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.

Cloud Computing

How Cloud Technology is Helping us Get Through COVID-19

What does the Future Hold for Businesses

So much has changed during the COVID-19 outbreak where working remotely has ended up, you can say, the only option to learn, work and relax for both individuals and organisations. Organisations who had already invested in cloud technologies had an early lead advantage to getting their employees to become a remote workforce and to work on their teleworking adoption mentality. Also, those organisations that had not previously invested quickly found a budget to immediately migrate to the cloud.

What does this mean? Cloud technology abruptly positioned itself as the ‘go-to’ business continuity solution for all types of organisations, big or small. The question now is, will the affected industries and sectors remain with this concept of remote working or will they go back to old habits.

Cloud Technology pushing us through COVID-19

Manage and Diversifying Risk

The concept of cloud technology, for those who adopt and implement it, is to eliminates the dependency of physical data centres which host servers, switches, firewalls, etc… in order to all the proper management and upkeep of infrastructure, data, and applications in real-time, wherever you are located. This in turn has the direct benefit of not requiring IT administrators to be on-site to check, maintain and monitor networks and servers. This helps comply with governments requests to keep people safe and adhere to social distancing whilst allows for businesses to operate to continue to operate without the need of having their staff within the office.

Enabling Remote Work

If there was one good thing to come out of this pandemic is that the adoption of remote working was exponentially accelerated which allowed organisation who had been contemplating about moving the cloud but where unsure, to actually do it. They may now evaluate and compare their business efficiency and operations, before and after COVID, to take the decision on how to move forward with the remote workforce initiative from here on.

What does the Future Hold?

Tried and Tested

Cloud-enabled companies now have the practical experience of how a global disaster can affect their business and are now better prepared and equipped to weather any future interruptions and recover from them. With that said, apart from recover point, cloud-enabled organisation are now even better positioned to recover faster giving them a competitive advantage.

Digital Transformation…Now

The global widespread adoption of cloud technologies due to COVID-19 for remote work has opened a world of opportunity for them to properly investigate and invest in digital transformation technologies. This means that each and every business now has the opportunity to position themselves as the other world-leading organisations who use cloud technology to gain a business edge.

The new Norm of Remote Working

Organisations are now intending to shift some or most of their on-site employees to become remote workers passed COVID-19. The amount of money which may be saved by enterprises on rent of office space for both their staff and data centres, as well as time spent for their employees to commute is not something to be ignored.

Proof that you need to put in place new types of Business Continuity Plans

Now, more than ever, companies who either didn’t have a business continuity plan (BCP) or had gaps in there BCP have had a cold slap of reality and have taken the initiative of creating and updating their BCP.

The traditional thinking that a BCP is only in place to perform backups is something that has been recently realised. Backups are used to perform a one-time fix to a disaster, however, COVID19 proved that disasters may sometime take longer than a couple of days but will last months, if not years. Therefore, backups alone will not cut is and thus why organisations are looking into cloud technologies to implement a proper and robust BCP.  

Business continuity plans of the future will include a cloud-based remote access infrastructure that can be scaled up on the fly to support an entire workforce when needed. They should have relationships managed services partners that can help businesses handle increased IT operational workload so they can stay focused on their immediate business needs.

We are Here to Help

If you need help getting your business into the cloud quickly, enabling remote work, mitigating the risks of offshore outsourcing or reinforcing your business continuity plan with the agility of Azure and Office 365 technologies — our team is here to help. Get in touch to schedule a call today.

COVID-19: Don’t let it hinder your business

COVID-19 GRANT SCHEME

On the 16th March 2020, Malta Enterprise issued a guideline document and an application form under the Business Development and Continuity Scheme to facilitate employers providing teleworking arrangements to their employees who can carry out their work from their residence. The call shall support employers to invest in technology that enable teleworking and to partially cover the costs of teleworking solutions.

ELIGIBILITY

The call is open to all undertakings irrespective of size and sector. The support will be given to employers who incur eligible teleworker expenses pursuant to a teleworker agreement.

GRANT VALUE

The grant is limited up to €500 per teleworking agreement and €4,000 per undertaking and is in the form of a cash grant.

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

The grant shall be awarded against 45% of the eligible cost which must be incurred after the 1st of March 2020. The following costs are eligible for this cash rebate:

  • Purchasing and/or leasing of computer hardware (included operating systems) which are considered portable including installation and setting up of connectivity software
  • Communication solutions (hardware and software) that allows different users to connect to their place of work (VPN, Point-to-point connection or similar)

HOW CAN WE HELP?

Get in touch to give us the opportunity to discuss the right solution of how we may help you achieve a remote working setup in order for you to become a true modern workplace. Whether its team productivity, collaboration and file sharing or deploying your apps to the cloud for remote access, we may help you achieve this mobility without the trade-off on security.