entrustIT attain Cloud Industry Forum accreditation

entrustIT have achieved accreditation against the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) code of practice for cloud providers, demonstrating a commitment to transparency and standard terms of business.

The accreditation, following so closely after ISO9001 and ISO27001, is a recognition of our commitment to the goal of being a high quality cloud service provider to  SME and Not for Profit organisations.

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Cloud industry forum certification logo for entrustIT

 

About the CIF

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) is an industry body that champions and advocates the adoption and use of online (cloud based) services by businesses.

They use their resources to support a credible self certifying Code of Practice that provides transparency of Cloud service supplier operations and capability such that consumers can have clarity and confidence in their choice of provider.

The ongoing development of the Code of Practice is being led by those organisations willing to participate actively.

New Virtual Desktop animation released

entrustIT have released a new virtual desktop whiteboard animation. It is designed to provide a slightly tongue-in-cheek description of the benefits of a Virtual Desktop. Especially of interest to a forward thinking business owner or not-for-profit CEO it highlights some of the reasons why a virtual desktop makes good sense, including better security, lower costs and greater flexibility.

Check out our YouTube channel for more virtual desktop information.

entrustIT attain ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 accreditation

entrustIT are pleased to announce that we have achieved the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management standard and the ISO 27001:2013 Information Security standard following an audit in April 2014.

Gaining both certifications is a landmark in the development of the business. Managing Director, Jeff Dodd comments : “Achieving both standards in parallel sends a clear message to our customers and resellers that we are committed to the very highest standards of service delivery and security. I am delighted that our team’s considerable efforts have been rewarded

Although the entrustIT datacentre facilities have always been ISO 27001 certified, achieving the certification at an organisational level demonstrates that information security is at the heart of the entrustIT business processes. As organisations become more highly regulated, having a service delivery partner with the “Gold Standard” for process and security will become ever more important.

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Floods not a barrier to hosted desktop workers

It’s almost impossible at the moment to switch on the television and not be bombarded with pictures of the flood misery facing inhabitants of the Thames Valley or the West Country as a result of the relentless, unremitting winter rain.

The loss of the train line at Dawlish, Cornwall effectively severed a main artery into that part of the country and understandably received a lot of attention.  What’s been less well reported on is the chaos being caused to commuters in the Thames Valley, many of whom are finding that their commuter train services have been slashed by 80% as a result of the floods.

Flood prevents trains operating

So, how are these people going to get into work? They probably won’t. Unless their company or organisation is one of the enlightened ones that have a sensible plan for home working / mobile working – perhaps providing a virtual desktop environment.

At least with a virtual desktop, you can work from home as if nothing had happened. At least until the Thames sluices in through the house and cuts off the internet…

Food for thought.

To find out more about how a virtual desktop solution could help your organisation in a flood, get in touch.

 

Microsoft offering new cloud licensing model for 2014

Changes to the licensing model for service providers (SPLA) mean that cloud service providers are no longer required to provide the equipment on which Virtual Desktop services are delivered.

What that means, is that a service provider can take over the management of a clients existing hardware and then deliver SPLA licensing to that customer as part of a managed service. The customer has effectively switched from a cap-ex model for license purchase to op-ex without changing any of the underlying infrastructure.

For a customer who wants the benefits of a fully managed service but still needs to sweat their physical server assets for a bit longer this licensing model offers an upgrade to newer Microsoft products without a “big bang” license replacement.

If you’re looking at adopting Virtual Desktop on your own server equipment as a test / stepping stone to a full cloud implementation later then you should talk to us about the possibilities.