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Top six benefits of using a UK data centre

With Microsoft announcing a UK-based cloud service using British data centres, attention will hopefully begin to focus on home-grown services.  

With two data centres at our disposal, we are bound to embrace this shift of focus, but we also recognise that IT departments are investigating...

[Video blog]: Redundancy and resiliency – your IT systems need both

In his latest video blog, swcomms’ head of channel sales Colin Woods discusses the need for both redundancy and resiliency in any network.

He describes the real risks involved in using a redundant area of your network in our “sweat the asset”, value-seeking business world.

 
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Use virtualisation to help provide your offsite disaster recovery solution

What would you lose if your site suffered fire, flood or property damage? It’s not just about the buildings themselves. What about your internal IT infrastructure? And if you had no access to this, how would your business continue operation?

I hear these types of comments on a daily basis:...

Video blog: Is disaster recovery enough for your business?

Protecting your business from potentially critical data loss will present you with the option of disaster recovery or business continuity.

How you make that choice has to be based on how long your business can cope without access to the applications and data it relies on.

So, the question...

Are you benefiting from the competitive advantages offered by cloud-based CRM services?

To print or not to print? Do you email PDFs and send URL links? Do you compose an email or use instant messaging? Do you have visibility of someone’s availability and presence without physically driving to any fixed office location?

The 80s and 90s saw companies change and adopt new ways of...

Black Friday and Cyber Monday hosting – seven tips

Cyber Monday strikes this year on November 30 and follows Black Friday on November 27. Both dates on the calendar stem from the US where retailers traditionally have low prices on these days.

Widely regarded as the busiest online shopping day of the year, it’s met with eager anticipation by...

To virtualise or not to virtualise?

This is a question that may businesses have asked themselves in recent years, but with the revolution of the cloud and a strong focus on reducing costs, virtualisation has become a key technology that is a must for the growing enterprise, just as much as it is becoming a necessity for the...

Why now is a good time to consider an off-site comms room

Running an IT comms room is an expensive business and the day-to-day costs are not going to get any cheaper, so is it time to consider a cheaper and more resilient off-site alternative?

Your business IT communications systems require:

  • Physical space
  • Clean power
  • Reliable Internet...

Disaster recovery v business continuity

Protecting your business from potentially devastating data loss will present you with the choice of disaster recovery or business continuity.

How you make that choice has to be based on how long your business can cope without its access to the applications and data it normally relies on?
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What are the advantages of using a local data centre?

When the term ‘data centre’ is mentioned, people often imagine glassy skyscrapers in London and Manchester but the reality is that there are local alternatives including our purpose-built data centre in Exeter which was designed to serve the business needs of customers in the South West.

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