PCR’s guide to the latest cloud storage and software

Like them or loathe them, cloud services are set to continue increasing in popularity. We round up some of the cloud-focused storage products and service opportunities aimed at both consumers and businesses.

Distributor: WD
Unlike public clouds, My Cloud personal cloud storage allows the user to keep all their content in one safe place on the home network.
Specs: Compatible with all operating systems, 2TB to 6TB capacities.
SRP: £99 to £299

Contact: Dell
Dell Wyse vWorkspace is a solution designed for organisations of all sizes looking to deploy a VDI infrastructure quickly and effortlessly. The solution allows organisations to deploy, provision and scale users on demand, and offers a private cloud environment to increase security.
Specs: Supports Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1, Secure Access gateway supporting up to 10,000 concurrent users.
SRP: Varies

Distributors: Ingram Micro, Tech Data and Westcoast
Available in either personal or professional versions, small and large businesses can benefit from Microsoft’s Office 365. It comes with the latest versions of Word and Excel, along with 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage.
Specs: 1TB of OneDrive storage, personal and professional, latest versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel included.
SRP: Varies

Contact: HP Enterprise
This is HPE’s enterprise-grade distribution of OpenStack software, the open source cloud computing platform. HP Helion OpenStack is designed to deliver leading open-source cloud computing while adhering tightly to OpenStack software API standards and services.
Specs: OpenStack API adherence, third party support, ESX and Ceph storage, NIC bonding.
SRP: Varies

Contact: WD
My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage comes equipped with two hard drives and is set to Mirror Mode (RAID 1), so your irreplaceable content is stored on one drive and automatically duplicated onto the second drive. In the unlikely event that one drive fails, the data will be safe and sound on the other drive.
Specs: Compatible with all operating systems, available in 4TB to 8TB capacities.
SRP: £245 to £379

Contact: LogicNow
This Managed Service Provider (MSP) platform includes integrated remote monitoring and management, hybrid backup, mail security, service desk, managed security, mobile device management and management of cloud applications including Office 365 and Google Apps.
SRP: Varies

Distributor: PXS Distribution
Using constantly upgraded detection technologies, Bitdefender is able to catch advanced or zero-day threats that can be missed by other programs, whilst all the time having the smallest possible impact on system performance. It’s easy to install and monitor security remotely from a single cloud console.
Specs: Server and desktop protection, intrusion detection and web filtering capabilities.
SRP: From £1.20 per user per month

Distributors: Computers Unlimited, Douglas Stewart, Exertis, Ingram Micro
WinZip 20 Pro lets the user manage all their files, keep data safe and simplify storage across cloud accounts, PC and network. It’s a file management and file sharing application that enables the user to combine local, network and cloud files in one automated backup.
Specs: Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10, and Internet Explorer 8 or later.
SRP: £42.95

Distributors: CMS Distribution, Entatech, Exertis, Spire Technology, Tech Data
This tri-band router is designed for SMEs and small office/home office users who are using the cloud for storage and want to access their data quickly.
Specs: Combined speeds of 3,200Mbps over one 2.4GHz (600Mbps) and two 5GHz (1300Mbps each) bands.
SRP: Around £170

Distributor: Entatech
Entacloud is Entatech’s first move into the world of cloud-based services. It’s set to launch in early 2016, and will provide resellers with a one-stop-shop solution for cloud, cloud management, infrastructure, business applications, security, backup and storage as a service.
SRP: Varies

Distributor: M2M Direct
This high performance enterprise storage system eliminates performance, availability and scalability issues. It’s based on a fully abstracted set of software driven storage functions layered on top of low cost commodity hardware. It boasts high performance, throughput, and low latency.
Specs: 2PB usable capacity per rack, 8KW max power consumption.
SRP: Varies

Distributors: Entatech, Exertis, Tech Data
Cloud-assisted security software Total Security protects the family from the latest internet threats and offers protection for different devices. It secures online banking and shopping, as well as identity, photos, files and more from cyber-criminals.
Specs: Software is compatible with Windows 10, PC, Mac and mobile.
SRP: Price: £29.99 (per year)

CMS Distribution …..… 01423 70 4700
Dell…………………………. 020 8392 4076
Entatech …………………. 0333 101 1000
Exertis Home ………….. 01279 822 822
Exertis IT ………………… 01256 707070
HP Enterprise ….…..… 01793 796026
Ingram Micro…………. 0871 973 3000
LogicNow………………… 01382 309040
M2M Direct……………… 020 8676 6067
PXS Distribution ……… 0844 879 4212
Spire Technology…..…01202 828444
Tech Data ………………..01256 788000

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