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2013 to be the year SMEs focus on online security

An increasing number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be focusing on online security in 2013. Computerweekly.com columnist David Lacey pointed out that SMEs have generally shown little interest in protecting themselves on the internet, but that could finally change this year. “2013 will see the start of a slow change in this sector,…

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Government failings causing problems for online security of businesses

The online security of SMEs across the European Union (EU) may be put at risk due to the failings of their governments, a new report has suggested. According to pcadvisor.co.uk, the revelation appeared in a European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) document published in December, which pointed out that different member states have differing…

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Cloud computing becomes more mainstream

The variety of SMEs using cloud computing is set to diversify further in 2013, smartdatacollective.com reports. The past 12 months have seen not only an increase in the number of businesses looking to cloud solutions, but also in the variety of firms making the switch. Whereas it was once only the mainstay of technologically-minded businesses,…

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My first Facebook post… over IPv6

So what you might say? Well, it’s some sort of an achievement as it required a combination of a number of small and not so small things: my laptop was using its IPv6 stack, my web browser behaved properly, the local wireless LAN didn’t break it and handed it over to Colt’s network, it went…

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Colt IP VPN: making your world smaller

Some people say it’s a small world, for many, however, it is a big world, which is yet to be connected. This is especially true for SMEs that are seeking to expand their business. These organisations need to connect sites all over the globe to ensure they can run their companies efficiently and concentrate on…

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Is there still room for a CIO and a CMO at the top table?

I read an interesting blog article recently that discusses the value of a CIO in today’s data driven, SaaS and cloud-enabled world. The author William Mougayar suggests that the CMO has risen at the expense of the CIO and that “the CMO-CIO relationship has already evolved beyond a peer one”. In fact he argues that…

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How are things changing for IPv6?

IPv6 is an often talked about, but little understood phenomenon. In June 2012, the Internet Society held a World IPv6 awareness event in order to address the fact that IPv4 address exhaustion is a legitimate concern to some in the global technology community. What is it? Defined, IPv6 is the next-generation Internet Protocol (IP) standard…

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Network as a Service – Flexibility as Standard

In the last year, Network as a Service (NaaS) has emerged as an increasingly interesting approach for enterprise business. Essentially the NaaS model disrupts the traditional approaches to business connectivity, which offers fixed settings for bandwidth, routing and service characteristics. Instead, NaaS allows customers to connect as required, scaling their service provision up or down…

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Faster delivery for Ethernet Services – another improvement to customer experience

Colt understands that the lead time for services is important for our customers, and that delivery must be timely and reliable. The delivery lead times for Colt’s Ethernet Services have been falling even further, as Colt has leveraged strategic investments alongside internal transformation initiatives. This has enabled Colt to publish new, even more competitive delivery…

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Service level agreements in a SME setting

Service Level Agreements are by no means a new concept. Rather the importance of them has increased through the increased outsourcing of IT services and this is especially true in the SME sector where budgets remain tight. At Colt we know that quality of service will be key no matter what the size of the…

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