SuperConnected Coventry Event – 23rd May

We recently published a blog post regarding the Government Connection Voucher scheme where eligible SMEs, Social Enterprises and Charities could be entitled to a maximum £3000 grant to upgrade their current internet connections.

On the 23rd May at St Mary’s Guildhall, Netshield will be exhibiting as a registered supplier at the SuperConnected Coventry event; aimed to promote the scheme.

At the event SMEs will be able find out more about the scheme,  the streamlined application process, meet suppliers and the SuperConnected Coventry project team. The free event will be from 8.30am to 11.30am. Why not come and join us? To register please go to http://bit.ly/1mG9r1e

SuperConnect Event - Coventry

23rd May – SuperConnect Event, St. Mary’s Guildhall

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Discover the advantages of Managed IT Services with UKTI and Netshield

On the 22nd October 2013, Netshield will be holding an informative seminar tailored for Trade Associations to discuss the advantages of Managed IT Services for the sector, at the British Embassy in Brussels.

Netshield will be working with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in Belgium to host a seminar that is aimed at representatives of trade associations and sector federations, who are seeking to reduce the stress of IT Management and improve productivity. It will take place on the 22nd October 2013, at the prestigious British Embassy in Brussels from 9.30 – 13.00 (Central European Time).

Richard Carty, Commercial Director of Netshield commented ‘Netshield has been exporting IT services to Europe for just over 18 months now and Brussels is where our European office is based. By working with a number of Chambers and Associations within this time, we have built a good understanding of the needs and issues the sector face when it comes to IT. This seminar will be an opportunity to show the audience how a Managed IT service can help reduce the stress of IT and improve efficiency’

‘We are also delighted that the British Ambassador Jonathan Brenton, Sam Rowe, communications consultant working with AGEP association management and Glenn Vaughan, Chief Executive at the British Chamber of Commerce of Belgium will be able to join us at the event’ added Richard Carty.

For more information or to register for the event please go to http://goo.gl/5ZYXdz

Benefits of Server Virtualization

Virtualization comes in different forms where each one would offer businesses a range of benefits. By far ‘Server Virtualization’ amongst SME’s is the most popular because it allows companies to consolidate existing physical servers using virtualization products such as VMWare and Windows Virtual Server.

Some of the Benefits of Server Virtualization includes:-

  • Reduce capital expenses – by decreasing the number of physical servers, you will reduce hardware maintenance costs, energy consumption and save space.
  • Maximizing use of existing resources – Virtualization makes server administration more efficient, agile and less time consuming.
  • By segregating applications into their own ‘virtual server’ it can prevent the applications from affecting another application when upgrades or changes needed to be made.
  • Faster data backup and recovery as image-based backup and recovery will be faster than tradition methods.

By just virtualizing your IT network servers if can offer a more robust and flexible IT network environment compared to a physical infrastructure. For consultation on virtualizing your IT environment please feel free to contact us

Implementing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: Steps You Might Consider

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is simply a different way users can access their desktop – remotely. By transforming tradition desktops into a cloud-like service it offers flexibility and scalability allowing employees to remote-in anywhere and on any device.

If you are thinking of implementing VDI at your workplace we have put together a few steps that you may want to consider.

  1. Choose the Right Virtualization Approach – A company can virtualize in different ways so, a decision needs to be made between whether to virtualize the entire desktop environment on a server. Or create remote access terminals where applications are hosted on a central server.
  2. Assess the Network before Development – Conduct an assessment of the network to check whether there will be adequate bandwidth to support the peak load of each virtual desktop user.
  3. Evaluate the Different Thin Clients – To implement VDI you will need to decide on a ‘Thin Client Terminal Management Software System’. It is advisable for businesses to look at how each department uses different applications in order to choose the most suitable option and to test which will provide the best interface and usability for the business needs.
  4. Develop a Desktop Virtualization Strategy – Servers are the heart of desktop virtualization so, check whether the current infrastructure has the sufficient capacity to deploy VDI. You will need to check whether the Critical CPU, memory, I/O resources are available to support the peak processing demands of users and make sure the datacentre SAN has enough storage to host all the virtual desktops you are planning to implement.
  5. Security – It is fundamental to have strong security measures controlled by IT administrators, they should implement access control and configure each user with the right access level and policies. When deploying VDI it is also important to have endpoint security in place to secure each endpoint.
  6. Choose a Data Backup solution – In order to backup your new Virtual Desktop Infrastructure a virtual or cloud backup solution will be required.  You can use products such as Veeam and Doubletake; each will offer great benefits but, you need to choose the one that is most suited to the business disaster recovery planning requirements.
  7. Plan, Communicate and Deploy – The length of time it takes to deploy VDI in a corporation depends on the size of the company. But, once a plan is in place it should be communicated to the employees stating the benefits of this change, the timescales and any expected downtime that may occur. This will help eliminate confusion, doubts and gain employees buy-in.
  8. Finally, Test your Backups – Always conduct backups regularly, consistently and check whether they were successful to ensure you will always have an up-to-date copy of your data in case of a disaster.

For more information on VDI and how you could benefit contact us today.

The Different Types of IT Network Virtualization

IT network virtualization has been around for many years and gaining in popularity amongst SMB’s,  with many currently planning or deploying virtualization projects. It has also been found that over 40% of medium sized businesses have already virtualized their servers.

Within the virtualization market there are 2 main competing brands VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V, where both have their benefits. But, prior to choosing the software vendor a business must decide on what type of virtualization to proceed with and the objectives of the IT project.

There are 3 main types of IT Network Virtualization:

Storage Virtualization

Storage devices on the network like hard drives are consolidated into one place and managed by a central portal. This will allow network administrators to monitor resource levels available on the IT network and making it easier to manage day to day.

Network Virtualization

This is where a traditional IT network is transformed to a virtual network by combining both hardware and software resources within the IT infrastructure. The network administrator would then be able to share resources amongst the users, like dividing bandwidth into different channels. They will also be able to see the complete network in a management portal, which would help streamline processes and save time.

Server Virtualization

One of the most popular forms of virtualization – this is when virtual machines are created within physical servers but, the virtual machines will still appear to be in a separate space. Different tasks can then be assigned to different servers, allowing savings on processing power, cost and space while the administrator will still be able to diagnose and resolve issues quickly.

To find out how virtualization can help your business contact us today