Thursday, February 18, 2010

Data Security

Wow, at last my 100th Blog post, got here eventually.

recently a number of customers have started buying new computers, and they always want to know what they can use to make sure the data on the Hard Drive is gone for good.

We have been trying Active@ Killdisk. This is a great little tool, not too expensive, and the other tools on it allowing you to attempt to recover data are also useful. So far we have tried it on a couple of disc's and when trying to recover the data using our normal tools haven't been able to find anything. - to view their website go to

We are really busy with upgrades, small customers wanting to move to cloud computing, and large customers looking to migrate to new server hardware/software. However did everyone else see that BT are opening their ducting to the competition. Is this a case of if you can't beat them get your competition to use your equipment? Time will tell i guess but I am suspicious of it, but regular readers will know the issues I have had recently (and for recently read 12 months).

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Faster Internet connections is what we all want, both here in the UK, and across the globe.
We all know that we have to firstly resolve the issue of using the old cable for our connections at the moment.

Recently BT have been in negotiations to open up it ducting to allow other operators to run fibre. I believe this will be a good move, there is lots of ducts all around the country to run cable through, and those who read this and live in Plymouth will remember the night mare of the the streets being dug up to allow Eurobell (Now part of Virgin Media) to lay cables around the City. For me this didn't make sense then, and still doesn't as it means it is a very big investment to cable a city. Recently we have seen H2O looking at running a fast fibre network around Plymouth, the cost of doing this using existing ducting (Mainly the sewer) is in the region of £35M.

Maybe using the BT ducting, if this includes ducting to the premise then maybe this will allow H2O to run the fibre a little cheaper and give us all access to fast Broadband at less cost.

Related to this is Google are now turning to being an ISP and is looking to run trials of fast Broadband 1Gb read there blog post here

The reality of it all is that we need, fast reliable Broadband, and we need it now.