Next Generation Access – NGA

A little while ago I did a blog on connectivity comparing my Virgin Media and the BT Openreach FTTC (Fibre to the cabinet) connection. The Openreach FTTC network really has proven to be an excellent choice.

Since then I have been patiently waiting for it to become available at our office. It has been little under a year now and finally the time has come, we now have FTTC in our cabinet where our office is connected! This is a total game changer for us, before now we were 3km from the Exchange, now we are only 300m from our cabinet and our speeds have dramatically improved. Our ZEN connection is a great example – with ADSL we were getting about 4mb down and 1mb up, now that we have upgraded to FTTC, we are getting about 70 down and 17 up, which is incredible!

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Super Fast Home Broadband Comparison

Being the night owl that I am, I often find myself working late into the night. A few nights back I was working late applying fixes to a customer’s network using telnet/ssh amongst other tools, which are incredibly sensitive to packet loss and jitter. For those not familiar with the terms, packet loss is when you send pings and not all of them reply and jitter is the deviation from average time the pings take to reply. Now the last thing you need when you are applying fixes to a customer’s network in the middle of the night is to be logged off the connection every few minutes due to packet loss!
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Getting the right connectivity

We all now take super-fast connectivity for granted both at work and at home. So much of what we do nowadays depends on fast reliable internet whether it be accessing Cloud based applications, researching on the internet, making VOIP calls or streaming media. When we lose the ability to do this or the internet is not working as it should it feels like the world is about to end.

So the question is what is the right connectivity for my business and how do I choose the right provider and right package?

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Things to consider when planning an office move

SME’s by their very nature often need to move office, hopefully because of growth and the need for additional space. Like moving house this can be a stressful time particularly if you are the one tasked with project managing the process.
As with most things, good planning is the key ingredient to a successful outcome. From an IT perspective in particular, it is important that you think about the key elements you will need to have in place for a smooth and painless move. Without a plan you can expect to be in for a bit of a bumpy ride.

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Will the Olympics affect your IT services and Business?

With only a couple of months to go until Olympic Games officially begin in London the business community is abuzz with talk of lost productivity, sickness levels spiralling out of control and worse yet the Internet crashing due to the sheer weight of demand. How real are these threats to your business and what can you do to mitigate them.

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