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Fridays at UKFast – 22nd July 2016

22 July 2016 by Jenn Granger

A cowboy rides into town on Friday, two days later he leaves on Friday. How did he do it?* Riddles aside, this week’s blog has been ruminating on securing the future with our new UKFast acquisition, and why you should enter the Digital Entrepreneur Awards now. Right now. We’ve also got a discount for the UKFast Salford 10k (and at least one million logically sound reasons to take part), and the lowdown on the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation grad ceremony at UKFast! Here’s the best of this week’s rest.

Fridays at UKFast

BT (Bad Times)

Yesterday was a dark day for lots of BT customers after a service blackout left them without broadband and telephone service, with the online services of a few banks hit too. The company acknowledged the service was down around 9am yesterday and it sounds like it’s still ongoing. It’s a pretty devastating amount of time in the digital-driven age we live in.

Although the company said that a power fault at one of its partners’ sites in London was the problem, the BBC found that it was actually down to California-based data centre operator Equinix. “Equinix can confirm that we experienced a brief outage at the former Telecity LD8 site in London earlier this morning,” said Russell Poole, managing director in the UK for Equinix. “This impacted a limited number of customers, however service was restored within minutes. Equinix engineers are on site and actively working with customers to minimise the impact.”

Although it’s inevitable that issues will arise, incidents like this show the importance of having a data centre provider you can count on to have protection in place and react quickly; when you’re choosing who to entrust your data with, ensure they have full redundancy and backup power, so that if disaster strikes they’ll be able to deal with it, stat.

Skills to pay the bills

In almost every sector digital skills are now a must – you’re approximately 5.762 million per cent more employable if you have some tech in your tool kit. And yet a new report looking at digital education, skills and confidence, commissioned by Ashok Vaswani, chief exec over at Barclays UK, has found that we’re a little behind in coming forward, digitally speaking. Only 16 per cent of Brits would be comfortable building a website, compared to 39 per cent in Brazil and 37 per cent in India, for example. That’s pretty bleak considering that most businesses now have online offerings.

“In the previous century, most of us had to cope with just one big shift in technology in our career or lifetime, and we’ve been able to rely on our early education to get us through,” said Vaswani.

“But now these changes are happening constantly, through the evolution of the internet, smartphones, social media and the advent of new technologies like blockchain, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and open data. This research shows Britons need to equip themselves with digital skills whether to futureproof their career, or keep personal data and devices safe.”

We’re also behind on digital security practices, and digital training in the workplace according to the research. It couldn’t be easier these days to get trained up – free online courses like, which teach you to code, have made tech incredibly accessible – so skill yourself up and promote it in your workplace too, the future has arrived!

Clean living

Completely non-tech-related top tip of the day – make sure you thoroughly wash mixed salad leaves as it sounds like this could be the source of an E. coli outbreak that killed two people and infected more than 150 people in the UK. Stay safe!

This is how we’ve been feeling in the sun this week

Have a great one!

*He was either really lucky because Friday came twice that week or his horse was named Friday. You choose, you ballers, because it’s Friday!