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Chris Lambert, thanks or fixing my laptop so quickly. Working perfectly now. For anyone thinking of using Chris’s services…. highly recommended

I must send out a Massive thank you to Chris Lambert for being my super hero!! He managed to unlock my Mobile phone today!! He really is a lovely chap and a great whiz with all our computer issues in the office, and has surpassed himself today by rescuing my phone and I still have all my contacts and more importantly my photos! Yay!

Big thanks to Chris Lambert at Blue Sky Computer Solutions Ltd for getting the Party Linen HQ back up and running at full speed today….. top banana….top service

Chris Lambert made sure our printer is visible to all machines. I have pressed print this morning and it did! No more games of ‘on/off’ where we pray, swear at and cajole the printer to become visible…. thank you! Great to receive an ethical service (the previous company advised us to spend a fortune on a new printer).. Thanks guys – highly recommended!

Chris Lambert has saved my virtual bacon with a remote tweak and two runs of the Malware thingy! He solved weeks of frustration in an hour. All my friends use him for everything technical. From now on I will too! Thanks Chris, you’re a star!

You are the best computer man ever. Thank you

A big thank you to Chris Lambert for unlocking Michelle Nunn phone, our little boy had locked it by accident on holiday and we thought Michelle might lose all her precious family snaps on her phone. Chris has saved the day!!

Huge thank you to the wonderful Chris of Blue Sky Computer Solutions who has saved the life of The Coaching Garden’s pensioner-age laptop. Fast, amazingly efficient and pain-free. Even the dog thought he was great!

Really friendly and professional Service. Thanks for coming out at such short notice!

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Apr 7, 2016

5 ways online backups can save you money

So you’re already aware of the benefits of carrying out regular backups. You’re also now convinced they’re a good idea. And you want to implement a backup procedure for your business. But you’ve only got so much budget you can allocate to it. External hard drive or online? What route do you take?

It’s not always easy to decide but here are five ways online backups may save you money…

Initial set up costs: Traditional tape backups have quite a high setup cost, and external hard drives too, particularly when you realise just how quickly the number of gigabytes requiring storage mount up! In this respect, online backups are a dream solution because they have NO SET UP COST. As long as your system has access to the internet, your backup procedure can be configured and left to run when, and how often, you want it to.
Ongoing Maintenance & support costs: Traditional backups require ongoing IT support, which in effect means human intervention e.g. swapping hard drives, taking hard drives off site etc. Online backups, on the other hand, are automated and once set up just continue until a new configuration is required.

Scalability: Traditional tape and hard drive infrastructures can work up to a certain point, but once your data storage requirements exceed their capacity then often new hardware (and the associated installation costs etc.) is required. The infrastructure for online backups, however, is provided by your supplier (hopefully us!) and you are only charged per gigabyte of storage, not for new hardware!
Data security: You may not even be thinking of data security, but just imagine the potential costs involved with trying to locate a lost or stolen external hard drive?! And that’s not to mention the possible fines imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office. With online backups, this is simply a non-issue. There is no hardware to go missing. Plus, you get peace of mind from knowing two copies of your data are stored remotely and securely.

Time: Traditional backups have to be done out of office hours because of the large quantities of data being backed up. This can have a cost from a manpower point of view, as well as limiting the hours your staff can work IN the business. The incremental nature of online backups, however, mean that backups can take place any time of day because the volume of data just isn’t as large. They are more time efficient, and as we all know – time is money.

At Blue Sky Computer Solutions, we are often asked what route to go. Of course, we support either because customers have different legacy systems in place, as well as different requirements. However, for many of the small businesses that we work with across Northamptonshire, we’ve found online backups to be the best solution. And you’ll be surprised how often our customers have needed them!

If you’re worried that you don’t yet have a backup procedure in place, or would like to switch to online backups, click here for a bit more info, or give us a call!

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