People still doubting the impact of cloud computing should think again; after making significant investments in Cloud, Microsoft have predicted that the global cloud services market will generate 14 million jobs by 2015 .‘IT innovation created by cloud computing’ could produce $1.1 trillion in new annual revenue by 2015. With a dominant IT forces such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft fully committed to cloud computing, the IT landscape could be a very different place in the short years to come. If you could like to discuss cloud computing in more detail, please give us a call today.
Unlike many in-house IT departments, most IT support companies need to keep up to date with Microsoft accreditations, in order to maintain important business accreditations, such as the Microsoft Gold status (Select Technology have retained the Gold accreditation for many years). Continued commitment to accreditations can only benefits our customers as they have the assurance of expert advice, whether it’s a sales enquiry or perhaps an urgent technical IT support issue.
A top Microsoft employee recently told MP’s that ‘even the mighty Microsoft was feeling the impact of the UK’s IT skills gap’. Here at Select Technology we value industry qualifications highly, which is why we heavily invest in staff training, and with this combined with a broad exposure to diverse technologies, we can certainly provide the IT support and project resources should you be finding it difficult to source skilled staff to fulfil roles within your company.
HP have recently released a Micro Server designed to run with Microsoft Small Business Essentials. This is a great ‘first’ server for businesses and a method of providing central data access to network users, while ensuring continued availability (using a mirrored disk setup). SBS Essentials does not come with any provision for email or backup, so the best way to facilitate this is to use some products from our Cloud Computing range, such as hosted email and backup to compliment the essentials installation.
For small companies that have a server requirement but lack the IT budget; a NAS (Network Attached Storage) combined with Cloud could be the answer. After some internal testing with a mid-range NAS product, to providing access to shared data on highly available disks, with the cloud computing element serving enterprise level emails accounts and online backups, we found that this to be a great solution for many smaller businesses. This solution will mitigate many of the risks of running a server-less network while bringing on-board many corporate features at a fraction of the cost of a traditional server infrastructure.
Cloud computing isn’t just limited to desktops and servers, telephones can also be integrated into a hosted solution, either as part of other hosted products such as desktops, servers, exchange or on their own. Unlike many on-premise solutions with expensive proprietary handsets being compulsory; hosted VOIP can be setup quickly with any SIP compatible handset. Configuration is handled through a rich hosted control panel and features include caller groups, on-hold with music, call transfers, day/night profiles, voicemail and menu systems (press 1 for sales, 2 for support etc.). Our hosted VOIP system is a cost effective way of obtaining corporate telephone features at a fraction of the on-premise cost. Call us today for more information.
Our SelectCare service is a flexible and cost effective approach for accessing professional and expert IT support resources for use in a variety of circumstances. Whether you are a small business needing regular help or part of an IT department needing to access occasional specialist skills, our SelectCare can complement your business perfectly. Hours can be used for either support or project work and typical uses might include; the provision of last minute IT consultancy to help with a project through to securing specialist Microsoft IT support skills to resolve a business critical support issue, irrespective of need, you can be sure that with Select Care we can provide you with the help you need when you need it. Discounted SelectCare hours are simply purchased in blocks of 10 or more and without an expiry; you can buy now ready for when you need help. For more information and a quotation, please call your account manager today