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Cloud Services

Through our cloud services, we will look after your data and services off-site. Our cloud business solutions revolve around your business. We will manage and support all aspects of your system, allowing you to reduce capital expenditure, slim your asset base and make your IT more flexible.

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Cloud Services are simply services that are hosted off-site and delivered over the internet. They can include everything from email and website hosting to backup and multi-site and mobile collaboration.

There is still confusion over what the cloud actually is and how it can help your business. We will cut through the hype to help you understand what the advantages and disadvantages of cloud solutions are, helping you make well-informed decisions about how to use it. Our agnostic stance on technology enables us to give you the best advice about cloud business solutions, including whether or not it makes sense for your company and, if it does, what type of platform would work best for you.

Benefits of Cloud Services include:

  • Efficiency and cost reduction - By using cloud infrastructure, you don't have to spend huge amounts of money on purchasing and maintaining equipment. You don’t have to invest in hardware, facilities, utilities, or building out a large data centre to grow your business. You do not even need large IT teams to handle your cloud data centre operations, as you can enjoy the expertise of your cloud provider’s staff. Cloud also reduces costs related to downtime. Since downtime is rare in cloud systems, this means you don't have to spend time and money on fixing potential issues related to downtime.
  • Data Security - One of the major concerns of every business, regardless of size and industry, is the security of its data. Data breaches and other cybercrimes can devastate a company's revenue, customer loyalty and brand positioning.
    Cloud services offer many advanced security features that guarantee that data is securely stored and handled.
  • Scalability - Cloud services are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. If your business demands increase, you can easily increase your cloud capacity without having to invest in physical infrastructure. This level of agility can give businesses using cloud computing a real advantage over competitors. This scalability reduces the risks associated with in-house operational issues and maintenance. You have high-performance resources at your disposal with professional solutions and no up-front investment.
  • Mobility - Cloud services allow mobile access to corporate data via smartphones and devices, which is a great way to ensure that no one is ever left out of the loop. Staff with busy schedules, or who live a long way away from the corporate office, can use this feature to keep instantly up-to-date with clients and coworkers – see our Prism solutions for more details. Resources in the cloud can be easily stored, retrieved, recovered, or processed with just a couple of clicks. Users can get access to their works on-the-go, 24/7, via any devices of their choice, in any corner of the world as long as you stay connected to the internet. On top of that, all the upgrades and updates are done automatically, off-sight. This saves time and team effort in maintaining the systems, tremendously reducing the IT team workloads.
  • Disaster recovery - Data loss is a major concern for all businesses, along with data security. Storing your data in the cloud guarantees that data is always available. Cloud-based services provide quick data recovery for all kinds of emergency scenarios -- from natural disasters to power outages.

If you would like to discuss our Cloud services contact us to find out more.

  • Hosted Desktop

    Prism Hosted Desktop is Lumina’s agile and flexible working solution. Our hosted desktop can securely deliver any workload to any device, anywhere – with no compromise to performance. It's scalable and affordable, enabling your business to offer agile working and reduce the time and cost of maintaining a physical desktop estate.

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  • Cloud Hosting

    However complex and high-functioning your website, you will need a Cloud Hosting service that meets all your performance requirements, most crucially in terms of speed. We will help you find the right hosting package with minimum performance standards guaranteed under our SLA.

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  • Microsoft Exchange Email

    We typically recommend Microsoft Office 365, a cloud-based email service that offers a reliable platform with plenty of opportunity to grow with your company. The extra features and functionality it offers give compelling business reasons to make the switch.

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  • Hosted Telephony

    Hosting your Telephony systems digitally gives you greater control and flexibility. Implement call management features not available through a traditional PBX system across multiple sites and remote devices, at the same time as saving money on calls and line rental.

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  • Colocation Services

    Our Colocation Services are ideal for companies wanting to take advantage of the benefits offered by the cloud as well as using your own on-site hardware for the storage of sensitive information or when the amount of data you need to store is huge.

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What is the cloud?

At its simplest, the cloud is a network of computers and storage that shares resources to deliver storage services over a network, rather than storing data on a single machine. Cloud Business Solutions are typically accessed over the internet, but some larger organisations also use dedicated private connections.

In many ways, the cloud has always been with us since the advent of the mainframe, and today’s offerings are really a mature version of the platforms that started life back in the ‘50s. It was the arrival of reliable high-speed connectivity that opened the door to the cloud services we use all the time today.

Which cloud services do Lumina provide?

Lumina provide a number of services including private cloud, public cloud and Hyperscaler e.g Azure.

What benchmarks and SLAs should I look for in a cloud services company?

It depends on what cloud service you have is it public cloud or an as a service offering.  The main focus should be on uptime.

What is cloud computing security?

It is the security in place to protect your cloud services.  This includes everything from the technology and applications but also the policies and controls in place to ensure the security of your cloud systems

Do all IT companies offer the same cloud solutions?

No, each offering will be slightly different as it will also depend on your definition of cloud.  Essentially you will need to understand the solution being provided be it private, public, Hyperscaler cloud and then support options in place which could also be dependent on if you are receiving an as-a-service solution.

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