Millennia wins Cloud Hosting Awards 2016

Millennia wins Cloud Hosting Awards 2016

Pictured: Neil Ryan from Nutanix and John Thorpe from Millennia Computer Services Ltd 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. The partnership with Nutanix has ensured that Millennia’s customers have enjoyed 100% availability from the Nutanix platform since its inception in January 2014. The recognition of the new disaster recovery platform installed this summer by the Cloud Hosting Magazine only cements our commitment to Nutanix going forward and provides additional assurance to customers. For more details of the project that led to this win, please download the case paper produced by Nutanix. Give us a call on 0333 335 6780 if you want to know more about the cloud project, our experience with Nutanix or our services.  ...
Millennia’s Up for a Gong!

Millennia’s Up for a Gong!

We are excited to have been notified that were are a finalist in the Cloud Hosting Awards 2016, being held in London on October 20th 2016. Our nomination is for the implementation of our disaster recovery platform utilising Nutanix, and the article summarising our entry is reproduced below. Wish us luck on the night – hopefully we’ll come back winners! Give us a call on 0333 335 6780 if you want to know more about the project, our experience with Nutanix or our services.   Just the ticket     Millennia is a Cloud-enabled managed hosting provider that has simplified and transformed the data centre by building on software-defined technologies. Turning to Nutanix’ Enterprise Cloud solution, Millennia has been able to harness a platform which leverages web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualisation and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution – with the result being an 83% RAM overhead saving across its disaster recovery capabilities. Millennia was one of the first MSPs to adopt Nutanix in the UK. Yorkshire-based hosting company Millennia Computer Services has overhauled the disaster recovery capabilities of its data centre to support the mission critical systems of its leisure and theatre ticketing customers. With many of Millennia’s customers handling terabytes of data and millions of transactions, the company sought a robust DR solution to replace the existing server and storage area network infrastructure in which disparate systems had led to frequent incompatibility and reliability issues which had proven to be time consuming to address. On a tight budget, Millennia originally turned to a low cost Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) vendor, but the...
Disaster Recovery – or saving your a$$

Disaster Recovery – or saving your a$$

If you are responsible for the data in your business, whether it be your job or your business, then it is your a$$ that is on the line should disaster strike. Much has been written about business continuity and disaster recovery, but it is fair to say that in many – if not most – organisations it is way down the list of concerns as it is perceived to be a low risk and therefore not worth the likely expenditure. However you may be surprised and even quite shocked how even a common hardware failure, in a certain combination, can invoke a disaster scenario; and if you are not prepared for it the consequences can be catastrophic for your business, and maybe even terminal for your job! We provide disaster recovery services from remote sites into our data centre utilising VMware and Zerto replication software. We (or should I say an organisation we work with) have recently experienced just such a run of bad luck; while obviously redacting the name of the organisation involved, we feel that by sharing this experience it will serve to highlight just how far up the ladder of importance BC/DR should be in a world where IT is not just part of your business, it IS your business! +++++ Company X had taken a considerable amount of time to be convinced that having an offsite DR solution would be beneficial to their business, and this had been highlighted by an application failure as a result of which we were informed they stood to lose 6 figures per DAY in revenue from such an outage....
True VMware BC/DR with Zerto

True VMware BC/DR with Zerto

  One of the great advantages of virtualisation is the ability to dynamically create virtual servers quickly to meet a specific requirement. This had always been difficult with physical servers, and when the complexities of Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) were added the cost and resource requirements skyrocketed. This often led to BC/DR being considered by only the largest organisations, which left smaller organisations dangerously exposed. It has long been touted about that 90% of companies that suffer major outages and data loss fail to survive their disaster, with all the implications for business owners, employees, customers and suppliers alike. You can’t afford the luxury of leaving your most critical business asset – data – to chance. However as many have found out just virtualising your server estate does not introduce a panacea that solves your BC/DR headaches. While creating the virtual servers may be relatively easy, effectively transferring them to an alternate site in an emergency can still be a complex task, and getting users online quickly with minimal data loss is key to a successful BC/DR strategy. The “Cloud” The Cloud as a dynamic pool of resources has been around for a long time, although widely available commercial versions have been more recent to market. The Cloud gives an end user the opportunity to have a BC/DR system without having to invest in a second site with duplicate hardware and everything that goes with it (power, cooling, staff, etc.). However once again the existence of the resource does not automatically mean it is easy to incorporate with an end user network for implementation of BC/DR...