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Driving business success and agility with scalable IT

The rapid pace of technology innovation is opening the door to new business models, accelerating competition between fast-growing new entrants to the market and industry stalwarts. Yet, many businesses will struggle to adapt to future changes in their industry, scale their services and introduce new offerings in response to competitive pressures, because they lack agility…

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Cloud-based business continuity for SMEs

Protecting your company’s critical applications and data, and ensuring it can recover from unforeseen events, is more important than ever in the digital economy. The Business Continuity Institute estimates that in the wake of a disaster, almost a quarter of businesses never re-open. 80% of those that can’t recover within a month are much more…

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How to protect your business

Hardly a week goes by without news of another business facing the threat of a DDoS attack. Distributed denial of service attacks, or DDoS as it is more commonly known, occur when hackers flood a network or server with requests making it unavailable to other legitimate users of the service. These, coupled with the startling…

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The Tech Deficit: Europe wakes up to a new problem

You know a problem is real when it effects businesses of all sizes, in all locations and requires a similar response from everyone. The new digital economy has uncovered a ‘tech deficit’ which fits neatly into these categories. The compelling statistics in a new report make for interesting, if uncomfortable reading for many IT decision…

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How SMEs should deal with data protection laws

Today, more business data than ever is being collected. Just think of your own business: there are your business plans; your confidential emails and documents; and, of course, sensitive details about your employees and customers that they wouldn’t want you to share with others. The way data is used – or misused – regularly makes…

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Keeping your data secure

OK, so the New Year resolution has been made: “I will definitely give more attention to the protection of our data.” Good. Nobody wants to end up with the horrible headlines which accompany data theft, hacking or other indiscretions. But do you really know what you’ve signed up for with that resolution? The first thing…

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Minimising the risks of file sharing.

File sharing brings a number of benefits: the rise in file sharing services such as Dropbox, Box.Net or Google Drive offers several levels of convenience to smaller businesses when it comes to accessing and collaborating with files and office documents. Either individual files or whole directories can be shared and synced, making it very easy…

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Failing to plan? Or planning to fail?

Incredibly, 75% of companies have no plans in place to carry out disaster recovery. Our research into the SME market shows that while organisations are transferring data storage, enterprise applications and infrastructure to the cloud, more than three in four are leaving themselves unprotected. Perhaps most worryingly of all, the Business Continuity Institute estimates that…

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Are you ready for Cyber Security month?

ENISA: the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security is making October all about Cyber Security. Across twenty five countries and over a number of events, talks and other content, ENISA hopes to increase the awareness of Cyber Security for Europe’s businesses. It’s a laudable programme from ENISA. Online protection is something that every…

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3 ways compliance is costing your business

In July 2013, the Department of Business Innovation and Skills in the UK launched the Security Breaches Survey which revealed that 87% of SMEs had a data breach in the last year. These results are a clear message that smaller businesses need to be more careful about the data they hold. If you fail to…

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Is your server management a nightmare?

The increased complexity of IT solutions over the last twenty years has seen server management become a headache many businesses could do without. Trying to manage a large box filled with applications and data, that is supposed to make your business run smoother, is both time-consuming and expensive. According to a survey from 2009, 58%…

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