Microsoft Surface Tablet

With the  imminent release of Windows 8, it seems Microsoft are not taking any chances on the hardware for their new tablet OS, by making their first Tablet ‘Surface’

A powerful and feature packed device, aimed as a rival to the iPad; features such as front and rear-facing cameras, an SD slot, and a full-sized USB port, along with some neat tricks: magnesium casing, DisplayPort out, Gorilla Glass, a kickstand, and Microsoft also claims Surface will have the best Wi-Fi reception of any tablet, ever. Microsoft will be launching two versions; a super skinny lite version (RT) and a thicker higher specified version named the ‘Surface Pro’.

The Surface can also be paired with a magnetic cover that doubles as a full, amazingly thin keyboard and multi-touch track pad.  In terms of availability, we only know the RT will launch alongside Windows 8, and the Ivy Bridge super-version 90 days later.

Do you know what your employees are browsing?

A spate of recent research has confirmed the worst fears of employers.  The majority of online shopping, personal e-mailing, and house-buying all take place during the nine-to-five working day.  If 1,000 workers each spent an hour a day on the internet, that would cost a company about £35m a year.  To add insult to injury, job hunting was amongst the most enticing activity for an extended period of cyber slacking and because non-business websites include more malicious code there is a greater risk of PC infection leading to unplanned business disruption and adding to your IT Support costs.

Here at Select Technology we understand the risks and processes involved in creating a safe internet policy.  The software we recommend for this important issue is Websense Web Filter.  This powerful tool can help you identify if internet abuse is occurring by silently monitoring usage and if necessary you can stop employees looking at inappropriate sites, accessing personal emails via webpages and using instant messaging tools, to name but a few of the features.  In addition the product allows for flexible reporting to analyse as little or as much as your company desires.

Are you aware of the entire support options Select Technology has to offer?

IT is one of the fastest moving industries and there is an old saying: “if you are standing still in IT you are, in effect, going backwards! “

As technology evangelists and support perfectionists, we are always pushing ourselves forward in our quest for service excellence, from staff training to investing in the latest systems to help us help you more effectively.

We are so confident in service satisfaction that we are now offering new customers a monthly rolling contract option with no long term commitment.  Even with a monthly service, you can still benefit from our excellent service with any of our usual support modules including; unlimited remote support, vendor management and hardware maintenance. And of course, our proactive monitoring system is included free of charge in all our support packages.

Our monitoring system will automatically log a helpdesk ticket with our team the moment the slightest issue is detected with your server, from disk space running low to a failed backup or hard drive meaning we can respond fast, minimising any business disruption.  Whether you are a large or small business, there has never been a better time to enhance your IT Support with a managed service support agreement with Select Technology Systems.

We believe at the very least, clients should be aware of the options to help reduce risks to their businesses, and expand on our philosophy of value for money.

Contact your Account Manager today to discuss the added value we could provide to your current IT support.

Do you use VMware, Hyper-V or Veeam?

VMware is the industry standard virtualisation software currently being used by over 250,000 customers.

Microsoft’s Hyper-V is VMware’s biggest rival in the virtualisation market, offering comparable virtualisation features.

Whilst Veeam is the number 1 backup and replication software for both VMware and Hyper-V, if you currently use these software packages, are you getting the most out of them? If you aren’t using them, why not find out what everyone’s talking about?

We will be holding another Virtualisation demo day on Tuesday 14 August 2012 at our offices in Paddock Wood.

To book your place at this event, please call your Account Manager today.

IT support made easier with Unifi

There are many downsides to using unmanaged wireless access points for business. For example; introducing extra devices to extend coverage can be both time consuming and cumbersome and the desired goal of seamless coverage just isn’t always possible. In addition, the lack of centralised management software can make IT support challenging and because managed wireless solutions have been prohibitively expensive it’s always been a solution for larger business with big IT budgets…until now anyway…

A Unifi managed wireless network solution costs substantially less than similar offerings from other manufacturers and even come bundled with greater levels of functionality and performance. The enterprise level controller software is supplied FREE OF CHARGE with Unifi Access Points and with the cost of each Access Points well under £100 per unit, the Ubiquiti Unifi Wireless Solution offers outstanding value for money. These are some of the features:

  • Attractive and discreet design
  • Built-in guest access solutions with PayPal integration
  • Access control for all wireless devices
  • Reporting and Statistics for wireless usage
  • VLAN capable
  • Easily deployable
  • Centralised management
  • Visual coverage map

FREE IT Support health check

We now offer a FREE IT Support health check to all local businesses. As part of the checks, business critical systems including server operating systems, backups and general system health are carefully reviewed by our technical specialists ensuring any concerns are quickly identified. Our observations are then recorded and presented in a full report which outlines our findings for you to consider. Just call 01892 830111 or email sales@select-technology.co.uk to book your appointment today.

Cloud Computing at Kent 20 20

We had a very successful day exhibiting at the Kent 20 20 show last week. It was great to meet so many local businesses and discuss their use of technology and how it can help them reach their business goals. In addition to discussing our proactive approach to IT Support, we were also able to demonstrate our state of the art Cloud desktop solution, using cost effective and power conserving thin client devices. In case you missed us at the show, we will be holding an open day at our offices shortly, look out for an announcement in our May newsletter.

Cloud Computing Future Prediction

People still doubting the impact of cloud computing should think again; after making significant investments in Cloud, Microsoft have predicted that the global cloud services market will generate 14 million jobs by 2015 .‘IT innovation created by cloud computing’ could produce $1.1 trillion in new annual revenue by 2015. With a dominant IT forces such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft fully committed to cloud computing, the IT landscape could be a very different place in the short years to come. If you could like to discuss cloud computing in more detail, please give us a call today.

IT Accreditations

Unlike many in-house IT departments, most IT support companies need to keep up to date with Microsoft accreditations, in order to maintain important business accreditations, such as the Microsoft Gold status (Select Technology have retained the Gold accreditation for many years). Continued commitment to accreditations can only benefits our customers as they have the assurance of expert advice, whether it’s a sales enquiry or perhaps an urgent technical IT support issue.

IT Skills Shortage

A top Microsoft employee recently told MP’s that ‘even the mighty Microsoft was feeling the impact of the UK’s IT skills gap’. Here at Select Technology we value industry qualifications highly, which is why we heavily invest in staff training, and with this combined with a broad exposure to diverse technologies, we can certainly provide the IT support and project resources should you be finding it difficult to source skilled staff to fulfil roles within your company.