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A lot of businesses that rely on technology will need to have a server rack. After all, you need to make sure that all of your servers, networks and hardware are protected. It is a big mistake to merely put your server on top of a desk or leave it unprotected. You are asking for trouble. Instead, you have to purchase a server rack that is going to house your hardware properly i.e. make sure it is protected from outside elements, that it has the right environment to function in and that it runs to optimum level.

If you take a look on the internet you will see that there is a wealth of different server racks available for you to choose from, just like you can get a server for a wide range of applications. This includes wall mounted cabinets, free standing, an array of different designs, a wealth of sizes, and lots of different features – such as security, cooling and cable management. Nonetheless, the issue is that every company is different. They all have differing requirements in relation to their servers and therefore it is not always possible to find the exact server rack you want.

But don’t panic, it is not all doom and gloom. You aren’t going to have to spend your business’ funds on a rack which is unsatisfactory for your servers. There are plenty of companies who provide a custom service to ensure the server racks you purchase are one hundred per cent in line with your needs. You may have seen a server rack you really like yet just want one additional feature added – such as making the cabinet soundproof. Alternatively, you may want several modifications made so that the server rack is entirely tailor made to provide the specific network you are storing with the optimum environment. No matter what you need, you will have your requirements catered to.

There is only one thing you need to do, and this is spend the time and make the effort to find a top quality company who is assured to provide you with the solution you are looking for. After all, there is definitely no room for corners to be cut when it comes to the protection of your data. Thus, don’t merely go for the first company you find and certainly don’t base your selection on the cheapest deal either.

It’s highly recommended that you opt for a company who has a wealth of experience in this industry. The last thing you want is to be someone’s practise project. Take a look at the products they currently sell on site. You should look at their section of server cabinets in order to see how diverse it is and also take a look at the wealth of additional features they sell as well. This should give you a good indication regarding their level of capability and how flexible they can be in relation to your needs. Of course speaking to the company and specifying your needs will be the most telling aspect, but you should do a bit of digging beforehand.

Furthermore, make sure the company has a good reputation. Read reviews that have been left by previous and current customers. Were they happy with the modifications that were made to their server cabinets? Did they fulfil the brief effectively? Are the server racks of quality? Was the company easy to work with? Were they easy to contact? This is how you will get the answers to the questions you really want to know. If you consider your options with great care you can ensure that you end up with a server rack that is one hundred per cent customised to suit your needs. This is the perfect platform for business efficiency.

Sarah x

Now that is December, it is officially OK to start watching Christmas films! There is always a great selection on Netflix and Sky/TV but it is also nice to put on a classic DVD. 

Two DVDs I have this year for Nick and myself to watch are:

Nativity: 4 Film Collection

£17.99 on Amazon

This collection contains all 4 of the Nativity films, neither of us have seen them before so I thought it would be good to get all 4 to work our way through 🙂

It is ideal family watching and once we have watched them I will probably share them around with my family to watch. Quite excited to start watching them this weekend.

Dreamworks Ultimate Holiday Collection

£9.99 on Amazon

This set looks amazing. I love Christmas specials. We usually end up watching Minnie and Mickeys Christmas DVDs but I am excited to see Shrek the halls! Again, this is great for any ages and any members of the family. It may be something we save to watch on Christmas day!

What are your favourite Christmas DVDs?

Sarah x

When moving it is always important to spend time looking at what deals are about, whether you already have broadband or you are a first time homeowner wanting to get it for the first time, you will more than likely want to get the best deal you can.

It can be confusing knowing where to start. When Nick and au moved in together so was suddenly hit with having to sort out our phone line and broadband and didn’t even know what to to!

I found an online broadband comparison website that offers a wide range of broadband phone deals and the way that the website works is that you enter your location and they do all the hard work for you. It is a comparison site which then shows you the best deals about, whether you want it the cheapest or the fastest, you can easily see what there is out there.

When looking for deals online for broadband it can be very time consuming but Cable has done all of the hard work for you. I always try to save money wherever I can so if you can save even just £5-10 a month on one bill it will soon add up. It is important to budget throughout the year when paying bills monthly and the deals will show you the monthly payment and also how long the contract lasts for. a many companies also offer an incentive like a £20 Amazon voucher or half price for the first 3 months but you can often get caught out by this as you think this is a good deal but it may end up costing more over a year. The comparisons show these deals clearly so it is really easy to see how much you would be paying monthly.

There are lots of companies I would never have even thought to look at. I had no idea John Lewis did broadband?!

You can also look at the various packages, so if you are tied into a phone contract and just want broadband you can filter for that or if you are looking for a complete package you can even get one with tv!

Who is your broadband with? Do you look at comparison sites for deals?

Sarah x

Driving with mobile phone

When driving, whether it is a short journey to work or a road trip that is going to take all day it is equally as important that you are safe whilst driving and stay alert.

A lot of us use smartphones on a daily basis, nowadays they are not only phones but can be used as an mp3 player and also as sat nav. It is so important that you don’t let your phone distract you whilst driving.

A recent survey was conducted about drivers and mobile phones and honestly I am quite shocked with the results!

19% of the surveyed drivers admitted that they sometimes take calls while driving, 17% admit that they read texts off of their phone, and 12% send texts. All of these reasons can result in a penalty if the police pull you over and find that it was distracting you.

I am honestly shocked that people are still using phones to text and call whilst behind the wheel knowing how dangerous it can be. Not only does it put your own life at risk, it will put at risk anyone in your car and also the drivers/pedestrians around you.

The best tips I can give when taking a long journey to avoid being distracted would be to set up your phone before you leave. Make sure you know your destination and have the address set up already on google maps so you do not have to fiddle around with it once on the road. Planning your journey is so important so you know exactly where you are going. Also, put your phone on driving mode if it has it, you can even set them up nowadays that if you are driving and someone calls or texts you then your phone will automatically text the person back to say you are driving and will respond once you have reached your destination.

If you get a lot of calls and text and like to check social media and the news regularly then plan this into your journey. Don’t look these things up when at traffic lights or when in traffic like you see some people doing! If you are on a 4 hour drive then plan before you go any places that are suitable to stop at like motorway services. You could stop once an hour for a break and have a suitable time to use your phone.

Not only are you putting people at danger using a phone whilst driving but you are also liable for a penalty if you get caught!

In the recent survey with Kwikfit:

“43% of the drivers we asked, that’s more than two in five people, did not know that the minimum penalty is now 6 points and a £200 fine if you are found to be using a mobile phone while behind the wheel. For particularly dangerous offences you can be taken to court where you could receive the maximum fine of £1,000 and even banned from driving. Drivers who have passed their driving test in the past two years will lose their licence outright for a single mobile phone related offence. Only 47% of the people we asked knew about these additional rules that specifically target inexperienced drivers who are the most likely to use their phone behind the wheel.”

You may think that you are capable of texting and driving but it IS NOT WORTH THE RISK! Take the Driven to distraction test and see how you get on!

Drive safely!

Sarah x

Imagine having a powerbank made with any photo or text you want on it. USB makers have an amazing range of powerbanks and USB drives that you can personalise and get sent to you within 24 hours using their express service.

I ordered their card powerbank with my blog logo on and it was so easy to use their personalisation service. You have to approve the image before it gets made and you can see how it will look:

The minimum order for this particular one was 10pcs but I plan on giving them away at some point as prizes 🙂

It would be great for a business to get these made up or even to get them made for your family members at Christmas with your family name or a message on!

The powerbank comes with instructions and a cable to recharge it.

My favourite thing about the powerbank is that it comes with a built in cable to use. Usually you have to lug around an iPhone cable but this has a built in micro usb and you can also then use the built in adaptor too which makes it into a lightening iPhone charger! It is so cool that you can use it to charge two different things without having additional cables.

When not in use the cable folds back into the powerbank 🙂

It came in so handy using it on my recent day out when I wanted to charge my phone and my camera!

Really impressed with the service from USB makers as well as the quality of the powerbank and how useful it is!

Sarah x