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Still deciding if you should go for the clouds?

Many companies have spent 2016 deciding whether or not to utilise the benefits of the cloud. No doubt, you may have started 2017 with the same question lingering. Leave the decision til after the holidays they said… However, whilst the cloud seems like all the craze at the moment, it doesn’t mean that you should
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cPanel or Plesk – Which one should I use?

What’s the difference between cPanel or Plesk I hear you say? If you’ve been looking around for some Dedicated Servers or a new hosting solution, you may have been presented with the option of choosing a control panel to manage your web hosting. Most commonly, you’ll see an option for cPanel or Plesk. cPanel and
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What is Colocation?

Colocation is a service where you can rent a physical space in a datacentre to hold server equipment that you own. The data centre would take care of all the essentials needed to run a server. Power, cooling, connectivity, and of course the data hall your server sits in are provided. A good data centre
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Secure your data, Secure your server

We’ve been hearing a lot about big enterprise companies being hacked these days, but did you know that SMBs are increasingly becoming a more attractive victim? As SMBs tend to hold equally attractive customer data on their servers, they are most likely to have weaker levels of security than the big enterprise companies. As a
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Is your website ready for Black Friday?

Traditionally associated with instore promotions at large supermarket chains in America, Black Friday is fast approaching in the UK and it’s pretty hard to ignore. Black Friday lands on the 25th November this year, and more people than ever are attempting to beat the crowds in store by shopping online. The UK experiences on average
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The Cloud isn’t the problem, it’s you

Datacentreplus founder and Managing Director, Mashukul Hoque, talks about security and the Cloud: I have seen countless articles and surveys where security is cited as the biggest concern for Cloud adoption. When setting up the data centre I knew security would be an area I must prioritise for customers to feel safe when using my
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Compromised from the inside

  This isn’t a paranoia piece, this is ensuring your eyes are open to flaws in your security you may have never looked at. I would say the chance of these compromises are slim but there is evidence to suggest otherwise. Have a look at our compromised from the inside infographic.  

Physical VS Virtual: Can virtual be as good as the real thing?

Virtualization and cloud hosting have become trendy ways to form business networks. As cloud and virtual servers are gaining popularity some businesses may overlook the benefits of physical systems. We don’t believe important decisions should be overlooked, and choosing a method for hosting your business and the valuable data it holds, is an important decision.
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What hosting package should you choose?

Choosing a hosting package can be a hard choice even if you know the differences. This infographic outlines the differences between the hosting options available in an easy to understand way.   So which hosting package should you choose? Public clouds provide flexible and cheap hosting but it does so with the risk of security
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Cloud Computing VS Dedicated Servers

Cloud computing has become a household term and in the hosting industry it is taking a lot of the limelight. With scalability, redundancy, on-demand services and attractive prices,  can dedicated servers compete with a Cloud/VPS offering? When looking at cloud computing VS dedicated servers,  it’s not easy to say which would win without looking at your businesses needs now
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Top tips for migrating from VPS to a dedicated server

1 Make Backups! This is the first and most important step. Make a backup of the VPS before the migration. If any errors occur during the migration, restoring from a backup could be your easiest fix by far. Once you have fully completed the migration and everything is working fine, make a brand new back
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The Panama Papers Protection

We assume by now you have heard about The Panama Papers being published on Sunday 3rd April.   Here’s a brief summary: The Panama Papers is the biggest data leak in history, amassing to 2.6 Terabytes, 11.5 million documents, including email correspondence and legal contracts. It is bigger than Wikileaks Cablegate, Offshore Leaks, Lux Leaks,
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Ransomware – The New Curse of the Internet?

We recently had a customer contacting us for assistance in restoring all their files from cloud storage. Unfortunately, they were the latest victims of a ransomware attack which scrambled and locked all their files. Luckily for this customer they were able to carry on with business after restoring their files.  In their case, they had
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Why it pays to be cloudy in the North

The North West data centre scene is swelling year-on-year. It is now the biggest outside of the South East and with the development of the Northern Powerhouse sitting on the horizon, that growth is set to continue. For a number of years, the services provided via third party data centres have traditionally focused on larger
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How to make the most of a tight IT budget

A recent article showed that US businesses may have to reassess their IT budget as they take a 20% hit due to a strong US dollar. We know this won’t affect everyone, especially in the UK, but who doesn’t want to free up more capital to make their budget go further. In this article, we
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4 Musts for any data security strategy

1. Data theft can happen to anyone, regardless of your security level. You could put a 20-foot wall around your Office, but someone has a 21-foot ladder. Recently there were the scandals in the US surrounding Sony, Home Depot and Target, which just goes to show security breaches can happen to anyone. As you can
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Myths could be clouding your judgement about implementing cloud services

Cloud computing is a hot subject at the moment, with more and more business contemplating the move. However, talk grows into discussions and information is being increasingly passed around. It is no surprise that misconceptions and myths start to sprout. Making decisions based on facts is imperative if you want to make the correct decision
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3 Things you must consider in any data backup solution?

Your business needs to be able to go back in order to keep going forward. If something happened to your applications or data; you need a backup to restore your business back to functioning normally. Data backup is always a matter of when, not if. Something will happen it’s just how bad. There are millions
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Rip off Britain? UK data centres are most expensive in Europe.

The UK is the largest data centre market in Europe, offering more capacity and power than anywhere else, according to TCL (Tariff Consultancy Ltd). Unfortunately, the data centres are the most expensive here. The TCL report was based on the analysis of 300 data centres facilities from 150 providers. London/ M25 region makes up for
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5 simple steps that can help you avoid an IT disaster

You don’t have a crystal ball and you can’t be everywhere at once, so if an IT disaster happens, properly informed users can be the first line of defence. Here are some really simple rules and policies your business should have in place that are really easy to implement if you haven’t already applied them.
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Losing hours, days, years of work could soon be a thing of the past.

MIT researchers have created a system that can never lose data. Well, the data will always be recoverable. The team of six will showcase the system that is mathematically guaranteed not to lose data during crashes in October at the ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles.   In an operating system (OS) the file system
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