Server to Cloud

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Too many organisations have spent too much time and energy on their company’s server, its maintenance, equipment and energy draining their bottom line. 

Whilst those servers have probably given a lot of good service during the last few years, it would have come at a cost to the pocket and planet, both directly and indirectly. 

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REDUCE YOUR IT AND ENERGY COSTS BY OVER 70%

Servers can also be extremely expensive to purchase and maintain, and with such a low utilisation rate enormous amounts of money are flying out of the window.  Also, replacing equipment takes a toll on the environment, and on your business’s bottom line. 

Small companies almost never use 100% of their computing power 100% of the time. This means that most of the time, the server is idle, using power while not doing anything productive. Cloud technology means that small companies only use the technology and energy they need, hence with the cloud you only pay for what you use. 

 

Energy Saving

SAVE COSTS

SUPER SECURITY

ITMS offer a further 15% reduction in IT support for companies moving to the cloud. 

ITMS take on the whole workload and any pain barrier away from the server to cloud. Plus moving your data into the cloud will spare you the headache of recovering everything from scratch because the cloud can store backup copies of your data in a secure location so you can access it from the cloud whenever and wherever you need it. 

Cloud provides VAST ? storage, across emails, office apps, databases etc but also gives auto updates, 3 tier security that is leagues above what any SME will have.  In addition, it offers a plethora of tools across collaboration functionality, cost effectiveness and no downtime.  So, whether your server goes down or there is an electricity cut, you will never be affected.  

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Ask yourself or your team; that you may have done back-up’s but have you actually tested that those back-up’s without a glitch, no down time and no lost data?  The benefits of transferring to the cloud far outweigh an old server and its maintenance and energy costs, and in our experience we have seen companies with old servers that are more akin to a ticking time bomb.”

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Ask yourself how much your server is really costing you from its, hardware, software outdated and updated, it’s temperature control costs, manual maintenance, IT and staff costs, plus its down time that effects productivity and your service to your clients..”

THE CLOUD

Resource sharing is another way that the cloud can help your organisation save the planet. It costs fewer resources to power, cooling, and maintaining one large data centre than it does to do the same for smaller, compartmentalised data centres. In addition, large data centres can often afford to upgrade to more efficient equipment (insulation, building systems, and, of course, servers), thereby cutting down even more on energy expenditures. 
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As a business, you have a much larger carbon footprint than a personal one, so even small changes can make a big impact. 

You can set yourself apart from competitors by showing your customers that you care about the environment and have strategies and systems in place to make a difference in our world. 

ITMS offer a further 15% reduction in IT support for companies moving to the cloud. 

ITMS take on the whole workload and any pain barrier away from the server to cloud. Plus moving your data into the cloud will spare you the headache of recovering everything from scratch because the cloud can store backup copies of your data in a secure location so you can access it from the cloud whenever and wherever you need it. 

Cloud provides VAST ? storage, across emails, office apps, databases etc but also gives auto updates, 3 tier security that is leagues above what any SME will have.  In addition, it offers a plethora of tools across collaboration functionality, cost effectiveness and no downtime.  So, whether your server goes down or there is an electricity cut, you will never be affected.  

An advantage of cloud computing is the reduction in hardware cost. Instead of purchasing in-house equipment, hardware needs are left to the vendor.  For companies that are growing rapidly, new hardware can be a large, expensive, and inconvenience. Cloud computing alleviates these issues because resources can be acquired quickly and easily. Even better, the cost of repairing or replacing equipment is passed to the vendors. 

 

In addition to the outright labour savings, cloud computing can be extremely cost effective for enterprises because of the increase in workforce productivity. The deployment of cloud software is notably faster than conventional installation. Instead of the weeks or months that a standard company-wide installation may take, cloud software deployment can happen in a matter of hours. This means employees can spend less time waiting and more time working.  All you need is internet.

Typically cloud solutions are available in a pay-as-you-go pricing model. This format provides savings and flexibility in several ways. Foremost, your company doesn’t have to pay for software that isn’t being utilised. Unlike an upfront license, cloud software typically only costs per user. Additionally, pay-as-you-go software can be cancelled at any time which reduces the financial risk of any software that doesn’t work. Finally, the up-front cost of the cloud is lower than in-house solutions.

 

Cloud solutions can also lead to a dramatic decrease in labour and maintenance costs. As a result of the hardware being owned by vendors and stored in off-site locations, there is less demand for in-house IT staff. If servers or other hardware need repairs or upgrades, it is the responsibility of the vendor and doesn’t cost your company any time or money.  Eliminating routine maintenance can free your IT staff to focus on important initiatives and development.  

 

Businesses who decide to make the transition using internal resources typically aim to get up and running in a couple of months. However, companies that make the switch on their own, often run into unexpected obstacles that can delay the process for months on end. 

ITMS as their cloud services partner can expect to be fully deployed in less than 2 weeks with virtually no downtime. 

While ITMS will get most businesses up and running in an average of 10 days, the complexity of the move will ultimately determine the timeline. 

These three factors affect the time it takes to move a business’ data to the cloud: 

  1. Size of the BusinessBiggerand businesses are more likely to have a large amount of data and/or complex networks. When this is the case, the transition to the cloud will typically take longer. 
  2.  Age of the BusinessLike bigger businesses, older businesses typically have more data as well as a greater number of legacy systems and processes that need to be converted. Often, transitioning data from older legacy systems is more complex and requires some additional time.

ITMS take care of all the tasks and requirements relating to the move and most of the employees will not even be aware the transition is taking place. 

Once companies have moved their data to the cloud, ITMS provide thorough onboarding and training. ITMS training normally runs for a period of 2 weeks and provide support for on-demand end user as well as further training for new employees. 

If your company is now thinking about moving its data and business activities to the cloud, working with a reputable company such as ITMS will give you peace of mind and an unparalleled service.

ITMS RECENT CASE STUDY, FROM SERVER TO CLOUD

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Our client was utilising Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Standard Version (which comprises Windows 2008 R2, Exchange Server 2010 and SharePoint Services). Connected to this they had 15 end users, with remote access to email via laptops and mobile phones, and access to data files via VPN. 

Although they had proficient end users, they had no onsite IT server skills. 

This was running on a 6 year old server, located in a filing room within their office. Power protection was supplied by a 2000KVa UPS connected to the server. Over the years this server had experienced a number of power cuts, where the UPS battery drained, and the server simply turned off. As a consequence, there had been a couple of occasions where the email databases had not started and repairs had needed to be run. 

Analysis 

It was the non-financial benefits that proved most attractive to the client:

  • No server infrastructure to run in house and worries of failures, nor a never ending cycle of upgrades and migrations 

  • No worries about power reliability 

  • No backups to worry aboutall the cloud data is backed up as you go.

  • No expensive IT disaster recovery tests and processes whilst still maintaining a guaranteed

  • 99.9% uptime. To achieve the levels of availability would not have been financially viable in-house

  • Continuously updated and patched Microsoft Office Software available across 5 end user devices 

  • Centralised control of the security policies for the organisation 

  • Freeing up of critical budget for reinvestment into development and enhancement of systems and staff