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Why so many SMEs are reluctant

The Cloud: Why so many SME’s are Reluctant

Cloud computing for SME’s is easy to criticise as not providing a comprehensive business solution. The cloud computing market-place is crowded to busting point with all sorts of individually useful applications. But from the small business perspective, individual applications aren’t practical – information must flow efficiently between staff & trying to get different cloud applications to work together to form a coherent IT strategy is a nightmare! In-fact a non starter!

Until now. Designed by a small business for a small business, Cloud30 is a hybrid solution designed specifically for the SME.

So many cloud solutions fail to address three SME fundamentals;

  • What does the SME do when their broadband goes down?
  • The SME business owner wants the information on his/her laptop.
  • An SME management team don’t want to be burdened with an inflexible IT system that cannot adapt as the business grows & changes.
  • Migration headache – most SME’s will not entertain the idea of a lengthy/difficult transition from conventional IT to cloud based computing.
  • It has to be inexpensive.
  • Typically the SME doesn’t like or need ticketing/formal helpdesks – they want real person telephone support.

There is only one SME cloud solution that addresses each of these issues; Cloud30.

With Cloud30;

Most SME’s connect to the internet with broadband. Living in the real world we know that you cannot totally 100% rely on your broadband connection. At some point, most SME’s find themselves without a broadband connection for a few hours. Most Cloud based solutions rely on a permanent internet connection. So no broadband means no cloud which in-turn means no IT & staff that cannot do their job! This is one of the key deciding factors. Business owners/managers do not want to risk a complete loss of IT services because of a broadband outage. This is not the case with Cloud30. Cloud30 uses what’s called the cache to store information on your PC. All of which can be shared with your colleagues when you use Cloud30.The cache keeps your PC up-to-date, so it doesn’t matter if your broadband goes down for a few hours – you’ll be working offline & when your broadband comes back on again – everything will sync up.

Most SME’s use Microsoft Office. Cloud30 uses Microsoft Office. Invariably transition for staff from the old ways of working to the new is as close to painless as you could expect to get it.

When compared to alternative cloud computing solutions Cloud30 is inexpensive. Whilst considering the costs, don’t just look at the headline fees – bear in-mind hidden costs like migration, set-up, support, add-ons, etc. Moreover, take into account the on-going cost of an alternative system that maybe doesn’t quite do what you want it to do. If you are a small business – Cloud30 has been devised for you.

The principle methods for Cloud30 customers to contact support is via the telephone helpdesk. Real people, real support on a real helpdesk ready to take your technical support calls & resolve any Cloud30 issues.

Why Cloud30?

Why Cloud30 ?

Cloud30 has been specifically designed for SME’s by an SME with nearly 20 years experience delivering SME IT solutions.

Fully managed migration; we will help you every step of the way move from conventional IT to modern cloud based computing.

Comprehensive. Cloud30 takes all the leading cloud technologies & turns them into a complete SME cloud IT solution.

Cloud30 is not like any other cloud solution you’ve seen before. Our USP’s are

  • Firstly, you stay in control of your data. With Cloud30 your files are on your PC as well as securely shared with your colleagues online.
  • Cloud30 is not a one size fits all solution – it’s a business solution specifically devised for the SME. So if you are a small business – it’s intended for you.
  • Your staff might not even know they are using cloud technology. Cloud30 uses Microsoft Office & standard files & folders – all the cloud technology works in the background.
  • Real people, real support on a real helpdesk ready to take your technical support calls & resolve any Cloud30 issues.

The Detail

Cloud30: the detail

Cloud30 is a suite of standard IT products/services integrated for small to medium sized businesses with cloud computing technology. Here are the details;


Secure & spam free email for you & your staff on your PC, your laptop & your mobile. Your email is accessible from the office, home or even abroad. Cloud30 email includes a local cache so you don’t need to be “online” to use your email. Email mailboxes can be shared if required. Cloud30 uses MS Outlook as the principle email app.


Also in Outlook we have shared calendars/diaries for you & your staff with the sharing permissions you want. For example, you might want colleagues to be able to see your diary but not change anything in it. Just like the email Cloud30 includes a local cache so you don’t need to be “online” to use your diary/calendar.


Again using Outlook you can store all your contact details. Typically for each user we set-up a shared company set of contacts (your customers/suppliers) & individually a personal/private contacts Outlook folder.

Task Lists

Outlook task lists & reminders can be used individually and/or within a team so that you can easily set tasks for staff& monitor progress.

Public Folders

In addition to the standard shared Outlook folders (above) Cloud30 also uses Public Folders. Just like email, Public Folders can be “cached” locally so that you don’t need to be online to use them.


Cloud30 stores all your files & folders securely online. Files like your spreadsheets, reports, PDF’s, drawings & such like. In a similar way to Cloud30 email, all your files/folders are also syncronised to your PC’s & laptops so that you & your colleagues can all use them at the same time. All this technology is professionally managed via our Cloud30 sync service & support helpdesk. Futhermore, Cloud30 includes comprehensive backup of all your business files, folders, projects, etc.


All Cloud30 mailboxes, files & folders are constantly being backed up. So in the event that you accidentally loose/delete something – our technical support helpdesk will be able to restore the data & get it back for you.


Data Archiving

In addition to backing up your data, Cloud30 can archive as well. So for example, with files & folders, when you complete a project Cloud30 can archive off as “read only” all the project information. Similarly Cloud30 can even archive up to 10 years worth of emails if you wish. Email archiving uses industry compliant record keeping, adhering  to  standards like Sarbanes Oxley & FSA rules.


Cloud30 is a business product/service & professionally managed from our helpdesk in Preston, Lancashire. All Cloud30 customers are fully supported with remote control/management as well as telephone & email support.

Additional Apps

Cloud30 has a whole host of additional business apps.

More Info

If you have any specific queries about Cloud30 please feel free to get in-touch by dropping us an email or giving us a call.

Summary and Price

Cloud30: summary & price

Fully sync’ed from the cloud to your PC/laptop, shared with your colleagues & using Microsoft Office, Cloud30 includes; Email, Calendar/Diary, Files/Folders, 1,000Gb Storage, Sharing/Security, Support/Helpdesk, Data Backup Service & a suite of really useful other business apps.

£49.99 set-up & £31.49 per user per month (excl VAT).

  • Cloud30; it’s practical, real world, tried & tested, easy to use & designed for SME’s on a budget.
  • Cloud30 costs £49.99 set-up & £31.49 per user per month.
  • No internet? No problem! Cloud30 uses the cache on your PC!
  • 30 must have apps for you & your business.
  • Using leading edge technologies Cloud30 is a comprehensive IT solution designed specifically for the small business market.
  • Fire, flood, theft? Lost everything? Not a problem – Cloud30 has a secure up-to-date copy of everything online.

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