Hidden costs and locations: Solving the mystery of cloud solutions for businesses

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The cost and functional benefits of migrating services to the cloud have been well documented, but as more solutions are introduced to the market, choosing the right one is presenting many businesses with a real challenge. The industry is becoming increasingly crowded, so we have simplified the research process and singled out five key things organisations may not know about the cloud to help them make the most informed decision.  

Beware of hidden costs

Many businesses...

By Dave Paulding, 27 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Migration, Opinion, SMEs.

What are the five most common challenges new cloud customers have?

Nigel Beighton, VP Technology, Rackspace, discusses the five most common cloud problems customers face, and how businesses can overcome these.

1.      Support

The most common cloud services complaint is the lack of support and management that comes when businesses are embarking on any level of cloud migration.

Businesses need to consider their wider approach to cloud operations first and ask themselves if they are going to run it internally, 24x7 or get someone else to do the hard work of scaling,...

By Rackspace, 24 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, SMEs.

Google offers eye-catching $100k Cloud Platform credit to startups

Google has offered an olive branch to eligible startups, promising them $100,000 (£61,500) in Cloud Platform credits to get their companies off the ground.

The initiative, with the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin name of ‘Google Cloud Platform for Startups’, was announced at the Google for Entrepreneurs Global Partner Summit and gives companies access to the search giant’s support team 24/7, as well as access to the firm’s technical solutions team.

“This offer supports our core Google Cloud...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, SMEs.

Disaster Recovery as a Service: Can small businesses now benefit?

Small businesses are increasingly seeing the advantage of software as a service. It’s a model that opens up new possibilities to them. There is little or no capital investment and a convenient pay-as-you-go subscription model. It’s no wonder that many SMBs are now using cloud business software they would never have thought of installing on servers on their own site.

Cloud storage is even simpler. The data for entire small business can be...

By CloudWedge, 05 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: DisasterRec, SMEs.

OneBigDrive chief: Microsoft OneDrive naming “could lead to confusion”

Exclusive Nikola Pizurica, president of the company which provides the OneBigDrive cloud storage app, has told CloudTech that while Microsoft renaming its storage biz OneDrive “could lead to some confusion” for consumers, the company is focused on its own goals.

“We are going our way,” he affirms, although adding he was ‘surprised’ at the time that Microsoft chose to rename to OneDrive.

Redmond had courted angry companies

By James Bourne, 09 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Interview, Microsoft, SMEs, Storage.

Zynstra launches O365Connect, aims to take on hybrid SMB market

UK-based hybrid cloud startup Zynstra has announced the launch of O365Connect, aimed at helping SMBs with a managed IT solution which brings the best of both on-premise and cloud worlds.

The product was developed in association with Microsoft – the name gives that one away – and HP, who is an OEM partner of Zynstra, and is aimed at businesses between five and 250 employees.

Zynstra O365Connect handles various tasks, from networking to file management, to Office 365, as well as maintaining a full...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Microsoft, SMEs.

Cracking the G-Cloud commoditisation conundrum

Anniversaries are always a good point to take a step back, reflect on the past and think about what the future holds. That is something I have done this week as we head into the third calendar year of G-Cloud by taking time out to reread the document which lays out the government’s Cloud First Strategy as published by the Cabinet Office in 2011.

Looking through the document it is striking how...

By Ivan Harris, 14 January 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Europe, Feature, Government, SMEs.

Rackspace announces cloud hosting support programme for 300 startups

Open cloud hosting provider Rackspace has announced it has given cloud support to the tune of almost £250,000 in order to aid UK-based startups get a foothold in the cloud.

The scheme falls under the Rackspace Startups Programme, which has been operating in the UK for six months and has already signed up more than 300 members.

The money comes from Rackspace alongside 50 partners and investors, with the CSP adding that startups who sign up with the scheme get “mentoring, expert technical advice and...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, OpenSource, Public, SMEs.

How SMBs are looking to the cloud to unlock workforce potential

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) comprise the ‘engine room’ of the UK’s business economy. 

Recent figures from the Department of Business Skills and Innovation underline their importance and reveal  that SMBs make up 99% of all businesses and account for 59% of all private sector employment and 49% of all private sector turnover, so there’s nothing ‘small’ about their role in contributing to the economic recovery.

It’s also encouraging to see that...

By Neil Pickering, 24 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Industry, SMEs.