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Tackling the security vulnerability affecting Intel CPUs

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 5, 2018 10:58:50 AM / by Richard Green posted in Cloud Security, Patching, Patch Management

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In the last few days, there’s been a lot of discussion of a security flaw (Meltdown and Spectre) affecting the X86 CPU architecture and more specifically Intel CPUs. It was discovered by Google some time ago and was not scheduled to be made public just yet. However, growing information and leaks online led to Google releasing it early. This forced Microsoft to release the hotfix for Windows and the Microsoft Azure planned VM maintenance scheduled for 10th January has been brought forward to happen almost immediately.

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Giving users what they want OR ..."I'll tell you what I want..." ?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 29, 2017 11:36:34 AM / by Chris Tomsett posted in Cloud Paging, Optimised Infrastructure

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One of biggest challenges for IT departments is that users are individuals and so they all want different things. This has been a particular problem with VDI which, while it’s very good at making all applications available anywhere via a browser, gives everyone exactly the same thing. It really struggles with power users and laptop users who need their ‘own’ stuff, locally, and so even at best it will only meet the needs of three quarters of your workforce.

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What’s the point of managed cloud?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 2, 2017 3:06:49 PM / by Caroline Houlden posted in managed cloud, Fordway Managed Services, Cloud Shock, enterprise cloud

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We’re all now familiar with the benefits of cloud computing: limitless capacity, almost total flexibility and increased efficiency, as well as transferring costs from Capex to Opex.

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Tips on GDPR compliance for mobile data

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 27, 2017 10:44:32 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in GDPR, Cloud Security, Data Protection

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With GDPR only seven months away now, one aspect of compliance we all need to consider is how to secure personally identifiable information (PII) on laptops and other mobile devices. This data is harder to control and at a greater risk of being compromised because it’s not behind the company firewall.

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Tips for developing a data security policy

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 17, 2017 11:10:59 AM / by Neville Armstrong posted in GDPR, Security, Governance

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With GDPR on the horizon, now is a good time to review your data security policy. The first step is to take a holistic look at your entire infrastructure, from how data is created or acquired to how it is valued, stored, accessed and disposed of. This includes data coming in from customers, partners and suppliers; data created within the organisation, such as presentations and reports; and data that goes out, such as invoices and proposals.

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Technology Services 2 will save the public sector money

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 4, 2017 9:57:24 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in IT Strategy, IT Transformation, Technology Services 2

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As you may have seen from our news page, last month we became one of more than 100 SMEs included on the Crown Commercial Service’s new Technology Services 2 (TS2) framework. This makes it easier for all public sector organisations – government departments, local authorities, NHS, ‘blue light’ etc. – to buy specialist IT services, from desktop solutions to replacing entire systems.

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How to move your legacy applications to the cloud

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 4, 2017 3:13:56 PM / by Richard Blanford posted in legacy, cloud, cloud intermediation

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How much of your business is in the cloud? Many organisations are now using it for email, document sharing, even CRM – but how about your legacy applications?

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They may be boring, but good processes are the key to getting cloud right

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 30, 2017 3:51:31 PM / by Caroline Houlden posted in cloud, cloud intermediation, IT Strategy, IT Transformation

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Congratulations for reading beyond the title! No-one finds business processes very exciting (except perhaps ITIL experts such as our own Neville Armstrong) but they’re key to business success and getting your in-house processes aligned with those of your chosen cloud provider is a vital aspect of moving applications to public cloud.

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Managing multiple cloud providers from a single pane of glass

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2017 10:42:57 AM / by Caroline Houlden posted in Fordway Managed Services, cloud, cloud intermediation, Cloud Shock, Cloud Monitoring

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Most organisations moving services to cloud over the next few years will find themselves managing a hybrid solution - a mix of in-house, third party and public  cloud services. This means they’ll need to find an integrated way to manage their cloud portfolio, because every supplier will claim ‘it’s not my fault” when a problem arises, and they could waste a good deal of time tracking down the culprit.

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10 cloud trends you should know about

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 10, 2017 3:39:40 PM / by Caroline Houlden posted in cloud, cloud intermediation, enterprise cloud, hyperconvergence, Cloud Monitoring, Cloud Security

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For most organisations the question is no longer whether to adopt cloud but when and what services to move, while early adopters should be reviewing their portfolio to make sure they are getting best value. For both groups, these are the key trends to look out for.
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