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10 10, 2017

GDPR, Confused?

By |2017-10-10T13:27:59+00:00October 10th, 2017|Cyber Security, Infrastructure, Security, Technology, Unleashed|0 Comments

GDPR, Confused? Well everyone I have spoken to certainly is! In fact, it has taken me nearly 3 months to get to the bottom of what IT Directors/Managers have to do to ensure you are GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) compliant. In one sense it is quite funny that the search term GDPR, Confused? Gets [...]

9 12, 2015

Do you value IT?

By |2015-12-09T11:02:13+00:00December 9th, 2015|Infrastructure, IT Consultancy, IT Support, Managed Services, Smarter Working|0 Comments

I have been advising SME's on IT for many years now and from experience, I know they can be split into two categories - Companies that value IT and companies that don't. So the question to you Mr/Mrs Business owner is - Are you realising the investment you have made it IT? or to put [...]

10 11, 2015

5 Simple Steps to Forming Your IT Strategy

By |2017-04-07T12:29:54+00:00November 10th, 2015|Design, Infrastructure, IT Consultancy, Smarter Working, Solutions|0 Comments

Lock your doors, draw the curtains and hunker down, soldier; it's time to define your IT strategy! Wait, what do you mean you haven't got one yet? Are you aware that an IT strategy is one of the cornerstones of a successful business? Regardless whether you answered yes or no to that question, you've found [...]

27 10, 2015

Good business technology is always reassuringly expensive

By |2016-10-26T08:45:49+00:00October 27th, 2015|Infrastructure, IT Consultancy, Technology|0 Comments

There's a reason we love certain technology products, the sleek designs of Apple; the latest Microsoft in-house products such as the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. The consumerisation of IT Well-thought-out design can command a premium and drive people to stand in queues overnight at Apple's flagship stores. In the IT world we [...]

11 08, 2015

What does Cisco Meraki not have in common with a M&S Self-Checkout

By |2017-07-17T08:23:40+00:00August 11th, 2015|Infrastructure|0 Comments

A Non-Apology Dear Marks and Spencer Manchester. It was me, and I'm far from sorry. I took my basket of Dine in for 10 goodies, selected from your specific chilled shelves to your self-check-out. Your staff manning the area ignored me, watched me struggle with my laptop bag, basket and shopping bags and drop my [...]

19 04, 2014

Exchange 2003: The zombie mail server in waiting!

By |2016-10-26T08:46:16+00:00April 19th, 2014|Business Continuity, Infrastructure, Unleashed|Comments Off on Exchange 2003: The zombie mail server in waiting!

In my last blog I discussed the information security concerns about Microsoft’s end-of-life notice for Windows XP. Let’s not forget however, a key part of many people’s infrastructure is the Exchange 2003 mail server. Unleashed have been working on a number of upgrades for many companies that has really brought this to the top of [...]

25 03, 2014

If you value your information security, then it’s time to buy new PC’s

By |2016-10-26T08:46:16+00:00March 25th, 2014|Business Continuity, Infrastructure, Security, Unleashed|Comments Off on If you value your information security, then it’s time to buy new PC’s

At As I sit in the bar on a fine evening après-ski writing this article, I’m pretty much trying to convey the same attitude to a little unknown problem outside the world of IT as other business owners and managers are. I mean, I can literally close my eyes and absolutely not care what Microsoft’s [...]

10 03, 2014

An IT Manager’s Guide to BT Bashing

By |2016-10-26T08:46:18+00:00March 10th, 2014|Grinds my Gears, Infrastructure, Unified Communications, Unleashed|Comments Off on An IT Manager’s Guide to BT Bashing

This week I finally did it. After years of looking at the green cabinet outside my home, I finally got Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) installed. I also finally, have gone with Zen Internet, after many years of recommending them to just about everybody – I finally switched from Eclipse who in my humble opinion [...]

1 03, 2014

Even IT’s smartest people can feel a little stupid

By |2016-10-26T08:46:18+00:00March 1st, 2014|Civil Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Unleashed|Comments Off on Even IT’s smartest people can feel a little stupid

It’s funny, no matter how educated you are, you can sometimes stumble onto something that you think was glaringly obvious and ask yourself some searching questions why you haven’t done it sooner. Over the past twelve months that’s happened to me… […]

8 01, 2014

Designing and implementing IT solutions without a reseller

By |2016-10-26T08:46:19+00:00January 8th, 2014|Infrastructure, Solutions, Unleashed|Comments Off on Designing and implementing IT solutions without a reseller

Our Brains This IT malarkey is always a bit strange to me, I spent years resisting value added resellers attempting to what I thought was rip me off and sell me days of services, that a) I didn’t think I had any hope of getting financial approval for and b) [...]

31 12, 2013

Free WiFi on the Beach, Why Not Everywhere Else?

By |2016-10-26T08:46:19+00:00December 31st, 2013|Infrastructure, Solutions, Technology|Comments Off on Free WiFi on the Beach, Why Not Everywhere Else?

As sad as I am I was using free WiFi on a beach when on holiday recently. What makes things worse I decided to check who made the access points to add them to our portfolio of solutions. I am already a big fan of Meraki but it looks as if Ruckus will be joining our [...]

15 10, 2013

The wrong type of cloud

By |2016-10-26T08:46:20+00:00October 15th, 2013|Infrastructure|Comments Off on The wrong type of cloud

Despite the government’s attempts to enthuse the economy by selling off the Royal Mail and even the Blood Plasma Service and transplanting some B+ everywhere, B- still seems to be the case with capital purchases for many well established companies. Well, I suppose if B cautious was a blood type then that would be more [...]

24 06, 2013

Almost knocked vertical by Dell VRTX

By |2016-10-26T08:46:21+00:00June 24th, 2013|Infrastructure|Comments Off on Almost knocked vertical by Dell VRTX

It’s been a while. It’s been a while, both since my last blog and since an IT vendor had pleasantly surprised me with actual technology. What’s even more surprising is that it’s Dell of all companies to surprise me. It’s no secret that I have a love-hate relationship with several [...]

3 06, 2013

An IT Manager’s Guide to Dealing with Holidays

By |2016-10-26T08:46:21+00:00June 3rd, 2013|Infrastructure|Comments Off on An IT Manager’s Guide to Dealing with Holidays

Sometimes I think that the worst part of being an IT Manager in a smaller company is the constant threat of your phone ringing and a major outage going on, which coincidentally, only ever seems to happen when you’re off work, out of the country or nowhere near a PC. My netbook has been a [...]

3 05, 2013

Top Ten Considerations when Moving to the Cloud

By |2016-10-26T08:46:23+00:00May 3rd, 2013|Infrastructure, Solutions|Comments Off on Top Ten Considerations when Moving to the Cloud

Over the last few weeks I’ve been on a rather grand tour of the UK, perhaps not that grand if you’d seen the hotels … there is a recession on you know. However, I’ve been out with a lot of IT managers, talking about their problems and helping them develop solutions to various issues and [...]

2 04, 2013

Virtualisation: Separating the hype from the hyperconvergence

By |2016-10-26T08:46:25+00:00April 2nd, 2013|Hyperconvergence, Infrastructure, Virtualisation|Comments Off on Virtualisation: Separating the hype from the hyperconvergence

Many moons ago when I was but a lad, I handed in a draft of my dissertation for my MSc in Technology and Innovation and had used the phrase ‘bleeding edge’ to which my supervisor was not too happy about. She thought it was rather nasty. I did point out that it is a legitimate [...]

25 03, 2013

What’s Gartnering on?

By |2016-10-26T08:46:26+00:00March 25th, 2013|Hyperconvergence, Infrastructure|Comments Off on What’s Gartnering on?

If you think the magic quadrant has something to do with either someone who spends too much time at the gym, or something that is part of Mordor, then you’ve had a life well spent. The rest of us have to listen to Gartner coming out with their lovely 2 x 2 matrices awash with [...]

12 02, 2013

IPv6, has nothing to do with your car engine

By |2018-07-24T09:04:30+00:00February 12th, 2013|Infrastructure|Comments Off on IPv6, has nothing to do with your car engine

I’ve been meaning to blog about IPv6 for some time, really to scare potential customers into doing business with us… what? Okay, we’re a bit more ethical than that, but trust me, other companies will be starting this sales message shortly. I’ve decided to give managers and directors a bit more knowledge about what you [...]

6 02, 2013

How I learned to stop worrying and love the cloud

By |2016-10-26T08:46:29+00:00February 6th, 2013|Infrastructure|Comments Off on How I learned to stop worrying and love the cloud

Last summer, I convinced my brother to invest in a Microsoft Small Business Server, shortly afterwards those brainy people in Redmond decided they were going to kill it and discontinue the product. Funnily enough these blog articles are still my highest rated views on the site with traffic coming in from Google, presumably with people [...]

22 01, 2013

Fabric, Virtualisation, Storage, Cloud and Hyperconvergence. Confused?

By |2015-12-03T12:13:46+00:00January 22nd, 2013|Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Unleashed|Comments Off on Fabric, Virtualisation, Storage, Cloud and Hyperconvergence. Confused?

I’ve tried to get my head around all these different buzzwords that we’ve been subjected to for some time and I finally think I have the answer… I could be wrong, but they’re all strangely related and mean pretty much the same thing in many respects, so I’ve decided I’m going to try and define them [...]