Reducing Cloud Waste in Your Business

    • Reducing Cloud Waste in Your Business

      • Donna Aplin

      Cloud computing has revolutionised the way businesses operate. It offers scalability, flexibility, and cost-efficiency. But cloud services also come with a downside: cloud waste.

      Cloud waste is the unnecessary spending of resources and money on cloud services. These services are often not fully utilised or optimised. About 32% of cloud spending is wasted. This can lead to budget concerns as spending skyrockets.

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    • Cloud Server Vs Onsite Server Advantages & Disadvantages.

      • Jason Francis

      What is an onsite server?​

      An onsite server is a traditional way to handle a business’ computer network.  It is a physical piece of hardware (kit) that sits on your business premises and provides services to the other computers on the network.  Some examples of the things it ‘serves’ are File-sharing, Network Addressing, Virus Scanning & Print Services amongst other things.  In many cases, you will end up with hardware that’s more powerful than what you require.​

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    • What is an IT Roadmap?

      • Jason Francis

      What is an IT Roadmap?  And why does my business need one?  Well, the simple answer is that it’s a plan.  A plan of how you intend to manage your IT Systems over the coming years.  A plan of how much you intend to spend on IT Systems and security over the coming years.  In ESP’s case, we use a 4-year roadmap that’s reviewed every 6 months.  The roadmap becomes an agreement, between you, the customer, and your IT Provider, as to how the IT Systems are going to develop within your business over the coming 4-year period.  It sets out some standard items, such as contract renewal dates, as well as replacement cycles for equipment such as PCs and Laptops.  It’s essentially a documented plan, based on best-practices for businesses, when it comes to their IT Systems. 

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    • Backup and Disaster Recovery – Future Proofing your Business.

      • ESP Projects

      In today’s digital age, data is the lifeblood of businesses.  From customer information to financial records, companies rely heavily on their data to operate efficiently and make informed decisions. However, data is vulnerable to a myriad of threats, including hardware failures, cyberattacks, natural disasters, and human error. To safeguard your valuable data and ensure business continuity, a robust backup and disaster recovery (DR) strategy is essential.  In this Blog ESP Projects explore Backup and Disaster Recovery and look at ways of future proofing your business.

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    • 6 Ways to Prevent Misconfiguration (the Main Cause of Cloud Breaches)

      • Donna Aplin

      Here at ESP Projects in Sheffield we have been looking into the main causes of Cloud Breaches. Misconfiguration of cloud solutions is often overlooked when companies plan cybersecurity strategies. Cloud apps are typically quick and easy to sign up for. The user often assumes that they don’t need to worry about security because it’s handled.

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    • What is Cloud Email Backup?

      • Donna Aplin

      Cloud email backup is a piece of software that exists in the cloud.  It’s a centrally configured tool to make sure that all of the email boxes in your organisation are backed up to another location.  You can think of it like taking a copy of all of the emails in each mailbox (whether it’s a person’s mailbox or a group email box like marketing@mydomain.com) and putting that copy in another place.  If something goes wrong with the original mailbox, it allows you to restore the contents to allow your business to continue to operate.

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    • Helpful Tips for Keeping Your Shared Cloud Storage Organized

      • Donna Aplin

      Cloud file storage revolutionized the way we handle documents. No more having to email files back and forth. No more wondering which person in the office has the most recent copy of a document.

      Between 2015 and 2022, the percentage of worldwide corporate data stored in the cloud doubled. It went from 30% to 60%. A majority of organizations use cloud storage of some type. Typical services include OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, and others.

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    • 4 Interesting Cloud Storage Trends to Watch for in 2022

      • Donna Aplin

      One area of cloud computing that is used widely, but often isn’t as flashy as the software side is cloud storage. Storing files in the cloud to make them easily accessible and shareable from anywhere was one of the very first uses of the cloud that was adopted widely by many users.

      As advances like automation and AI come to other types of cloud services, like team communications and business apps, cloud storage is not being left behind. The industry also continues to evolve to make storing data in the cloudless complex, more reliable, and better secured.

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