Phenomenal growth for cloud experts brings new energy to Yorkshire region

The last year has seen Yorkshire based virtualDCS grow from strength to strength, with new contract wins and reseller partnerships.

Consequently, the team is now thrilled to announce that Daniel Martin has joined the company.

Daniel will now be working with the team in his new position as business development executive, where he will be helping customers worldwide explore the benefits of cloud computing technology, including Software Hosting and Veeam Cloud Connect.

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Commenting on his new appointment, Daniel said:

“To date, I’ve worked in everything from Compliance to Advertising, Media sales to Marketing. Offering my expertise to businesses and helping a business grow exponentially is what I’m here to do.

I’ve joined at such an important time for virtualDCS and have been welcomed into the family like I’ve been here from the beginning. I’m excited for the opportunity to assist the business with achieving their goals and to work with such a talented bunch of people.”

Peter Bowers, sales director at virtualDCS also commented:

“We’ve got some fantastic things planned for the business over the next couple of years, so Dan will play a key part in helping achieve our goals. We aim to offer the best service to our customers and Dan has a great back catalogue of experience that he can bring to the team and help us develop our offerings and service even further.”

If you’d like any more information on virtualDCS and our cloud services, feel free to call the team 03453 888 327 or email enquiries@virtualDCS.co.uk 

There’s nowt quite like Yorkshire!

As we’re the Yorkshire Cloud Computing experts, we secretly think that Yorkshire day should be celebrated 365 days a year.

However, for now we will settle for August 1st, which is officially known as Yorkshire Day.And since it’s Yorkshire day what a better way to celebrate than to acknowledge a few home truths as to what truly makes a Yorkshire man or woman.

To you ‘chuffed’ is an emotion. To a lot of people chuffed doesn’t mean anything however in Yorkshire it is a legitimate emotion and yes, it is in the dictionary.

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Homemade Yorkshire puddings are the only option – Aunt Bessie’s just won’t do. Homemade Yorkshire puddings are a real test of your Yorkshire roots. If you go frozen, you will be judged.

Yorkshire Tea is the only tea that exists. For Yorkshire men and women this holds as much significance as holy water, for many, it is our blood type. Don’t bother suggesting any other brand as we simply won’t recognise it.

Your accent strengthens when surrounded by fellow Yorkshire folk. In Yorkshire we love our accent, the broader the better, so it’s only natural to take it a step further when united.

Red roses simply don’t exist. Red rose? You mean white.

You’re referred to and refer to others as ‘our lad’ and ‘our lass’. How else could you be possibly be identified?

You’ve fallen a victim to the bread cake/bread roll/tea cake argument. Which I admit has been a topic of conversation within the office multiple times. Relationships have been forever ruined by this argument, so engage at your own risk. You’ve also fallen a victim of the Scone or Scon argument. For the sake of your own well-being, it’s best not to have an opinion. Just eat it.

A Sunday roast isn’t just tradition, it’s mandatory.

You’re scared of the letter T. in Yorkshire this letter is a rarity and is used as little as humanly possible. The rule is- the more you use it, the posher you are!

Lunch can be called dinner and dinner can be called tea. We even confuse ourselves sometimes.

You like a bargain. ‘Ow much?!’ is a phrase which leaves the mouth of a Yorkshire folk whenever they spend the smallest amount of money.  We like a bargain and we ain’t ashamed to admit it.

You bring up Yorkshire as often as you possibly can. Yorkshire pride is something you’re born with. Yorkshire and its many achievements should be brought up at any opportunity.

So whether you are cruising the globe or situated at the heart of the world (Yorkshire), join us and the rest of North, South, West and East Riding of Yorkshire, grab your cups of freshly brewed Yorkshire tea and raise a mug to Yorkshire.

If you’re interested in the cloud, why not talk to a proper Yorkshire company? Give us a call or drop us a line below and we’ll see you right, just tell us you’re from Yorkshire and we’ll do the rest.

 

 

 

Five things you should cover in your business continuity plan

Business continuity is more than just a phrase for data backup. A successful plan should provide a continuity roadmap and instructions for a business to recover after an incident.

Your Business Continuity Plan (BCP) should be well thought out, documented, centrally located and distributed to every relevant staff member. Copies should also be stored off-site and centrally! If you’re not sure how to start putting together a strong plan, this blog can help.

Here are five things you should include in your BCP:

Threat analysis

Business Continuity

The response to the disaster will depend on the nature and extent of the incident. Some threats, particularly natural ones such as flooding can damage or destroy your data, where a virus may only disrupt the network. In order to ensure an effective Business Continuity Plan, you need to account for any possible threat that may arise, no matter how trivial it may seem.

You also need to keep these documents in paper form! There’s no point having your BCP stored on your internal systems where you can’t access them due to an incident.

Key contacts

There’s no point having a plan in place with no instructions. Who is going to oversee the plan? Who is responsible for what areas? What happens when they are unreachable? How do you contact them? All these questions need to be answered within your continuity plan and updated on a regular basis. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to get through to someone as a matter of urgency and finding out they’ve changed their mobile number!

Key suppliers

Similarly, you need to list your important suppliers and the contact details for each one, while also keeping this list updated. You’ve stored your data on a backup offsite, but where is it stored and where can you get it back from? Who supplies your electricity? Gas? Internet? Does the landlord need to be contacted?

All these questions (and probably many more) need answering in your BCP for it to be effective.

Communication strategies

How are you going to contact your team if the systems are down? What happens if you have no Internet or telephone? Effective communication is vital in any business, especially if you’re managing a system failover, having a secondary line of communication in place could protect your business against further downtime.

Recovery phases

So you know who is doing what and why they’re doing it, but what are they going to be doing? You need to list the step by step strategy for how you’re going to recover and restore business operations. From the initial assessment to monitoring and business aftercare.

If you’d like advice on your Disaster Recovery strategy, please contact virtualDCS by calling 03453 888 327 or using the form below.

 

Developers who SaaS benefit from continued growth

New research shows that SaaS application use has increased by 33% alone over the last year.

On average every company now uses 16 SaaS applications, according to BetterCloud’s 2017 workplace report. Companies also displayed a long-term commitment to SaaS technology, with nearly 75% of participants estimating that by 2020 that 80% or more of their workplace applications will be SaaS-based.

Why are businesses leaning toward SaaS technology?

saas software as a serviceSoftware as a Service is providing incredible benefits to end users, one major advantage is that customers can lower initial costs and free their capital expenses by paying on a subscription based service. End users also have access to the latest versions of software, can scale services as required and also free up IT department installation time.

Why would I SaaS my software?

For a start, it’s clear to say that SaaS solutions are showing no sign of slowing down and customers are effectively driving the market forward. Currently, the cloud shift rate through to 2020 for SaaS is three times faster than Platform as a Service technology and two times faster than Infrastructure as a Service technology. The overall trend is leading more developers to SaaS their software in an effort to keep up with both consumer demand and the competition.

From a developer view, partnering with a cloud provider to deliver software online offers a number of benefits such as a reduction in sales time, eliminating capital expenditure and lowering the overall total cost of ownership. In addition to this, few organisations can match the infrastructure and security investments that are made by SaaS vendors, so your application and customers are effectively safer.

How can I SaaS my software?

Deploying your software through the cloud has never been easier, especially with virtualDCS. We’ve put together a Software as a Service enablement package that provides a free proof of concept, pay as you grow hosting solutions, business advice and free evaluation servers.

If you’d like more information on how to deploy and sell your software online, contact the team on 03453 888 327 or email enquiries@virtualDCS.co.uk

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