Cloud Computing Solutions

Nexus are authorised to supply, install and support cloud computing technology from Microsoft, Dell, VMware and many other hosting providers and strategic partners.

We are a Microsoft Gold Partner with 18 competencies, which means we are placed within the top 1% of Microsoft partners worldwide. We were recently awarded Microsoft Cloud Deployment Partner status in recognition of our excellence for delivering Microsoft cloud solutions.

To compete in today's marketplace you need a cost-effective IT infrastructure that can scale rapidly to meet demand. Nexus has developed a growing portfolio of cloud computing solutions to help you achieve these goals.

We work closely with our partners to offer the latest advice and supply turnkey solutions based on pre-tested, pre-assembled, fully-supported hardware, software, hosting and connectivity services. Our cloud computing solutions go beyond the limits of traditional IT network infrastructure offering your organisation more options, flexibility and agility — ultimately becoming your competitive advantage.

Our comprehensive range of IT solutions mean we can supply all of the necessary computer systems, mobile devices, virtualisation technology structured cabling, network infrastructure, server hosting and IT services that help organisations of all sizes to build innovative cloud computing platforms.

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is a term to describe the delivery of IT as a service. There are many different cloud computing technologies and delivery methods to consider when planning your organisation's IT strategy and governance, and they are grouped into three service models:

There are also three common deployment methods for cloud computing:

  • Private Cloud
    Operated and hosted by your own IT department or by an external provider for exclusive use by your organisation.
  • Public Cloud
    Open to any number of organisations and individual users on a shared basis. Using a public cloud minimises your initial capital investment and combines agility and efficiency with massive scalability.
  • Hybrid Cloud
    Linking private and public clouds provides access to extra resources when the private cloud hits maximum utilisation. Alternatively, a hybrid cloud might split computing by tier between private and public clouds so that a database may reside in the private cloud while the application server is located in the public cloud.

What are the Benefits?

After years of rapid IT evolution, many organisations are left with complex, overgrown computing platforms that are often underutilised. These systems take up valuable office space, depreciate quickly, consume large amounts of power and cooling resources, and often cause an excessive IT support and maintenance burden. This kind of rigid IT architecture makes it hard for an IT department to quickly adapt to changing demands for resources, increases or decreases in utilisation and improved business continuity.

In most cases cloud computing can overcome or address the following IT and business challenges:

  • Reduce capital expenditure and operational overheads
  • Increase business responsiveness and efficiency
  • Provide greater flexibility through on-demand, pay-as-you-go services that scale with your organisation
  • More choice with third party service providers and vendors
  • Free up IT resources and reduce operational complexity
  • Deliver applications, data, office automation, collaboration and communication tools simply and securely, anytime, anywhere.
  • Streamline the deployment and management of IT infrastructure, workloads and end user applications and policies.

What Are the Risks?

The risks associated with deploying a cloud computing strategy are likely to be linked to a number of factors that include the size and growth of your workforce, location(s), IT budget, industry sector and operational constraints.

You can use our experienced team of consultants and engineers to guide you through the entire cloud computing assessment and planning process. We will help to identify the risks and rewards if you moved some, or all, of your IT infrastructure and software applications to the cloud, including:

  • Reliance on bandwidth
    If your cloud solution is accessed via the internet you need fast, resilient internet access that doesn't cost the earth. What are the implications if you lose internet access and what do you need to spend to ensure that it can't happen?
  • Bandwidth cost versus performance
    If all of your users now rely on fast, resilient internet or network access to be productive, how will your IT infrastructure and applications perform under heavy load? Will you be able to afford the increased bandwidth costs as more users demand greater performance? In a private cloud this might not matter, but with a public cloud you must identify the cost and methods to increase bandwidth performance for users.
  • Resilience and redundancy
    If you outsource the delivery of your infrastructure or software application you need to know about your cloud provider's hosting centre. Do they offer resilience and redundancy with multiple data centres worldwide? What does the service level agreement guarantee for performance, scalability and availability?
  • Security and data protection
    If you use a public cloud then you need to know the type of data and its classification (who can see it) before you move it to the cloud. This means taking the time through internal governance to make sure that access to this data is appropriate.

    If you have an application that provides competitive advantage or contains customer-sensitive information, should your organisation deploy it in the public cloud? If you’re looking to achieve and maintain data privacy for PCI compliance, HIPAA, SOX or for e-commerce solutions, then a public cloud might not be the solution for you.
  • In-house versus outsourced
    If you are a small business or medium- to large-sized organisation with existing IT infrastructure and support personnel you are less likely to see an enormous financial advantage in outsourcing all of your IT services and infrastructure to an external cloud services provider. Cloud computing is a strategy that improves resource utilisation, but the gains are greatest when you need to rapidly provision additional resources.

    Large organisations find they can often achieve better economy of scale by creating their own private cloud or selecting specific third party providers to host services such as email or other unified communications systems. All organisations can benefit from cost-effective cloud technology and software-as-a-service plans for key Microsoft products, including Office 365 and Exchange Server 2013.
  • Managing the migration to the cloud
    If you implement a next-generation cloud computing model it often puts a systems migration and training demand on your IT team and general workforce. Organisations often need to re-engineer some of their processes or operational procedures to accommodate a cloud computing solution and be willing to drive the changes forward to achieve a positive return on investment (ROI).

How Can Nexus Help?

At Nexus we have gained a wealth of experience over the years by helping customers of all sizes to incorporate cloud computing into their IT strategies.

Our pre-sales consultants, systems engineers, developers and instructors can work closely with you and our strategic partners to evaluate, select, deploy and support a solution that mitigates the associated risks, while leveraging the flexibility and benefits that can be found when you outsource all or part of your IT services.

We can supply IT consultancy and analysis to assess your current computing environment and communication infrastructure. We will help create a cloud computing systems design that incorporates all of the elements that would benefit your organisation and perform cost analysis to estimate a return on investment.

The next step in assessing your cloud computing requirements is to contact us to arrange a free evaluation to collate the key information we need to recommend a specific technology, service provider or partner.

Hosting & Colocation

In addition to our portfolio of website hosting services, Nexus have extensive experience of the hosting, managing and deploying of IT infrastructure, software and communication platforms in the cloud. We supply tailored service plans that are delivered by the UK’s leading server hosting and colocation providers.

Regardless of your chosen cloud delivery model, we will ensure the highest standards of service are supplied and supported with our comprehensive managed IT services agreements. Server or application hosting allows you to reduce costs and increase the predictability of IT expenditure, as well as improve availability.

Nexus offer several cloud computing hosting models:

  • Traditional hosting – we take care of your servers, unified communication hardware infrastructure or network services, allowing you to concentrate on managing and supporting your environment, software applications and users.
  • Cloud Hosting on Demand – extend your own data centre by transitioning data storage, computer systems or virtualisation infrastructure and workloads into a public or private cloud with secure and flexible management tools.
  • Dedicated Hosting – deploy applications or server workloads in the cloud, based upon their performance or data sensitivity requirements, without sacrificing accessibility or compliance. 
  • Hybrid Hosting – gain all of the advantages of a software-as-a-service platform in less time, at less cost and with less complexity than conventional hosting services.

We supply server and network infrastructure collocation services to suit organisations of all sizes. Our hosting partners use industry standard technologies and modular data centres to enable bespoke cloud computing solutions to be rapidly deployed, with high availability and business continuity built-in.

Outsourcing, colocating or hosting your IT infrastructure, data storage or software applications with a 3rd party provider simplifies the management of your physical and virtual IT infrastructure to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Contact us to discuss how colocation or hosting services could benefit your organisation and improve the way you deploy and manage your IT and communication systems.

Connectivity

Nexus has selected a number of strategic partners to supply customers with broadband internet access, private circuits, VoIP and SIP connectivity service options for cloud computing applications.

Our network infrastructure team can help you to deliver ultra-fast, secure, resilient and reliable network connectivity to your data centre and end users.

We also provide IT support and maintenance services and real-time network monitoring for small-, medium- and enterprise-sized organisations to help them to plan, build and manage network connectivity solutions for cloud computing environments.

Online Backup & Cloud Data Storage

We supply a wide range of data storage technologies and services to IT professionals and stakeholders who are looking to protect the valuable data in their organisation.

Preparation for the unexpected is crucial! Nexus supply online backup and cloud data storage solutions that protect important information, websites or business applications. If your organisation experiences service disruption, a disaster, or a hard drive simply fails, we can provide on-line backup plans and tools that allow you to rapidly restore files or services from a third party provider and location.

Our team of experienced engineers can help you to create file-level, virtual machine (VM), full system replication and cloud backups that are easy to create, schedule and manage.

We can integrate your local and online data storage and backup regimes to include block-level compression and de-duplication, which means backups are not only more efficient, but they reduce storage and bandwidth costs by up to 20 times compared to traditional backups. After your first cloud or online backup, additional backups are incremental, further reducing the bandwidth utilisation and data storage costs.

All of the online backup and cloud data storage solutions that Nexus supply utilise industry standard management and security tools and protocols. If security is paramount to your organisation we can deploy enterprise-grade encryption products to manage and protect your data.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

With an IaaS solution from Nexus, we enable organisations to avoid purchasing servers, communication systems, software or network equipment and deploying them in their own environment. Instead you can buy or rent these resources from one of the UK’s leading cloud hosting providers as a fully outsourced service, typically paid for on a utility computing basis for the amount of resources consumed.

You can access your IaaS services over the internet and self-provision the computing, storage and network resources you need to deploy and run your computer network, unified communications platform or software applications in the cloud. Windows InTune combines both cloud and on-premise capabilities to fit your PC and mobile device management needs. 

Software as a Service (SaaS)

SaaS is essentially "software applications on demand" that are accessed over the internet or deployed to run behind a firewall on a local area network. Business software applications delivered using SaaS are often purchased as a "per user" subscription, using a "pay-as-you-go" model.

Nexus support a wide range of software applications that can be delivered through the SaaS model to save you the cost of deploying and managing the software, such as email, customer relationship management, collaboration and enterprise resource management.

We specialise in supplying Microsoft and VMware software licensing and deploying or supporting their leading portfolio of SaaS products including Microsoft Office 365, Exchange Server 2013, SharePoint or Lync Online and VMware vSphere and vCloud Director suites.

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

PaaS is a mixture of IaaS and SaaS to create an IT and business systems hosting environment made up of development tools, databases, middleware and infrastructure software. Also known as a cloud computing platform, this proven model allows organisations to run applications without the cost and complexity of purchasing and maintaining computer systems hardware and network infrastructure at their premises.

With a PaaS strategy, Nexus can help organisations to reduce capital outlay, operational costs and simplify IT support and maintenance.

Contact our pre-sales team to find out which cloud computing model or services would benefit your organisation.

Contract Management

We don’t just supply and support cloud computing technologies, we can help you to manage the entire process, including the assessment and evaluation of third party connectivity, hosting or online backup services, service level agreements (SLA) or contracts.

When you deploy cloud computing solutions, there are new and additional administration tasks or annual contract renewals that need to be managed throughout the lifecycle of the system. We can oversee the service delivery and management of your contracts to ensure you are getting value for money and the performance or reliability you expected.

Nexus can take away these pressures and provide a complete cloud computing contract management service. Our technical support and account management teams can be your single point of contact for advice and all your cloud computing contract comparison or renewal activities.

Deployment & Support

Nexus offer a comprehensive cloud computing installation and configuration service from concept, design, deployment and testing to handover and training.

You can rest assured that we can help you at every stage of your IT project. We supply a number of post-sales support and maintenance and managed IT services to protect your investment.