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Move to the cloud & save money on IT Infrastructure

If you’re planning an IT upgrade within the next 6 months, listen up. You could save yourself lots of money on your next IT infrastructure upgrade. You can ALSO give yourself a more productive workplace by switching to the cloud. This could be an alternative to an on-premises server. We agree with NW technology about the logic of outsourcing to an MSP or IT support provider if you are an SME owner.

Is Cloud Computing a good for your business:

However, cloud computing is NOT a good fit for every company. So you should get all the facts to fully understand the pros and cons

That said, for some clients, cloud IT upgrades can actually lower their IT costs a lot. This is as well as improving the ability for remote workers to connect and work from home. You can read about our tips for checking that your IT provider is doing what is necessary to protect your business here.

 

Pros Of Cloud Computing:

  • Never upgrade your systems again which saves you cash. When you’re hosting in someone’s cloud, it’s the equivalent of renting an apartment. You get all the benefits of living there but none of the hassle of maintenance. One of the reasons the ‘cloud’ can save your business a lot of money is that the cloud provider is “pooling” the money of many organizations to host and maintain. This means you’re paying for a fraction of what it’d cost you to host and maintain the same infrastructure.

 

  • Lowered IT costs. This is probably the single most compelling reason why companies choose to move their network to the cloud. Not only do you save money on software licenses, but also on hardware (servers and workstations). As well as IT support and upgrades.

 

  • Ability to access your desktop and/or applications from anywhere and any device. If you travel lots, have remote workers or prefer to use an iPad, cloud computing will give you more flexibility.

 

  • Disaster recovery and backup are automated. Of course, check the small print of your cloud provider. Some will only back up your data for a period of 3 days prior. Then some will waive all responsibility for backing up and securing your data. Not good in either case, of course.

 

  • It’s faster, cheaper and easier to set up new employees. If you have a seasonal workforce or a lot of turnover, cloud computing will lower your costs of setting up new accounts. It will also make it much faster.

 

  • It’s a “greener” technology that will save on power and your electric bill. For some smaller companies, the power savings will be too small to measure. However, for larger companies with multiple servers who are cooling a hot server room and keep their servers running 24/7/365, the savings are considerable.

Cinnte CEO to Speak about Cyber Security Awareness at Cavan event

Cinnte CEO to Speak about Cyber Security Awareness at Cavan event

Cinnte Technologies CEO, Mr. Danny Barr, will be speaking at a Cyber security Awareness Workshop in the Farnham Arms Hotel in Cavan. The worskhop is to educate SME owners on May 22nd from 9am-1pm and places are limited. You can also find out more from our event partners here-

The event will be free to attend for owners, managers or employees of companies, the self-employed in Cavan. More details can be found here of what Cinnte does in relation to cyber training for employees of SMEs.

 

Cinnte IT and what we do:

Cinnte Technologies is passionate about IT and the growing importance of online security to SMEs in the Cavan and nearby areas. Danny as our CEO has stated that, ” I want to create greater awareness of this among business owners and their employees to protect their organization and clients against online fraud. I will continue to reach out and educate SME owners and employees on cyber awareness and actively promoting safety and prevention of any cyber-crime or theft.”

We recently wrote about this subject here-

 The Cyber Security Workshop Overview:

The workshop is suitable for anyone who wants to build their overall awareness of online security and improve their ‘cyber security hygiene.’ This will help SME owners to avoid the typical mistakes and stop being caught by cyber security breaches. This interactive course aims to make learning about cyber awareness easy effective and enjoyable.  It will introduce the world of cyber security and help participants to understand what they need to know and do to keep themselves and their workplace safe and secure. No prior knowledge or experience of cyber security is required to do this course.Key areas covered include:

Threats Overview: Malware, phishing & social engineering

Password Policies: Best practices;

Web Protection: What to look for; what to avoid

Email Protection: What to look for; what to avoid

Preventative Measures: Best practices for security at home and at work

 

How to book your place:

Places are limited so please book your free place as soon as possible at this link- Cybersecurity Awareness Course – Cavan Booking Link

*Please note this programme is for owners, managers or employees of companies, sole traders or self-employed or other private sector organisations or commercial semi-state companies operating in the Republic of Ireland.

How important is cyber awareness to your small business?

How important is cyber awareness to your small business?

Your Business and Cyber Awareness

Have you questioned how your business is applying cyber awareness on a practical level? Microsoft will introduce cyber changes to Windows 7 this year. This is important as most SMEs are using a Microsoft system.

The tech giant will end support in July this year if users don’t install new security upgrades by April 2019. In this regard, cyber awareness has never been more important for small business owners in Cavan and Meath.

Having the correct IT support services in place is critical to being ready for any cyber changes that emerge in future.

What do I need to know about Windows 7 and Windows 10 cyber changes:

Support for Windows 7 operating systems will be ending from January 2020 according to Microsoft’s official website.We aim to educate small business owners about what they need to be aware when it comes to cyber activity. You should check with your IT provider what they’re doing to ensure any Windows 7 changes for you run smoothly.

We are among the IT support providers in Cavan and Meath that are preparing businesses to move to Windows 10. We also want to help small businesses to install Windows 7 updates to help their business run efficiently.

What exactly are these cyber updates

The changes coming in March signal a cyber security upgrade for Windows 7. 

Currently, OS updates are double-signed using both SHA-1 and SHA-2 algorithms as the first algorithm has some weaknesses. In layman’s terms, Microsoft are making a better, more responsive and faster system for users, business and non-business.

Microsoft plans to discontinue it over time and move to the second algorithm, SHA-2 after 2020. Microsoft clients still using a 2008 server need to upgrade their systems and improve their IT and as a result, their overall business performance.

Target date for Windows cyber security updates:

We advise small businesses who have IT providers to make sure you don’t miss the different individual security updates taking place in April. Microsoft has said that it expects March 12th to be the date for the release of SHA-2 Code on Windows 7.

Everything should happen automatically, if you ensure these updates are enabled to take place in April and July.

 

What happens if you wish to continue using Windows 7 after January 2020 when support is officially being stopped by Microsoft:

It is going to cost you. A lot more than you would pay to use Windows 10. Updates from Microsoft to ensure that Windows 7 operated devices run effectively will be available for a time, but it will be more expensive that upgrading to Windows 10. The cost will also rise over years. So, for support for Windows Enterprise users using Windows 7 from January 2019-January 2021 will cost around €25 per device.

Should you consider an IT switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10:

It is worth considering a switch to Windows 10 for this reasons of cyber cost saving and effectiveness. The best laptops this year only operate a Windows 10 system as well. So if you want to use the best hardware on the market, we recommend that you consider using Windows 10 .

We will be posting in the near future on Windows 10 and how to upgrade to it. We will explain the benefits of upgrading and being more cyber aware and how it can help grow your business. Follow our updates for more updates on Windows 7 and other cyber changes your business should know about.

We will try to educate small business owners on any cyber changes such as Windows and help them move to more efficient systems like Windows 10 in future. If you are thinking of upgrading you systems to Windows 10, we can help you.

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Our Engineers can assess in person and tell you the strengths and weaknesses of your current systems. Sign up and claim your limited free network audit for your small business in Cavan, Meath and surrounding counties.