CONTACT US___UK: 08448 700100__Worldwide: +44 1483 528200

NOTE! This site uses cookies and similar technologies.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. I understand

linkedin facebook twitter gplus

Moving a service to cloud doesn’t make it ‘someone else’s problem’

One of the biggest misconceptions about cloud is that it lets an organisation hand all the responsibility for a service to its chosen cloud provider.   They breathe a sigh of relief and turn their attention to all the other issues on their desk, confident that their cloud provider will handle everything for them.  Sorry to disillusion you, but that’s not quite how it works! With a ‘vanilla’ cloud service, a third party provides capacity in their data centre and may also provide self-service tools to assist you, but your organisation still has to manage and monitor the service yourselves.   So you still need make sure you still have the skills in-house to manage the service as well as to monitor it against the agreed SLA. You also don’t......On_the_spot200
Continue reading
2227 Hits
0 Comments

3 Steps to buy on G-Cloud in 2014

With the latest iteration of the G-Cloud framework, G-Cloud 5, scheduled to go live in spring, Fordway would like to share their experiences of being a G-Cloud Supplier, explain the benefits of the existing framework and provide a simple 3 step process to buying new services. The introduction of the UK Government’s “Public Cloud First” policy last year has the potential to significantly impact public sector IT buying behaviour; when procuring new or existing services, public sector organisations are expected to consider and evaluate Cloud solutions prior to any other procurement option. Furthermore central government departments have been set a target that by 2015, 50% of new IT spend should be on Cloud services, and at least 25% of these cloud services should be procured through Small Medium Enterprises (SME). ......Cloud1-2-3
Continue reading
2356 Hits
0 Comments

Disaster recovery - the issue that never goes away

The recent storms have caused extensive flooding in many areas of the UK, causing problems for both businesses and homeowners.  We experienced issues ourselves, with power to our Head Office being cut off due to flooding on 23rd December for 15 hours.  It’s a reminder to all of us that disaster recovery is an issue that never goes away.  Thankfully our DR provision and planning was up to the task and normal services were maintained.  Is yours? If you were contacted by the Environment Agency in the early hours (as happened to Gatwick Airport) and told that the local river had burst its banks and was about to flood your premises, would you have a back-up plan that you could activate immediately? It is vital to be able t......sleeping man & nighhtmare
Continue reading
2121 Hits
0 Comments

What do IT directors want for Christmas?

Christmas is nearly here!!! So what will IT directors be asking for this Christmas?  Here’s what we believe will be on corporate IT wish lists for 2014 and some tips on how to get the most from your presents. Top of the list is likely to be BYOD policies and solutions for all the new tablets, Macbooks and new generation smartphonesyou can expect to see in the office after Christmas.  As one client said to me, you need to be prepared when the MD approaches you waving his or her new iPad and asks you to make it work on the corporate network! However you decide to provide BYOD – hosted or virtual desktop, using check-in/check-out software or providing applications through a portal – make sure you also imp......Santa & Gift
Continue reading
1907 Hits
0 Comments

What flavour is your cloud?

The key to getting the best from the cloud is to choose the service that’s right for your organisation. Cloud services, like ice-cream, come in a range of different flavours, so you need to pick the one that works best with what’s already on your plate. With vanilla cloud, such as the standard IaaS from Amazon, Google or Microsoft, they provide capacity in their data centre, so you don’t need to have your own infrastructure, but you still manage the service yourself.  You also won’t get application specific security or anything else tailored to your company’s specific needs – or to stretch the ice-cream analogy further, you won’t be offered a flake, sauces or other toppings. Which is fine if all you want is plain vanilla to do a ......what-flavour-is-your-cloud
Continue reading
2034 Hits
0 Comments

Will Windows 8.1 have any impact on Windows XP migration?

Will the launch of 8.1 have any impact on the many businesses still running Windows XP? Windows XP was launched in 2001, at more or less the same time as the first iPod.  Remember the bad old days of using dial-up internet connections and faxes? Believe it or not, that’s when Windows XP first hit our desks! Most organisations we speak to have begun their migration from Windows XP, but they’re doing it at their own pace.  Windows XP is stable, and most security holes have been fixed, so they prefer to complete their migration to their own deadline. A change in operating system has to be part of a well thought out desktop strategy.  It may be an opportunity to introduce virtualisation – either desktop as......Announcing Windows 8.1
Continue reading
2112 Hits
0 Comments

3 Steps for Procurement Teams to Take When Buying on G-Cloud

With the latest iteration of the G-Cloud framework, G-Cloud 4, scheduled to go live one month from now on 29 Oct 2013, Fordway would like to share their experiences of being a G-Cloud Supplier, explain the benefits of the framework and provide a simple 3 step process to buying new services. The introduction of the UK Government’s “Public Cloud First” policy in May this year has the potential to significantly impact public sector IT buying behavior; when procuring new or existing services, public sector organisations are expected to consider and evaluate Cloud solutions prior to any other procurement option. Furthermore central government departments have been set a target that by 2015, 50% of new IT spend should be on Cloud services, and at least 25% of these......Cloud1-2-3
Continue reading
1890 Hits
0 Comments

“Blue” and “R2” will share center stage on October 18th 2013

Windows 8 "Blue" (Windows 8.1) is set for release on October 18, 2013. Alongside this hugely anticipated update to Microsoft’s popular operating system, eligible customers will also be able to download System Center 2012 R2 on the same day. In this guest Technical Blog post, Gary Tomlin, a Senior Microsoft Consultant at Fordway, provides a preview of what’s shiny and new in System Center 2012 R2 System Center 2012 R2 will include a number of new features which are to be announced by Microsoft over the next few months. Microsoft has already announced that System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager will include support for dynamic VHDX resizing and support for Dynamic Memory support on Linux VM which will give greater VM density. It will also allow automated Hyper......SC2012R2
Continue reading
1810 Hits
0 Comments