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How IT solutions can help you manage everything from one place

Posted by Vohkus on 17-Apr-2018 14:08:09
Reliable incident management Information technology solutions are essential for the efficient running of any business, but when they fail, become obsolete, or conflict with other systems, they can prove to be costly and time-consuming. By choosing your IT solutions carefully, your business can begin to manage everything efficiently in one place, reduce costs, and adapt to future demands. Read article

6 digital tools that can make any business faster and smarter

Posted by Vohkus on 17-Apr-2018 13:23:26
A business’ success can often rely on the abilities of its IT system. The more we use digital tools, the more management they demand, and the more can go wrong. With a succinct system, careful management, and consistent processes, any organisation can use their digital tools and business intelligence to become faster and smarter. Read article

Understanding different HCI architectures

Posted by Vohkus on 28-Mar-2018 13:17:56
What are the differences between competing vendors’ approaches to HCI, and what makes NetApp HCI so compelling? Read article

Public cloud disaster recovery strategies from NetApp

Posted by Vohkus on 28-Mar-2018 13:12:16
Where does ONTAP Cloud fit in the NetApp portfolio, and how can it help make public cloud DR more efficient? Read article

Five Ways All-Flash Storage Fuels IT Transformation

Posted by Vohkus on 08-Mar-2018 10:45:09
Flash is the new normal thanks to its affordability, agility, speed and efficiency. Here are five ways All-Flash storage can modernise your data center and accelerate your IT transformation. Read article

How Your IT Department Can Make Decision-Making Easier For The Whole Business

Posted by Vohkus on 06-Mar-2018 15:03:48
18 years ago, a study into decision-making involving 1500 managers found “the majority of them used intuition to make both financial and strategic decisions”. Experience counts for a lot, but the evidence it’s based on is essential. Read article

10 Essential Data Security Tools Your IT Department Could Be Lost Without

Posted by Vohkus on 06-Mar-2018 14:50:01
1. Data cleaning Small variations in data and its labelling can make interpreting and extrapolating difficult. Data cleaning removes misspellings and differences, no matter how small, to make your data easy to export into different formats. For large datasets, cleaning and organisation is a time-saver - various departments will need to use the data, so being able to present it to them clearly and on-demand is essential.   Read article

5 Ways Cloud Services Could Make Your Business More Efficient

Posted by Vohkus on 06-Mar-2018 14:46:49
Around 88% of UK businesses are using some form of cloud technology to optimise their business operations. 250 IT decision-makers in large and small companies were surveyed, and both groups are adopting these technologies at a similar rate. 74% are keen for a cloud service to help make delivery easier, 72% want to cut costs, and 65% care most about scalability. Read article

5 Data Security Features Your IT Department Needs To Protect From Cyber Attacks

Posted by Vohkus on 06-Mar-2018 14:30:03
Your business’ data is one of its most valuable assets, whether it’s customer data, financial information or details about your staff. Data theft is often partly a result of negligence, so the Information Commissioner’s Office regularly fines organisations that don’t adequately protect data. Read article

Are on-premises hardware purchases really set to surge?

Posted by Vohkus on 27-Feb-2018 14:07:53
Financial Services giant Morgan Stanley has cited reasons why demand for on-premises hardware is set to escalate, but a new user survey couldn’t be more contradictory. Read article

Upgrading security to embrace cloud

Posted by Vohkus on 27-Feb-2018 10:43:21
Cisco Cloud Security products maximise your existing investments Everyone recognises that old security models that concentrated solely on data within the perimeter are now obsolete. As more applications and servers move into the cloud to take advantage of cost savings, scalability, and accessibility, many organisations have lost some of the visibility and control they once had, and they don’t know who is doing what and when in the cloud. Read article

Data privacy with US tech firms under scrutiny again

Posted by Vohkus on 27-Feb-2018 10:31:02
Microsoft is again doing battle to protect the privacy of its customers where data is located outside the US. Read article

Cisco Email Security named Top Player on Radicati’s Market Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways 2017

Posted by Vohkus on 27-Feb-2018 10:13:31
Billions of corporate messages flow back and forth on a daily basis. And with over 90% of breaches starting with an email, organisations today face a daunting challenge when choosing the best email security solution to stop emails with phishing links or malicious attachments that unleash ransomware, phishing or business email compromise attacks. Securing the most important business communication tool is a tall order indeed. This is why we’re proud to share that Cisco Email Security has been named Top Player on Radicati’s Market Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways 2017 for the second consecutive year. Read article

Top 10 benefits of cloud unified communications (UC)

Posted by Divisional Manager on 06-Feb-2018 10:01:12
Real-life experiences of real world users As with any IT trend, there’s a lot of vendor hype around unified communications (UC). At Vohkus – and through our cloud arm, Meggha – we’ve helped many varied organisations migrated to cloud-based UC (aka UC as a service or UCaaS), and we’ve been able to discover the real benefits those organisations have achieved. Read article

Fast solutions for MiFID II communications compliance

Posted by Business Development Manager - Datacentre Solutions on 26-Jan-2018 15:34:10
2018 set to be the ‘year of communications compliance’ 2018 is going to raise the compliance bar for everyone. While many firms are still struggling to catch up with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to take effect in May, those working in the financial sector have an even more pressing deadline. The European Markets in Financial Instrument Directive (MiFID II) and the accompanying regulation (MiFIR) have already come into force (3rd January). Read article

Email – The #1 Threat Vector

Posted by Business Development Manager - Datacentre Solutions on 26-Jan-2018 10:08:53
The weakest point of security in any organisation is the users, either due to a lack of awareness or security fatigue. Attackers know this, and they target users through email because with a working email address, a malicious but well-crafted attack could easily get in front of a vulnerable employee.  Attackers are also very determined, so they will continue to pursue a target-rich environment until they find a gap in defenses.  A recent Consumer Affairs article reports that as many as one-third of AV scanners failed to find malware samples in a two month test.  That's why attackers keep trying, even when they know a company has anti-virus protection in place. Read article

Does Your IT Security Policy Cover Data Integrity? Here's Why They Should

Posted by Vohkus on 26-Jan-2018 08:12:44
What is data integrity? Data integrity basically translates as handling data safely, preventing corruption, unlawful changes, and unauthorised access. Safety can be breached because of accidental changes like programming errors, or deliberate hacks. Leaving data open to hacks could also be considered a serious programming error. Read article

3 Major Issues Data Centres Confront and How to Overcome Them

Posted by Vohkus on 26-Jan-2018 08:12:13
More and more of the UK and Ireland is being covered with whirring, humming rooms full of servers and data storage. Businesses that rely heavily on IT, attract a high number of users or visitors, and want to continue to grow, wouldn’t be able to survive in this digital landscape without them. Read article

5 Data Protection Tips To Prevent Data Loss When Integrating Platforms

Posted by Vohkus on 26-Jan-2018 08:11:45
The more often data is moved around, the more vulnerable it can be. However, using various integrated platforms is often essential for everyday business activity, so when data is moved around it needs to be ‘insured’ and protected. Read article

3 Tips To Ensure Your Business Data Security with Digital Lock and Key

Posted by Vohkus on 26-Jan-2018 08:11:22
Just like your business premises, your customer relationships and your staff, the data you store is integral to how your business operates. Read article

Top 3 cloud trends that will affect you in 2018

Posted by Cloud Pre-Sales Consultant on 25-Jan-2018 16:58:55
Welcome to a world where great data management and agile development are the new normal Depending which analyst you read, you may find in 2018 that spending on private clouds is going to increase, or that multi-cloud strategies will become the definitive way forward. Security and privacy will naturally be ever more important, and so will the need to store data generated by the expansion of IoT devices. Read article

Lessons for businesses from the Uber hack

Posted by Business Development Manager - Datacentre Solutions on 25-Jan-2018 16:57:46
Not just your average major technology breach The Uber hack disclosed publicly on 21 November 2017 raised several concerns that go beyond it being just another major technology breach. While there are obvious questions around how sensitive information could have been allowed to be compromised and how the ride-hailing firm should make amends to those affected, there is ample scope for criticism about the way it responded to the attack, its apparent cavalier approach to corporate governance, and its general risk management. Read article

Evaluate the strength of your mobile security in 4 steps

Posted by Business Development Manager - Datacentre Solutions on 12-Jan-2018 15:02:18
 More than half of enterprise organisations encounter security and compliance issues during mobile deployment efforts. Read article

Whose responsibility is public cloud security?

Posted by Business Development Manager - Datacentre Solutions on 11-Jan-2018 11:52:47
We all know public cloud adoption is on the rise, with many organisations reaping the undeniable benefits of greater IT efficiency, business agility, scalability and cost savings. Yet for many, security remains the key barrier to adoption and a substantial concern. This might not seem too surprising given the range of threats that face firms today – from data stealing malware to ransomware and spear phishing attacks. Read article

What is intent-based networking (IBN) and why should I care about it?

They say IBN is the future. What’s the reality? Intent-based networking (IBN) systems are claimed by many to be the new emerging model for networks. It’s said they’ll monitor, identify and react in real time to changing network conditions, and that they’ll become increasingly essential as organisations digitise their operations because the sheer volume of connections, devices and users will make manual administration too time-consuming, costly and error-prone. Read article

Reasons to consider a cloud readiness assessment from Vohkus and Meggha

Posted by Cloud Pre-Sales Consultant on 05-Jan-2018 14:45:25
Why CRAs are for everyone With many organisations already at some point on their journey to cloud, the idea of carrying out a cloud readiness assessment (‘CRA’) may seem a bit belated. Read article

Vohkus partners with BT to provide Telephony and Data Solutions

Posted by Business Development Manager on 22-Nov-2017 12:28:39
London - November 2017: IT solutions and cloud services provider Vohkus, today announced its new partnership with BT to provide telephony and data solutions. The agreement will integrate mobile telephony, data networks, and hosted cloud telephony from BT to complement Vohkus’ unified communication portfolio, for a total technology offering. Read article

Krackdown on the Krack security vulnerability

Posted by Consultant on 03-Nov-2017 11:42:38
WPA2 is the protocol that secures all modern protected Wi-Fi networks. Recently there’s been a great deal of concern after Mathy Vanhoef of KU Leuven published a microsite describing research that suggests an attacker within range of a victim can exploit certain weaknesses using key reinstallation attacks. Read article

Vohkus-sponsored jet and rocket-powered car prepares for public debut

Posted by Vohkus on 27-Sep-2017 10:30:54
Land speed record holder will drive BLOODHOUND SSC at up to 200 mph BLOODHOUND SSC, intended to be the first jet- and rocket-powered car to reach 1000 mph, will make its first ever public run on October 26 2017 at Cornwall Airport Newquay. Technology and service provider Vohkus is a BLOODHOUND SME sponsor, with an ethos closely aligned to the team’s ambitions. Read article

Equifax breach highlights need for data to be located in UK

Posted by Consultant on 22-Sep-2017 09:55:04
‘Biggest in history’ breach has lessons for UK businesses In an announcement after normal business hours on Friday 15 September, credit reference giant Equifax made the astonishing admission that 400,000 UK consumers’ details may have been compromised as part of a massive security breach that took place between May and July 2017. Read article

HPE Gen10 servers: What you should know

Posted by Consultant on 18-Sep-2017 12:07:49
Match performance to applications with secure industry standard servers HPE announced its new Gen10 servers in June 2017, and we’ve eagerly awaited our first shipments because the new features in introduced in this – the tenth iteration of the ProLiant family – represent something of a step change in ease of use, performance, and security. Read article

Brexit, GDPR and UK data protection

Posted by Consultant on 18-Sep-2017 11:59:36
What do UK firms actually need to do? At Vohkus we’re getting more and more customers asking about GDPR. And the government’s data protection proposals since the Queen’s Speech have only confused them more. As the next round of Brexit talks gets under way, there’s been a lot of talk about what legal jurisdictions will apply in future. What few people seem to be pointing out is that there is still important EU legislation waiting in the wings which will have a widespread effect on British businesses. Read article

A close look at Dell EMC PowerEdge 14G servers

Posted by Director on 14-Sep-2017 09:07:55
An all-round family to meet every need “Our modern infrastructure solutions are a game changer in today's digital economy. With our cyber-resilient architecture and performance innovations, we will enable our customers to unleash their business potential.” So said Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, president, Server Solutions Division at Dell EMC when general availability of the PowerEdge server line was announced in July 2017. Read article

Intel reinvent computer memory...but it's a secret

Posted by Digital Marketing Manager on 16-Jun-2017 17:29:39
Intel has created a mysterious new type of computer memory that could revolutionise the technology industry. Read article

Wired or wireless, LAN or WAN. Add value from your digital network.

Posted by Business Development Manager on 16-Jun-2017 10:16:28
Networking and connectivity have witnessed some of the fastest technological changes of recent years. Read article

Why consider a cloud readiness assessment?

Posted by Divisional Manager on 16-Jun-2017 10:12:24
Moving to a cloud model changes the way you need to provision and operate services.  Read article

Backup strategies for the modern data centres

Posted by Business Development Manager on 15-Jun-2017 17:15:52
Backup products have had to adapt Think of backup and you probably picture long overnight batch jobs – possibly still to tape – with recovery times that are not really up to scratch in terms of modern disaster recovery. Read article

Are managed networks right for your business?

Posted by Business Development Manager on 15-Jun-2017 17:04:50
Over the past five years huge developments have taken place in cloud managed networks. Read article

Uncovering the truth about Software Defined Data Centre (SDDC)

Posted by Consultant on 13-Jun-2017 16:59:46
The ‘software defined data centre’ (SDDC), is the end result of a long process of virtualising computer, networking and storage systems. Unlike pure cloud you’re still deploying your own hardware but it gets configured automatically on the fly. Read article

How does the SimpliVity acquisition enhance HPE’s hyper convergence vision?

Posted by Business Development Manager on 13-Jun-2017 10:23:38
Before  HPE’s $650 million acquisition of SimpliVity in January 2017, it was already firmly focused on the hyper converged market. With spending in this market expected to reach $19 billion by 2018, according to Gartner, anything HPE could do to bolster its position made good sense. Read article

Improving productivity, security and financial control with the HP Elite x3

Posted by Business Development Manager on 13-Jun-2017 10:19:29
Announced a year ago, the HP Elite x3 was billed as bridging “phablet, laptop and desktop use cases from a single computing device while enabling users to run key productivity apps across these different experiences seamlessly”. Read article

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Family - Bringing the mobile strategy to life

Posted by Business Development Manager on 12-Jun-2017 18:01:39
The importance of mobility in the workplace has grown significantly in recent years, driven by technological innovations like mobile devices and web-based applications. Read article

Vohkus achieves highest status on Vodafone’s new partner programme

Posted by Divisional Manager on 12-Jun-2017 12:33:27
Vohkus has been named among just 12 dealers who have been given Vodafone Total Communications Partner status.  Read article

Security for the digital workspace

Posted by Digital Marketing Manager on 05-Jun-2017 14:27:46
When VMware announced the Workspace ONE platform in early 2016, it was in response to a shift in the overall technology landscape as organisations increasingly looked to create digital enterprises. Read article

Choosing your next-generation firewall

Posted by Digital Marketing Manager on 05-Jun-2017 12:15:25
What is an NGFW? Next-generation firewalls (commonly abbreviated to NGFWs) are deep-packet inspection firewalls that add application-level inspection, intrusion prevention, and that utilise intelligence from outside the firewall. Read article

Considering Microsoft Azure for your public cloud solution?

Posted by Cloud Pre-Sales Consultant on 05-Jun-2017 11:41:40
There are plenty of websites independent of Microsoft which list the business benefits of choosing Azure as your cloud solution. Read article

Should you trust Backup as a Service?

Posted by Cloud Pre-Sales Consultant on 02-Jun-2017 15:58:40
Backup and recovery is a hot topic at the moment. And two recent widely-reported incidents have highlighted the importance of having a robust backup strategy. Read article

Increase ROI with a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – VMware Horizon

Posted by Consultant on 01-Jun-2017 16:30:46
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can decrease hardware costs, increase end-user productivity and mobility, and provide more flexibility for applications and operating systems. But to decide whether implementing VDI is worth the price tag, you need to determine the potential ROI. Read article

Disaster Recovery - Don't leave it too late!

Posted by Business Development Manager - Datacentre Solutions on 01-Jun-2017 14:22:50
Data is the business currency of the 21st century; Amazon proved a company could make billions, a penny at a time, by operationalising enterprise data – that is, by making customer data available in real time for decision-making, for your associates, and in the hands of your customers. Read article

Benefits of using a UPS with servers in your Disaster Recovery plan.

Posted by Stuart Lemon on 25-May-2017 14:01:05
Uninterruptible Power Supply as it is more commonly known, is a set of batteries that plug into the mains electricity supply and assist with disaster recovery.  Loss of power is often overlooked when it comes a disaster recovery plan, and this is why we have written this article to outline some of the hidden benefits of the trusty UPS. Read article

Workplace Ergonomics Process – Not got one? … Get one

Like most people who sit at a desk with a computer all day, you probably have a sore back, throbbing knees, aching wrists, and eyestrain. Sound about right? Then you need to familiarise yourself with ergonomics. Read article

Simplify operations, reduce cost and achieve greater business agility

A Unified data centre greatly improves efficiency and fully supports cloud services, for a much more agile data centre. Read article

6 of the most beastly security threats IT faces today

Cyber Attacks are increasing in frequency, severity and sophistication, and with more than one billions users, the internet offers a vast hunting ground for cyber criminals. Read article

Hybrid cloud integration in 7 easy steps

Posted by Cloud Pre-Sales Consultant on 02-May-2017 12:03:07
Hybrid Cloud allows workloads to move between private and public clouds as computing needs and costs change,  giving businesses greater flexibility and more data deployment options. Read article

Are you taking risks with your employees?

Posted by Russell Goodall on 25-Apr-2017 13:58:29
Considering the amount of time your employees spend at their desk or working out of the office, how comfortable are you that your business is taking the correct steps to ensure your employees are working safely? Read article

End of Support Life for Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.x

Posted by Consultant on 24-Apr-2017 16:47:33
On April 3, 2017, Symantec announced the End of Life for Endpoint Protection 12.x. Read article

Six Reasons Businesses are using VMware AirWatch for MDM

Posted by Consultant on 17-Mar-2017 08:28:03
Augmentation of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend in businesses means there is an increased risk of IT managers losing control of their network. Is your network secure? Read article

HPE completes acquisition of SimpliVity

Posted by Business Development Manager on 10-Mar-2017 16:54:06
At the beginning of the year, we saw HPE complete their aquisition of SimpliVity, a leading provider of software-defined, hyperconverged infrastructure. Read article

What is HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage?

Posted by Holly Middleton on 10-Mar-2017 16:20:48
In 2010, HPE attained 3PAR, which boosted their market share in the storage sector, giving them a competitive edge against the likes of EMC, DELL and IBM. Read article

Introducing Citrix Customer Success Services

Posted by Consultant on 10-Mar-2017 16:10:05
Citrix have announced the launch of Customer Success Services, a new portfolio of three different packages that customers may choose from - Select, Priority, and Priority Plus. Read article

Has Brexit made UK-based private cloud better value?

Posted by Cloud Pre-Sales Consultant on 10-Mar-2017 08:26:47
Public cloud price increases were inevitable following the Brexit vote. Read article

Massive network operational savings possible with Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA)

Five-year ROI of adopting Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture could exceed 400 per cent, according to IDC. Read article

HPE Aruba in action – two years on

Posted by Business Development Manager on 09-Mar-2017 08:55:23
Aruba’s at the forefront of HPE wired and wireless networking and security. Here’s how Vohkus customers are benefiting. Read article

Why Dell EMC SC4020 storage is compelling (but not Compellent)

Posted by Business Development Manager - Datacentre Solutions on 17-Feb-2017 08:34:41
For mid-market storage the Dell SC4020 was already hard to beat. With EMC on board it's even better. Read article

Dell introduces the first 8K display

Posted by Russell Goodall on 01-Feb-2017 18:48:49
It only feels like yesterday that the revolution of the 4K display was being introduced into the market.  Read article

Remain compliant with HP JetAdvantage Security Manager

Posted by Digitial Marketing Specialist on 01-Feb-2017 17:50:30
It’s a truism that your security policy is only as strong as the weakest link.  Read article

Is Office 365 cloud-based email suitable for my business?

Posted by Vohkus on 01-Feb-2017 17:38:43
By October 2016 it had become clear there was nothing on the horizon that could halt the stratospheric rise of Office 365 for Business.  Read article

How the HP Elite x3 can help eliminate MDM headaches

Posted by Russell Goodall on 31-Jan-2017 19:11:13
At one time, we would have to wait years for an update in the latest technology. Now, we see technology habits changing on a daily basis.  Read article

Can a BYOD strategy really increase profits?

Posted by Division Director on 31-Jan-2017 19:01:40
In a world where users demand instant access to their emails and other applications, it’s now been recorded that over half of emails opened are read on mobile devices. Read article

What does Unified Communications mean?

Posted by Division Director on 31-Jan-2017 18:55:27
You’ve probably heard the phrases ‘unified communications’ or ‘UC’ floating around, but do we know what it actually means? Read article

Virtualisation for graphics-intensive environments using NVIDIA GRID

Posted by Consultant on 31-Jan-2017 18:45:56
Computer-aided design (CAD) environments that rely on graphic-intensive applications such as CATIA, AutoCAD, or SOLIDWORKS traditionally need massive local graphics processing power on every desktop.  Read article

10 Reasons every executive needs a dual SIM

Posted by Russell Goodall on 31-Jan-2017 18:31:40
Dual SIMs have been around for quite a few years, and as the name clearly points out, it is 2 SIM cards.  Read article

How Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection can protect your business

Posted by Solutions Consultant - Software & Licensing Division on 31-Jan-2017 17:35:59
Microsoft continues to introduce sophisticated new features for Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (formerly Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection).  Read article

Penetration Testing Vs Vulnerability Assessments

Posted by Director on 31-Jan-2017 17:23:27
If you do some casual research you’ll see a lot of companies claiming to provide vulnerability assessments. Read article

Prevent ransomware and malware in the cloud with Cisco Umbrella

A recent study indicated that nearly half of UK companies were hit by ransomware demands over the previous year, and that nearly one-third of them lost revenue. Read article

Why everyone's looking at Unified Communications

Posted by Division Director on 31-Jan-2017 15:17:53
Unified communications and collaboration (UCC) is a phrase we are hearing more and more. Read article

How much are you really spending on print?

Posted by Divisional Manager on 31-Jan-2017 14:48:55
Maintaining anything but the simplest printing environment can be surprisingly expensive.  Read article

Are you holding the right type of meeting?

Posted by Solutions Consultant - Software & Licensing Division on 31-Jan-2017 13:43:18
Look at your diary for today. Another day jam packed with meetings - seemingly for the sake of meetings. Another day taking part in so called ‘productive’ meetings, where no actual production takes place. Read article