Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Cloud Email for China

Google Apps for Business has some difficulty working consistently in China if you are not within a corporate network environment. If your office is connected to any country outside China, typically by VPN, then Google Apps and many other SaaS applications currently blocked, will work. Once you travel outside of the office a PC based VPN would need to be established to the office before the application may work.

If this all sounds a little confusing then one system that has no issues in China is Zoho. Zoho were smart and partnered with a mainland company a couple of years back and then established a data centre in China. Today they are friends with China so their products work without any blocking. If you are a Google Apps user you can integrate Google and Zoho together. We have clients that visit China and use Zoho Mail for their email Client and they love it. Zoho is also free for 5GB of storage.

Zoho Mail integrates into their award winning Zoho CRM application. The integration of email is a very nice feature as it allows you to see what has been going on between your clients and team members without the need to CC email to each other.

Another Zoho product I have been testing under final beta is Zoho Campaigns. I have used many of these applications including Constant Contact, Mail Chimp, Active Contacts, Email Brian and more. Zoho Campaigns is by far the best newsletter tool I have used and with the bi-directional integration between the mailing lists and the contact in Zoho CRM it saves a great amount of time in managing your lists. So once Zoho Campaigns is available be sure to try it out as it is easy to use and 9/10 for functionality.

So check out Zoho EMail, Zoho CRM and the other Zoho products.

Cloud Solutions is a Zoho Alliance Partner and a Google Reseller.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Google Apps Backup Solution Improves - Backupify

Backupify continue to add new functionality to their Cloud based backup solution. What makes Backupify different is it backs up Cloud to Cloud. It does not backup files in your office to the Cloud, we use Mozy Pro for that. But backing up Cloud to Cloud is very clever. They have a focus on Google Apps and Social Media like Linked In, Facebook etc.

Google Apps Migration App

Backupify is launching a migration tool to transfer data between Google Apps accounts and domains. The beta will be available mid-May. Use cases for this tool include: migrating whole domains after a company acquisition or company re-branding, migrating data from a departing employee into a current employee account, or for a school to transfer graduating students onto an alumni account.

Backup of Google Drive

Backupify for Google Apps backs up Google Drive, including all native Google Docs as well as those uploaded. All drive items can be found in the user's docs archive.

Enterprise and Education (EDU) functionality

With the increasing number of schools and larger companies adopting Backupify they will be rolling out features specific to larger organisations in the second half of 2012. Some of these features include multiple admins with roles/privileges, configurable backup frequency and backup retention periods, and advanced search and export for e-discovery.

Storage based pricing is now available for larger accounts.
Cloud Solutions is a Google Apps Reseller and Partner along with Backupify which we recommend for Google Apps backup services. 

Monday, 14 May 2012

Dropbox in China BLOCKED!

If you are a Dropbox user you may already know China blocks this application. We do not recommend Dropbox for company use anyway and would recommend the adoption of Egnyte. This offers similar features to Dropbox and then some more enhanced sharing and security features.

We have had several customers call us about the issues with China and Dropbox. Once Egnyte was installed all files can be shared with China. Files can be replicated to the computer of a user or can be accessed via iPad , iPhone or Android phones.

Set up advanced security for read-only or read-write access to folders and files.

Forget about Dropbox. Businesses should be looking for business based tools and not consumer products that have crept into the corporate environment. Egnyte starts at US$29 per month for 5 users and 150GB of storage.

For more details on Egnyte visit here.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

New Business Adopts Hybrid Cloud and it Works!!

Egnyte Hybrid Cloud File Server
When you start a new business keeping control of your costs is key to your business surviving those first two years. This past week we helped set up a new business with people based in Singapore and Hong Kong. All staff had laptops, iPads, iPhones or Androids. The business owners believed Cloud would save them money and remove the need for high upfront investments in computer systems and people.

We recommended Google Apps and Egnyte Hybrid Cloud File Server along with some additional advice for security in regard to the use of public Wifi's and storing data locally on each laptop.

The complete system was set up in a matter of hours including the Singapore users. Outlook is used on the laptop and synchronised with Google's Cloud and then back to the user's iPhone or Android phone. All documents that are created on each user's laptop is synchronised with the Cloud file server via Egnyte's Hybrid Cloud model. This model allows a select number of folders that reside on the company's Cloud file server to be replicated and stored locally on the user's laptop. The advantage of this design is users can access documents fast as they are stored locally; as soon as documents are saved they are synchronised with the Cloud file server as a backup and to be made available to others. Document version control is automatic and security is supported across all users in the company.

All user's are very impressed with the speed and simplicity of the solutions. Egnyte offers an iPhone and Android client so everyone was access their emails and company documents in no time at all.

Other Reference Clients

This is not the first time Egnyte's Cloud file server has been implemented around the region. Last month we worked with a Singapore based early childhood education provider to implement Engyte Hybrid Cloud to create a single file server for their business. This allowed all 12 branches to see and share a single file server and securely store and share documents as if they were in the same physical building.

In Hong Kong we have a trader who shares files between their local office and their team in China. Egnyte provides a single file server for files to be shared and accessed between Hong Kong and China without being blocked by China. The client tried Drop Box but it did not work as it is blocked in China.

Both clients now have 1T (1000GB) of storage available from as little as US$45 per month, the solution pays for itself in no time as well as providing a level of business protection not available before.

Cloud Solutions is a Google Apps Reseller and an Egnyte Partner in Asia.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Wyse PocketCloud for Remote Access and Private Cloud

Wyse Pocketcloud
If you are looking for a very good remote access client that can support RDP and VNC the the Wyse PocketCloud is the answer. In addition PocketCloud can connect to your personal PC if you download and install the Wyse PocketCloud client.  PocketCloud allows you to securely access your desktop anytime and anywhere on your iOS or Android devices.

The RDP client will support Microsoft Terminal Server, Remote Desktop and VMware View.

There are three offerings at the Wyse Pocketcloud.com web site, these include Remote Desktop,Web and Explorer.

PocketCloud Explore brings an intuitive view of your Windows/Mac file system to Android smartphones and tablets, and lets you search, view, organise, and share files across all of your computers. It also allows you to create a personal cloud out of your computers plus an online "Cloudbin" for anytime, anywhere access and sharing.

PocketCloud Web is a browser-based application and service that lets you search, view, organize, and share files across all of your computers and online storage called the "Cloudbin". Create a personal cloud of your computers and Cloudbin for access and sharing from any Web browser.

Cloud Solutions is a Wyse Reseller in Hong Kong and can provide all Wyse devices.