Advantages Of A Managed Cloud Service For Resilience

Advantages Of A Managed Cloud Service For Resilience

Advantages of a managed cloud service for business resilience

Studies have shown that enterprises embracing the latest technological solutions are achieving greater success at staying resilient amidst the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Companies that already allowed staff to operate flexibly from home and had pre-existing data security measures in place found they could provide a seamless service for their clients, with staff able to perform their roles efficiently and safely from a remote location. As part of an effective strategy to keep operating efficiently, many firms are now selecting managed cloud services.

This solution can have a wide range of benefits for businesses, providing a wealth of useful features while avoiding the worries of time-consuming maintenance and what can sometimes be disproportionate and unnecessary costs.

Handling and storing data is part of every modern company’s operations and keeping this information secure is crucial. On-premises data storage is at risk from a wide range of security threats, expensive downtime and unwanted data loss, however, these issues can be mitigated effectively when information is managed in the cloud.

Migrating enterprise data from on-site storage to the cloud may seem like a daunting task, but it is simpler to implement than many other systems. In the following sections, we’ll explore the nature of managed cloud services and look at eight advantages companies can enjoy when they use them.

Effective cost management of your managed cloud service

Using cloud-managed services can effectively reduce costs, as monthly payments need only be made for facilities that are being used. Plans can be customised, bespoke to business needs allowing firms to optimise IT support payments and only spend on a setup that is truly required. Reducing unnecessary expenses is an important part of any firm’s longevity.

Centralised network

Enterprises can benefit from a managed cloud service provider (MSP) that effectively tends all servers and apps in the central data centre as part of the dedicated cloud network. This enables multiple users to access central data in the same network along with any virtual services that are available. Using the cloud, firms can also create backup and storage facilities within the central network. All these features create smoother business processes, with staff using the enhanced network availability to share and save data efficiently.

Enhanced scalability

Managed cloud services offer plenty of room for expansion, ideal for growing businesses. With the aid of managed cloud services, businesses are also able to focus on operations while time-consuming technical issues are attended to by the dedicated service provider.

Data restoration

Firms still employing servers on premises often have complicated recovery plans in place with data stored off-site in case a disaster should happen. Managed cloud services, on the other hand, ensure data is always secure and safe across all applications and services. This means that businesses using cloud storage can remain resilient and return to full operations with data fully restored swiftly and minimise any downtime suffered.

Maintaining network security

Cloud Services depend on the internet as their base network, offering a solution free from the risk of physical threats. Firewalls, secure VLANs, as well as IDS/IPS can all be established for a single or multiple cloud servers, creating a secure and dedicated network environment for users. Sensitive data stored in the cloud is not put at risk in the same way as content saved to laptops and other computers. This can be ideal when staff must work remotely, allowing them to use and save data safely, always protected by cloud service security protocols. – Read more

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As offices close due to COVID-19, we all need ways to make working from home easier

If you usually work in a city centre office, then it is likely you have been working from home instead over the past nine months. Coronavirus has changed the working life of a lot of people, and working from home is a trend that seems set to continue in the future, even if the pandemic is resolved. Of course, you will still need to interact with colleagues, share information and perform other tasks as a team. Cloud computing allows you to do these things and more. You will also need to get into a regular working pattern, which can be hard from home since it is much harder to discipline yourself and get things done with numerous temptations or family around. Read on for some information on how cloud computing could help you work from home, and some other tips to structure your day and make sure you’re productive.

Stick to a schedule

When you are working from home and don’t have the pressure of your manager hovering over you, it can be easy to put off work. However, the more you put off work, the harder it will be to catch up. A day off can turn into a week, putting you behind schedule and annoying your manager. Building a routine is key to keeping on top of things. Set your alarm, get up on time, have a healthy breakfast, shower, then get started. If you can, have a dedicated space in your house to work from. Working sitting on your bed or the sofa can lead to you being distracted and too comfortable. Set up your home office as close to the design of your normal office as possible. Work for a set amount of time, then stop. If you don’t work from your normal office after six o’clock, don’t do it from home either. Remember, everyone needs rest and relaxation, especially in present circumstances.

Take care of mental and physical health

Your mental and physical health may be suffering due to being stuck at home during the pandemic. Take heed of the tips above and get plenty of exercise and eat well to take care of your physical health, but don’t abandon your mental health either. This is a trying time for everyone, as we are all living with the uncertainty of what may happen next, or if we or our loved ones are at risk of catching the virus. Our bodies and brains are stressed constantly, so be kind to yourself. If you are struggling, find something you enjoy, like a good book or a good bottle of wine, and spend a few hours relaxing. Take regular breaks in your workday to let your batteries recharge. Make sure you follow all government instructions in regards to the pandemic, but if you are allowed, get out and meet a friend for a walk. A bit of social interaction can do wonders for your mental health. You will find that you are not alone and lots of people are suffering too, so have a chat and get it all out.

Leave the house

Getting out of the house is essential if you work from home. It is not healthy to be stuck at a desk inside all day, and some fresh air will reinvigorate you, clear your head and help you sleep better. You could start doing some exercise during the day to break up your work schedule a little. Going for a run at lunchtime is even better than a walk, as it will burn even more calories and use up some energy. – Read more

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Does Your Web Host Location Matter for Google & SEO?

For many, your online website is the storefront for your business. In these always-online times, businesses have come to rely more on the internet to bring in new customers and grow. 

In order to bring customers to your website however, your website needs to be found by people easily. You’ll already know through personal experience that search engines are how people find websites nowadays. The key to getting your website seen by more people, and getting higher in the search results, is Search Engine Optimisation, or SEO.

There are many factors that Google considers when determining a website’s position in the search rankings – far too many to list here! Some of them are obvious, for example how quickly a website loads will impact the search rankings. Some factors however, are not as obvious.

One of these factors that’s often overlooked is your server location, or where your hosting provider houses their servers. In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at how your web host’s location affects your website’s SEO performance.

What is server location?

Server location is the geographical location of the data centre where your website is hosted. There are thousands of data centres across the world, and usually your hosting provider will utilise a data centre in one location to hold a number of servers. The location of this data centre isn’t related to where you yourself are located – it can be anywhere in the world.

Let’s take our own data centre as an example. Our data centre is located in Maidenhead, United Kingdom. We’ve chosen this location as it’s geographically close to where our customers are typically based – meaning it’s quicker to access our services for UK customers, than if our data centre was based abroad.

But that doesn’t mean that you have to use a data centre based near you. In fact, many hosting providers operate in the US while their customer base is located in the UK. You can utilise a data centre located anywhere, and this is very common for areas that may not have the capabilities to maintain a good data centre.

Using a data centre that’s located very far away from you can cause you some significant problems however. Let’s take a look at exactly what problems you may be faced with, in this type of situation.

Does server location have an impact on my website’s speed?

Every time you access your website, the data is being transferred from the server in the data centre, across the internet, finally reaching your device. Now it’s easy to forget about this whole process, as we’re all used to accessing everything instantly. But when considering website speed, it’s important to take into account the geographical location of the data centre being used.

In short, the answer to the question is yes – your server’s location does indeed have an impact on your website’s speed. When you take into account the process of loading a web page, it becomes easy to see why this is the case.

Let’s put this into an example for the sake of clarity. Say your website is being hosted on a server in the USA, but you’re accessing the website from the United Kingdom. You’ll almost always find that the website will take slightly longer to load, compared to a website on a server in the UK. In short, the further away you are geographically from the data centre, the longer your device will take to fetch the website data.

Being closer to the data centre means that the data from the server can be fetched more quickly, as it doesn’t have a far distance to travel over the internet. The inverse can be said for situations when you’re located far away from the data centre. – Read more

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