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Technical – The instant improvement cloud hosting offers includes guaranteed performance, improved security, disaster recovery and resiliency future proofing underlying technologies and infrastructures. It provides manageable platforms, with increased speed and frequency of delivery of deployments through the life-cycle.  It offers automation of repetitive tasks and delivers a higher level of service and uptime increasing productivity.  Simplification of platform adoption and onboarding activities accelerate the implementation of Cloud Services.  It introduces up and down scalability of technologies that support business need.  Onboarding reveals redundant data and technical assets that are no longer required and highlight where savings can be made by reducing data volumes and streamlining technologies. Onboarding reveals redundant data and technical assets that are no longer required and highlight where savings can be made by reducing data volumes and streamlining technologies. 

Cloud Migration Solutions (Technical) - Our Cloud and Network Architects have a vast experience of designing Cloud platforms from scratch or reengineering clients’ existing platforms.  The Cloud Technical Specialists are skilled in onboarding residual services and applications, utilising various proven industry standard migration, transitioning and modernisation tools / processes. They integrate well into our clients’ IT functions and assist upskilling their technical resources. We have invested a lot of time and effort to devise an extensive range of templated design artefacts. These have evolved to enable the collection of crucial information to allow a fast assimilation of the clients’ technical estates during discovery work streams. The Security Management Team are highly qualified in CISM, CISA, ISO27001 and GDPR and delivery of security risk management, strategy planning and incident management.  This is backed up by effective Test Management, who have extensive experience of delivering a full range of automated testing and remediation packages of work.

Cloud Migrations Solutions (Delivery) - Proven record of the delivery of Cloud platform provisioning and onboarding of applications and services since 2012.  We are a lean organisation, only utilising the necessary resources to deliver an outcome, which keeps our customers costs down. Our rate card is competitively priced.  We deliver Projects / Programmes of Works in a hybrid PRINCE2 and Agile capacity, taking the best aspects of both practices and applying successfully. All Service and Transition Management adhere to ITIL standards. All deliveries are transparent, we are very keen to adhere to governance: our professional reputation is very important to us, which is why we take a common-sense approach to the delivery of Cloud Services. The team are all client-centric and take pride in building relationships with our clients and their third-party technology partners.

Cost Savings - With the Cloud, you could lower capital expenditure by not having to purchase and maintain expensive hardware. A Cloud service provider can host your data on their own high-performance systems, and you will no longer have the expense of maintaining and upgrading them either. Instead, Cloud users can concentrate on improving their own products and services.  In addition, there is also the potential to either reduce headcounts in areas of server and application management, or to re-allocate those staff to research and development or more strategic business roles on the technology side.

Increased Scalability and Flexibility - With Cloud computing, companies only pay for the computer power they consume. Without the Cloud, firms must predict what processing power they need now, and, in the future, which can lead to the over-deployment of servers and software licenses. Instead, Cloud service provision is built on offering Cloud users the flexibility to scale their IT capacity in response to actual business needs in a timely fashion.  If a company needs a more powerful processing engine, for instance, in response to a big spike in demand, then that Cloud hosting partner would be able to speedily provide it. Similarly, if business demand goes down, then the Cloud client should be able to scale down, without being locked into long-term software licensing or data processing costs.

Improved Data Storage Capacity - Improved data storage is possible in the Cloud, as Cloud users are not curtailed by their own finite capacity constraints. They do not have to go out and buy extra storage hardware to cope with spiralling data requirements, as they can rely on the large Data centre capacities of Cloud providers.  Cloud providers make sure they can offer cost-efficient data storage and data sharing systems for processes such as backup and archiving, as they have multiple clients often sharing the same equipment for their operations. Such economies of scale for data storage means that Cloud users benefit from not only cost-efficient storage, but big capacity storage built on up-to-date storage technologies.- 

Supporting Utility Computing - Companies need to allocate budgets and expenditure in precise ways, but to be able to do that they have to know what their departments are spending. The Cloud offers a great opportunity to do this on the technology side, as the Finance, HR, Sales or Marketing departments, for instance, can purchase unique applications in the Cloud which can be directly billed to them.  Instead of one large, chaotic IT department being responsible for the purchase, deployment and management of all applications used by all areas of the business, the HR department, for example, can be responsible for the cost of a Cloud-based staff self-service people management system. This makes for good accounting for the overall business and takes the pressure off the central IT department, allowing it to concentrate on mission critical areas like network security

Improved Network Performance - If organisations are using the remote Data centres of their Cloud service providers to process, search and analyse their data, the workload on their own networks can be reduced, meaning better performance for functions using the internal network. This means organisations can avoid the types of data congestion that can impact business performance, whilst at the same time reducing the amount of costly network switching equipment and bandwidth needed to support the local area network. Some Cloud service providers even allow you to locate your servers into their Data centres to aid these network efficiencies

Improved Integration and Compatibility - The big data needs of organisations means they must be able to access and analyse data stored across different platforms. In turn, this demands close integration and compatibility between those platforms.  However, it often isn't easy to get Linux machines to share data with Windows machines, for example. With Cloud computing the emphasis is on data extraction and not operating systems. Cloud providers can use industry standards such as Apache, PHP and MySQL to eliminate the compatibility issues organisations come across whilst running their own servers.

Reliability - The worst aspect of hardware failures isn't usually the cost of the kit to replace, but the resulting downtime. When maintaining your own servers or data storage systems downtime is inevitable, meaning there is a threat to your business data. The Cloud model dictates that all types of potential failure are considered, whether that be related to hardware, timeouts, failover faults or network problems. Multiple copies of data are maintained for you, so if any machine fails your whole system can continue to function without the cost of extensive downtime.

Data Security - Whist data security is often cited as an obstacle to cloud adoption, the argument can however be turned on its head. As mentioned above, multiple copies of an organisation's data can be stored in the Cloud using a Cloud provider's systems, so there is no reliance on a single on-premise corporate data storage network, with the resulting business continuity risks that come with that.  Cloud providers usually comply with industry data security standards to match, or exceed, whatever a Cloud client complies with themselves. Even if organisations want to maintain their main data systems themselves, they can still backup and replicate those systems securely in the Cloud at lower cost, without having to maintain their own additional Data Center.

Try Before You Buy, With No Lock-ins - Companies can test Cloud services before they fully subscribe to them to make sure they are up to the job. They can test some existing and established applications in the Cloud, or they can build and test new applications using a Cloud provider and its pay-per-use model. After a beta phase in the Cloud, the process can be scaled up or you can walk away, it's up to you. But remember, once your applications are being run in a managed Cloud hosting scenario you have continued access to support

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