November 6, 2014
Bonfire Night: firework display dazzles big Guildford crowd
A record crowd filled Stoke Park on Thursday night to watch the annual firework spectacular light up the clear skies of Guildford. Guildford Lions said they thought it was the largest crowd ever witnessed, with estimates of around 18,000 to 20,000 people of all ages enjoying the show. More than 1,000 torches were sold for the procession, which marched from the High Street to Stoke Park before the fireworks were set off at around 8.30pm. As well as the impressive firework show, there were fairground rides, games and food stalls to keep attendees entertained throughout the evening. Trevor Perry, one of the Guildford Lions who help to organise the event, said: "We were extremely pleased with it. The weather held out for us. "It was probably the best crowd we have had. We think about 18,000 to 20,000, the best crowd we have seen. "We are really pleased and are now just awaiting the result from the bucket collection donations." Mr Perry thanked all of the sponsors of the events, including Memset, Ewbank, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Big Yellow Self Storage, Dag Scaffolding, and its security team, Fidelis.
November 3, 2014
Memset moves into Managed Services market
Memset has launched a new business division, Memset Managed Services (MMS), to help the company address the increasing bespoke nature of public sector accounts and to add further value to its award-winning commodity Infrastructure-As-A-Service (IaaS) solutions.
October 30, 2014
Memset dives into managed services
Memset has launched a new managed services division in a move it hopes will attract a flurry of new customers. The cloud firm's Memset Managed Services (MMS) unit was a "natural progression" for the firm, it said, due to demand from customers for more bespoke services. The new division will deliver an "all-inclusive" offering to customers, including hosting as well as migration, application management, monitoring, database administration and telephone service desks.
October 29, 2014
Dragon's Outsourcery flaunts UK.gov cloud bazaar credentials
It will likely be some months before the Manchester-based biz, co-founded by Dragon’s Den’s Piers Linney, actually bags PGA, formerly known as IL3. Five suppliers including SCC, Skyscape, Memset, Atos and Aliantist are certified to run that level of government classified information over the web.
October 28, 2014
Guildford Lions Club Firework Fiesta returning to Stoke Park
This year, money will be raised for The Oakleaf Mental Health Charity, Guildford Action and the Guildford Lions Club's own community welfare fund. Oakleaf is the only mental health charity in Surrey working as a social enterprise to provide vocational training for those suffering from mental health issues. It offers on-the-job training in horticulture, upholstery, IT and print finishing for direct mail, enabling people to acquire new skills and ultimately return to work. Through their placements, Oakleaf clients are able to gain up-to-date qualifications, practical experience and increase their confidence levels. Guildford Action is an independent registered charity, which has been working within the community for more than 30 years helping homeless individuals as well as isolated families. Its mission is to "enhance the lives of all those we come into contact with". The charity has seen a massive increase in numbers of those accessing the projects over the past year due to economic climate and social welfare reforms. Sponsors for this year's event include the Surrey Advertiser, Lloyds TSB, Memset Ltd, Eagle Radio, Ewbank Products Ltd and Guildford Borough Council.
October 27, 2014
Cloud technology: helping SMEs to drive growth
Will Pain set up his business to work specifically with a group of freelance suppliers, but when he launched he had a server in his home that everybody dialled into. He has since changed this using managed servers from cloud hosting provider Memset. “We used to have people dialling into the server in my home but it is not really set up for the job because the bandwidth isn’t great and it is not in a proper centre. If my Internet connection went down at home it was game over,” he says. “Centralising our system has resolved that because the data centre is very well equipped to deal with those situations and the Internet is very unlikely to be down at Memset.”
October 9, 2014
Integrating IT Security At The Board Level
Ultimately, however, human weakness will be nearly impossible to eradicate completely – “We are psychologically designed to be helpful, empathic, kind, communicative, merciful, all perfectly admirable qualities that can be used to model, predict and exploit behaviour” says Thomas Owen, Security Manager at Memset. “The spend required to audit and reconfigure a network is definable and can be related to the positive impact of the work, but it’s vastly more difficult to metricise an effort to ‘secure the human’.”
October 2, 2014
Organisations’ Security Hampered By Skills and Tech Shortage
New research launched by Cyber Security EXPO (Excel, London, 8-9 October 2014) and conducted by Redshift Research, claims that despite available budgets UK organisations are vulnerable due to a lack of skills and access to the latest security technology. This is despite the fact that many predict an increase in attacks driven by increased employee use of smartphones and tablets. The survey of 300 UK IT directors and managers identified the perceived challenges to an effective security programme, gauged reactions to recent high profile attacks and examined attitudes to improving identification and authentication within organisations.
September 24, 2014
V3 reveals shortlist for its Technology Awards 2014
V3 has announced its Technology Awards 2014 shortlist, and online voting is now open. The shortlist was hotly contested this year, so thanks to all those who entered, and well done to those firms and individuals who made it onto the 2014 shortlist – the team of experts faced an incredibly tough job this year, whittling down the entries. The full shortlist is published below. We're now asking readers to vote online to decide the winners. The shortlist features 29 awards, such as best business tablet, best SMB security product and technology innovator of the year, across six categories including business software, cloud computing, and movers and shakers. You can cast your votes here. You do not have to vote for every award, just those where your expertise and experience applies.
September 17, 2014
The looming datacentre problem
Data center fans will be delighted to know there’s a big Expo coming up in October, where exhibitors like Memset will discuss the G-Cloud framework while NetApp, HP and Microsoft will explore the latest data centre technologies.