Categories for 2021

How to contact us over Christmas and Thank You!

It has been a difficult year for many people and, as the year draws to an end, we think we could all do with a break. 2021 saw many significant investments by us in improving infrastructure and adding even more resilience to our systems and we will have more to say on this next year,
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Prolific North Tech Awards

The Prolific North Tech Awards 2021, that took place on the 21st October at the Manchester Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, celebrated the incredible innovation of the region’s tech sector. It rewarded organisations, teams and individuals who have grown incredibly in the tech industry. The North of England plays a crucial role in this
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Does it matter where your server is hosted?

Yes, it does. But why?;   Choosing a sub-satisfactory hosting provider could result in issues for you and your customers, such as slow speeds, technical glitches and even security problems.  Whilst everything may seem to work fine at first, eventually, complications could arise.    Reliability   Not all hosting providers are equal, and for small
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Mashukul’s 5 top tips to get your business ready for Black Friday

Black Friday lands on 26th of November, and this year it feels like we need those sales more than ever! Last year Amazon recorded sales of $4.8billion and the question is, will that be topped this year? Most UK businesses hope to see sales grow by 50% this year, but do you feel that your
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DCP Apprentice Academy

An apprenticeship is a system designed to train a new generation of workers in a trade or profession of their choice, accompanied by some studying (20% of the apprenticeship is the studying). The idea of an apprenticeship is that it will lead to a career within the apprentice’s chosen field, and continue to progress with
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Forever Manchester – Business Supporters Lunch

Forever Manchester is a Manchester-based charity that aims to raise money to fund and support community activity across Greater Manchester. We have worked closely with Forever Manchester for a number of years and have been lucky enough to get involved with some of their work as well as being able to support this amazing cause.
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Cloud Hosting – What’s it all about?

What is meant by Cloud Hosting you ask? It may be a phrase that you hear all the time, but are not familiar with. Well, simply put, Cloud Hosting is basically accessing and storing data through the internet rather than through your computer’s hard drive. Essentially, the cloud is just a metaphor for computing. One
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One Does Not Simply Walk Into Manchester – Hospitality Map

Click here to view our map! I’m sure we can all remember that fateful day in March 2020. The whole country plunged into lockdown, with no sign of release and Britain’s people confined to their homes unless for an emergency. This saw lots of places we once enjoyed visiting, such as restaurants, shut down for
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Hyperscale computing – What Is It?

Every so often we write about some of the current trends or advanced technologies in our sector, which may not be directly related to your needs, but nevertheless is an interesting topic.   In this article, we will be talking about ‘Hyperscale Computing’. Put simply, Hyperscale Computing is when a computing architecture is implemented in your
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Why you should use a Load Balancer

We often get asked about load balancers so hopefully, this article will help answer some of these questions. Implementing a load balancer can maximize your server’s performance whilst minimizing the response time and makes scalability much easier, but what is load balancing? What is load balancing? Load balancing is when traffic is distributed across multiple
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Prevent and Recover from a ransomware attack

Out of all the different types of attacks, your IT systems and servers can fall prey to, a ransomware attack is one of the worst.  So it’s not surprising that many businesses cite ransomware attacks as the one IT (or cybersecurity) breach they fear the most.  As usual, prevention is the best method of defense
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Happy SysAdmin Day!

Do you ever wonder who keeps your network secure? Your computer up and running? That would be the system administrators. Day or night, rain or shine, these amazing men and women work tirelessly to prevent IT disasters from happening whatever the conditions, so it’s only natural that we have a full 24 hours dedicated especially
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What is Big Data?

The phrase ‘big data’ is a commonly used term used to describe data that is challenging to process, with traditional methods of handling this data being shown to be near impossible due to the volume of data. ‘Big data’ can be classified into six areas, also known as the 6 Vs.  Volume The day-to-day running
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How to boost creativity in your workplace

Everyone knows that creativity is an indispensable asset in any business if you want to stand out from the crowd. Many businesses are now having to adapt to changes as a result of the pandemic and we thought it would be useful to provide some tips on how you can help boost creativity in your
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The advantages of having your hosting servers local

When choosing your hosting provider there are a few things to consider, however, one that is often overlooked is the location. Having your hosting provider based locally to you is a lot more beneficial than you might think, here are a few reasons why. Size While it may seem logical to go for the provider
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Is The Future of Office Spaces Virtual?

With the world being told to work from home and embrace the remote work lifestyle, will businesses continue to adopt this virtual mindset or revert to their physical roots? When the work from home order was first introduced many companies were unprepared, but after some organisation and implementing a proper remote working system, some companies
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Why is Firewall Protection Essential For Your Business?

What is a firewall? A firewall is a network security device that monitors incoming and outgoing network traffic and decides whether to allow or block specific traffic based on a defined set of security rules/policies. They act as a barrier between secured internal networks and untrusted outside networks, such as the internet.  Firewalls are available
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Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): How & why to use it

In today’s online environment, the classic username and password approach to security is easy prey for cybercriminals. Logins can be compromised in minutes, and private data (such as personal and financial details) are under increasing threat. Our need for online security has drastically changed, with hackers becoming smarter and exploiting new technical vulnerabilities, passwords alone
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Top Tips To Avoid Phishing Attacks

We’ve all heard horror stories about the types of phishing attacks that are out there and it seems that cybercriminals who use phishing attacks to try to part us from our personal details and our money are getting smarter by the hour. Phishing is a type of social engineering attack in which criminals attempt to
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Barnabus Manchester: Unsung heroes provide vital support

Today we are celebrating the support we receive from an unsung hero of our work. Behind the scenes Datacentreplus have been hosting our client database pro bono as part of their commitment to give back to the community in Manchester. This might not sound very important but it is critical to be able to record
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Guest Blog: Digital Media Team

In this blog, Manchester agency Digital Media Team reflect on how they pivoted their business to an entirely remote set up, whilst doubling their headcount since the pandemic began.  It’s been a turbulent 12 months for businesses across all industries, but whilst the pandemic has had a negative impact on retail and hospitality, those working
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