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9 Critical Cloud Cost Optimisation Tips
Cloud cost optimisation comprises three broad stages: Migration planning: lift & shift, refactoring, and hybrid solutions Analysis & refinement: licensing, billing, bandwidth, reserved instances, etc. Auditing (quarterly): minimise waste spend by removing redundant resources Observing best-practice cloud cost optimisation strategies to rightsize and maintain a customer’s IT solution can result in significant cloud savings. Table […]
Employee Spotlight: Q&A with Stavros Tsolkanakis
Employee Spotlight Joining our team a few weeks ago, Stavros is an experienced videographer – specialising in Video, Audio and Social Technologies. Originally from Athens, Stavros is a big fan of British culture and music, so much so that his band, Ursula Fair is heavily inspired by British bands such as Joy Division, The Clash […]
How to Find the Best Talent for Your Technology Business: 4 Easy Steps
We think it’s only right to refer to the current job market, as it is very different to the one we saw in pre-Covid times. Job vacancies are definitely not in short supply these days with the Office for National Statistics recording 1.1 million vacancies between July and September, the highest level since records began […]
VMware vs Hyper-V: A Full Comparison
Virtualisation is now a huge part of businesses with some of the benefits including flexibility, reliability, scalability, and cost reductions. The two top virtualisation platforms currently in the market are VMware and Hyper-V, but which is the right one for you? Taking a deeper look into both, we see how they compare and ultimately, help […]
Tech Review: Synology NAS DS1621XS+
What is Synology NAS DS1621XS+? A moderate performance NAS that’s competitively priced and takes a mix of disks including NVMe cache drives. With a six-bay desktop form factor, it can fit on the desk next to your editing team and has plenty of performance for moving edited files to for long term storage. Coupled with […]
Experts in Polo Shirts: Why Working From Home Isn’t Working for Us | Podcast Ep2
Experts in Polo Shirts: Why Working From Home Isn’t Working for Us | Podcast Ep2 We’re all familiar with remote working or as we often see it, WFH. We are also familiar with the benefits associated with working from home, we see post upon post on social media detailing the perks enough, (often […]
Experts in Polo Shirts: From Service Desk to CEO | Podcast Ep1
Experts in Polo Shirts: From Service Desk to CEO | Podcast Ep1 How did one person go from a service desk engineer to a CEO of a successful technology company? What did the journey look like? Were there any stumbling blocks along the way? In our first episode of Experts in Polo Shirts, we sit […]
Nation State Attacks on Microsoft Partners: What Customers and Partners Need to Know About Nobelium
The recent attacks on Microsoft partners by Russian nation-state actor Nobelium are understandably concerning. The same threat actors behind the SolarWinds attack in 2020, Nobelium are trying to enter the technology supply at all levels, targeting resellers and partners that provide cloud services. The direct access partners have to customer’s environments gives these attackers a […]
MSP Tips: Eliminate Challenges, Increase Productivity
A total of 85% of MSP respondents believe there is opportunity for them to grow their business in 2021. Confirming this, Datto reported in 2020 that MSPs recognised that cloud-based infrastructure design would be a top service within the next year and was the service they were most planning to offer. This is evident with […]
MSP Tips: How to Maximise Your Product Offering and Widen Your Customer Base
With the MSP market growing, what sets the most successful resellers apart from the rest are the diverse range of products and solutions they offer their customers. With a projected Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.1%, there has never been a better time to grow and develop the products and services your MSP offers […]
Why Your Sector is Moving to the Cloud
The last 18 months have seen a shift in the way businesses operate. Affecting how they function on a day-to-day basis, there’s an emphasis on the importance of how technologies can create higher levels of efficiency in work environments. Echoing this, Twilio found that 97% of decision-makers said the pandemic has sped up digital transformation […]
5 Ways MSPs are Increasing Revenue
Working in an industry that is not only high pressurised, but also continually evolving, it can be difficult to initiate and sustain growth. The value of MSPs was seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as they enabled businesses to adapt to remote working without an effect on day-to-day operations. As well as needing to be highly […]
Everything You Need to Know About Cloud Storage
Everyone these days seems to talk about cloud and cloud storage. But what is it all about? In this post, we explain what some of these terms mean and what advantages there are in using them. Table of contents What is cloud storage? What is the cloud? Cloud storage advantages How does storage in the […]
Zerto Vs Veeam – Which is The Best DRaaS Solution?
We’ve been wrangling with backup and disaster recovery solutions for years, and some of the ‘leading brands’ have left us dazed and confused when they haven’t done what they said on the tin. We often get asked which backup and replication software is better: Zerto or Veeam? It’s not an easy question to answer without […]
How Cloud Hosting Will Address Three of Your Biggest Business Challenges in 2021 and Beyond
In the final days of a year that has thrown up many challenges for businesses of all sizes, it feels good to look ahead to what 2021 might hold. It’s clear that 2020 was a defining moment for mobility and the cloud. The rush to move people out of offices meant the adoption of cloud […]
The Quick Cloud Computing Jargon Buster and Acronym Fixer
We try to make IT simple for business leaders - that’s why we’ve put together this quick jargon buster
Zoom Vs Microsoft Teams
It’s probably been the heavyweight technology battle of 2020 – Zoom vs Microsoft Teams? In reality, most of us are regular users of both – often dependent upon which system our colleague on the other end of the screen is using. Due to coronavirus and nationwide lockdowns, Zoom surpassed 300 million daily Zoom meeting participants […]
Top Five Working From Home Tools of 2020
Awards season, like most things, has been pretty much cancelled this year, but we couldn’t let the year pass without paying homage to some of the best technological tools that have seen us through one of the most challenging working years of our lives. They’ve kept work on track, allowed us to speak face-to-face from […]
How Secure Are Public Wi-Fi Hotspots?
With numerous companies falling victim to cyber-crime in recent months, everyone seems to be talking about high profile security breaches. Reassuringly, these very breaches seem to be inspiring other businesses to go the extra mile to protect their data. However, many companies overlook the risks associated with public Wi-Fi hotspots, which can make it incredibly easy for […]
Securing Your Data in the Cloud in 5 Steps
In this series “INSIGHT: The Technical Director’s Perspective” I’ll share my years of hands-on experience to demystify the Cloud and help you gain control over your IT roadmap. Watch our video about Securing your data in the cloud. Insight 01: Securing your data in the Cloud from Synextra on Vimeo. 5 actionable tips to help […]
How To Make Your IT Transformation Faster and Easier
IT transformation isn’t something you can ever tick off on a to‐do list, it’s an ongoing, iterative process that continues on a journey alongside the natural lifecycle of your business. It would probably be more helpful to refer to it as a digital evolution because at no point is it over or complete. A simple […]
What are The Benefits of VoIP for Businesses?
Want to know what the benefits of VoIP for businesses are? First, you need to know what VoIP is and how it all works. Table of contents What is VoIP? How does VoIP work? Where is VoIP used? The benefits of VOIP for businesses What is VoIP? VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. Basically, […]
How to Switch IT Support Companies – Questions
When businesses rely on an external IT support company, switching can seem like a daunting task. You might feel like you’re trapped in a contract or that your data is at risk. Maybe you think it’s just too much hassle and will take too long, hampering productivity. Nobody likes downtime. However, it needn’t be as […]
Adopting Multi-Cloud as a Strategy for Your Business
Whether you’re considering moving to the cloud for the first time, or you’ve already made a step in that direction but you’re not sure what approach to take – or what is available to you, then read on. We will try and guide you through the basics of what multi-cloud is and an approach to […]
Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing has had its ups and downs over the last few years — with a few serious data breaches hitting the news—but ultimately the cloud came out the other side bigger and stronger than ever before. In this article, we will look at both the advantages and disadvantages of Cloud Computing. Cloud computing is […]
The Evolution of Cloud Computing
Over recent years the success of cloud technology has snowballed and as each day passes, more and more businesses and individuals start to embrace remote apps and move their data into the cloud. However, while Cloud computing may seem like a relatively new phenomenon, the cloud has actually been in the making since the 50s. Table of […]
How to Overcome the 3 Key Challenges of Digital Transformation
As digital transformation specialists, we’ve worked with enterprises of various sizes from wide-ranging verticals such as healthcare, legal and professional services. And although every business’ journey was vastly different, with each one facing different challenges on their journey to cloud, we discovered that most of them encountered the same three core hurdles. Some challenges of […]
Zerto vs ShadowProtect Comparison 
Data loss and downtime are two of the biggest threats facing IT managers on a daily basis. 75% of IT managers interviewed by ICAS said they weren’t able to restore everything when moving data, despite having a backup solution in place. And in the same report, 22% of all enterprises that experienced a ransomware attack […]
DRaaS vs Offsite Storage – Which is Better?
With a growing threat of data breaches, businesses need to do more than ever before to protect valuable data. The question then is: ‘Is Offsite Storage a good Disaster Recovery strategy?’ To answer that question with a broad statement wouldn’t be truthful to the complexity of enterprise IT and the varying levels of outages. The […]
INSIGHT 02: How to Stop Internal Cloud Threats
In this series “INSIGHT: The Technical Director’s Perspective” I’ll share my years of hands-on experience to demystify the Cloud and help you gain control over your IT roadmap. In this entry to the series, Chris shows how to stop internal Cloud threats. Short on time? Watch this 30-second overview. Cloud Insights 02: How to stop […]
Is DRaaS GDPR Compliant?
GDPR is the biggest test facing C-level and IT management this year. Is DRaaS GDPR Compliant and is it a viable solution to help address many of the challenges they face in the months to come? Intro GDPR (and data confidentiality in general) is the topic of 2018 and for good reason. Whilst many businesses […]
What is Object Storage / S3 Storage and How Can it Benefit Your Business?
‘Object storage’ is high on the list of IT directors and CIOs this year, but what is Object Storage—and how can it redefine the way your business stores and uses data for the better? Thanks to the explosion of data created and collected by businesses in the past couple of years (mostly in part due […]
Secure Your Cloud Now: 11 Tips You Need to Know
With the cloud now moving past the early adopter stage and fast becoming the market norm, attention is no longer focussed on whether or not businesses should implement cloud but, how they should implement it. This means looking into the different ways you can implement the cloud – weighing up the different factors such as […]
[WEBINAR] Cloud vs On-Premise IT: Which is Right for Your Business?
In the first Webinar of the year, Abbey, Chris and Sean sit down to discuss the differences between Cloud and On-Premise IT; to find out which is the best solution for businesses. They discuss the features and benefits of both solutions, the real costs and security risks of each solution. They also talk about what […]
Citrix vs RDS 2016: Which is the Best for Hosted Desktop?
Many businesses looking to the cloud to solve their business IT problems will probably ask the question: which Cloud solution is right for me? There’s plain old cloud storage, VDI, DaaS, Cloud Hosted Desktop and Remote Desktop Services, to name the most common. Today we’re going to look at (and compare) two desktop virtualisation solutions. The […]
5 Ways Business Hosted Desktop Can Improve Operations
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you work for (or run) a business that’s looking to switch to the cloud. You’ve looked at cloud hosting and Hosted Desktop, as well as other methods of desktop virtualisation; such as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Desktop-as-a-Service. At Synextra, we really think that business Hosted Desktop […]
Why a Hosted Desktop is More Secure Than a Local PC
There’s been a strongly-held belief in IT for some time now – that traditional, local IT is more secure than cloud-based IT (such as our Hosted Desktop.) That myth is starting to crumble, as studies prove that data location is less important than data accessibility. Location does not equal control and control does not equal […]
5 Things You Need to Know About Switching to a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Whether you’re on the brink of signing up with a Virtual Desktop provider, or you’re looking for more information about virtual desktops, we’ve put together 5 things you need to know about switching to a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (or VDI for short): 1. You DO need to plan ahead A Virtual Desktop solution shouldn’t be […]
A Beginner’s Guide To Virtual Desktops
We love Virtual Desktop Infrastructures. They can liberate your staff and streamline your workflows. But what is a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or VDI for short? Well, we put together this super simple guide to tell you what a Virtual Desktop (also known as a Hosted Desktop) is and how it can benefit your business. See […]
What Is Oculus Rift, And Why Is Everyone Talking About It?
You pull this strange looking device over your head and suddenly you’re transported into a virtual world. You’re no longer sat at home or at the office looking at a movie or video game through a screen, you can look around as if you’re there, an integrated part of the experience. What was once the […]
How Do VPNs Keep You Secure?
VPNs have been used by larger corporations for a number of years now, allowing them to transfer secure and sensitive information across the Internet. However, personal VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) are becoming increasingly popular, as more and more people realise how vulnerable we can be when browsing online. Read on to find out how VPNs […]
How Can Businesses Benefit From Remote Working?
Thanks to developments in technology and research suggesting flexible working policies are beneficial for workers’ health, a growing number of businesses are allowing employees to work from home. Not only can remote working policies slash commuting costs and enable employees to work from anywhere in the world, but businesses can also benefit too. In the […]
10 New Year’s Resolutions for Business Success
As a New Year begins, many of us like to use this time as a starting point for our own new beginnings. Whether we’re cutting carbs, abandoning alcohol or trying to save money, we’re making changes for the better. So, why not use this time as a starting point for your business success as well? […]
What Does the Future Hold for Cloud Computing?
In the years since cloud computing was first introduced, it has continued to evolve into an increasingly versatile service. Users can scale their computing needs to match their demand, control and even customise workloads on-demand and measure and pay for the resources that they’re using. In this post, we ask, what does the future hold […]
How VDI Can Help Your Business Go Green
On Saturday 12th 2015, the world reached a landmark accord that will see 195 countries commit to lowering their greenhouse gas emissions to help stave off the effects of climate change. That means there will soon be stricter guidelines on energy usage and recycling methods – especially for businesses. However, making your business environmentally friendly […]
What Is a Thin Client?
What is a client? Some companies may use the word client to make their product or service sound unique and different from the competition. However, the word ‘client’ just refers to a device you will use for work, to access a network or to browse the internet. What is a thin client? In short, a […]
5 of the Best Cloud Apps For Businesses
There are so many advantages for businesses willing to embrace Cloud Technology. Not only can companies back up their files and protect crucial data, but cloud storage can also boost productivity and enable employees to work remotely. Here are 5 of the best cloud apps available: Communication – Slack Feature-rich messaging platform Hundreds of services plug […]
How to Keep Your Business Running Smoothly During Winter
Winter is here and it means business. With blustering winds, heavy rainfall and snow already falling in many parts of the country, SMEs need to prepare themselves for inevitable drops in productivity and in the worst-case scenario, downtime. Staff absences, late deliveries and even technology downtime brought about by harsh weather can stop you from getting […]
Data Centre Security: How Safe is Your Data?
It’s completely understandable for SMEs to assume their data is safer when stored on a server in the next room. It’s nearby, it’s in plain sight, it’s under my control. This, however, is not the case. In fact, because your data isn’t kept in a secure environment, with fail-safes and fully-accredited technicians on hand, it’s […]
Cyber Security Tips
When you are browsing the internet, downloading files and reading emails, you are constantly at risk. It’s a scary thought, we know. However, the unfortunate truth is that a cyber-attack can come from anywhere. It could be embedded in an email or even inside an advert on an unscrupulous website. So, what can you do […]
5 Ways to Use Virtual Desktop Within Your Business
Here at Synextra, it’s our mission to bring big IT to the SME. That’s why we love Virtual Desktop Infrastructures – they make the power of cloud computing accessible to all. By using a virtual desktop (also known as a hosted desktop), your little notebook or tablet can access the power of the cloud, helping […]
5 Ways to Create Strong Passwords You’ll Never Forget
There was once a time when using your address or mother’s birthday as your password was perfectly acceptable. For years, many people believed that the most important element of password creation was selecting one that was so memorable it didn’t need to be written down. However, these days are long gone and we will show […]
The Cost of Internet Downtime and How to Avoid It
You’ve been there before. You’ve seen it with your own eyes. The mass hysteria and panic. Why? Because Facebook or WhatsApp is down. Everyone complains as if they are cut off from the world. Powerless to do anything or talk to anyone. It seems dramatic, but we can learn a lot from these outages. Look […]
How Remote Working Could Help Your Business Thrive
As more and more businesses look for ways to boost employee satisfaction, increase staff retention and gain a competitive edge, a growing number of companies are turning to flexible and remote working. In fact, figures from the Office of National Statistics suggest that more people are working remotely than ever before, with almost 50% of […]
Is a Slow Internet Connection Costing Your Business Money?
Slow internet connection at work? You know how it goes. You sift through your emails from clients and suppliers, it’s mostly routine. That’s when you see it. You’ve been sent the newest version of your brochure from the designers, it needs to be approved and sent to the printers – today. So, what do you […]
What is Desktop Virtualisation?
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), sometimes referred to as desktop virtualisation is a computing model where the ‘desktop’ is stored on a remote server rather than a local machine. Everything you think of as making up your desktop – the icons, windows and folders as well as the operating systems, applications and data fields are all […]
2015 – The Year of Cloud Computing
Is this the year of cloud computing? Cloud computing is talked about as the most important technology of the decade. Indeed, both the cloud as infrastructure and the cloud as software models have a unique capacity to broker change and generate growth at a low cost. Models of cloud computing have been shaping the way […]
The Slow Death of ISDN And How to Replace It
After nearly 25 years of continuous service, ISDN channels are beginning to show their age. As more and more businesses migrate away from ISDN technologies we explore the reasons for the death of ISDN and the replacements on offer to businesses in more detail. What is ISDN? ISDN stands for Integrated Services Digital Networks. It […]
Information Stored in the Cloud? How Safe is it?
Information stored in the cloud should be a key security concern for businesses. Data plays a bigger role in the running of a business than ever before, and the penalties associated with data breaches are increasing. When making decisions about IT infrastructure, security concerns should play a role. When for example deciding to move from […]
Latest Trends in Cloud IT Services
No-nonsense IT news from the last few months to help you better understand the industry and your business needs.