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I am considering changing my current cloud services provider who are  proposing to make significant price increases (in particular it seems for maller clients).

We currently pay around £70 per month per user for 3 users (so £210 per month in total) which covers all aspects of the IT side of our business including all IT support, storage of all our data, Office 365 email, software updates etc.. We have approximately 275 clients and fee income of around 150,000 per annum. All small businesses and personal tax.

We have been very happy with the service ftrom our current provider and I am very reluctant to change but I sense a desire on the part of our current supplier to focus on larger clients is driving a pricing stategy which will make their services alot more expensive going forward.

If anyone could recommend potential alternative cloud providers I would be very grateful.

We are based on the south coast.

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By Moonbeam
25th Aug 2019 16:29

Hosted Desktop UK charges me £39.75 pm for 20 gb (you may be able to get away with less than that per person). MS Office standard is £11 per month. MS exchange std is £5.5 per month. Then I have 10 year retention emails £3 pm. It's the pesky Sage data that eats up my allowance.
So total just for me is £64.25+VAT.
But more importantly, they do a very good job, and I wouldn't look anywhere else.

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By atleastisoundknowledgable...
25th Aug 2019 20:54

Who is your current provider? Is it Hosted Accountants (recently purchased by IRIS)? I have signed up with them just not ‘gone live’ yet ...

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By Alex_T
27th Aug 2019 11:08

Good grief! IRIS are buying up the market... who's next!

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By Openhouse
26th Aug 2019 09:48

Hi Atleast
No its not Hosted Accountants.
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By atleastisoundknowledgable...
26th Aug 2019 10:05

Openhouse wrote:

Hi Atleast
No its not Hosted Accountants.
Thanks

Phew

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By James Green
26th Aug 2019 14:03

Another vote for Hosted Desktops.

We’ve used them for about 5 years. Very good company and support.

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By NH
26th Aug 2019 15:11

Out of interest, why would you not use something like Dropbox or OneDrive and save yourself some money?

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By SXGuy
27th Aug 2019 10:54

I agree, although that wouldn't cover everything the OP is asking for.

But I agree with you in the main, apart from the usual software subscriptions, my PC runs purely on a OneDrive account, so everything is a clone of the cloud backup.

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By michaelbeaver
27th Aug 2019 15:04

Another vote for Hosted Desktop UK. I went with them after a recommendation on here, and their service has been nothing short of outstanding.

They're very handy at keeping our various pieces of software up to date, and as they deal with a lot of accountants they know how to update all the tax, accounting & payroll software we use.

We have 5 users, and we subscribe to the MS licenses, email retention and MS exchange, and we pay about £227.50 per month + VAT.

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By GTUA
29th Aug 2019 15:32

Another +1 for Hosted Desktop UK. Everything I need and super-helpful support.

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By mike120636
29th Aug 2019 23:42

Have a look at Sota Solutions Ltd www.sota.co.uk for good service and minimum hassle.

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By Moonbeam
30th Aug 2019 08:16

Are you a customer of theirs?

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By djn24
30th Aug 2019 08:25

How much is it going up to?

We had a quote from hosted desktop, for 14 users it works out as around £700 per month.
That does seem like a lot of money. If a server lasts for 4 years then it seems that we would be paying and awful lot more for the server to be located elsewhere.

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By coops456
30th Aug 2019 13:06

True but a hosted desktop is very different to just having your own server. Your £700 per month wouldn't pay for an in-house IT person to manage your server and desktops, never mind the software licensing.

The point of hosted desktops is a) maintenance and upgrades are taken care of and b) you can access them from anywhere with web connectivity.

Cloud vs. local storage is a different discussion entirely.

The OP is also receiving cloud storage, MS Office and email services, which all add value.

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By djn24
30th Aug 2019 13:19

We pay an external company to look after our IT and deal with updates - £200 per month.
We pay for cloud storage at £45 per month on top and have bought the MS office licences outright.
We all access the server through remote desktop.

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By elliottchandler
07th Sep 2019 22:30

When looking at how something like cloud or not cloud it helps to looking at a wider view of service provision. Questions of how does the service provide support the service offered? How many clients are using the service? How many serious incidents have occurred on the last year? How many outages have occurred? What are the complimentary services offered? How do they view the integrated nature of technology. What is the total cost of ownership? Looking beyond the price can provide clearly longer terms benefits.

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