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Aug

16

FTTP Availability Skewed Towards Newer Housing

As of August 2022, 39% of UK properties can get full-fibre broadband (FTTP).

ThinkBroadband, a news site that painstakingly tracks the FTTP roll-out, found that the age of your property makes a huge difference to how likely you are to be able to order FTTP: 

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Aug

12

Danger Mouse Tried to Warn Us About Greenback

Back in the '80s and '90s, British kids watched the adventures of Danger Mouse and his assistant Penfold as they fought the unhelpful interventions of Baron Greenback. 

Thirty years on, many of those kids work in IT and are fighting against unhelpful interventions from another greenback - the US dollar.

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Aug

10

Why hSo Partners with Veeam

Our cloud backup and Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service offerings are powered by Veeam software. Here's why we chose to partner with Veaam.

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Aug

09

Big Cloud Means Old Hardware?

It's tempting to assume that if you go to the big public clouds, you're going to benefit from the latest hardware, but that's not necessarily the case.

The biggest public cloud providers are trying to use their older hardware for longer than before.

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Aug

02

How hSo Makes Its Services Green

Here at hSo, we're doing our bit to be green:

Green Electricity in hSo's London Office - Our London office's power, heating, cooling and lighting is powered by green energy. Our supplier buys renewable power and nuclear power, which are added to the grid. Renewable certificates and carbon offsets make amends for any shortfall. 

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Aug

02

Is it Time to Give Your Corporate VPN an Upgrade?

You probably have a VPN that allows your staff to access work-related resources from home.

However, changes in the security landscape mean it may now be time to upgrade your VPN to something more secure.

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Jul

26

Brute-Force Attacks on Windows 11 Get Harder

Microsoft is changing how it treats failed attempts to log on to Windows 11 remotely using remote desktop protocol.

The default policy for Windows 11 will soon lock accounts for ten minutes after ten failed login attempts – slowing down brute force attacks.

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Jul

19

World's Largest Data Leak Shows Private Cloud Isn't Always Best

Many people assume that dedicated private clouds are more secure than virtual private clouds hosted on public clouds.  All else being equal, that should be correct as dedicated clouds are protected against the largely theoretical risk of co-tenants breaking through the logical partitioning keeping tenants apart on multi-tenanted hosting platforms.

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Jul

15

Software is STILL Eating the World

In 2011, Venture Capitalist Marc Andreessen wrote a Wall Street Journal article declaring "software is eating the world." A decade later, software is still eating the world. The pandemic has helped it.

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Jul

13

Fake Phishing Attacks Slash End-User Gullibility

Here at hSo, our staff are routinely subject to phishing attacks. Who ordered many of these digital attacks on our staff?

We did.

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Jul

05

Time To Ditch Exchange Server for Exchange Online?

"The exploitation of Exchange server vulnerabilities has been a favorite of cybercriminals looking to get into targeted infrastructure since Q1 2021...The past year’s vulnerabilities have made [Exchange servers] perfect targets...

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Jul

01

The NHS is Going Digital (and We're Helping)

The NHS is going digital. At the time of writing, 86% of NHS trusts have electronic health records. That will rise to 90% by December 2023 and 100% by March 2025, if things go to plan.

Although the public tends to see the NHS as one giant organisation, it's really an ecosystem of many different organisations working together. 

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May

16

Cloud is Now The Default Choice for New Infrastructure Says IDC

If your next server or storage device is hosted at your office, you'll be in the minority, according to the market research firm IDC.

In Q4 2021, more money was spent on cloud infrastructure ($21.1bn) than on non-cloud infrastructure ($17.2bn).

The figures come from IDC's report "Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Infrastructure Tracker: Buyer and Cloud Deployment."

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Apr

21

Are Millennials Sick of Working From Home Yet?

One of the major consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a seismic shift towards working from home.

Working from home not only enabled businesses to continue operating throughout the pandemic, it also proved popular.

Workers were able to spend less time and money commuting, and more time with their families.

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Oct

11

Zero Trust, ZTA, ZTNA - The Key Features and Differences

In a world with widespread remote working, business partners at separate firms requiring access to each other’s networks, the Internet of Things connecting more devices everyday and, most pressingly, increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks, protecting a network correctly has arguably never been more vital.

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Sep

13

ISDN switch off – What is it and what does it mean for businesses?

By December 2025, BT (Openreach) aims to completely retire the UK’s decades-old copper telephony lines. The copper infrastructure is the basis for the UK’s Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) and Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), meaning that both of these traditional solutions will cease to be available in a few years.

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Jun

25

The environmental impact of cloud migration

It is well known that moving from an on-premises infrastructure to a cloud-based architecture can deliver instant benefits to businesses in terms of agility, scalability and cost-efficiency. When considering a cloud migration, the environmental implications might not be one of the foremost matters in a company’s decision.

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Jun

02

The what, why and how of legacy application modernisation

What is legacy application modernisation?

Legacy app modernisation is when an application made with now outdated technology is updated in order to make it work effectively in a modern environment alongside other modern apps.

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May

05

How to plan and execute the perfect cloud migration for your business

Cloud migration is one of the biggest trends in business today, with organizations of all sizes and types migrating their operations to the cloud at an unprecedented and rapidly accelerating rate.

With benefits such as cost savings, added value, increased security, flexibility and scalability, it’s no wonder that businesses are migrating in such great numbers.

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Apr

01

Financial services: A sector undergoing a hybrid cloud revolution

In the fast-moving world of financial services, technological changes are usually afoot and 2021 is proving to be no different. One of the latest trends driving change within the sector is the increasing number of firms moving to a hybrid cloud infrastructure, a cloud solution that mixes elements of both public and private cloud.

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