What is The Cloud?

What is The Cloud?

So what exactly is “the cloud”?. When something is stored in the cloud, it essentially means it’s stored on internet servers instead of on your computer. It’s like having an extra hard drive—one that you can access anywhere and anytime you’re connected to the internet. In the past, you only had a home computer and the software you installed on it. Now you can take your files anywhere thanks to cloud solutions, or web apps, which run inside your internet browser.

Whether you’re working in retail, or real estate with financial data or photos your business depends on Applications that run reliably and securely at costs that scales with your needs.

A web app that you may already use is Google Docs. It’s free, you don’t have to install anything to use it, and it allows you to create several different types of projects. You can access everything that you create in Google Docs from any computer or device with an internet connection. Since you only need a connected device to access the cloud, you can take your music, photos, and videos with you wherever you go.

For instance, if you take a photo on your smartphone and upload it to a cloud-based photo storage service like Flickr or Picasa, you can access that photo on any of your other devices, on your computer, or even on your TV. You can share your vacation photos with friends and family while you’re still on vacation. With your photos and other multimedia stored in the cloud, you’ll never have to worry about losing them to a computer malfunction ever again.

Storing files in the cloud is a great way to protect your important files from accidents, viruses, and more. You can use cloud-based storage services to back up the contents of your computer. These services run continually and back up automatically, so you will always have the most recent versions of your files stored in secure online servers. If something bad happens to your computer, you can easily transfer your backup files from your storage service to another device.

If your business requires it, the Cloud allows you not just to store large amounts of data on remote servers, but it also allows you to deploy very advanced computing algorithms and the ability to do high performance computing using machines that you physically don’t own yourself.

So, what are you waiting for?

No matter how you use your computer, tablet, or smartphone, the cloud has something to offer you.

Whether it’s checking your email when you’re travelling, backing up the photos and music that you love, or using web apps to work in different locations, the cloud can—and already is—making your life, and the technology in it, more manageable.

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Hosted Email Explained

Hosted Email Explained

Hosted Email uses cloud technology to provide an efficient email service in the cloud thereby removing the need for on-site server hardware and associated management. With Hosted email all you need is internet access and a suitable device to access your email account via the Hosted platform.

If you don’t use email in your business, it’s safe to say you’re in the minority. It is currently estimated that 294 billion emails are sent every single day from nearly 3.9 billion email accounts.

100 billion of those are classed as business grade emails, and those are emails from hosted mail accounts.

76% of all worldwide email accounts are free. These are classed as consumer accounts. According to The Radicati Group, a technology market research firm, hosted email accounts currently stand at 929 million and growing at a rate of 5% per year.

But why should you pay for your email? After all isn’t email free?

Yes it can be free to you, but somebody has to pay for the service.

Maybe you receive a lower level of service than you should? At the height of the Conficker virus in 2010 it was stated that up to 20% of all traffic to free email services was dropped due to the load on their systems. These emails could have contained lucrative orders or important business information for you.

Maybe you’re concerned about privacy? In the past couple of years Google faced a law suit against their right to access and read all emails sent to or received by their 425 million users. The practice, something Google has done nearly since the launch of its email service, allowed the company to digest the contents of email messages and use them to deliver targeted ads within Gmail itself.

Hosted email, no matter if it’s on your premises or in the cloud, have guarantees attached to them. From their uptime, that’s how often they are available through to privacy, encryption and even where your data is stored. Maybe you work in an industry where you can only have your data stored within the UK or Europe? That level of service is available with hosted email.

Hosted Exchange gives you the opportunity to build on your customer service by enabling you to contact, collaborate and share data wherever you are whenever you need to. You are no longer tied to your desk! By switching to Hosted Email there are no limits to when or where you work meaning no matter where you or your employees are you retain productivity levels and ensure business continuity.

There are numerous benefits from hosted email that can be easily tailored to how you use it. These include, amongst others, remote working, mobile access or collaboration.

The underlying question you need to ask, is email important to you and your business?

If the answer is yes, then your business could benefit from what hosted email could bring to you and we’d love to discuss the various Hosted email solutions we can offer.

If not, you take the risk as to what ‘free email’ actually provides.

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5 Reasons to Choose Hosted VoIP over On-Premise

5 Reasons to Choose Hosted VoIP over On-Premise

VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a telecommunication system that offers an alternative to traditional systems based on a PBX – Private Branch Exchange – and an internal network that is separate to other networks in a building.

There are also two ways of implementing and managing a VOIP system;

In one corner, you have Hosted telephony, where you pay a service provider to host your system in the cloud. The provider of the hosted PBX charges a monthly fee that is inclusive of a minutes package and potentially certain features. Charges can also be at a per minute calling cost.

In the other corner is “On-Premise”, where you set up (or upgrade) the infrastructure on your own business premises. It is similar to a traditional PBX system that resides at a location, such as a computer equipment room or phone closet

But which is better? Actually, there is no clear winner! In the end, it really depends on a number of factors. Understanding benefits and limitations makes it easier to determine the best option for any particular organization

  • Your business & operational needs
  • Your internal resources & infrastructure
  • Your financial preferences

Let’s take a look at 5 key factors that may make a hosted telephony solution a far better choice for your business:

  1. Keep the up-front costs down

Paying a fixed monthly fee to a service provider makes budgeting more predictable and preserves capital for strategic investments.

  1. Get the infrastructure off-premise

VOIP infrastructure Installation costs can add up quickly. With hosted VoIP, you can say goodbye to on-premise infrastructure. All you need is a suitable connection to your service provider, and phones for your users.

  1. Make better use of your in-house IT team

With a hosted VoIP solution, the service provider takes care of system maintenance, upgrades, and other operational issues – leaving your IT team the time to concentrate on more strategic tasks.

  1. Take advantage of the latest technologies

If your VoIP is hosted, your service provider is responsible for upgrades. They deploy the latest version to all your users.

  1. Hosted solutions grow with your business.

With a hosted solution, you won’t face the cost and disruption of increasing network capacity. Just scale your level of service with your provider and you’ll have all the capacity you need, to suit your requirements.

If the above 5 points seem to fit your business, then a hosted VoIP solution is an excellent choice for you! Ultimately it comes down to satisfaction, which is the most important aspect of choosing a system, regardless of whether it is hosted or on-premise.

We would be delighted to assess your current phone system and advise which method of telecommunication system would suit your business best.

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4 Quick Tips For Keeping Your PC Secure No Matter Where You’re Working

4 Quick Tips For Keeping Your PC Secure No Matter Where You’re Working

These days’ people are on the move whilst they work, in fact almost 60 percent of us conduct work-related activities outside of the office without taking network security into consideration. Be it checking emails at a public café, adding the finishing touches to a presentation on the train or partaking in a video conference call from your living room sofa, we’re all guilty of taking work home with us!

Whilst there’s nothing wrong with being proactive out of office hours, what are the implications and risks for your computer and your data?

Well, it can be trickier to maintain the same high level of security for your personal computer when you’re working on-the-go. On top of ever-evolving business threats, workers’ own browsing habits, app and device preferences and travel schedules are making their mobile offices more vulnerable.

Let’s take a look at 4 tips for making sure your “office-on-the-move” is as secure as it can be:

Browse With Confidence

Public networks can be risky regardless of location; be it in the airport lounge or your local coffee shop. It can be a necessity for those that love to work on the move, but browsing the web regardless of your knowledge can result in a malware infection on your computer.

It’s not just an individual problem – it’s a widespread threat. Ransomware is projected to attack a business every 14 seconds by the end of 2019, up from every 40 seconds in 2017.

Global head of premium product management and security at HP, Gagan Singh, is quoted as saying “you are never more than three clicks away” from a site that could potentially infect your computer. It’s often referred to as “oops-click”, where someone accidentally triggers an unwanted advert or redirect by trying to dismiss a pop-up for example. It’s important to have solid security software in place that covers both your local files and any browsing activities.

Use Multi-Factor Authentication

It’s often overlooked that the use of passwords alone isn’t the most secure of authentication methods. Bypassing or guessing passwords can be all too easy; they remain very vulnerable to security breaches, no matter the combination of characters. This is why multi-factor authentication is a far more reliable and secure method. This can include a fingerprint, facial recognition or even two-factor authentication with your mobile phone. According to research, adding a level of biometric data to your authentication is 1 million times more secure than with a single password alone.

Manage Your Camera’s Capabilities

A simple but effective way of controlling when your camera is on, and what it can see, is a privacy shutter. This simple, manually-operated shutter across your laptop camera gives you peace of mind that you know exactly when your camera is active and watching your activities.

Keep Prying Eyes at Bay and Uninterested

If you use your laptop on public transport, you’ve probably had that feeling that you’re being watched – or rather, whatever you have on your screen is of interest to the strangers around you. By using technology such as HP Sure View, you can use your work computer with confidence, knowing that from certain angles, the contents of your screen can’t be seen by onlookers.

At Spectrum Web, we take the security of your hardware seriously, no matter where you take it. As part of our Managed IT Services, you can be confident that your personal data is secure when you’re on the go.

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IT Support Services for London Companies – IT Services & Cloud Solutions

We are UK leaders in offering IT Services at reasonable rates.

With a number of years experience in IT services we help organisations to overcome any IT challenge and make the business process streamlined. When it comes to checking for IT Support Service UK clients recommend our name because of our quality results.

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WatchGuard Cloud-Managed Wi-Fi

WatchGuard Cloud-Managed Wi-Fi

Secure, Simple, Intelligent WatchGuard Cloud-Managed Wi-Fi is Now Available

WatchGuard Wi-Fi Access Points are a secure, scalable, and easy-to-manage cloud-ready Wi-Fi solution. When managed by the WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud, these access points deliver fast and reliable wireless access while providing customers with industry-leading wireless security, as well as guest engagement and analytic tools.

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HP OfficeJet Printer 250 mobile all-in-one

HP OfficeJet Printer 250 mobile all-in-one

New HP OfficeJet printer 250 mobile all-in-ones.

£ 175.00 + VAT

Makes printing easy wherever business happens from any device with Wi-Fi Direct, connect wirelessly even when a network is not available.

Start printing right out of the box with quick and easy setup, using HP Auto Wireless Connect

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LG puts OLED on Commercial Displays

LG puts OLED on Commercial Displays

LG Unveils Commercial Displays using OLED Technology

LG has unveiled a series of commercial displays that use the same advanced OLED technology that has made the company’s state-of-the-art OLED televisions so popular with consumers.

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HP Elite x3 – Mobile Smartphone

HP Elite x3 – Mobile Smartphone

HP Elite x3 – Premium Windows 10 Mobile Smartphone produced by Hewlett-Packard.

HP has created a new category in the market with the new Elite x3, a powerful high-end mobile device that brings together the functionality of a smartphone, PC and tablet in one device. Tech Data Mobile is one of the first companies to have stock and demonstration units of the new device. Click video below.

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