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Cloud Storage: What Do You Really Need to Know?

April 28, 2017

Cloud Storage: What Do You Really Need to Know?

Moving your data and applications into the cloud could be the smartest move you’ve ever made.

Cloud Storage

All of your important files will be stored safely online. You need not panic about losing your laptop or your data if, for example, your external drive stopped working.

If your data is in the cloud, you will still be able to access it if your computer is lost or stolen.

The Best of Both Worlds

Cloud storage is a model of data storage in which the digital data is stored in something called logical pools. Basically your data spans multiple servers and even geographical location.

One of the biggest concerns for most companies is the security and location of data. As mentioned above, it really is in the safest place while in the cloud.

The level of investment cloud hosting companies employ for security is far, far greater than any single company would spend on data security.

You really do have the best of both worlds!

It all boils down to what you actually want to do: If you want the ability to work anywhere, anytime, and have the peace of mind that your data is safe and secure in the cloud, then it is absolutely the way forward for you!

PAYG With Cloud Storage

The other benefit of using cloud storage is that you only pay for what you use, whereas traditionally you would often have to buy more storage on a server than you actually need.

There is also a fantastic range of different providers to supply you with cloud storage such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and our personal favourite, Microsoft Azure.

A few years back, a big restriction for using cloud services and cloud storage was Internet connectivity.

The Future’s Bright

As the United Kingdom’s connectivity continues to improve, it really opens a door for many small and medium-sized businesses to start adopting cloud services.

Drop us a line today on 01892 830111 and let’s have a chat about your options for cloud services.

Here’s a link you might find useful before you call us: http://www.itsupport.co.uk/cloud-storage-services/

Still Feeling Confused About IaaS? You’re not alone!

April 24, 2017

Apart from sounding like a rude word have you wondered what IaaS actually is?

Let’s simplify this awkward acronym…

We can use the good ol’ onion analogy to explain this one.

IaaS

Think about how an onion is made of different layers – each one can be peeled away until you reach the core.

Infrastructure is one of three component layers in networking.

You need a network to communicate from one device to another. These are physical components such as network switches, hosted servers.

In the case of IaaS, we can refer to them as virtual or cloud components!

The cloud analogy still applies here, except that we’re now talking about virtual assets in the cloud rather than tin boxes sitting in your server room.

So how do you turn your physical onion into a virtual one?

Pain in the IaaS

Confused yet?

You’re not the only one!

Okay so first off, IaaS stands for Infrastructure as a Service.

IaaS describes an arrangement where hardware is provided and managed for you by an external provider.

This is described as a Cloud service because you are using physical components which exist outside of your premises.

IaaS

Here’s a simple analogy:

Think about your website.

If you pay for web hosting externally – i.e. not on your own physical server – then you are already using IaaS!

Your website is sitting on a server somewhere in the ether while a provider manages the backend in a data centre.

All you have to worry about is paying your subscriptions, which tends to suit most businesses.

IaaS, Cloud, and other terms can often muddy the waters, but it doesn’t have to be that way!

Prepare to Kick Some IaaS!

Our pre-sales Projects Team operate a no-jargon policy, and can help you and us to understand your businesses needs, and point you in the right direction.

Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know, but as long as you know what to want to achieve, we can help!

Here’s a useful link and case study that will help you further understand: Click Here

Speak to the team today on 01892 830110.

IT Companies: Why We Stopped Trying to Be Like Everyone Else

April 19, 2017

Now you might well think that this is going to be one of those come-speak-to-Select-Technology-because-we-are-the-best-in-the-world kind of blogs…

I really want to be open and honest here, and say that there are probably plenty of good IT companies out there. I say “probably” because, in all fairness, we stopped researching the competition.

We stopped trying to be like everyone else.

We no longer look at pricing. We know we’re at the higher end of the IT support market, but that’s a good thing because it gives us the headroom to properly support our customers and provide outstanding customer service.

This definitely bares repeating: We can properly support our customers and provide outstanding customer service.

And, when we stopped worrying about being like every other support company we began to really understand what it takes to be different.

IT companies

There’s no reason to compare our services to any other IT support company out there because the bottom line is that no-one else can be like us, we have a team of people who are dedicated to our core values.

Our services are simply designed with one thing in mind:

Will this solve your problem?

This does often present us with some problems, because when we are up against a so-called competitor in a new business situation our potential new clients get very confused because they are looking for a like-for-like comparison.

But this also plays in our favour time and time again because it allows us to explain, and for you to see how we really do things differently from others.

This is why it really pays for us as an IT support company to be innovative and constantly develop new and better services.

Talk to us today and find out how Select Technology can solve the challenges you face as technology in business evolves.