location independence so, employees can work from anywhere with an internet connection and the service provider can efficiently and effectively provide remote IT support to users. So, workers will not be tied to a physical place of work, when ‘working’ and it will assist in decreasing branch office energy costs, required desk space etc.

Whether it is the Cloud-Hosted option or an internal Virtual Desktop Infrastructure it offers flexibility and scalability. Virtual desktops can be added or removed with a few clicks on a global scale and monthly costs can be adjusted accordingly. Setting up new branch offices worldwide can also be done quickly using this solution. Opting for a hosted VDI, monthly costs often includes remote IT user support and any changes required you will just have to call the service provider, the monthly costs will also be adjusted accordingly to reflect the number of users, saving you time.

Employees can work anywhere in a secure manner, as workers are granted access toSecure Remote Working Netshield corporate networks and all data that is amended or created is stored in a central location. This also makes disaster recovery planning simpler as it can be implemented and managed easily and promptly. Service providers will ensure all security configurations, user policies and data backup procedures are always up-to-date which all helps to lower the risk of data loss.

Virtual Desktops can help lower the total cost of ownership for organisations while providing a robust and scalable infrastructure. Hosted services removes the barriers to adoption and eliminates the cost and complexities of deploying and managing desktops while providing flexibility to end-users. This type of hosted service also allows SMEs, to gain competitive advantage and adopt to market changes quickly without having to worry about the IT infrastructure capacity and management.

For more information on Hosted VDI services contact Netshield today.

Let’s talk about…Windows 10

It feels like Windows 8 was only just released yesterday but it is nearly time for a new operating system to hit our devices – Windows 10. But, why jump from 8 to 10? Microsoft stated the newest version is so significant that it warrants a ‘10’, differentiating it to mark a ‘new chapter in the history of Windows’. However according to other sources, Microsoft decided to skip Windows 9 because of legacy code from third-party applications –

windows 10Cranbourne said that “early testing revealed just how many third party products had code in the form of Windows 9”, referring to benchmark operating systems Windows 95 and Windows 98. He said: “This was the pragmatic solution to avoid that.”

There was also rumours late 2014 that upgrades for Windows 7 and 8 users will be free. Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems confirmed at an event in January that for the first year after the launch, customers with devices running on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to upgrade to the latest version of the operating system – for free. However, those on ‘Enterprise’ versions will not be included in this offer.

Details of how this would work has not been released but, it seems that Microsoft has learnt from the previous release of Window 8 – it is not always the case of if we build it, customers will come! By providing incentives for Windows 10 uptake will help Microsoft create demand for suitable applications for the new OS.