IPv4 vs IPv6

Imagine a world where your computer couldn’t communicate with another device. There’d almost be no point; certainly no online collaboration or networking of any kind. What links all our devices together are IP addresses, identities which facilitate communication over the Internet. For the majority of cases, IP addresses come in two forms – IPv4 and…

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Latency and the need for speed

Latency and the need for speed

We all know the frustration of a slow data connection. Frustrating at the best of times but when it’s your business that’s being impacted by mediocre latency, doing something proactive about it should be a little higher up your to-do list. So, what is network latency? Why does it matter and what can you do…

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Resilience and redundancy

A while ago, we took some technology phrases and acronyms and made them clear. Like CDR (Committed Data Rate) and 95th percentile billing. Now feels like a good time to explore some other phrases that can often cause confusion. What’s resilience? What does redundancy mean when it comes to technology? And what’s the difference between…

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Is your business WFH-ready?

With lockdown restrictions easing, businesses everywhere are taking stock and adjusting to a new operational landscape. For many organisations, this means more and more employees working from home, whether for more time or all the time, let alone ensuring a smooth return to work for colleagues returning from furlough. Given the shift to a more…

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What’s a Committed Data Rate (CDR) and other Colo jargon busted

When it comes to Colocation, chances are you’ve heard about a Committed Data Rate (CDR) in relation to network traffic. You might also hear that your bandwidth usage is billed at the “95th percentile” or perhaps you’ve seen the term “burstable.” So, what exactly do all these different terms mean? Let’s cut through the industry…

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What makes a good supplier?

I recently ran a poll on LinkedIn about what makes a good supplier. The results were fairly mixed, but what’s to say you can’t have it all? Here’s what my ideal supplier would look like…    Proactive when it comes to support. You want a supplier to be all over a fault as soon as…

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When broadband just isn’t enough

There comes a time in the life of every small business when one too many backups fail or the broadband groans and peters out just when payments are being processed. When you know, you know … it’s time to celebrate the fact that your business has grown and to look at your leased line options.…

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Legacy Ethernet pricing

It’s a common saying, “if something isn’t broken, don’t fix it”. But because of this, many companies have critical systems and services on legacy platforms. Legacy isn’t always a bad thing. My dad still drives around in an 06 plate Vauxhall Zafira and it’s still going strong. But legacy is so much more than just…

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