In a move aimed at providing SMEs with a realistic perspective as to whether the cloud is right for them, IT specialist Flexsys is offering a free 30-day trial of hosted IT.

Available at; Flexsys’ trial gives businesses access to hosted desktop functionality and a fully licensed version of Microsoft Office.

An accompanying guide, The Cloud & You, also available to download from the site, offers practical, non-technical guidance on the pros and cons of the cloud for SMEs. Covering subjects including cost, business planning, security and considerations around existing infrastructure, the free paper is written from a commercial perspective, and aims to help businesses identify the most appropriate solution and supplier for their individual needs.

Managing Director, Adrian Smith said: “Any move to the cloud should be considered in the context of the potential benefits and pitfalls, and while much can be gleaned from reading round the subject, the full reality for individual businesses can only really come to light from using the service. And our test drive isn’t cloud ‘lite’ as offered in other trials; this is a full licensed experience of hosted desktop, including access to Microsoft Office.

He adds “The Cloud & You guide, which accompanies the trial, aims to remove the confusion of the IT-speak around hosted desktop and applications and provide a warts and all perspective on whether the cloud is right for SMEs – including the questions individual businesses should ask before making the leap.”

For further information about the cloud for SMEs, to download the Cloud & You guide or try the cloud for free, visit

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