Disruption in Woodham Ferrers

Contractors have today advised us of possible disruption to power and communications at our Woodham Ferrers office. We will be operating on generator for the day, testing out our fail-over systems, but there is a risk of disruption to phone calls and email to the helpdesk. Our power backup maintains essential services only which does not include the kettle so there is also increased risk of grumpiness in our support team. No direct client systems are affected.

We apologise in advance for any issues.

Shared Hosting Issue

Investigating – We are currently experiencing some network connectivity issues on our shared hosting platform. Engineers are investigating and we will update you as soon as possible. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

System Downtime

We are aware of a failure affecting some client website, email and our remote support tools.  Services have largely been restored although there are some remaining issues due to server problem on restart which we are working on.

The underlying problem is a third party supplier who suffered a power failure but this appears to have impacted some of their redundant fail-over systems across multiple sites. Once their engineers have completed repairs and submitted reports we will review any lessons to be learned to remove any single point of failure.

Apologies if you have been affected by this issue.

Email Outage

We are receiving reports of delayed email . Investigations have shown the problem to be with an external supplier who has now put in a temporary fix. We will shortly start to release queued email and no email will have been lost.

We apologise for any inconvenience. A complaint will be raised once service levels return to normal.

Microsoft Price Rises

Microsoft have announced a “pricing realignment” in October intended to “highlight the benefits of our pricing for a cloud-first world”. We think this means  continuing the squeeze on those resisting the move to the cloud! Unfortunately we will see 10% increase in the price of Office and various on-premises editions. Get your upgrades in early!