Cloud computing’s bright outlook at Shift F7

Is it? Is it the future?

Many millions of dollars and many of IT’s big names say it is. But in truth that’s not the question, the question is… is it right for your business and the way it does business? And if it is right, what form should it take?

We think it should be boring and we think it should be predictable.

Indeed so boring and so predictable you’ll hardly notice it’s there. So boring you won’t notice that The Shift F7 platform is hosted in two geographically diverse, ISO 27001 & ISO 9001 accredited, tier 3 data centres, with resilient (N+1) components including dual power, multiple fan trays, switches and multiple servers.

And so predictable that you never see a day when it doesn’t do just what you need it to do.

So when it comes to cloud services, specify high by all means, just don’t aim for excitement. At Shift F7 we do all we can to make sure there isn’t any.

What is the cloud?

The term “Cloud Computing” is everywhere. In the simplest terms, Cloud Computing is a metaphor for the Internet. It refers to storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. For it to be considered “Cloud Computing,” you need to access your data or your programs over the Internet, or at the very least, have that data synced with other information over the Web. Cloud-based applications accelerate growth and allow businesses to connect with customers better than ever before.

At Shift F7 we plan and migrate services to the cloud but also advise our clients when the cloud may not be in their best interest

At Shift F7 we have identified what we believe are the key areas where Cloud based solutions can benefit our clients and address many of the common business issues they share:

  • Managed Support – IT Helpdesk & Monitoring Services
  • Virtual IT Manager
  • Managed Security
  • Managed Connectivity
  • Disaster Recovery & Remote Back Up
  • Secondary Datacentre
  • Hosted Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft Azure

This set of services is aimed at providing flexible, cost effective solutions that enable businesses to address many of today’s IT issues and challenges. These services can be mixed and matched to complement the existing IT infrastructure, or where applicable replace the traditional On-Premise solutions entirely.

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Cloud Computing Services

Exchange and Office 365

Shift F7 is a Microsoft Office 365 partner, and we’re helping clients to migrate from their existing on-premise Exchange environment to Office 365. Businesses are looking to Microsoft Office 365 to help them with the IT challenges they currently face, such as:

  • Simplifying IT administration
  • Enhancing reliability and data protection
  • Benefitting from the latest capabilities without deploying new software
  • Managing IT costs and getting more value from investment

With Office 365, your company gains from predictable costs, guaranteed reliability, access from virtually anywhere, and the enhanced capabilities of powerful cloud-based productivity tools. Meanwhile, you maintain control of the IT services that drive your business. We have successfully managed our clients’ critical applications on our cloud infrastructure and are fully conversant with the complexity of corporate email infrastructure.
As a Microsoft Office 365 partner, we’ll advise you on the most efficient migration strategy to suit your existing setup. We will analyse your existing IT environment and provide a high-level design and customised project plan. We’ll take care of configuring and synchronising your systems and migrating users and data to a single sign-on. You’ll have access to our 24/7 Help Desk support and monitoring.
Projects, Migrations and Upgrades.

Backup & Disaster Recovery

When loss of data means catastrophic consequences for your business, you can trust Shift F7 to protect your data. Our best-in-class Disaster Recovery (DR) services deliver a fully managed disaster recovery solution you can rely on. Our technical team will test and run recovery cycles every quarter to ensure that your valuable data is fully restorable at all times.

There are very few backup or disaster recovery requirements we can’t meet. In fact, we’ve yet to come across one. We deliver the most commonly requested services individually or collectively depending on your requirements. All of our fully managed backup and disaster recovery services meet the statutory requirements required for highly regulated industries such as healthcare, government, legal and financial institutions.

What sets Shift F7 apart from others is that our backups are checked and tested every day by our highly-qualified data specialists. That’s right – expert humans monitoring your safety every single day.

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