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Data Storage for SMEs: What you need to know

Posted by Darron Millar on 31 January 2018

According to a 2017 Fujitsu study among senior finance professionals in small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) data storage requirements are predicted to double over the next four years.

The study also revealed that this rapid data growth is a huge concern for 76% of businesses that fear it will lead to escalating data storage and management costs.

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The Future of Net Neutrality

Posted by Richard Taberner on 18 January 2018

In December 2017 the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal a set of regulations that govern what has become known as net neutrality

The decision has been seen as a victory for Internet Service Providers (ISPs), who control end user’s access to the Internet, and a defeat for campaigners of a free and fair Internet. 

The decision has the biggest impact for those living in the United States but it could affect people in the UK. To help you understand what this decision actually means and what it could mean for UK consumers and businesses we’ve put together the following overview.

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Meltdown and Spectre: What is happening?

Posted by Scott Bartlett on 10 January 2018


In recent news, major CPUs have been dealing with issues known as Meltdown and Spectre. These are vulnerabilities that can allow access to sensitive memory data through software running on the same physical machine, for example, from malware accidentally downloaded by a user.

Affected systems include: all modern Intel processors, machines running WindowsWindows ServermacOS and Linux as well as 'virtualisation' platforms such as VMware and HyperV, and cloud platforms including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Other platforms and appliances using the affected processors, which may include network and storage systems, may also be at potential risk. The vulnerabilities are serious and, in the case of Spectre, difficult to patch or mitigate.

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