Microsoft Gold Partner

Veracloud are delighted to share that we have been awarded the prestigious Microsoft Gold Partner status! This is a significant milestone on our journey with Microsoft. 

What is Microsoft’s Gold Partner Status? 

This is the highest partner status one may achieve with Microsoft where they recognise Veracloud in delivering leading cloud solutions that help companies collaborate and improve productivity in a secure manner.  

In order to attain Microsoft’s gold competency, companies have to meet a number of strict requirements. These include the number of Microsoft-certified employees, as well as meeting the threshold of project deliveries. Veracloud has satisfied all these requirements to obtain Gold Partner status and can now show the level of commitment we have with Microsoft technologies.  

Why is this important to Veracloud and its Customers? 

Veracloud and ultimately its customers, will now benefit from continuous online technical support and an even deeper working and collaboration relationship with Microsoft. 

What is next? 

The recognition and investment from Microsoft are fantastic however, we need to keep on evolving and creating even more value for our customers. To do this, we need more talented individuals to join our ranks and hop on board our vision in offering true solutions for digital transformation. 

Have a look at our openings and get in touch! 

Cloud Managed IoT Sensors

Protecting your Data Centre with Cloud Managed IoT Sensors

With cloud managed IoT sensors, real-time visibility into IT environments has now become a reality to help ensure proper business continuity plans are put into place. Protect your critical IT infrastructure through a powerful platform and simple-to-deploy environment sensors.

Maximize network uptime and equipment lifespan – Real-time visibility and alerts give you control over your environment. Ensure optimal conditions and minimize risk with remote monitoring and flexible alerting.

Gain value in less time – Quickly provision and manage thousands of sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, leaks, and intrusion. Simply insert the batteries and add to the dashboard. Say good-bye to on-premises servers, dedicated gateways, and management software.

Drive smarter decisions through data – Understand trends about your physical environment. Improve safety, security, and operational decision-making through a data-driven approach. Build on top of our platform using APIs or the vast ecosystem partner community and further enhance operations

Secure IoT devices seamlessly – Each sensor features a unique per-device identifier, which securely authenticates the device and encrypts all communication with the sensor gateways. Combined with automated firmware updates, our sensors pack a powerful security punch in a smart package.

Features include:

  • Centralized cloud management – The dashboard provides secure monitoring and management of all sensors, from anywhere in the world.
  • Flexible alerts – Set customized thresholds for devices and receive alerts via SMS, push notifications, email, or use webhooks to connect to your platform of choice.
  • Seamless setup and installation at scale – Wire-free installation, flexible mounting options, and automatic pairing makes it easy to provision.
  • Onboard storage – Five days of onboard storage keeps data safe in the event of an outage.
  • Long battery life – Field-replaceable AA batteries, with up to five years of battery life, provide one less thing to worry about.
  • Open API – Automate analysis outside of the dashboard, link to third-party services, and aggregate sensor data with information from other business systems.
  • Secure and always up to date – a secure way to exchange data between the gateway and sensor. Automatic firmware updates keep things running smoothly.

Act now and contact us today for a FREE proof of concept.

Microsoft announces plans for first datacenter region in Greece

Microsoft announced its intent to build new data centres that will establish a Microsoft Cloud region in the country, adding Greece to the world’s largest cloud infrastructure footprint and delivering access to low-latency, enterprise-grade cloud services.

The Greece datacenter region will join Microsoft’s global footprint of cloud regions, now totalling 63 regions announced, with Microsoft Azure available in over 140 countries, and will provide companies local access to Microsoft’s full set of cloud services, all built on a foundation of trust:

  • Microsoft Azure: An ever-expanding set of cloud services that offers computing, networking, databases, analytics, AI and IoT services.
  • Microsoft 365: The world’s productivity cloud that delivers best-of-breed productivity apps integrated through cloud services and delivered as part of an open platform for business processes.
  • Dynamics 365 and Power Platform: The next generation of intelligent business applications that enable organizations to grow, evolve and transform to meet the needs of customers and capture new opportunities.
  • Compliance, security and privacy: Microsoft offers more than 90 certifications and spends $1 billion every year on cybersecurity to address security at every layer of the cloud. Microsoft’s Greece datacenter region will help companies comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and will also help customers store data at rest in our region.
  • Sustainably operated: As part of Microsoft’s global commitment to be carbon negative by 2030, the company will shift to 100 per cent supply of renewable energy for its data centres by 2025.
Exchange 2010 EOS Version

Exchange 2010 Version – What is yours?

Know your Exchange 2010 version is vital to a migration?

Read our previous post which explains how mainstream support for Exchange 2010 ended in January 2015. Extended support ends for the below Exchange 2010 on October 13, 2020, a grace period Microsoft recently extended.

How to Determine Exchange Version

With Microsoft Outlook running, press and hold CTRL while you right-click the Outlook icon in the notification area, at the far right of the task bar: 

Exchange 2010 version check
Exchange 2010 Version Check
  1. Click Connection Status
  2. Move the horizontal slider all the way to the right. Under the Version column heading, note the number that appears
  3. Compare the number with those in the table below: 
Microsoft Exchange Server VersionVersion
Microsoft Exchange Server 201014.0.639.21
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP114.1.218.15
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP214.2.247.5
Exchange 2010 Version Table

What’s Next?

Veracloud is here to help. From assessing your current Exchange 2010 environment to helping you select a better productivity suite like Office 365 and performing the migration for you—we got you. Act now and Contact us today!

Exchange 2010 EOS

Exchange 2010 End of Support Happening Soon

Time is running out for Exchange 2010, what will you do?

Mainstream support for Exchange 2010 ended in January 2015. Per standard practice, Microsoft extended support ends five years after mainstream. Now, you have less than a year left before extended support ends for this version of Exchange on October 13, 2020, a grace period Microsoft recently extended.

Severe Implications of End of Extended Support

On October 13, 2020 there will be no further security patches, fixes, or updates, no available support for Exchange 2010. Nothing. It all ends with the anticipation that users have already migrated to a more current platform.

Every hacker and other bad actor on the internet is aware of this end of support. They know your platform is vulnerable and are painting a target on your back. After October 13, 2020, they will all go looking for those who are still using Exchange Server 2010.

So, What Can You Do to Protect Your Business?

October may seem far off but being proactive can save you stress as you plan your migration from Exchange 2010 to either Office 365 or Exchange Server 2016. We will need to examine  your retention policies to help you determine what older segment of your mail store will be archived and what segment will be migrated to the new platform. There are rights issues, governance issues, technical issues, and others which need to be discussed and planned for.

Here’s some good new

Veracloud is here to help. From assessing your current Exchange 2010 environment to helping you select a better productivity suite like Office 365 and performing the migration for you—we got you. Act now and Contact us today!

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COVID-19 Social Distancing

Social distancing is something we all need to have in place for the safety of both our staff and our clientele.

Registering guests and customers is one thing but how do you actively control groups to ensure government restrictions are being met to avoid fines and further spread of the coronavirus?

We have a solution which is fully integrated into cloud-managed Smart Cameras which uses AI and location analytics.  Our Smart Cameras have the capability of setting camera threshold alerts with SMS alerts in a specifically designated zone. This can be extremely helpful for businesses, who can now send alerts to managers when more than the stipulated persons are allowed and seen within a specific zone within a time frame.

How Does it Help with Social Distancing?

This solution gives business 3 types of data-rich insights:

  1. Historical aggregate: How many people were in a given area at a specified time, and where exactly where they in the frame?
  2. Current snapshot: How many people are in a given area right now, and where exactly are they in the frame?
  3. Real-time feed: A stream of the number of people and their exact location in a frame.

We deliver innovative cloud solutions that solve real business problems especially ones which come out of nowhere such as social distancing for COVID-19. Let us help you gain the resilience, agility and create a competitive advantage to thrive. Get in touch.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

COVID-19 is affecting industries and sectors across the globe. Governments now require contact tracing as they placing restrictions on social gatherings and meeting in public places.

Plans are being put in place for customers to be asked to register in advance on check-in as they arrive at bars, malls, restaurants, and retail outlets to aid the reopening of the economy. We developed a guest registration system for contact tracing to help with the containment of the coronavirus.

How Does it Help with Contact Tracing?

Our system allows for users to register themselves quickly and safely, as they enter an establishment using the following steps

    1. User registers onto the Wi-Fi Network
    2. An SMS is sent to their phone
    3. SMS voucher is shown to a member of staff as prove of client registration and allowed entry

What’s Registered?

The registration includes the date and time of a guest’s entry, their full name, address, phone, and email address. Once the guest has registered a unique code is sent via SMS with a timestamp and validation period to show to staff.

What about GDPR?

To comply with data protection rules all data is automatically deleted after 21 days.

We deliver innovative cloud solutions that solve real business problems such as contact tracing. Let us help you gain the resilience, agility and create a competitive advantage to thrive. Get in touch.

COVID-19 Safe Occupancy

COVID-19 Social Occupancy

Real-time visual of social occupancy during this pandemic is vital to help protect customers and staff. Our solution utilizes Wi-Fi to ensure COVID-19 compliance. We do this by measuring, monitoring, predicting, alerting and notifying of potential non-compliant gatherings, or social distancing breaches in physical venues and outdoor locations.

It enables the business to use customer location data from the cloud-managed network to make defined business decisions and increased understanding of footfall to their locations. Businesses can now find out where visitors locate and spend most of their time instore, and how they move within specific locations.

How Does it Help with Social Occupancy?

Our solution uses both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth data to create a detailed overview of all your locations. Data collection includes:

  • Footfall overview and trends
  • Footfall by internal location
  • Device Types
  • Dwell times
  • User tracking in real-time
  • Location heat-maps
  • Return rates

This will tremendously help with:

  • Analysing where most of the customers bunch up in order to put barriers or separation stickers
  • Control groups of people
  • Alert when there are too many people inside at any given time
  • Use the data for other business benefits

We deliver innovative cloud solutions that solve real business problems especially ones which come out of nowhere such as keeping tabs on your establishment’s social occupancy. Let us help you gain the resilience, agility and create a competitive advantage to thrive. Get in touch.

Transform Endpoint Management and Security with Microsoft 365


Microsoft 365 unified endpoint management (UEM) is the most secure, flexible approach to managing Windows 10 and other mobile devices in your modern workplace. Combining the strengths of Microsoft Intune and System Center Configuration Manager, it is the simplest way to cloud-connect your existing management infrastructure and reduce overall complexity, empowering end user productivity and enhancing device security. Contact us to learn how you can keep your data and employees’ mobile devices secure with Microsoft 365.