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Windows Server 6-monthly update surprise

Thursday, 19 October 2017 by

By Brian Cowan The six-monthly update cycle for Windows Server 2016 started this week and contained a major surprise. If you are planning a hyper-convergence project using Storage Spaces Direct is is not there any more. Storage Spaces Direct Storage Spaces Direct allows directly connected SSD, SAS and SATA drives to be used to deliver

By Brian Cowan Back in 2014 the Supermarket chain Morrisons had the records of 100,000 staff stolen by an employee.  This personal data was later published on the internet.  In 2015, the culprit who was working for them as an auditor was jailed. Data theft – at what cost? For the thief the cost is

SCv3000 Storage launch from Dell EMC

Thursday, 12 October 2017 by

By Brian Cowan This recently released addition to the Dell EMC storage portfolio provides a function rich, scalable entry point into the SC storage range that scales up to 1PB (or 2PB with 4MB page sizes).  Whilst providing a greats storage platform in its own right, it also offers extra life for those with Dell

Major DNS Security upgrade delayed

Monday, 02 October 2017 by

By Brian Cowan Major security enhancements to the way that the Domain Name System (DNS) is protected have been delayed because many ISPs and large internet users are not ready for them.  A new method of securing DNS records, that was due to roll out on October 11th, has been delayed. Background For the non-IT

Hurricane or just a load of hot air

Friday, 29 September 2017 by

By Brian Cowan In case you hadn’t noticed, its another weekend. However, if you read some of the press, the weekend weather is about to wreak chaos.   we are entering the cold, wet and windy autumn (as opposed to the warm, wet and windy summer) and its time to think about the risks to IT

Business protection and risk management

Thursday, 28 September 2017 by

By Brian Cowan With reports every day about cyber hacks and data leaks its very easy to get paranoid about these threats.  The reality is that IT systems are more resilient than has ever been the case and with proper planning, they can be kept secure.  More importantly, when the business asks for change, IT

IT Hyper-Convergence for non-IT people

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 by

By Brian Cowan Virtualisation was a game changer ten years ago and the economics of consolidation, combined with business continuity made sense at all levels of management. Since then, new technologies have emerged for the datacentre and desktop. Whilst the technical benefits have been there, there has not been the same awareness or acceptance in

Keytech nominated for Business award

Thursday, 21 September 2017 by

By Brian Cowan Keytech has been shortlisted along with 10 other businesses for the Small/Medium Enterprise of the Year award.  The selection has been made from more than 500 entrants. The winners will be announced on 17th November at an awards ceremony at the DW Stadium.

Desktop Transformation – one day

Thursday, 14 September 2017 by

By Brian Cowan It is more than 10 years ago now that Virtual Desktop Infrastructure became a discussion topic in seminars, sales presentations and coffee machine conferences. “This could be the year of VDI” has been the optimistic shout, probably used as often as Happy New Year over the past decade.  But why has the

Microsoft Patch Tuesday – Sept 2017 edition

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 by

By Brian Cowan For those that have not received their updates yet, leave a bit of extra time for shutting down your PC tonight.  For those that are not on automatic updates, time to go and download them. Whichever camp you are in, I would recommend that you do not delay in implementing security updates.