How Cloud Computing Can Save Your Company From Downtime and Disaster

If there’s one thing that can cripple a business, it’s downtime. Web hosts sell their services with uptime guarantees for a reason. Every business critical service needs to be online when people are working; increasingly, that means it must be up 24/7/365.

Achieving 100 per cent uptime is extremely difficult; so called ‘Acts of God’ can take out racks of server in a flash. Yet despite its reliance on off-premise data centres, the cloud is your best bet for keeping essential services online, and ensuring constant access to the services and information you need.

Cloud redundancy

Cloud platforms are inherently robust. In fact, they were designed to withstand catastrophe. Instead of storing data in one place, software distributes cloned copies among a group, or farm, of servers. If one server goes down, the others are able to step in and cover for it, creating a seamless experience for your business.

There are rare examples of cloud downtime, but these are unusual enough to hit the headlines. All cloud providers invest in constant system monitoring to keep the chance of downtime to an absolute minimum. Cloud redundancy is still exceptionally good, particularly when you consider the cost of obtaining anywhere near the same uptime figures in the pre-cloud era.

Protecting your profits

Occasionally, your users will encounter issues with internal infrastructure. The power goes out, the phones go down, or the heating system fails completely. Prior to cloud migration, these kinds of catastrophes would have forced a complete business shutdown. Now, the cloud allows us to come up with workarounds.

If you have hosted desktops, your employees can work elsewhere, irrespective of whether their main PC is functional. If you use cloud backup for files, those files are synced to multiple devices, so you can access them from home in a pinch. In a disaster, you can keep working, avoid losing touch with customers, and keep the emails flowing using your reliable hosted Exchange service.

The Cost of Downtime and Disaster

Different businesses have different concepts of downtime, so it’s difficult to measure the cost of critical systems going offline. However, industry estimates give us some idea of the compounding effect of unavailable services.

The Ponemon institute estimates that unplanned downtime cost US businesses $5,600 per minute. For the world’s largest companies, it could be double that amount. While your business may be operating on a smaller scale, there is always a financial penalty when critical services are unavailable, and you will lose revenue if you don’t act fast.

Trust Cloud4

Cloud4 offers SLAs you can rely on, and we provide round the clock support so that your calls never go unanswered. Whatever the scale of your business, we’re here to assist you in keeping business critical services online. To find out more, contact our friendly team today, and have a chat about cloud migration. It could cost less than you think, and prevent huge unexpected cost if the worst does happen.

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It’s Time Your Accountancy Practice Moved Into the Cloud

If you deal with personal and financial data, the internet can be a worrying place. High-profile hacks have hit brands like Sony and Apple, while regulatory compliance can place restrictions on what you can do. But you only have to look at the myriad cloud financial packages to see that accountancy works brilliantly in the cloud. Companies like Xero have gained tens of thousands of clients through it.

If you’re an accountant, the cloud offers huge opportunities to cut spend and improve productivity. Besides offering cloud tools to clients, you can also use cloud technology to streamline your day-to-day tasks.

Work on site with ease

Providers of professional services are often called to work on site with a client. Accountants usually have to lug a pile of papers with them, as well as notebooks, case files and reams of sensitive data.

Immediately we can see that the cloud offers better security than carrying client paperwork. Cloud4 offers a suite of services backed by the same security protocols that are used by our high street banks. Additionally, we’re here 24/7 should you have an issue with a service. If you do end up on a client site and you run into a problem with your cloud service, you just need to give us a quick call, and we’ll get you back up and running.

How to use the cloud

Accountants generally deal with several clients in the course of a working day. Efficiency is key to serving everyone quickly and minimising delays or mistakes.

You could begin by storing your client documents with MyOwnCloud secure file storage. MyOwnCloud lets you upload and share files easily and securely, so you can send copies electronically in minutes. No more post, no more expensive stamps, and no more delays with turnaround.

Your accountancy firm could also improve first impressions with its own dedicated phone number. A geographic or non-geographic phone contact carries more weight than a mobile number, and it’ll give your clients the impression that you’re secure and here to stay.

We’d also recommend that professional service providers look into hosted Exchange email for business. It allows you to get all the benefits of Microsoft Exchange, but without the massive cost of running an email server. Cloud4 can provide you with a huge mailbox, spam filtering, virus scanning, email archiving, and the helpful business features that Exchange offers.

Build your package

At Cloud4, we’re committed to offering affordable cloud services that scale along with your business. For accountancy firms, this means convenience and efficiency, backed with the security that our ISO 27001 certified data centre offers. If you’re unsure how to migrate to the cloud, or you’d like to discuss data security, we’re here to explain how everything works in simple, jargon-free terms.

For more information about moving your accountancy business to the cloud, don’t hesitate to call us today. We’re available now on 0800 802 1989 or manchester@cloud4computers.co.uk, we’ll help you demo our services completely free.