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Jun

08

Euro 2016: A Connectivity Challenge

Needless to say, each major sporting event represents a serious challenge in terms of IT infrastructure.  And the Euro 2016 Football Championship is no exception.

Just look at the figures below cited by its official press kit, to get an idea of its scale:

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May

18

The Plan to Fix Britain's Worst Broadband Speeds

Over 90 per cent of the UK can now order superfast broadband delivering speeds of 24Mbps or more. By the end of 2017, 95 per cent of the UK should be able to order such speeds. This leaves five per cent of homes stuck in the digital dark ages.

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May

16

17 Reasons Cloud Computing Is Growing Like Crazy

Use of the Cloud has rocketed in recent years, with 84% of organisations now using cloud services, up from a mere 48% five years earlier.

Here are the real reasons companies are embracing the Cloud and why that growth shows no sign of stopping.

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May

05

How to Improve Security by Thinking Like a Hacker

Don't Believe Vendors Security Assurances

"Our technology is really secure!" said every vendor ever. Meanwhile, these same vendors have probably released over a dozen critical security patches this year. The ugly truth is that all major operating systems have serious security flaws, even when 'fully patched.' So never rely on a single vendor's assurances of security.

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Apr

11

Software's Stealth War on Hardware

With all the hype surrounding the Internet of Things and Big Data, a much bigger IT trend is being overlooked: Software's war on hardware.

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Apr

08

Moving the Unmovable To the Cloud

The number of companies moving services to the cloud is growing. More than four out of five organisations now use cloud based services, according to the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF). This is part of an ongoing steady increase from 48 per cent in 2010, to 61 per cent in 2013, to 78 per cent in 2014, and 84 per cent in 2015.

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Mar

21

17 Things That Should NEVER Have Been Connected To the Internet

We at hSo are passionate about getting online and staying connected. After all we are an internet service provider. However, in the growing era of the Internet of Things, there are limits to what should be connected to the internet and what shouldn't.

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Mar

08

Your Servers Deserve Better - Why It's Time to Move Your Servers to a Proper Data Centre

Your office was designed for humans. That's great news for your coworkers, bad news for your office plants and terrible news for your business-critical IT systems.

It is possible to retrofit your office to provide a better hosting environment for your servers, but that's very expensive. Luckily, there's a better option, called colocation – or colo for short.

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Mar

08

No PBX? No Problem! Hosted VoIP Sees 31% Surge in 2015, to 2 Million UK Business Lines

It's not just server applications that are migrating to the cloud. Business telephony is heading there too.

That's according to the latest research by telecoms consultancy Cavell Group.

It found that UK business demand for hosted VoIP services surged by 31.9% in 2015, bringing the total number of seats (end-user subscriptions) to 2,175,065.

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Mar

07

What Can You Do With a 1 Gigabit/s Broadband Connection?

A few of our customers have a 1Gb/s leased line to their office.

If current trends continue, you could have a 1Gb/s broadband connection at home within the next decade.

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Feb

25

Fighting Back Against DDoS Attacks

Businesses are increasingly finding themselves on the receiving end of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

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Feb

19

Your Network Under Attack – How the DDoS Threat Is Growing

IT infrastructure that's been knocked offline by malicious attacks is the stuff of IT managers' nightmares. Unfortunately, it's becoming a reality for an increasing number of organisations.

That's according to the latest Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report by network security firm Arbor Networks.

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Feb

09

Microsoft Kills Off Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10

It's been a long time coming, but Microsoft has finally axed desktop support for versions 8,9 and 10 of Internet Explorer (IE).

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Feb

03

Uptime 101 – 20 Lazy Ways To Keep Your IT Working

When your IT stops working, everyone notices. Whatever the cause, your IT team gets blamed and there's a mad scramble to fix the problem.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Many problems are avoidable, if the right technology is in place.

Here are 20 ways you can minimise IT downtime and keep everything running smoothly.

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Jan

22

Sick of Anonymous Cold-calls? The Government Wants to Ban Them

Sick of cold-calls? You’re not alone. More than 280,000 complaints about cold calling were made to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) last year - 11 per cent more than in 2014.

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Jan

19

Is it Time BT Was Stripped of Its Monopoly?

Britain's telecoms regulator Ofcom is set to reveal whether BT should sell Openreach - the BT division charged with maintaining most of the UK's network of telephone exchanges, phone lines and telecom ducts.

BT's rivals have long claimed that BT's ownership of Openreach is problematic, with Vodafone, Sky and TalkTalk insisting Openreach should be spun off as an independent business.

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Jan

11

The 7 Trends Revolutionising IT

It's the New Year, so we decided to give it a go and write our very own list of the biggest trends that

(we think) will mark 2016. 

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Jan

04

How You REALLY Connect to the Internet

There are two main steps to connecting your business to the Internet.

Step 1: Connect Your Site(s) To Your ISP's Core Network

Your Internet Service Provider creates a link between your site(s) and its own core network, probably by using one or more of these technologies:

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Dec

23

How SaaS Became Unstoppable

Remember CRT monitors? Brick-sized mobile phones? What about buying hundreds of software licences? Technology moves fast and the current front-runner in office innovation, shunting clunky traditional software setups into the past, is SaaS.

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Dec

10

How to Avoid the Winter Travel Chaos

Brace yourself, winter travel chaos is coming.

The Met Office has predicted colder and wetter weather than usual in December and January. With this warning comes the very real risk of employees failing to show up for work due to weather and transport woes, which will cause major disruption to businesses across the UK.

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