Removal / reduction of capital expenditure
Charities can avoid spending large amounts of capital on purchasing and installing their IT infrastructure or applications by moving to the Cloud model. Cloud Computing offers a simple operational expense that is easier to budget for month-by-month, and prevents money being wasted on depreciating assets. Additionally, charities do not need to pay for excess resource capacity in-house to meet fluctuating demand.
Reduced administration costs
IT solutions are deployed extremely quickly and managed, maintained, patched and upgraded remotely by the Charity Cloud. This frees staff to focus on their charitable objectives rather than continuously managing, and at times fighting with, IT.
Economies of scale
The Charity Cloud makes use of huge data centres across the country to operate the large server farms on which the Cloud Desktops and other services are run. By sharing the resources these servers provide across many different organisations (all securely isolated, of course), the servers can operate at much higher efficiency levels and so allow us to pass on the savings to the charities and not for profits using the services.
Ability to scale up or down on demand
The Charity Cloud operates on a pay-as-you-go basis, so you only pay for what you use. By ensuring that all our services are highly scalable we can offer our customers the flexibility to increase or decrease the level of service they buy on a month by month or even day by day basis. This means, for instance, that a charity can bid for a tender and then easily provision the IT needed to service the new project if they win it without having to provide speculatively the IT up front. Equally, if a charity loses a contract then the monthly spend can be reduced instantly by simply turning off the part of the service that’s affected, with no implications to the rest of the network.
Quick and easy implementation
Without the need to purchase hardware, software licences or implementation services, a charity can get its Cloud Computing arrangement off the ground in minutes.
Reduce operational overheads
Historically, smaller charities and not for profit organisations have been at a disadvantage when coming up for tenders against the larger organisations. With The Charity Cloud, charities, not for profits, social enterprises, schools, colleges and universities of all sizes have access to the same enterprise-grade services, which allows everyone to compete on a level playing field and enables the smaller organisations to show off their unique selling points without being drowned out because of technical disparities.
Guaranteed uptime (99.99%)
The Charity Cloud offers a guaranteed uptime (i.e. availability of services) of 99.99%, with refunds available if the service drops below this level.
This is core to the main business case for deploying this technology, the ability to take the worry of a server going down or a major issue that prevents access to your building, or having servers on 24/7 and maintaining them costs not just pound notes but many hours of management and organisational time, with the Cloud all that stops.
Work from anywhere
The Charity Cloud services are available wherever you can get on to the internet, allowing you to work from the office, from home or even on the move, which can enable you to cut overheads, offer flexible working and keep their staff happy. It’s also ideal for organisations with satellite sites – all data is held in one central place and each site can connect to it easily, improving collaboration, offering the ability to share calendars and generally enhancing the working environment. It even protects you from being affected by a disaster: if your office becomes unavailable for any reason you can simply carry on working from your home, coffee shop or anywhere else you can access the internet.
Lower technical support costs
The Charity Cloud is powered by appiChar, a Managed Solutions Provider with 10 years’ experience in the charity and not for profit sector. Every service offered through The Charity Cloud can be backed by a Charity Cloud Support Pack, which is priced on a per desktop per month basis. This offers full support for the services and even supports the physical devices you use to access the services, ensuring you can get on with your day with the minimum of fuss.
Low cost disaster recovery / Cloud backup
Recent research has indicated that around 90% of businesses do not have adequate disaster recovery or business continuity plans, leaving them vulnerable to any disruptions that might occur. Services provided by The Charity Cloud have backup built in, with backup files automatically replicated to two remote locations ensuring that if a disaster ever occurs there’s always a copy of your data available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.