Cloud Services

iCloud, Google Drive, One Drive, Sky Drive, Office 365 what does it all mean!?!

“Cloud” is now so pervasive in the IT world that it almost feels like whatever the question the answer is cloud

There are many benefits of adopting cloud based services – its why they are so popular

  • Regular monthly fee – or free
  • Always on the latest release
  • Flexible – easy to scale up and down
  • Accessible anywhere – increasing your productivity
  • Increased collaboration – easier to share, evolve, approve documents

But there are still many factors to take into account:

  • Security — data protection, recovery, access control, data sovereignty and compliance
  • Availability — service levels and recovery
  • Costs and commercials — predictability, management and contract negotiations
  • Technical feasibility and functionality — performance, customisation and integration
  • Portability — how easy is to to move your data and information between different providers
  • Management and operation — capability and costs across environments (internal and multiple external)

Based on experience with our customers, we are well placed to advise and setup cloud services in the following areas:

  • Email – eg Google, Microsoft, Apple
  • Productivity applications – calendar, contacts, office suites, such as Google, Microsoft and Apple
  • Storage and backup such as Dropbox
  • Backup and Restore, such as Autotask or Acronis
  • Password Managers, such as Lastpass or Password Box
  • Microsoft Office 365

    Microsoft Office is now available in 3 flavours: perpetual, subscription-based and free. Which one is right for you?
    Microsoft has so many versions of its ever popular Office suite there is a version for everyone. Which one is right for you?

    * Office 365 is the cloud based version for which you pay a regular subscription. Of course if you fall behind in payments, your subscription will cease, but it does ensure you are always up to date with the latest releases.
    * Office 2016 is the traditional option in which you buy a licence for one of more users and operate the software on your machines and its yours to keep. However it does lack some of the cloud based features such as Skype for Business, real-time collaboration and extra OneDrive storage
    * Office Online is a free, cut-down, browser-based version of the popular Office apps and it's Microsoft's answer to Google Docs.

    We have advised many clients on the most appropriate option for them and helped them migrate to the new facility including all their old emails.

    Office 365 from PAAC IT
"PAAC IT provide a managed service for our PCs on a fixed monthly charge. Really great, they are there when we need them"
Julia Macquisten - OwnerLucas Field Media
"PAAC-IT provide and maintain our Apple Macs and Macbook Pros. Richard and his team at PAAC IT are very prompt and responsive when we need help, and a pleasure to work with"
David Alden - DirectorAlden Holmes
"Our business is highly dependent on computer technology – all the way from design and creative software platforms to administration processes. PAAC-IT set up and configured our mix of PC and Apple computers, file servers and security software and now keep it running. The team at PAAC-IT is very competent and keep our IT running smoothly"
Edward Green - DirectorMilly Green
"I was having trouble making Skype calls to my son. Both Darren and Connor were extremely helpful and patient. They were so kind to get the computer in and out of the car for me - i couldn't have done this on my own as i am disabled"
Jane Nightingale
"On moving house we required help of PAAC to coordinate a tablet, PC and laptop with new security and email addresses and to ensure transfer of old contact details etc. Some of this work was undertaken by Darren in the Midhurst shop and some at our new address. Darren was professional and helpful with successful results. PAAC also followed up with care to ensure that all was well. "
A satisfied customer
"I have been dealing with PAAC IT, mostly in their Midhurst Office, but also in Haslemere, for the past three or four years. They clearly understand Macs and have given me good advice, and sorted out various issues for me. Things did go wrong with the network wireless adapters I had bought from them, but they were quick to ensure they were checked and replaced without a problem, and they followed up with me a month later to ensure all was OK. That’s good customer service!"
James Tree
"Dynamite, goes the extra yard every time, reliable and essential support to my business."
Lawrence MullenThe Talking Trade
"Good, dependable, brilliant, local"
Anneke Clegg
"I have been using the services of PAAC IT for over two years. During this time I have found the staff to be courteous, understanding, and very efficient. I have received first class service on each and every occasion – from keeping my ancient computer running, to advising and supplying a suitable replacement when it eventually crashed. All my transactions have been with the team in the Haslemere shop where Richard, Mark, Darren and Oliver have addressed my computer difficulties with great patience and kindness. To them I am eternally grateful."
Derek Smyth