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What is it? And how is it different?

Cloud based computing is a solution involving a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet that allows your business to store, manage and access data and programs over the Internet rather than through a local server or computer hard drive.

Cloud computing can empower a mobile workforce, become a critical part of a disaster recovery plan, and make the day-to-day running of your business more efficient, flexible and reliable.

55% of organisations say they've gained a competitive edge by adopting cloud services, while another 23% say they will soon.

Improved accessibility

With cloud services at your fingertips, you can work from almost any location, seamlessly switching between your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile. You'll be able to access all your office applications, important files, data and documents wherever you are.  With cloud computing it's possible to replicate the office environment almost anywhere, ensuring you can always work as productively as possible. 

Reduced Costs

Around 70-80% of IT budgets are spent on maintaining existing, in-house infrastructure. Cloud Services such as Microsoft Office 365 can cut costs dramatically. Heinz, for example, lowered its IT spend by an estimated 20% by releasing the burden on IT staff with Office 365*.

There's also no need to buy and maintain new equipment, lowering costs - and keeping them predictible, at a fixed monthly fee.

*The Normalisation of Cloud in a Hybrid IT Market. UK Cloud Adoption Snapshot & Trends for 2015. *source http://blogs.office.com/2014/05/08/heinz-cuts-costs-with-office-365/


1 laptop is stolen every 53 seconds*

With cloud based computing a stolen laptop is not the disaster it seems. You haven't lost your data as all documents and files are saved remotely to the cloud, and no one can access the data as a username and password are required to get into the cloud where your data is stored.


Automatic Cloud Computing Software Updates

In 2010, UK companies spent 18 working days per month managing on-site security alone*.  With cloud computing solutions Opus IT will provide all the server maintenance, including security updates.


Improved Collaboration

Give your employees the ability to communicate and share information easily regardless of location. With cloud based solutions, employees can work on documents and shared apps simultaneously as if they were in the same room.

Business Continuity

A cloud solution will ensure your data is backed up and protected in a secure location. Should there be a fire, technology outage, or severe weather incident that prevents people from making it into the office, employees can simply log on remotely, access their work desktop , and continue as they would have done on any normal working day, minimising any downtime and loss of productivity.

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