Cloud Services, also referred to as Cloud Computing or Hosted Services is a means of an organisation gaining access to service such as email, offsite backups or file repositories without the need to buy the hardware, software and have the in-house IT department to manage the service for them.

It represents some of the most cost effective start-up packages for small businesses, giving a professional identity to companies that do not have several thousand pounds to setup a server and a few users, and given the scalability of cloud computing, it also offers a cost effective solution for expanding businesses.

As our client base is mainly small and medium sized businesses, many of whom are still feeling the pinch of consumer spending cuts and a less buoyant marketplace, cloud services represent better value for money in the short term than purchasing the services to run in-house.

Understanding the needs of our clients and then explaining the options available, the costs involved and the benefits that they receive is what sets us apart from other IT Consultancy service providers.

For cloud services we have been a Microsoft Cloud Partner since 2012, offering Office365 which includes email via Microsoft Exchange, online file storage and collaborative working areas via Microsoft SharePoint and online unified communication and collaboration via Microsoft Skype for Business.  There are also options for archiving older emails for those that like to keep a copy of everything via Microsoft Exchange Archiving.

Office365 starts from £3.80 per month for email services aimed at small businesses and professionals which gives you 50Gb of email, 1Tb of OneDrive Storage and 10Gb of SharePoint file storage, plus 500MB additional SharePoint for each individual user.  The maximum number of users is 300 for Office 365 Business Essentials.

If you do not have a copy of Microsoft Office you can buy this as a subscription too from £7.90 per month for the office package plus 1TB of OneDrive storage.

If you are looking for the whole package for your business, Microsoft offer the Office 365 Business Premium plan which includes Office for up to 5 devices (for one user), 50GB Mailbox which can be configured for your domain, 1Tb of OneDrive storage, SharePoint, Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams.  All for just £9.40 per month per license.

JWCS can provide consultants and engineers to assist you with every step of the process in moving to cloud services, whether its from the initial setup, purchasing of a domain name, transferring existing data or just having some time with someone to show you how to get the best from the system, we are there to help.

If you would like any further information on Cloud Services, please contact us