Cloud services offer business opportunities

Account manager Michael Tunstall (left) and owner Phil Donoghue from Cloud 4 Computers in Leigh

Account manager Michael Tunstall (left) and owner Phil Donoghue from Cloud 4 Computers in Leigh

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SMALL and medium-sized companies should get ahead in the technological stakes and find out how Cloud services can help them, a local business has said.

Bosses at Leigh-based Cloud 4 Computers say small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly using hosted servers to keep all their IT systems in one place, with significant improvements to be made in terms of both cost and efficiency.

The company has achieved significant growth despite the continuing difficulties facing businesses, with recent growth of around 15 per cent each month, and bosses are now warning SMEs which do not consider moving to hosted systems face being left trailing behind their competitors.

Hosted servers allow businesses to access all their software from one place and mean SMEs do not have to employ IT teams as any issues with the programme are resolved remotely. Software installations and updates are done automatically and businesses also have the option to tailor their own packages, only receiving the services they pay for.

Cloud networks currently have around 36,000 users worldwide in 24 countries.

Phil Donoghue of Cloud 4 said: “We have been growing as a business and that tells a very significant story.

“Clearly SMEs, not only in the North West, but also globally can now see the benefits of moving their IT systems to one single common platform, the ease of migration and cost savings being high on their priorities.

“The migration can also be done in a very short time with no gaps in the trading of the business. Cloud systems are the future, not only for the larger companies but also for the SMEs that keep the economy afloat in this country.”