Disaster recovery, we have you covered.

At Newton IT we specialise in providing disaster recovery (DR) solutions for our clients. But what exactly is DR and does my business or organisation require a disaster recovery solution?

What is disaster recovery?

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Disaster recovery involves a set of policies, tools and procedures to enable the recovery or continuation of vital technology infrastructure and systems following a natural or human-induced disaster.

Disaster recovery focuses on the IT or technology systems supporting critical business functions as opposed to business continuity, which involves keeping all essential aspects of a business functioning despite significant disruptive events.

Does my business or organisation require a disaster recovery solution?

Every business should implement a DR policy, but the complexity and scale will vary with the risks to the organisation. In some cases, a simple one-page plan may be enough to survive a disaster but for the majority of organisations, a lot more thought and planning will be required.

A strategy should be developed for Information technology (IT) systems, applications and data. This should include network infrastructure, servers, desktops, laptops, wireless devices, data and any connectivity solutions such as Internet links. Priorities for any IT recovery should be consistent with the priorities for recovery of business functions and processes. IT resources required to support time-sensitive business functions and processes should also be identified. The recovery time for IT resources should match the recovery time objective for the business functions or processes.

Information technology systems require hardware, software, data and connectivity. Without one of these components, the system may not run. Therefore, recovery strategies should be developed to anticipate the loss of one or more of the following system components:

  • Computer room environment (secure computer room with climate control, conditioned and backup power supply, etc.)
  • Hardware (networks, servers, desktop and laptop computers, wireless devices and peripherals)
  • Connectivity to a service provider (fibre, cable, wireless, etc.)
  • Cloud Providers (Providers of online software applications or services such as cloud storage)
  • Software applications (electronic data interchange, electronic mail, enterprise resource management, office productivity, etc.)
  • Data and restoration
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Some business applications cannot tolerate any downtime. So they will utilise dual data centres which are capable of handling all data processing needs, which run in parallel with data mirrored or synchronized between the two data centres. This use to be a very expensive solution that only larger companies could afford. However, these solutions are now available for small to medium-sized enterprises with critical business applications and data to protect.

If you want to find out more about Newton IT and how we can protect your data and infrastructure for your organisation, then why not get in touch and take advantage of our free no obligation review service. 

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Spring clean, fresh start!

With the ice-cold winds from the 'mini beast from the east' winter storm still battering parts of the UK and snow still lurking on our fields and roads, you would find it hard to believe that today is, in fact, the official first day of Spring. 

This year in the northern hemisphere the Spring or Vernal Equinox falls on Tuesday 20th March 2018. The equinox marks the day when day and night are the same lengths all over the world, with the word equinox literally meaning ‘equal night’ in Latin.

The spring equinox marks the change of the seasons and as the northern hemisphere begins to tilt towards the sun, our days start to get longer and our nights shorter. In the northern hemisphere, we enjoy the arrival of spring and the promise of warmer days. To our friends in the southern hemisphere, however, this marks the changing of their seasons to autumn.

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The first day of spring for many of us signifies an opportunity to perform a 'spring clean'. Tasks such as, out with the old and in with the new, a deep clean of our homes, office spaces or a simply a tidy-up of our desk draws.  However, why not utilise the first day of spring to spring clean your IT environment. Take some time to review your infrastructure, hardware and software systems. Tidy up old email archives, delete unused and unwanted data or start planning your next IT/Digital project.

Maybe you are considering the option of cloud storage, migration of your email systems to a hosted solution or that all-important GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) policy. Remeber the date for GDPR is get closer and you only have until 25th May to implement your policies. Newton IT can help with your IT policies (Identifying and retrieving GDPR Personal Identifiable Information within documents)  and your internal GDPR team and individual training. 

Maybe spring is the perfect time to reflect on your IT support requirements and review your managed services provider or upgrade those items of hardware which are dated and in need of a refresh. 

Want to learn how Newton IT Solutions can help you spring clean your organisation? Then get in touch with our friendly team of experts. Just complete your details in the form below and we will call you back or you can call us on 020 8782 1966

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Microsoft Azure, Cloud Computing & The Benefits

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centres. It provides software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. Azure was announced in October 2008 and released in February 1st 2010 as "Windows Azure" before being renamed "Microsoft Azure" on March 25th 2014. 

What is cloud computing?

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By “cloud computing”, we don’t mean the vague term that’s often applied to consumer services that store your data on a remote server somewhere. We mean actual computing as a service for companies, organisations, and even individuals.

Traditionally, businesses and other organisations would host their own infrastructure. A business would have its own servers, such as a web or email server and theses services would run on its own hardware, typically located at the offices of the business or organisation. If additional processing power was required, the business would have to purchase additional hardware. They would also have to pay someone to support and administrate their hardware and also the need for a quality uninterrupted Internet connection was a must to run the services.

Cloud computing works differently. Rather than having your own hardware or paying to use someone else’s hardware located in a data centre, you just pay for access to a massive pool of computing resources provided by Microsoft (or Amazon, or Google). This allows you to host web servers, email servers, databases, file storage, virtual machines and user directories, or anything else you might need. When you need more computing resources, you don’t have to purchase physical hardware. The “cloud” shares the hardware and automatically assigns the work, as necessary. You pay for as many computing resources as you need, and not a specific number of hardware servers on a rack somewhere. This provides flexibility of services, allowing businesses to purchase more processing power when demand is increased, it also means support, management and administration costs are reduced. Other core benefits include automated failover and disaster recovery, keeping downtime to an absolute minimum as failover and disaster recovery services are in place and managed. 

Many global organisations are using Microsoft Azure to help them build, develop and manage software solutions. Some of the most utilised solutions today are virtual assistants such as Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, Google's Home and Microsoft's Cortana and IoT (internet of things) products

Want to learn more about Microsoft Azure? Why not speak to one of our Microsoft Azure experts, who can answer your questions and arrange for a free, no obligation meeting to show you the benefits. 

4 Ways Cloud Simplifies Managing Apps, Devices and Data

Newton IT Solutions are proud to be a Citrix ShareFile partner. In partnership with Citrix, Newton IT are helping and supporting customers to deploy and manage their files on the go. 

Traditionally, apps, desktops, devices, and data are managed through different systems, which is complex and time-consuming. Unifying management as cloud services with a single control plane improves the delivery and management of the apps and data employees need. Citrix delivers a unified secure digital workspace.

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If you are interested Citrix are running a webinar “4 Ways Cloud Simplifies Managing Apps, Devices and Data” to learn more about how managing apps, desktops, devices and data with Citrix Workspace is:

  • Fast: Deploy apps and desktops or complete secure digital workspaces in hours, not weeks.
  • Simple: Implement a fully-integrated portfolio via a single-management plane to simplify administration.
  • Adaptable: Choose to deploy on any cloud or virtual infrastructure — or a hybrid of both.
  • Secure: Keep all proprietary information for your apps, desktops and data under your control.

How to join the Webinar

Join Citrix Workspace expert Vishal Ganeriwala as he walks you through how a complete, end-to-end secure digital workspace can transform your business.

March 1, 2018
3:00pm CET / 9:00am EST
Register Now >

March 1, 2018
2:00pm EST / 11:00am PST
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Share, send any size file on any device

Whether you're in the office or on the go, you'll have secure access to your files anywhere, any time with unlimited cloud storage.

Get help from real people, any time

Live training sessions and white glove on-boarding for you and your clients.

Simplify collaboration inside and outside your organisation

Enable true business-class data security for mobile users while maintaining total IT control. Your team or clients can access, sync, and securely share files from anywhere, on any device. Automate feedback and approval workflows to streamline your business and maximise productivity.

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Want to learn more about Citrix ShareFile and how Newton IT Solutions can help your organisation benefit from a unified secure digital workspace? Then get in touch with our team to learn more, just complete your details below and we will call you back. 

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Happy Birthday... 20 years of technology!

Happy Birthday Newton IT

This month Newton IT Solutions is celebrating its 20th birthday in business. Over the past two decades, we have witnessed many changes and enhancements in the technology sector.  We are so proud of what we have achieved over the past twenty years and we cannot wait to see what the future in tech and digital has in store for us.

Driverless vehicles, IoT (Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence) will certainly be a focus in these technology sectors over the next few years, but what will we see in twenty years from now? Will we be travelling in space to new unexplored galaxies, inhabiting Mars or using transporters to get from A to B? If only we had a time machine and we would then have these and more answers. The fact is we are living in a digital age where technology is advancing at such a rapid rate, making today's top tech outdated within months, sometimes even weeks.  But this is not stopping a large majority of the human population embracing these new technologies and benefits, such as the Amazon Echo or Googles rival the Google Home. Are these devices changing the way we operate and run our day to day lives? Do you have a digital assistant in your home or workplace?

Jay Patel, Managing Director for Newton IT comments "It has been a pleasure working with so many amazing organisations over the past twenty years, not just supporting their day to day technical needs but also managing their long-term IT strategies. Our team at Newton IT has been making sure our customers, their infrastructure, hardware and software solutions are future-proofed and ready for business anytime. We continue to look forward, working with both new and existing clients for many years to come." 

At Newton we love technology, but staying ahead of the digital curve can be challenging for the largest organisation or the smallest of businesses. If you need guidance, assistance or some friendly advice then why not get in touch with us, our friendly team would love to help.

Lastly, a huge thank you to all our clients, suppliers, team members and raving fans for the amazing support over the past two decades, it has been a lot of fun and we can't wait to share the next steps with you too.  


Want to find out more about Newton IT and the services we offer to enterprises and organisations in the UK? Get in touch with us today, we would love to hear from you.

GDPR Online Training - is your team GDPR aware?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new law that will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 and will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018. If your organisation deals with the personally identifiable information of EU citizens, you will come under the law’s remit—regardless of where your business is based.

One of the requirements under the General Data Protection Regulation is to provide training for your staff. Newton IT has partnered with LCATE (London Centre for Advanced Training and Education) to make available online training courses to organisations across the country, ensuring organisations and their employees are 'GDPR aware' and 'ready'.

These online courses are designed to provide each employee with a general overview of GDPR and the steps needed to mitigate any data breaches.

Make sure your team is aware and prepared, by ticking one of the boxes to becoming GDPR compliant. Upon successful completion each employee will be awarded a certificate, evidencing their participation and understanding of the training. 

Don't delay... avoid any risks and enrol your employees now! Take the steps to becoming GDPR compliant and avoid the fines for non-compliance! 


As a preferred partner of LCATE, Newton IT has arranged a very exclusive and special deal for any organisations that sign up before 31st March 2018.

GDPR Special Offer

This online training course normally costs £389.00 but purchase before 31st March 2018 and Save £269.00 

To get this exclusive and very special deal for only

 £120.00

Click the 'Buy Now' button below and use the promo code"nitsgdpr"

 

 

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If you want further information about LCATE and their online training courses visit

 http://london-law-centre.thinkific.com