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New Year, New hosting partner?

Greetings and Happy New Year to all of our clients, colleagues, partners.

The tree is down, Christmas has been put back into the loft and back to work we return, a little heavier but hopefully having had a fantastic time with our friends and family.

For many organisations the new year will be one of change. Many will want to evaluate their relationships with their existing hosting companies and many will be looking now to either migrating from an existing host entirely or looking at new requirements for their own operations and those of their clients.

At Host Consult we have been finding considerable savings of 70% plus whilst improving service levels and providing superior infrastructure. Host Consult works on your behalf to secure low-cost, high-performance hosting solutions that you can ensure will be fit for purpose for many years to come. Best of all, our services are free for you, our clients.

Is it time for your New Year Hosting Healthcheck?

Drop Host Consult a message now and our team will get in touch to see how we might help. There’s no fees and no commitment – what do you have to lose?


Acquisition trail part 2 – IOMart United Front

It’s been a busy start to the festive season with news of the second sizeable acquisition of the month, in which IOMart have acquired United Hosting in a consideration of ‘up to £11m’

from the IOMart news desk:

‘iomart, the cloud computing company, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the entire issued share capital of United Communications Limited (which trades as “United Hosting”) (on a cash-free/debt-free normalised working capital basis) for a total consideration of up to £11.0 million, with £7.5 million settled in cash on completion. A further amount of £3.5 million is contingent on United Hosting achieving agreed EBIT performance targets in years to April 2016 and 2017.’

Well done to Matt, Simon and the team.

Read more on the IOMart corporate pages


Nearly 50% of clients ‘failed or stalled’ their cloud hosting migrations

Nearly half of organisations polled in a recent survey admitted they had failed or stalled their cloud hosting implementations, with a further half claiming they had to alter their budget and a whopping 70% force to make changes to their design.

These are the latest figures from a study of 358 respondents conducted by INetU and THINKStrategies entitled “The Adventures of Moving to the Cloud”, which aims to show CIOs and business managers it’s not a “walk in the park” to migrate over.

Only 27% of clients were ‘extremely happy’ with their Cloud Hosting Provider. Of these 27%, 96% of Client platforms are managed by their provider.

Read more from Cloudtech


Microsoft announces new OS ‘super-patch’ going live tomorrow

Microsoft has announced a major set of OS patches to go live for update tomorrow. The company announced 16 new security bulletin’s of which five have been flagged as critical and the OS’s covered range from IE6 and Windows Server 2003 SP2 on to IE11.

Details here

From The Register:

“The other critical bulletins address bugs in Windows itself, although just how severe the flaws are depends on which version of the OS you’re running. No version is completely safe, however – even the Windows 10 Technical Preview will need to be patched.

Four of the five critical bugs are said to allow remote code execution, while the last could allow an attacker to gain administrative privilege on a vulnerable machine. Several of the less-severe flaws allow privilege elevation, as well, while others allow attackers to bypass OS security features.”

Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week