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A Small Business Guide to Selecting an Internet Service Provider

A Small Business Guide to Selecting an Internet Service Provider

Being online is business critical to many companies these days, so what questions should you be asking your internet service provider (ISP) to ensure you have the right supplier and the right broadband connectivity? Do you provide coverage in my area? Before you even start making comparison charts when choosing an ISP you need to know if they will be able to provide connectivity in your area. Most ISPs will supply information on their website, or just call customer service. Another option is to search online for lists of all the broadband providers that exist in your area. You could try broadbandgenie.co.uk, uswitch.com or comparethemarket.com What are the installation costs? All providers will offer different deals to secure a contract with you, but be aware that some will offer free inst... »

How Does the Internet Work?

How Does the Internet Work?

Many small businesses use the internet without thinking about it these days; visiting websites, using web-based tools, checking their online email… But what exactly powers the internet? How does the internet work? Find out in this video from 4D Data Centres with a handy transcript below. Hello and welcome to the IT Scrapbook from 4D Data Centres.  This time we’re answering the question: How does the internet work? The term “internet” is a shortened form of the two words “interconnected” and “network”. Networks are things that are connected together.  They include railway and road networks, electricity networks like the national grid and the network of nerve cells found in your brain. And a computer network consists of two or more computers linked together so that data can pass betwee... »

What Does a Data Centre Do?

What Does a Data Centre Do?

  Hello and Welcome to the IT Scrapbook from 4D Data Centres. This time we’re answering the question WHAT DOES A DATA CENTRE DO? Everyone needs to back up their computer data – including things like documents, customer details and financial information – to keep it safe from theft, fire or being accidentally deleted. And most small businesses, charities and other organisations also need an internet connection for their website and emails, so they normally store their data on a simple server on the premises. This is essentially a specialised computer the size of two pizza boxes connected to the business’s local network and also to the internet; it contains a set of hard discs that store data that can be sent through the network to other computers locally and to people visiting the busi... »