Millennia wins Cloud Hosting Awards 2016

2016 Cloud Hosting Magazine Awards were held at a gala event at The Cumberland Hotel in London on 20th October 2016. The awards are presented to the winners of each category based on the readers’ online voting and/or the judging panel’s decision.

Millennia is proud to announce that it won the category of Cloud Project 2016 for less than 100 employees for the implementation of it’s disaster recovery platform utilising Nutanix.

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Beware Windows Disk Caching

This is a problem that is probably as old as Windows but still catches a surprising amount of people out, and can be incredibly troublesome – especially to any system that uses constant logging, such as databases or journalling file systems. Make sure write caching in Windows is OFF…..

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IT Hosting Series: What to look for when considering a hosting/cloud provider

In today’s digital world, many organisations are looking at their in-house IT systems and wondering whether to get another organisation to manage them for them or to turn to an IT hosting provider and put them in the ‘cloud’. However, not everybody is IT savvy and understands enough about the terminology to make an informed decision. Millennia Computer Services Ltd. was recently asked by the Ticketing Institute to put a series of three articles together for their newsletter on the subject of IT hosting to help organisations make a more informed decision. We thought it a good idea to publish these articles as blogs on our web site. The series started with a basic glossary of common terms used in discussions on hosting/cloud technology. Article 2 introduced hosting/cloud and listed some pros and cons. Lastly, we provided an explanation of what to look for when moving to or changing a hosting provider.   What to look for when considering a hosting/cloud provider When considering moving to a hosting/cloud provider or if you are looking to replace your current host, it is important that you understand your requirements and ensure that the hosting company can match your expectations. There are thousands of global hosting companies and understanding the key differentiators will help in making a decision. Nobody wants costly downtime and the affect that can have on a business. Speed and availability are often the key requirements along with quality technical support. System uptime: this is usually expressed in percentages and is key in determining the quality of the infrastructure of the hosting company. The closer to 100% the better,... read more

IT Hosting Series: Introduction to hosting and the ‘cloud’

In today’s digital world, many organisations are looking at their in-house IT systems and wondering whether to get another organisation to manage them for them or to turn to an IT hosting provider and put them in the ‘cloud’. However, not everybody is IT savvy and understands enough about the terminology to make an informed decision. Millennia Computer Services Ltd. was recently asked by the Ticketing Institute to put a series of three articles together for their newsletter on the subject of IT hosting to help organisations make a more informed decision. We thought it a good idea to publish these articles as blogs on our web site. The series started with a basic glossary of common terms used in discussions on hosting/cloud technology. Article 2 introduced hosting/cloud and listed some pros and cons. Lastly, we provided an explanation of what to look for when moving to or changing a hosting provider. Hosting and the ‘cloud’ Business are under pressure to do more with less and maximise return on investments. Businesses, therefore, look at all departments including IT to establish if there are alternative ways of doing things that may save money and be more efficient. Running an in-house IT department however small, may be vital to the business but can add both extra capital and operating costs which could be released for new projects that can grow the business. An annual assessment of options is always a good idea to ensure that decisions made are still valid. The basic differences between public and private clouds were discussed in the glossary in Article 1 of the series.  Further details... read more

IT Hosting series : what does all the jargon mean?

In today’s digital world, many organisations are looking at their in-house IT systems and wondering whether to get another organisation to manage them for them or to turn to an IT hosting provider and put them in the ‘cloud’. However, not everybody is IT savvy and understands enough about the terminology to make an informed decision. Millennia Computer Services Ltd. was recently asked by the Ticketing Institute to put a series of three articles together for their newsletter on the subject of IT hosting to help organisations make a more informed decision. We thought it a good idea to publish these articles as blogs on our web site. The series started with a basic glossary of common terms used in discussions on hosting/cloud technology. Article 2 introduced hosting/cloud and listed some pros and cons. Lastly, we provided an explanation of what to look for when moving to or changing a hosting provider. A-Z explained below: Backups Everybody does backups don’t they?  Actually a recent survey indicated 1 in 10 small businesses never backup, yet 70% of small businesses that have a major data loss go out of business within a year. So data backups are not only intrinsic to disaster recovery but to the actual existence of your business. Backups can be a copy of data to removable media (tape, portable hard drive), which is then taken off site, but is now more regularly a direct copy to external storage located away from the main copy (often in the Cloud). A backup is also only ever as good as its last successful restore. So always test backups regularly to... read more

Do you know what’s happening inside your network?

90% of your network traffic is internal (termed East-West traffic) and may never touch a firewall, yet most security concentrates on the perimeter inbound and outbound traffic (termed North-South). Should an exploit manage to leverage the weakest link in your perimeter and get inside then it then often has free reign to hop around inside looking for a target. Chances are you’ll never know it was there, because you’re not looking for it. Perimeter defences can now only be considered a first line, and to be truly protected you not only have to know what is going on inside your network, but be able to apply policies to control it. vArmour is the first truly distributed single logical security system that spans your entire data centre, and scans and protects all the way to Layer 7 (application awareness). Policies can be enacted at the individual virtual machine level, yet controlled from a single interface. If you consider it may be time to understand what is going on in your network drop me a line at info@millennia.it and we can arrange a totally free and non disruptive assessment of your entire network estate – end to... read more