This issue looks at taking your IT infrastructure into the cloud. In it we’ll share our new cloud services that could help you create a more agile and effective IT framework. We’ll explore how remote offices and homeworkers can benefit from the cloud, and how to choose the right cloud partner.
For Veeam backup users there’s a fantastic special offer to celebrate the launch of our Veeam Cloud Connect service.
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To celebrate the launch of our Veeam Cloud Connect service we’re giving you the opportunity to take a free trial. You can test drive the service for a month to see if it improves your backup regime.
Veeam Cloud Connect tackles an ever present problem for IT managers; off-site backup storage. The issue of limited bandwidth and growing data volumes rendering backing up off-site too problematic.
Not for much longer though. You can now strengthen your off-site backup regime with Abtec and Veeam Cloud Connect. We can store your primary or secondary Veeam backups in our secure cloud. Our Veeam optimised network connections can help speed up your backup and recovery process.
Find out more about the Veeam Cloud Connect service here, and apply for free trial. It could change your backup regime forever.
Our latest case study looks at how we helped East Midlands’ chartered accountants The Rowleys Partnership build a better IT infrastructure. Like many businesses Rowleys wanted to make sure that their IT was supporting their organisation rather than getting in the way. As you’ll see in our case study, we recommended thin client computers, running in a virtualised data centre environment.
Find out why we made that recommendation and how it helped Rowleys in our latest case study.
Our new white paper, Providing Remote Access Connections for Building Services Projects, tackles the growing issue of cyber-security breaches in buildings. The paper is ideal for engineers that work in the building services industry, including building services consultants and mechanical and electrical engineers.
The paper highlights the growing trend of providing remote access connections to building control systems over the internet. It questions the security concerns surrounding this method and provides suitable, secure alternative methods for remote access.Download
Don’t forget if you want to learn more about providing remote access for your building services projects you can book on to our free training course.Book Training
Mortgage Finance Gazette, the premier trade magazine for banks and building societies, has featured our recent project with Darlington Building Society in its latest issue. The project, in which we enabled the Society to create a more agile IT infrastructure, took a year to implement and has helped create significant efficiencies.
It’s difficult to talk about IT at the moment without talking about the ‘Cloud’. In this month’s newsletter we look at the business case for centralising your IT resources and creating your own private cloud. I’m sure you’ll be surprised to find that you’ve probably got much of the equipment needed to create your own cloud already. As well as providing some hints and tips we also examine a recent project with Darlington Building Society. We helped the Society centralise its IT infrastructure, cutting costs and improving the organisation’s agility, and in the newsletter you’ll see some of the benefits this created.
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Audit your IT resources. The first place to start is to build an inventory of all of the systems, applications, hardware and network used in your organisation. Record which users access those resources, and where they physically reside. Review the capacity of your existing data centre, does it have the capacity to take on all of these new resources or do you need some new servers?
Once you have your database of resources the next step is to prioritise them. This could be based on how critical they are to the business’ operations. A good tip here is to separate the objective of the technology from the technology itself. For example, each office may need to make and receive calls, but that doesn’t mean that each office needs a telephone system. Next, many of these resources will be working in a virtualised server environment, check to see if the resources can operate in that environment.
Creating your private cloud will put extra demands on your network. Do you have the right bandwidth to deliver those resources? Do you need to add quality of service to the network to mitigate potential latency issues with applications? Rigorously planning your network will ensure users will continue to get a great experience when using those resources.
Don’t try to move everything over to your private cloud at once. Take a phased approach. Base this on the prioritisation you identified earlier. A good tip is to start by moving the lowest priority items over first. Give yourself plenty of time to test those resources to ensure they work properly in your data centre. Once tested move on to the next phase.
Enlighten, our online reporting tool, is an easier way to manage your telephony services. This site allows you to actively monitor and manage your account with us. Using this service, you can generate online billing reports, as well as administer the users and cost centres within your company in order to create a custom invoice summary.
Abtec is pleased to announce that it is an authorised supplier for the UK Government’s Broadband Connection Voucher scheme.
The scheme has been extended to more cities, find out more here.
The scheme enables certain small to medium enterprises to claim up to £3,000 for the installation of a faster internet connection. Chris Topham, Head of Marketing at Abtec, says “This scheme can help smaller businesses get higher speed internet access at a lower cost. It’s ideal for businesses that want to get more from the internet”.
Abtec has a team of Broadband Connection Voucher champions that can help businesses identify if they are eligible for the vouchers, the team can be contacted on 01858 438 548.
The deployment of building control systems is changing. More systems are being installed on IP networks. Navigating this technology can present design and implementation challenges for building service consultants and engineers.
Abtec specialises in designing and providing networks for building control systems. We are now included in the CIBSE directory of registered CPD providers. In conjunction with the Charted Institute of Building Engineers (CIBSE) we have developed a new training programme to help you navigate the world of IP networks. This 45 minute session, which can be held at your organisation’s premises, will add to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The great news is that the training is free of charge.Download Overview
The CPD training will help you: