Exciting New Appointments at Netshield

Managed IT Services provider Netshield, has appointed Claire Griffin as the new Operations Manager and Jodie Breakwell has joined as a Customer Services Administrator at the growing company.

Ms Griffin, who has been with Netshield since 2010, will now be client focused and responsible for efficiencies in the company’s operations, processes, and communications between all of the Netshield’s departments. Ms Breakwell, who has previously worked within the IT industry for 4 years, will be responsible for the company’s administrative duties.

Richard Carty, Commercial Director, said ‘We always encourage employees to fulfil their full potential and we will support them every step of the way. I am delighted with the new appointments and I am confident these changes will be beneficial to Netshields expansion plans.’


Microsoft’s – Upcoming End of Support Products

What does End of Support mean?

There will be no more

  • Security hotfix support
  • Security update support
  • New updates and Service Packs
  • Automatic Bug fixes
  • Online Technical Assistance

Window XP – April 2014

April 2014 will see Microsoft ending support for the beloved Window XP. After, over 10 years of service Window XP will be retiring making way for Window 7 and 8.

It is important for businesses to upgrade from Window XP because without the security updates and automatic bug fixes the systems will be more vulnerable from harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software that can steal your personal information. You will also find newer software will be less likely to work properly on the old operating system or even cater for the beloved Window XP.

Exchange Server 2003 Standard & Enterprise Editions – April 2014

April 2014 will also see the end of support for Exchange Server 2003 Standard & Enterprise Editions and the alternatives are Exchange Server 2010 or 2013. Businesses need to decide which will offer the most benefits and will be in line with the business IT strategy for the next 5 – 10 years.

Other considerations include assessment of current hardware and software in the current IT infrastructure, to assess whether there will be enough capacity and suitable hardware to deploy Exchange Server 2010 or 2013.

Although the Exchange Server 2003 may be working now but without the updates and security patches it will leave your business vulnerable to new malicious threats.


It is essential for businesses to be using ‘supported’ Microsoft products because the termination of support can lead to compliance issues, higher operational costs and decrease in workforce productivity because as the operating system ages, it increases the chance of downtime.

If you need advice or more information please contact us.