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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Thu 1st Oct 2009



Windows 7 - The latest Windows release will be available  very soon, and unlike the previous release (Vista) of Windows, the latest instalment has now become a serious contender to replace those ag­ing Windows XP machines.  There are a lot of exciting new features with Windows 7; here are some to wet your appetite

Windows 7 Hardware & application compatibility - Basically.. It works! - unlike Windows Vista, Windows 7 works out of the box!  I recently upgraded my main ma­chine to find that I didn’t encounter any problems with the new version.  In fact , I’d go as far as to say, I was pleasantly surprised how quick, easy and pain free the in­stallation was.  Microsoft have definitely moved in the right direction.

Windows 7 Data Encryption - There hasn’t been many stories of late regarding any government pen sticks going missing or data being found but it has by no means ended.  The new version of Windows 7 should help as it includes Bit Locker technology provid­ing full encryption to all boot volumes along with introducing Bit Locker To Go which  offers protection on portable storage like your Pen drive. So, if you do leave data somewhere no one can read it!

Windows 7 Libraries - Microsoft have developed another little useful feature which is libraries.  Just think how many pictures you have all over your computer.  Your Camera software puts them in one place, Internet explorer saves another, then you saved some on your desktop! - Microsoft searches the entire computer in real time and generates a folder with all your images in one place even if they’re all over the computer.  It does the same with Documents, Videos, Music, and other file types. This is an excellent feature for a home and businesses users alike.

If you are interested or need more information please contact Damien on 0800 880 3360

VMware vSphere - VMware the leader in virtualization technologies is launching a new product- vSphere.  The future of your IT infrastruc­ture will largely depend upon Virtualization.  Therefore, anything new from VMware is going to be something we should all take note of.

Typically companies today have a server for each task, one for their emails, one for their file system, and one for remote access or Terminal Services.  The problem with this is that the servers will use very little of its resources the majority of the time. If you can imagine adding these three computers together, splitting the tasks evenly over the machines, you would make best use of the resources on those machines.  This is where Vsphere virtualizes the 3 servers over 1 computer

vSphere is the industry's first cloud operating system which is specifically designed to holistically manage large collections of infrastructure—CPU’s, storage and networking as a seamless, flexible and dynamic operating environment.

On top of making the servers more efficient , you will have more control & choice over your IT infrastructure. vSphere dramatically lowers the total cost of application,

operation and maintenance by automating management and dynamically allocating re­sources to applications across internal and external cloud infrastructures. 

Discus are embracing the new product from VMware and are looking to deploy the product in the near future.

For more information contact Chris on 0800 880 3360

Search Engine Optimisation

Discus’s website is moving on in leaps and bounds, as most of you are aware considering how many people have visited since its launch in July.

Discus offers a Search Engine Optimi­sation audit of your website free of charge with no obligation or cost to you, there is nothing to lose to ensure that your website is giving you the busi­ness that is expected from the web.
Getting to know us..

Name:           Lynne Thomas
Married:         18 years
Children:        2 boys aged 14 & 12

Lynne Thomas joined Discus Sys­tems in November 2008 as Financial Controller

Lynne is keen on tennis, but doesn’t have as much time now to play. How­ever, she does enjoy watching her sons play and the occasional bit of Sudoku.

If you wish to contact Lynne then you can call her any time on 01675 461318 or email her at  lynne@discus.co.uk

Great North Run 

Contact Graham on 0800 880 3360 for more details.

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