The 13 years old company, which supports the IT systems of some 600 companies across the UK and world-wide, has made a significant investment in the new service, according to Managing Director Stephen Bell, speaking from the company’s Congleton HQ.
“The changing business environment made Cloud the logical next step forward for us when we looked at the situation about a year ago,” said Mr Bell. “Energy costs, the increasing cost of data centres and the continuing evolution of the internet has driven our investment decision.
“More and more businesses are becoming heavily reliant on the web which has become an essential tool for entrepreneurs. Now businesses and web users are more mobile yet they demand access to their applications wherever they are. Cloud Utilities meets these changing demands and provides a solution for businesses of all sizes.
“Cloud is about the reliable delivery of internet-based applications to end users. It provides businesses with agility - the agility to rapidly respond to change and stay in touch world-wide.”
A former air traffic engineer based at Manchester Airport, Mr Bell moved into the relatively new and fast-changing world of IT in the 1990s working with major international names including Sun Microsystems and IBM. He set up 1st Easy in 1999 with his wife Viv, now Finance Director.
Over the intervening years, the company has grown into a provider of services for companies that rely on the internet for their success.1st Easy currently has a team of eight on its payroll but growth of the new Cloud Utilities could create further jobs.
“My vision for cloud is that it will become a utility service like gas, electricity, telephones and your water supply,” added Mr Bell. “By freely signing up to our Cloud ‘pay-as-you-
“No longer will they have to struggle with the significant capital investment required to kit out their offices with the latest IT hardware or software. Everything they could possibly need will be available at the flick of a switch. In fact it would be technically possible to run your business from an i-Pad, as long as it had a direct link with Cloud Utilities.
Mr Bell added: “We’ve built this business on a combination of our expertise and customer service. Our clients don’t buy things from us; they invest in the service we provide. That’s why we’ve invested in Cloud Utilities – to offer our clients the highest level of service that we can.”
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