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Daily Archives: June 23, 2015

Solid State Drives

HDD (Hard Disk Drive) & SSD (Solid State Drive) Explained

An SSD is a storage device which uses microchips to hold the information, rather than the more traditional mechanical hard drive, which uses spinning metal platters with a magnetic coating.  Your data, whether it be weather reports, high definition movies or word documents are all stored on this metal coating. A read/write head on an arm accesses the data while the platters are spinning.

The SSD does much the same job, but instead of storing on a magnetic coating, data is stored in interconnected flash chips.

Inside a hard drive and ssd

What improvements are seen with a SSD


A PC equipped with a SSD will boot in a matter of seconds; certainly less than 1 minute


SSD’s dont care where the data is stored on the physical chips because there is no read head


A SSD does not have any moving parts, which makes it less prone to physical damage.


The video below demonstrates the performance gained by using a SSD.

Remote Monitoring

Our remote monitoring solution sits hand in hand with our support offerings. We get instant notifications and real time trend data for all components of our customers network; from servers and switches to applications and services, allowing us to maintain system uptime and immediately respond to critical failures.

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As soon as a service or component of our customers system is unresponsive, or resource levels such as hard drive space reach a pre-determined threshold, our monitoring system automatically notifies our engineers and service desk.

Our remote monitoring software allows us to –

  • Spot problems before they occur
  • Share availability data with stakeholders
  • Detect security breaches
  • Plan and budget for IT upgrades
  • Reduce downtime and business losses

Network Redesign

Optionbox Networks were approached by a business centre in Harrogate to organise and redesign their internal network.

Current Problems

  • 3 ADSL lines were being shared across 24 rooms
  • There was no way of guaranteeing bandwidth to each room
  • Each room had no dedicated external IP address (tenants unable to set up VPN, remote access etc)
  • Untidy cabling
  • Faulty network points

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  • Installation of a 100mb fibre lease line
  • Test and repair all network points
  • Recable the cabinet
  • Mount ADSL sockets to the wall
  • Installation of a server to allocate bandwidth to each room
  • Put each room on their own network, separating them from other tenants and giving each room their own external IP address

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