Move Onto The Cloud

Wouldn't business be simpler if you could just work from anywhere?

Cloud migrations may seem scary or complex, but we have helped many organisations make that journey.

Why run from the cloud?

The cloud is the vehicle that connects everything:

  • alleviate stresses and costs of maintaining your own hardware
  • standardise your staff's desktop user experience
  • increase security and control around local and remote users
  • systemise, centralise data, and warehouse your data
  • reduce competing business workflows and inefficient processes
  • reduce double data entry
  • reduce and track employee theft and sabotage of data
  • build-in disaster protection and off-site backups

What does running from the cloud give you?

Digital Catalyst help you design and implement the strategies to make the journey to: 

  • stabilise and protect DNS
  • increase performance with CDN, caching, and image optimisations
  • reduce the effects that slow broadband and PC problems bring 
  • reduce the effects of desktop scatter of important content
  • increase security with SSL, proxies and a firewall
  • deliver and maintain email from the cloud (including mailbox archiving, mailbox migrations, calendar sharing, contact sharing, and nickname files, etc)
  • deliver and maintain the live central document repository for real time collaboration
  • deliver and maintain the cold storage document library (at the end of the live lifecycle) with controlled accessibility
  • deliver and maintain an extensible website and enterprise application CMS platform

The order in which these might be delivered is part of a planning stage. 

We are happy to work with your incumbent IT provider to ensure a smooth migration.



Comparing the On-Premise Experience to a Cloud/Hosted Server Experience:

Feature Common On-Premise Experience Common Hosted or Cloud Experience
Desktop Experience
PCs with localised apps, individually maintained, LAN local or no LAN, desktop sits behind office modem limited by office ADSL speeds Standardised virtual operating environment, LAN in cloud brings high speed connectivity collaboration, work from your desktop anywhere, device agnostic
Risk Profile
Higher risk: the burden is placed with staff to identify and escalate issue to IT support Lower risk: the burden is placed with experts who are continuously monitoring and maintaining
Monitoring Of Systems
Business hours only monitoring (8 hours per day, 5 days per week). Reactive reporting by user with wait times for response Continuous real time external monitoring (24/7/365). Proactive response to issues by experts at moment of detection
Cost of Ownership
Client wears costs: ageing hardware, parts replacement, costs and time delay for repairs, costs of running cool rooms, lost wages where staff try to fix issues Service provider wears costs: behind scenes parts replacement, high redundancy in cloud. Client insured against hardware issues with a "pay as you go" service.
Response Times
Reactive reporting of issues with waiting times for on-site IT support to arrive, identify and repair or come back Proactive detection of issues often before problem causes outage. Quicker response times if outage occurs through remote support
Responsibility of Backup
Some responsibility of staff to ensure backup has runs. Often the requirement of staff to take a copy of backup files offsite with them Full responsibility of backup on the experts built into a service agreement, run automated, checked, and automatically stored off-site