How Green is your Network Cabling? 150 150 Simon Randall

How Green is your Network Cabling?

Back in 2007, Gartner technology researchers found that ICT accounted for 2% of all global CO2 emissions. They also pointed out at this time that this was as much as that produced by the aviation industry.

The USA’s Initiative

The realisation that industries such as IT have a significant part to play in the CO2 emissions war, has given rise to a number of international initiatives focused on the construction of new environmentally friendly buildings. For example in North America, the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) have just had the LEED v4 rating system officially approved, and relevant trades within the industry have been advised to take note.

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Why Choose an SLA for Small Business 150 150 Simon Randall

Why Choose an SLA for Small Business

The IT function within any business can be considered as a tool designed to leverage the attaining of that business’s goals, the biggest of which is to make money – to turn over a profit. What no company can afford to do is to jeopardise that goal, by allowing the best tool it has for achieving it, to under-perform.

The Product Guarantee

Most of the important tools that are used in operating a business are protected with a guarantee. These guarantees are usually straightforward. If the product fails within a given time scale, (usually those time scales can be lengthened to meet circumstances), it will be repaired or replaced free of charge. If the tool in question is a Van or a Lathe, that arrangement works well, always providing the repair or exchange is done in a timely manner. But with IT it’s quite different.

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Why Network Security is Vital to your Business 150 150 Simon Randall

Why Network Security is Vital to your Business

Network security, is something like your own personal health. When you’re in good health, and fighting fit as it were, everything is hunky-dory. But as soon as you begin to feel under the weather, you suddenly realise just how much you took your good health for granted. Well, it’s exactly the same with network security. During the time it functions well, it also gets taken for granted. But as soon as it becomes compromised, we suddenly realise just why, network security is vital.

The Private Network of the Internet

In the broadest sense of the word there are two types of network. On a personal level, you have the internet, whereby any number of individual devices can share one common source of data. In this “personal” sense, network security is all about the security of the individual device (e.g. a PC, a laptop, a tablet). Most of the operating systems today that are preloaded onto the various types of devices all tend to incorporate a firewall. 

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10 Questions to ask your Network Design Provider 150 150 Simon Randall

10 Questions to ask your Network Design Provider

To help you to gain a better understanding of a network, whether it’s something that is already in place, or something that is being considered for installation, here are 10 questions that you can put to network design providers before setting on which is the best for you.

#1: How Robust is your Network?

Understanding the topology of a network will give you a better picture and feel for how solid that network is. There are two types of topology relating to computer networks. First, there is physical topology which deals with the way that the cabling is laid out. But the one we’re more interested in in this particular instance, is the one that is referred to as logical topology.

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Which Network Cabling Solution is Right for your Business? 150 150 Simon Randall

Which Network Cabling Solution is Right for your Business?

Most businesses today, especially those with several employees, all of whom need to access a common database and/or bespoke programs, and/or access the Internet, have a computer network in place. It’s generally accepted that a cable network is better than a wireless one, although this is something that can be said to be swiftly changing. However, for larger firms cable networks are usually faster, more stable, and more secure from external interference.

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Infographic: How Well do you Know Your Cabling? 150 150 Simon Randall

Infographic: How Well do you Know Your Cabling?

Think you know your fibre from your coaxial? We’re sure you do but just in case cables tend to bamboozle you, here’s a lovely little infographic to show you the basics when it comes to network cabling and what does what.

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Are Wireless Networks as Safe and Stable as Wired? 150 150 Simon Randall

Are Wireless Networks as Safe and Stable as Wired?

Wireless networking has revolutionised the way that mostLANs (Local Area Networks) are set up and used, but is it as safe and stable as
a conventionally wired network?

The majority of SMEs have multiple PCs on site – the more
personnel, the more computers they need, and usually, these computers have to
be linked or networked. This is done in order to enable the PCs to share
software programs and utilities that are essential and specific to any
particular organisation’s business, and/or to be able them to get onto the
Internet via one central point.

Wired LAN Cabling

Most of the new business premises that are built today often
have network cabling
preinstalled. Where premises are not prewired, then cable-trunking or “raceways”
have to be installed to deliver the cabling neatly and safely, (trailing cables
are a health and safety hazard) to the point of service. 

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Why Choose a Next Generation Firewall 150 150 Simon Randall

Why Choose a Next Generation Firewall


When CharlesDarwin published his theory of evolution, computers only existed in the
realms of science fiction (if at all). As for the web, that would have been
considered the stuff of unimagined dreams. Darwin’s theory, posited in “The
Origin of the Species”
, was of coursed aimed at the natural world.

However, it can also be applied to the world of computing
and the Internet in particular. The web as we know understand it first came
being in 1974 when Telenet
become the world’s first ISP. Telenet brought something that had previously
only been used by the US military – something referred to as ARPANET, into
the public domain.

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Choosing a Unified Threat Management Vendor 150 150 Simon Randall

Choosing a Unified Threat Management Vendor

While eachorganization will have its own criteria for choosing a Unified Threat
Management vendor, performance and reliability are likely to rank highly on
their list of criteria.  At the end of
the day when choosing a Unified Threat Management vendor many companies will
simply be looking for a product which does the job and does it reliably.  

The first
and most obvious point to check when choosing a Unified Threat Management
vendor is whether or not they are capable of supporting the core security features
you require.  Typically these would
include: a firewall, URL filtering and malware-detection capabilities.


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Big Data: What’s all the fuss about? 150 150 Simon Randall

Big Data: What’s all the fuss about?

If you read thetechnology news, or even just put searches into Google, you surely
can’t have failed to notice the term big data being bandied
around very frequently. Whilst it’s easy to dismiss it out of hand as
the latest buzzword in the technology industry, which does like its
jargon, let’s face it, big data is something that could prove very
valuable to your business.

So without further
ado, let’s have a look at what big data actually is.

Big data is a
collection of data sets that are too big and complex for the usual
database management tools or data processing applications to manage.

In order to be
able to use this data for various business purposes, the enterprise
has to find a way to carry out key tasks such as:


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Preparing a Business Case for BYOD 150 150 Simon Randall

Preparing a Business Case for BYOD

It’s fair to say that technology hasevolved in such a way that most businesses and individuals can no
longer do without it, and in recent years, relatively new
technologies such as the cloud are helping to push the
comsumerisation of IT into becoming the norm.

This has led to an increasing trend
across enterprises to implement a Bring-Your-Own-Device scheme in
which the employee uses their personal devices to access the company
network. This means that there are also increasing concerns
surrounding security, especially when the cloud is also added to the
mix, although many of these concerns are unfounded, to some extent.


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Why Choose Unified Communications? 150 150 Simon Randall

Why Choose Unified Communications?

Unified communications is essentially the strategy of treating allcommunications as data and processing them through the same network. Thus
landlines are replaced by VoIP communications, fax machines by electronic fax
gateways and answering services with a number which follows employees.

This typically generates a reduction in support costs, not only because
it means that only one set of infrastructure has to supported, but also because
it means that internal phone calls can be taken out of the public telephone
network and made for free over the corporate network. While costs benefits
always go down well, unified communications have numerous benefits which would
make the strategy valuable even if it carried a cost.


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Preparing for a Wireless Network – infrastructure design and installation 150 150 Simon Randall

Preparing for a Wireless Network – infrastructure design and installation

Implementinga wireless network can be a straightforward and painless process, it just
requires an appropriate level of planning. 
Wi-Fi networks are typically added on to existing wired infrastructure
to allow for internet /network connection. 
This means that the underlying network topology will remain the same,
although it may need to be up-scaled if the Wi-Fi network is being installed to
accommodate an increase in traffic, rather than just to provide an alternative
means of accessing a company network. 

Start by putting the
right team in place

the IT team will be the linchpin of the implementation, but it should always be
remembered that the proposed network is to serve the needs of the business and
to ensure this happens it is very advisable to have representation from other
areas of the business, at least from business area managers.  If they are kept in the loop at the very least
they can take ownership of keeping their teams informed


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The Changing Face of IT 150 150 Simon Randall

The Changing Face of IT

Whoever said, “A change is as good asa rest”, clearly wasn’t talking about IT. With its ever changing face, IT
(Information Technology) continues to evolve at break neck speed, and each new
change signals another discipline, or a change to an existing functionality,
that IT experts need take on board and master.

Keeping up with the Pace

This constant state of flux makes it
very difficult for businesses to be able to keep pace. Even larger businesses
that have their own dedicated IT departments, struggle. Most SMEs can’t afford
the expense of running their own IT department. But keeping up with the latest
developments is no less important for them. So to make sure they stay current, many
SMEs take an alternative route. They use outside, specialist IT service


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Quadratek promoted to Brand-Rex Select Partner 150 150 Simon Randall

Quadratek promoted to Brand-Rex Select Partner

Quadratek is pleased toannounce we have become a Brand-Rex Select Partner.  Brand-Rex is a
manufacturer of high-performance copper based cabling systems, fibre
optic systems, and Intelligent Infrastructure Management Solutions.  
Quadratek is able to offer high quality, competitively priced,
installations backed by a 25 year warranty program.

Brand-Rex Partner Website.


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ISO 9001 and 14001 Audit update 150 150 Simon Randall

ISO 9001 and 14001 Audit update

On Friday the 3rd of May 2013 Quadratek Infrastructure Ltd successfully completed its first annual ISO surveillance visit.  Auditors from ISOQAR attended both Quadratek’s offices and customer sites where work was in progress.  The Audit was passed by ISOQAR with no findings.

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Air Blown Fibre 150 150 Simon Randall

Air Blown Fibre

Quadratek are now pleased to offer Air Blown fibre installations.  For further information please visit our Air Blown Fibre Page

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Keep on Running 150 150 Simon Randall

Keep on Running

Quadrateks HR-Cordinator Karla Page runs the London Marathon and raises over £2,000.00 for the Leonard Cheshire Trust.

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The Big Dig 150 150 Simon Randall

The Big Dig

Quadratek dig 3.5km trench to install a 24 Core Fibre Optic Cable and DON 10 Cables, across an airfield site.

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Cable Chaos – Should have gone to Quadratek 150 150 Simon Randall

Cable Chaos – Should have gone to Quadratek

Quadratek Cable and Data Cabinet Consolidation A service that offers to increase the ease of use/identification and the density of the rack … Reduce Data Centre costs by increasing cabinet density, avoid the need to increase IT estate footprint.

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Inconsistent patchy Wi-Fi coverage? 150 150 Simon Randall

Inconsistent patchy Wi-Fi coverage?

Inconsistent patchy Wi-Fi coverage can not only cause frustration, but can directly affect staff productivity and satisfaction. Quadratek are able to provide a Wi-Fi Test and Analysis service that will identify issues, problem and provide recommendations and solutions  Coverage Survey and report  Remediation plan  Supply of Wi-Fi Hardware  Installation and Configuration  On-going Support and Maintenance

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Power over Ethernet (PoE) 150 150 Simon Randall

Power over Ethernet (PoE)

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is an innovative technology that is increasingly being used to power IP telephones, wireless LAN access points, network cameras, and other network appliances.  Network technicians that have implemented or are considering implementing PoE and installers offering this technology as part of their service should be aware of some potential impacts on…

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