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Why Embrace the Cloud?

If you are setting up a new business, moving to a new office or your old server is due for replacement, now is the time to review the need for a server. Until recently any business with more than one employee or location would probably consider installing a server which can be an expensive resource, but now there is a cost effective alternative providing a fully featured solution aimed at the micro and small business.

Cloud Services are services accessible over the Internet. Generally they require no server or hardware infrastructure, expensive software licensing, backups or on-going support costs. As a rule cloud based services are paid for by subscription on a monthly basis.

Bishop Consultancy take the risk out of moving to the cloud. We are a local, established computer consultancy providing services to small businesses. We host most of our cloud based services on our own servers and infrastructure or we use established trusted suppliers and have direct administrative access to manage the service, which means we can respond to your support and questions immediately, rather than having to send an e-mail to log a support call with faceless support desk in another time-zone.

Moving your e-mail to the cloud will remove the need for your own Exchange server, significantly reducing the size and power and complexity of your server, backups and support, reducing the cost without losing any functionality.

Having moved your e-mail to the cloud, you would only use your server for sharing files. The amount of data you store has reduced and the data you need to backup has reduced. So now, you can backup your files over the Internet to our secure Online Backup server and you no longer require expensive backup software, unreliable tape drive or tapes.

But why keep a server in order to share a few files? If there are only a few employees, perhaps some work from home, different sites or hotels then you may be able to work without a server at all. Bishop Consultancy's SyncFolders service allows groups of users to securely share files between PCs, laptops, iPhones and iPads over any Internet connection.

So now you don't need a server and all your services are cloud based. What you do need is a fast reliable Internet connection. ADSL is the most cost effective Internet connection for the small business in the UK, but it can be unreliable and it is not always fast. Bishop Consultancy works with numerous service providers to provide the most cost effective and reliable solutions for accessing the Internet. From BT Infinity, community wireless, backup ADSL and 3G connections we will work with you to implement the best possible combination of services to balance risk, performance and cost.

Why not move your phone system to the cloud as well? You can have as many incoming lines, extensions and geographic numbers as you like; IVR, Voicemail, music on hold and call transfer to a VoiP handset or software phone on any Internet connection. You can have staff working at different locations answering the same incoming calls and transferring calls to each other. No line rental, low cost calls, low monthly subscription; significantly cheaper than any in-house phone system. All you need is a reliable Internet connection.

We also provide fully managed domain registration and web hosting on our own UK-based web servers. We will take the headache out of domain ownership, registrations and renewals and consolidate all the services. We can provide various affordable web hosting services to meet most requirements. We will also provide a fully featured, easy to use, template-based website design suite so you can get your website up and running in no time at all.

All of the above services are backed up by our first-class consultancy, advice and support, provided by a team of experienced small business support consultants. We offer various flexible support agreements and can assist over the telephone, remote-support and on-site. We can also supply and install the most cost effective and reliable solutions for accessing the Internet. From BT Infinity, community wireless, backup ADSL and 3G connections we will work with you to implement the best possible combination of services to balance risk, performance and cost. We can become your IT department. Talk to us before you spend money on IT equipment or services, we can advise and guide your business on all IT related issues.

Cloud-based E-mail
  • Full Outlook 2010 support
  • Outlook Web Access
  • Access outlook from any web browser
  • Blackberry, iPhone, iPad & Android synchronisation
  • Centrally managed anti-spam, anti-virus, backups & redundancy
Cloud-based File sharing
  • Share files across PCs, laptops, iPads & iPhones across multiple sites with multiple users
  • Access shared files with any web browser
  • Data is replicated to a local (Essex) repository for rapid restoration via USB hard disk
Cloud-based fax service
  • Send and receive faxes anywhere by e-mail
  • No phone line rental or fax consumables
Cloud-based VoIP
  • Significantly reduced line rental and call costs
  • Answer your business line from any Internet Connection
  • Software or hardware VoIP phones
  • Incoming calls ring on all extensions on all sites
  • Any number of telephone numbers & extensions
  • Redirect or port your existing numbers
  • 0800, 0845, 0870 numbers or any UK geographical numbers
  • Optional call recording and redirection
  • Voicemail messages delivered by e-mail
Cloud-based Backup
  • Backup your PC or server over the Internet
  • No expensive tape drives or unreliable USB hard disks
  • Fully automated service with e-mail notifications
  • Point-in-time restore & roll-back
  • Bare-metal, Active Directory, Exchange Server & SQL agents
  • Local access to all your data on USB hard disk.
Internet provision (with backup if required)
  • ADSL, ADSL2+, FTTC (BT Infinity – Fibre to the Cabinet), 3G etc.
  • Community wireless (where available)
  • With wholesaler access to the various providers, we can change passwords, check access logs and perform 1st-line diagnostics without waiting for BT or ISPs.
Website Design, Hosting & Management
  • Flexible, fully managed web hosting service.
  • Domain Registration, Consolidation and Management
  • POP3 email and webmail
  • High speed server with full redundancy
  • Self-service web design using Wordpress
IT Support
  • Telephone, dial-in or on-site support
  • Professional support from a team of experienced small-business IT experts
  • Pre-pay or budget plans

If you would like to discuss moving your IT services to the cloud contact us on 01245 346985 or email your enquiry to enquiries@bishop-consultancy.com