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Hosting desktops and a critical regulatory portal for the Oil and Gas Authority.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 26, 2017 4:41:56 PM / by Caroline Houlden posted in Fordway Managed Services, cloud, DaaS, Web hosting, case study

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With the online portal which handles the majority of its consent and regulatory activities becoming increasingly unresponsive, the Oil and Gas Authority needed a new secure hosting environment. After a competitive tender it chose managed cloud provider Fordway, which now hosts the portal and provides back-up and DR using its own equipment in two UK data centres. Fordway also set up and hosts a remote desktop environment to run business-critical applications which could not be supported internally and enables new applications to be added rapidly to meet user demands.

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Fordway's shared services help councils reduce costs and improve disaster recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 18, 2017 12:38:50 PM / by Caroline Houlden posted in managed cloud, Disaster Recovery, shared services, case study

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To meet the need to reduce costs while protecting front line services, Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils agreed to work together to implement a shared services initiative. They chose Fordway to design and implement a new IT infrastructure to support the initiative using a shared platform to streamline service provision across the two councils while enabling each to maintain its own identity.

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Does seamless application delivery mean VDI is dead?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 11, 2017 2:09:15 PM / by Drew Markham posted in cloud, vdi, virtual desktop

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As we continually look for new ways to deliver applications to an increasingly mobile user population, the question is becoming: if solutions can be packaged once for any device, do we still need VDI?
For years, companies have been searching for the holy grail of providing seamless access to business critical systems via a browser. One of the key tenets of a VDI solution is the availability of all applications, anywhere. However, it comes at a significant cost, primarily in terms of the back-end grunt required to provide this capability, but also financially.

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The Petya/NotPetya ransomware attack

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 6, 2017 9:58:33 AM / by James Mason posted in Security, managed cloud, Ransomware, Incident Response, Fordway Managed Services

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With last week’s Petya/NotPetya malware coming so soon after the Wannacry infection which affected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries, every organisation needs to assess their ability to cope with ransomware. That means considering a range of factors, from your patching regime to your back-up and disaster recovery provision. It only takes one user to accidentally click on an infected attachment and you could find yourself testing your DR plan!

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Introducing Fordway GDPR Security Bridging Service

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 20, 2017 2:27:58 PM / by Neville Armstrong posted in GDPR, Governance

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The Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in less than a year and organisations need to prepare for its introduction and be able to demonstrate compliance. This will require resources and an appropriate budget.

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Self-service or managed cloud?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 4, 2017 2:58:00 PM / by Caroline Houlden posted in managed cloud

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The thought of moving some of your applications to the cloud may fill you with relief - limitless capacity, almost total flexibility, regular monthly costs and a lot less infrastructure to maintain. However, before you start planning how you'll use the extra free time you'll no doubt get now someone else is looking after things for you, make sure you know what you've signed up for!

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Battling GDPR compliance?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 17, 2017 4:29:19 PM / by Ashley Denness posted in GDPR, Security

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You can imagine it now. If the world of IT security were to be played out as a pantomime today, the seeming villain of the piece would definitely be GDPR. Picture it, the face of the CISO when the crowd scream “It’s behind you!” as GDPR suddenly appears. Our hero knows that GDPR is lurking behind him but he is not quite sure a) how much of a threat it will be to him and b) exactly what he has to do to combat it.


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Moving complex legacy applications into the cloud

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 6, 2017 3:18:00 PM / by Chris Tomsett posted in legacy

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As more businesses move to a hybrid cloud model, we are increasingly coming across organisations that need to take complex legacy applications with them into the cloud. These can range from the database that has been used by HR for the past 15 years to that clunky application that nobody really likes but is integral to day-to-day operations. In most cases these applications are holding the business back, ensuring that it keeps one foot in the past and never really escapes the physical environment. In some cases the legacy application can actually block further progress, preventing IT from even considering the cloud.

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The importance of people and process in the fight to secure NHS data

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 28, 2017 12:01:00 AM / by Navtej Kalkat posted in Security, Disaster Recovery, IT Strategy

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The computer virus which affected Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust in November is a further reminder that NHS organisations need to remain constantly on their guard against security breaches. As no ransom was demanded, it’s likely to have been a random attack, but reports suggest that 28 trusts have been hit by ransomware attacks in the last year. Additionally, the NHS was the UK’s biggest victim of data breaches in 2015 according to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

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Beware cloud shock!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 18, 2017 12:00:00 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in managed cloud, cloud, cloud intermediation, Cloud Shock

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Have you been tempted by the falling costs of public cloud services? The big players are improving their offers all the time, and with some also setting up UK data centres to meet forthcoming GDPR requirements, server/instances of a few pounds per month can look like a very good deal. And for many organisations and many services, it is.

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