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IaaS, PaaS or SaaS? Choosing the Right Cloud Service

30.7.2020 by Laura Valentine

If you’re not familiar with the language of cloud, it can be difficult to understand how IaaS, PaaS or SaaS can benefit your business. It also makes it more challenging to choose the best option for you. The main differences between these solutions lie in the split of management responsibilities; each offers a different balance of what is managed on-premises by yourselves, and what is outsourced to your cloud vendor. Which solution you need will depend on the specific requirements of your organisation, but let’s start with some simple definitions.   What is infrastructure as a service (IaaS)?  To understand what’s provided by IaaS, you first need to have a good grasp of what infrastructure is. Infrastructure refers to all your servers, computers, hard drives, routers and the wires that…

New DDoS Attack Vectors Identified

27.7.2020 by Laura Valentine

Last week the FBI sent out an alert warning of four new DDoS attack vectors that have been identified. Of these, three have already been exploited, resulting in several large DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks across the globe.   The four new vectors are:  Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP) …

Network visibility: What is it and why do I need it?

21.7.2020 by Guest

This guest post was authored by UKFast Head of Security, Stephen Crow. There’s a direct correlation between good network visibility and effective network security. That’s because network visibility is the key to improving your organisation’s security policies and procedures, resulting in fewer opportunities for cybercriminals, more rapid threat…

Twitter hack: Social Engineering Explained 

16.7.2020 by Guest

Yesterday, several high-profile Twitter accounts were accessed by hackers and used as part of a bitcoin scam. Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Uber and Apple were amongst those targeted by the attackers, who posted scam links promising that donations made to a bitcoin wallet would be doubled by the account holder. The…

Planning for a post-Covid peak season 

15.7.2020 by Laura Valentine

Is it ever too early to start peak-season planning? Year on year, Black Friday grows in popularity in the UK, with only 8% of people saying that they avoid the event altogether. Each year we talk about making sure your…

UKFast Updates: DRaaS, Cloud, APIs and more

14.7.2020 by Charlotte Nuttall

In today’s post, we’ve gathered the latest and greatest updates from across the business, with plenty of new and exciting developments including our recent cloud network expansion to Amsterdam! As always, if you'd like to know more please do get…

What are RPO and RTO in disaster recovery?

13.7.2020 by Laura Valentine

If all your systems went down tomorrow, would you know where to start in order to get everything up and running again? For almost all businesses, downtime results in substantial loss of revenue, has repercussions for your brand reputation and…

Why DR must be business as usual

9.7.2020 by Laura Valentine

If the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that businesses need to be prepared for everything. Failing to put in place a disaster recovery (DR) plan that accounts for every possible situation risks downtime, loss of data, damage to…

DR vs Backups: What’s the difference?

3.7.2020 by Laura Valentine

Disaster recovery and backup are terms often misused when it comes to making sure you have a business continuity plan for your organisation. Maybe you take care to back up your data each evening. Perhaps you even store that backup…

What is Disaster Recovery as a Service?

1.7.2020 by Laura Valentine

In its simplest form, disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is a cloud-based DR solution. Historically, traditional DR methods have required considerable investment in additional hardware or the outsourcing of an always-on DR service in order to ensure business continuity…