Friday 29 July 2011

Website Updates

Updating websites is always a tricky business, especially when you have one with as much content as ours. Every new page has to fit the style and content of the rest of the site whilst also providing fresh new content.

The content has to be easy to understand whilst also presenting a certain degree of technical information for those seeking answers to questions which may result in them not having to pick up the phone.

In the last couple of months we have almost ten new pages on our website, each featuring a product that we supply. The content is detailed and will hopefully be easy to understand.

Managing and maintaining a website like ours is a bit like painting the Humber bridge in so much as once you have finished you have to start again, reviewing the original content and making sure is it fresh and up to date.

Monday 25 July 2011

Will SYDR have the funds to complete their network build?

Good afternoon.

Someone pointed me to an article in the Yorkshire Post earlier today highlighing the apparent troubles the South Yorkshire Digital Region (SYDR) project may be suffering.

It makes an interesting read and I wondered what your take was on the whole affair?

Original Article: HERE

It sound a bit like a case of devil and the deep blue to me!

Welcome your comments.

Friday 22 July 2011

Searching for the right backup

The life of a C.C.S. tech support has involved a lot of system backups lately… You see, we’ve been looking at various different enterprise class remote backup solutions over the past couple of months, and each one that we are interested in we like to test thoroughly. This invariably means installing several instances of backup server software, and many more backup clients.

It’s great that so much of the backup software out there is available to test as a free trial these days. This certainly makes our job of pre-release testing that little bit easier. But it must also be said that there are also a lot of backup solutions out there that can’t live up to their own marketing hype… It’s not my place to start writing a review, but suffice to say that we have tried several different brands before we’ve found the gold standard that we’re looking for. Watch this space to find out more!

EFM (Ethernet First Mile)

Whilst this Blog is not really as formal as our proper website it's still worth mentioning our products from time to time, especially if we feel they're of particular interest to businesses. Here is some marketing blurb that we wrote for EFM..........

CCS Leeds can now supply EFM (Ethernet First Mile) leased lines; a more cost effective solution for businesses that require the performance of a fibre based leased line at uncontended speeds of up to 20Mbp/s down and up.

EFM is a new cutting edge technology which uses existing bundles of copper pairs to deliver a much faster internet connection to your business and because it is delivered on copper, it means that the costs are lower and the installation times are much faster.

CCS Leeds recognises that some businesses cannot justify the high costs of having a fibre leased line and as such we are delighted that we can offer EFM as an alternative to our customers.

This new and exciting technology is the ideal solution for SME’s who need a highly available, uncontended, fast internet connection with an up to 100% service level agreement. CCS Leeds also has a UK based support centre which is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

EFM is not yet available in every area and it does depend on whether or not it is enabled at you nearest exchange. If it is available to you the good news is that the pricing is fixed.

What can this be.....?

Answers on a postcard please.

Friday 15 July 2011

Day One

Fridays are never what you expect them to be. You would think that most people would spend their Fridays catching up on all the things they haven't managed to fit in during the week and do this at a leisurely pace but no, they choose Fridays to ask for technical help and enquire about new products they are thinking about buying.

Now this is fine, we don't mind at all as that's what we're here for..... bring it on we say but please don't wait until 5:29pm to do it and then expect a comprehensive proposal 5 minutes later (actually do expect it as we really don't mind that much).