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Host: To provide the infrastructure for a computer service. For example, there are many companies that host files, programs, applications or even a Web server for companies and individuals. In the case of a Web server, it means that they provide the hardware, software, and communications lines required by the server, but the content on the server may be controlled by someone else. (Source: Webopedia)

Virtualization Solutions for SMBs - A Buyer's Guide

Section: Research
Virtualization isn't the preserve of large enterprises.  Learn how small and mid-sized businesses (SMB's 50-750 users) are using Virtualization to reduce costs, improve security and efficiency.   This buyer’s guide covers: -  Virtualization Solutions Overview -  Desktop Virtualization -  Server Virtualization -  Data Back-Up & Disaster Recovery -  Host ...   read more

Evolution of Hosted Server Computing

Section: Research
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), is increasingly being talked about in the industry. Could this be of much benefit to your company? Find out more about meeting your server computing needs through the use of hosted infrastructure rather than by installing and running equipment in your own data centre or computer room.   Th ...   read more

Evaluating Mobile Email Solutions - One Size Doesn't Fit All

Section: Research
Now that mobile email is moving into the mainstream, with technology and services widely available to businesses of all sizes, organisations looking to either invest for the first time or review their current arrangements are presented with a range of approaches and options for moving forward. But how do you make sense of these and figure out the best option for your business? KEY POINTS Mobile ...   read more

Three Approaches to Server Virtualization: On-premise, Cloud and Hybrid

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Server Virtualization is not a monolithic approach – there are a few different ways of going about it. The three main methods of executing server virtualization are On-premise, Cloud and Hybrid models.   On-premise: This model of server virtualization is most familiar to IT managers – it’s the traditional data centre approach, where the virtualized servers are hosted on-site at the company’s own data centre, and the company owns and maintains ...   read more

Cloud security 'not an issue as DHS adopts IaaS'

Section: News
Cloud security is not a concern for the US's Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as it adopts the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) model for its public-facing websites. The DHS has become the first federal organisation in the US to sign up to a General Services Administration's (GSA) IaaS blanket purchase agreement. A deal that is believed to be worth $5 million (£3 million). Placeholder0The DHS believes that in the long term, the department will be able to l ...   read more

Mobile working welcomed by 93% of SMEs

Section: News
The directors of 93 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) believe mobile working is gaining importance in the workplace as a broader array of industries adopt the underpinning technology - cloud computing. According to new research from Timlico, more than a third of employees at firms with fewer than 300 workers have the option of working away from the office and for mid-sized firms, this figure rises to 75 per cent. Placeholder0The growing trend for mobile wo ...   read more

Small managed hosting providers 'offer good value for money'

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Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) offering managed hosting solutions could provide better value for money, a recent report on the IT services used by the UK government has suggested. Placeholder0The study, entitled A Recipe for Rip-Offs: Time for a New Approach, criticised the authorities in the UK for not having sufficient knowledge of its IT systems. It asserted that the government relies too heavily on large IT firms and that it has wasted sign ...   read more

Tailored hosting helps software consultancy expand

Section: News
A tailored managed hosting offering has been the key to creative software consultancy Isotoma's recent expansion. The firm has partnered with iomart Hosting, which is offering a "boutique hosting" solution that involves bespoke infrastructure. Placeholder0Andy Theyers, director of Isotoma, said that tailoring iomart's offering was vital as some of the servers the company is currently using are "enormous" and would have fallen way outside a standard s ...   read more