Discus Systems PLC - IT Support Company in Birmingham West midlands
0800 880 3360
Posted by Graham Keen on Wed 14th Sep 2011

  Business IT Support (4 hour response)
Server Support £166.00 + VAT per month
Workstation Support £20.00 + VAT per month
Cloud Service Support £66.00 + VAT per month
On-site Technican £680.00 + VAT per day

Please call 0800 880 3360 (01675430080) for more information or email u2us@discus.co.uk

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The Discus Diviner

September 2011 


Welcome to the September edition of The Discus Diviner.


The growing popularity of hosted solutions and interest in The Cloud means that, more than ever before,  businesses  need to consider carefully their connectivity and communications requirements. Hosting and Software as a Service place a high demand on bandwidth.  Traditionally the preserve of BT, new and innovative competition has emerged in the form of wireless leased lines. This month, we touch upon one customer's experience.


Email is now an indispensable means of communication. Businesses simply would not function without it. So what would happen if you couldn't access it? Would your business grind to a halt? Read below to find out how we can help you should this occur.


The IT Support Guy is enjoying a well-earned caravan holiday in Cleethorpes with his partner and pet Collie. We wish him well.




Nicola Wins Kindle



Damien Biddulph, Discus Systems' Sales Director, is pictured presenting Nicola Edden of CP Bigwood with the Kindle 3G she won in our recent competition.


Happy e-reading, Nicola!





Packington Estate chooses Discus Systems


Prominent landowner, Packington Estate, engaged Discus Systems to install a high speed Internet link at Park Farm Barns, one of the Estate's managed business complexes. Faced with the choice between a fibre-based leased line and a wireless leased line solution from Discus,  the latter was selected on the grounds of substantial savings in both cost and time to install. Discus Systems' Wireless Leased Line provides an uncontended (no sharing of bandwidth) solution.


Malcolm Wiggin of Packington Estate says


'Park Farms Barns were in need of a high-speed link to enable our business tenants to effectively carry out their business. Faced with the choice of an expensive, long lead-time fibre-based leased line, or much less expensive, wireless leased line from Discus Systems, we opted for the latter. One of the benefits of wireless is that there is a minimal impact on the environment during installation  - no digging of trenches, unsightly working and disruption to pedestrians or vehicular movements. We are very happy with our choice.'





Discus Systems' Wireless Leased Line


Twiddling your thumbs waiting for the Internet? File transfers taking forever? Losing online business because of sluggish communications?  You don't  need us to tell you your pipeline  to the outside world needs beefing up.


But before you contact BT, why not weigh up the advantages of a wireless leased line?

  • Substantially cheaper than a fibre-based leased line. For example, a 10 Mbps  circuit can be installed for just £1000 with a monthly rental that is up to 80% cheaper than a wire-based circuit.
  • Much simpler to install - days as opposed to weeks.
  • A wireless circuit is uncontended - the full bandwidth is available to you exclusively.
  • No disruption to the physical environment. Do your bit for the planet!

For further information email u2us@discus.co.uk  or for an informal discussion contact Terry or Martyn on 0800 880 3360 




Copper - once again in demand


What would you do if you turned up to find your email wasn't working? Curse Microsoft? Contact IT Support?


Perhaps. But what if some light-fingered gentlemen had thoughtlessly removed all the copper cable connecting your business to the outside world?


You don't believe it could ever happen? Neither did one of our customers until recently. Then the unthinkable happened. They turned up one morning to find thieves had ripped out the main copper cabling used for communication.

No Internet. No email.

No way they could do business. Or was there?

Thankfully, yes.

Within hours they were up and running again thanks to Discus Systems' Email Continuity solution, a standby email solution that offers virtually uninterrupted email in the event of disaster, minimising disruption to your business.

For as little as 30 pence per week per mailbox, you can protect your business from email outage.

For further information email u2us@discus.co.uk  or for an informal discussion contact Terry or Martyn on 0800 880 3360




Is your business newly incorporated?


If it is, your head will be spinning with the hundred and one things you have to do. So why make things more complicated by wrestling with your IT? What might start out as  a server, a few PCs and a bit of cabling can rapidly escalate into a logistical nightmare, involving multiple suppliers. That's why we offer Discus Systems' Flying Start solution - one party to deal with. Let us take away the stress of setting up your IT. Less time, less trouble, giving you time to deal with other things.

For further information email u2us@discus.co.uk  or for an informal discussion contact Terry or Martyn on 0800 880 3360   





Thank you for reading September's  issue of The Discus Diviner.


Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any comments or criticisms.







Terry Biddulph

Managing Director

Discus Systems plc 

In This Issue

Nicola Wins Kindle

Packington Estate chooses Discus Systems

Discus Systems' Wireless Leased Line

Copper - once again in demand

Is your business newly incorporated?

Damien's Tips 'n Tricks

The Hampton Joker



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Damien's Tips 'n Tricks 

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The Hampton Joker 

Letter from The Joker:


'Dear Tech Support,


Last year I upgraded from Girlfriend 7.0 to Wife 1.0. I soon noticed that the new program began with unexpected child processing that took up a lot of space and valuable resources.


In addition, Wife 1.0 installed itself into all other programs and now monitors all other system activities such as: Poker Night 10.3, Football 5.0 and Golf 7.5


I can't seem to keep Wife 1.0 in the background while attempting to run my favorite applications. I'm thinking about going back to Girlfriend 7.0, but the uninstall doesn't work on Wife 1.0.

Please HELP!!'



Discus Systems -  providing IT support since 1997 to the West Midlands,

covering Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield, Tamworth,

Wolverhampton, Dudley, Bromsgrove and Redditch.




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