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Cloud Computing

Move your office to the cloud. Hosted email, desktop and applications to set your business free.

Imagine being able to run a secure, mobile computer network that fits the needs of your business to a tee, but doesn’t require expensive hardware or frequent management and maintenance?

Well, thanks to the cloud you can…

You’re probably already using the cloud in your day-to-day life. Online banking websites, email providers like Hotmail and Gmail, as well as the file-sharing site Dropbox, live in the cloud. These sites store data online, meaning you can access your files from any Internet connection.

A business using a cloud-hosted computing system operates in the same way. Instead of hosting files and applications on hardware located in the business’ physical office, data is housed in a virtual server.

For many businesses, this can be a more affordable and flexible way to manage their IT needs.

The advantages of cloud computing:

  • Save money. Running your computer systems from a virtual network means you’ll no longer have to invest in expensive hardware (that will likely need updating within a few years) or worry about regular maintenance costs.
  • Free up space in your office. You’ll be able to do away with big and bulky servers.
  • Go mobile.  Cloud hosting enables you to access your data, applications and email from anywhere - and on any device or platform.

Keep reading to find out more about the extraordinary capabilities of the cloud and how it could change the way you run your business forever…

At Belton, we’re huge fans of cloud computing. Here’s how we use the cloud on a day-to-day basis:

Hosted Desktop

Our technicians can access their full desktop screen, complete with files and applications, from any computer, whether they’re out on a job or working from the office.

Hosted Applications

We run all our day-to-day software needs from the cloud. So when team members are visiting clients, they have every application they need, right at their fingertips.

Hosted Email

Secure access to inboxes, contacts and calendars, on any device. For increased security, intelligent spam filtering protects clients and users from nasty viruses and scams.

Cloud Backup

All our vital information is backed up automatically to our virtual servers, giving us peace of mind that our files are continuously up-to-date and easily accessible in the event of a disaster.

Cloud Computing For Your Business

At Belton, we offer enterprise-level cloud computing at affordable, small business prices.

Our secure, state-of-the-art cloud servers can manage and support your company’s entire business network. Our data centre is located in Auckland and overseen by a team of experienced technicians, ensuring around-the-clock monitoring and maintenance and continual uptime.

Take a closer look at the cloud computing services we offer…

Share data quickly and easily with other members of your team.

Our file sharing software provides a secure, high-capacity alternative to Dropbox.

Access your email from any device, from anywhere in the world.

We’ll migrate your inboxes to Microsoft Hosted Exchange, enabling you to read and send mail from your PC, mobile device or through webmail, as well as access important data like shared inboxes, calendars and contact lists.

So whether you’re working from the office, from home or on the road, all the information you need to keep your business running will be right there with you – all of the time.

Bulletproof spam and virus protection.

Our high level spam and virus protection filters out the junk and the downright dangerous, so you can concentrate on the messages that matter. Plus, we routinely back up your data to our secure servers, meaning you’ll never again suffer the frustration of a lost email or valuable contact information.

Our hosted email supports most popular devices, including BlackBerry, Apple iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile devices.

What‘s the difference between Microsoft Hosted Exchange and a Telecom/Google/Yahoo plan?

A Telecom/Google/Yahoo plan will allow you to access your email on different devices, but isn’t designed to synchronise all email across every device you use. It is also not designed with shared resources in mind like calendars and contact lists. Microsoft Hosted Exchange is specifically tailored to fit the needs of busy business owners and employees, and therefore offers a more reliable system.

Hosted Exchange is available from $19.95 + GST per mailbox, per month, for 1GB of storage.

Access your desktop from any device, from anywhere you need to be.

We can set you up with a secure, desktop environment that’s tailored to support your exact business needs. It’s easy to increase your capabilities as your business grows and if you run into difficulties, our capable help desk team is just a phone call or email away.

Top of the line technology.

Our hosted desktop solution of choice is the Windows Server 2008 R2 – the latest server environment from Microsoft. (We offer other options as well, but find this is the best solution for most users).

This flexible, secure environment allows you to run all your Windows-based applications from any platform that supports an RDP client (Windows, Linux, Mac, iDevice, Android).

How is your hosted desktop set up?

In order to run a hosted desktop network effectively, we’ll need to set up a local desktop computer with networked printers in your office. This gives you a central hub where you can upload photos and large documents.

Your thin clients will then connect directly to our Hosted Terminal Server environment with Microsoft Exchange functions delivered via the cloud in our clustered (redundant) virtual environment. 

Each user will then connect directly to our hosted server, with files and applications delivered via the cloud.

Reduce your IT spend.

A hosted desktop means you can wave goodbye to expensive hardware purchases and maintenance costs, and streamline your IT expenses into one, affordable monthly fee.

 

All the tools you need to run your business, accessible from any device.

If you have more than one office, or want to give your staff the flexibility to work from home, hosted applications give everyone access to their everyday software – no matter where they’re working from

 

Taking the hassle out of data backup.

As a business owner, you know you need to backup your files on a regular basis. Losing data due to a system, hardware or even human error could be catastrophic to your business. But backing up can be a hassle, right?

Not anymore…

At Belton we use the amazing capabilities of the cloud to provide a fully automated backup service. You don’t need to remember to run a program or insert a CD because your files are routinely backed up to our secure, virtual servers – just like magic.

This means that an up-to-date copy of your files is always available and ready to be restored at a moment’s notice.

Your data is vulnerable to loss from a number of sources:

  • Theft.
  • Fire, flood or earthquake.
  • Virus attack.
  • Hardware or system failure.
  • Software corruption or program corruption.
  • Human error such as deletion.

 

Belton Online Backup makes protecting your data easy.

Our cloud backup is available as a monthly subscription service. For just $45 + GST per month for up to 5GB of storage, and $2 + GST per 1GB of additional data, you can sleep easier at night knowing your data is securely backed up and easily accessible – no matter what life throws at you.


Should You Move Your Computing Needs To The Cloud?

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding cloud hosting. But is it right for your business?

If you can answer yes to some – or all – of the following questions, then moving your computing systems to the cloud could be the right choice for your business:

  1. Would you like to be able to access email from anywhere, have it synced to all your devices (smartphones, iPads, laptops) and be confident that it’s securely backed up all of the time?
  2. Do you feel your employees are tied to the office when they could be more productive out on the road or working from home?
  3. Do you worry abouta the ongoing management and maintenance costs of your current IT resources? Are you paying for in-house IT support but only using it sporadically?
  4. Does your in-house IT support lack the expertise to fully manage your local equipment?
  5. Does investing in expensive hardware seem like money down the drain, particularly when you’re only going to have to upgrade again in a few years?
  6. Are you happy with the uptime of your IT equipment and systems?

The best time to move?

If your server is due for replacement or upgrade - or your warranty is about to expire - now would be a great time to think about switching your IT needs to the cloud.

Talk to us today to see if cloud computing is a good fit for your business. We’ll compare your current local hosting setup to a cloud hosting setup and give you a detailed run down of what’s involved, as well as a full costing breakdown.

Give our friendly team a call on 0800 Belton (235866) or email info@belton.co.nz to see how cloud computing could propel your business to new heights.