Ensuring secure business continuity with The Cloud

Security is one of the things in most businesses minds; Cloud storage can now offer levels of security, business continuity and disaster recovery for all sizes of businesses through scalable solutions. Data backup In a straightforward data backup, the cloud acts as an external storage system – a hard drive online.  Whilst this does provide…

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Windows Server 2012: round up of resources and events you should now about

Last week was a big week here at Microsoft with the full launch of Windows Server 2012. Built from the cloud up, Windows Server 2012 really does expand the definition of a server operating system with significant new advancements in virtualisation, storage, networking and automation. Hundreds of new features can also help achieve a truly…

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Windows Azure: bringing IT and business closer together

Interview: Jeremy Neal, Head of Online Services at Microsoft systems integration partner, IMGROUP The onslaught of the credit crunch back in 2008 massively transformed the way businesses operate. For one thing, it meant the concept of IT as simply another cost centre ceased to be acceptable – it needed to become an integral part of…

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New IDC exec briefing: key questions to ask when selecting a cloud vendor

According to recent IDC figures more than 99% of organisations in Europe with 50 or more people use cloud. That would imply there’s hardly a soul out there that doesn’t get the benefits. The real question on everyone’s lips is how to reap the gains without compromising the safe running of your business. This new IDC…

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A story that sums up the benefits of the Cloud

Sometimes you see a story that just sums up the benefits of an idea you are trying to communicate in a very neat nutshell. This was the case when we saw this story about how the Danish Red Cross is making great use of Office 365. It really brings new meaning to the value of “anywhere…

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The questions to ask yourself before buying IT

Guest post by Dave Rogers, Services Director at Microsoft partner, Ultima Business Solutions.  Many organisations I talk to these days complain that their IT infrastructure is slowing them down, yet too expensive to replace. More often than not it’s because they’ve:   inherited systems or their IT has simply grown organically over time   made knee-jerk…

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Events company scales up for Olympic challenge with Office 365

iLUKA, an events and hospitality company providing services for sponsors for the fast approaching Olympic Games, has addressed the IT challenges of a tenfold increase in staff while saving tens of thousands of pounds by adopting Microsoft Office 365. The company has markedly decreased its software licensing expenses, reduced its IT workload by decommissioning redundant email servers, and is…

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YO! Sushi adopts Office 365 and cuts costs by 40%

Anyone who has ever eaten at a YO! Sushi restaurant will know the company takes real pride in its modern and fresh image, and of course some very tasty food. It’s no surprise that YO! Sushi also applies a clean, seamless and efficient approach to all elements of the business – including IT  In line with…

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New white papers

We have two new white papers available to download. The first is called ‘Define your private cloud strategy’ and you can download it here. The paper focuses on providing a strategic framework along with key considerations for when your organisation is considering cloud computing.   The second is our ‘Black book of core infrastructure references’ and…

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Why companies are turning to Microsoft private cloud solutions

Cloud computing is at an inflection point. According to Forrester Research, the global market for cloud computing will grow to more than $241 billion in 2020. With the rapid growth in cloud services and increasing industry hype, customers are making decisions today – about where to invest and with whom – that have long term…

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