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    Nouveau Newsletter October 2021 – Cloud and Cybersecurity

    Oct 11, 2021

    Welcome to the Nouveau Newsletter for the month of October 2021. Here we will be discussing a range of relevant cloud and cybersecurity topics that we think you will find valuable. We will be covering:

     

    • Nouveau’s focus towards Cloud and Cybersecurity
    • Microsoft Price Changes
    • Securing your Multi-Cloud Environment
    • Hybrid Working Poll
    • Windows 11 Upgrade Advice
    • The Vinci Incredible Journey
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    The Importance of Cloud and Cybersecurity

    For well over 25 years, we at Nouveau have been striving to provide best-of-breed IT Services and Solutions to our customers. We have always said that our personal service helps “make the complicated simple”, and by enabling technology we can in turn help support our people.

    Over the last few years and especially during Covid ’19, it is clear the demand for Cloud and Cybersecurity services is rising. We can ensure you that we here at Nouveau fully understand the importance of these services to your business.

    From Microsoft 365, AWS, and Infrastructure as a Service to Security Solutions, Managed Endpoint Protection , and a wide range of Fortinet solutions, we have you covered. If you have any cloud or cybersecurity-related questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always happy to help.

    Office 365 and Microsoft 365 price increase

    If you haven’t already heard, we have recently received an update that Office 365 and Microsoft 365 commercial prices will be going up from the 1st March 2022.

    For existing customers, the price increase will take effect from your renewal date.

    We have not received all the details yet, but we wanted to provide you with as much heads up as we can so you can budget and plan accordingly, though please be aware that this could be subject to change.  There will be no changes to pricing for education at this time.

    If you have any of the packages below you will be affected:

    • Microsoft 365 Business Basic
    • Microsoft 365 Business Premium
    • Office 365 E1
    • Office 365 E3
    • Office 365 E5
    • Microsoft 365 E3

    For more details read the blog post from Microsoft that includes guide pricing:

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2021/08/19/new-pricing-for-microsoft-365/

    We are working closely with our CSP provider to understand all the details and as soon as we know more will update you again.

     

    How to secure your multi-cloud environments

    Over the last decade, cloud computing has fundamentally changed how we use and deploy the technology. As public cloud infrastructure continues to grow, utility-type consumption models offer an attractive solution for enabling businesses to easily scale up and down to meet rapidly changing business needs. Security, however, still needs your absolute attention.

    When securing your multi-cloud environment, you will need to consider:

    • How educated and security aware are your staff?
    • Do they need additional training in order to promote safe and secure use of public, private, and hybrid cloud environments?
    • Have you implemented security solutions into all of your processes?
    • Are you planning ahead for disasters and minimizing downtime?
    • Have you estimated costs yet to see how much you’ll be paying each service provider and if you need to pay for additional or extra services?

    Read our recent blog post that covers a few of the most important areas to look at in order to secure your adoption of multi-cloud architecture. From cyber-attacks to social engineering, we cover it all and are sure you will find something informative. Read here.

     

    Hybrid Working Survey – Help us!

    Recently, we have been thinking about Hybrid Working and how it is impacting our customers. There are a lot of statistics floating around, but we would like to see how the new way of working is impacting our customers for ourselves.

    We want to learn more about what working model post lockdown is suiting your organisation, and how cybersecurity plays a role within that.

    By responding to our survey, you will help enable us to create educational and informative content that suits you moving forward. We would love to hear from you.

    Complete our survey by clicking here.

     

    Windows 11 – Important Advice

    Microsoft recently released their latest version of Windows on October 5th called Windows 11 which is being offered as a free download to all compatible computers.  However, after internal testing we would discourage upgrading at the present time.

    Windows 11 is still in its infancy, and as such there are programs that are not yet compatible and bugs that need to be resolved before we can recommend upgrading devices. It is likely to take a few months for the issues to be ironed out and for application vendors to make the relevant updates to their software to be compatible.

    We’ll provide another update in regards to Windows 11 in the New Year. In the meantime, if you have a specific use case, our support team will be happy to discuss this with you.

     

    Our Incredible Virtual Run for Charity

    Nouveau, as part of Axians UK and VINCI, has been participating in a virtual run named the “Incredible Journey” where our employees work together to complete a 4000km route to raise money for charity.

    The race works by tracking exercise using either a phone or wearable device and by adding our distances to our team’s collective goal, calculating our position in the race.

    Our selected charity is MacMillan Cancer Support, along with NSPCC, MIND and Electrical Industries Charity.


    ” I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the prompt assistance you provided us with during this project.

    Could you kindly express our gratitude to your engineers for the excellent work they carried out for us. “

    Farhad | London Borough of Hounslow

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    ” Being responsible for IT in an organisation which is very tech dependant is a real challenge, especially having no formal IT experience myself.  Having the Nouveau team at the end of the phone is a real-life saver and I have needed a life line many times.  I most appreciate the accessibility, knowledge and friendliness of the team. “

    Judith Ball | CFO | Aspen Worldwide

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    ” The company I work for has been using Nouveau Solutions for the past 15+ years and I have had the pleasure myself to build up a good, close relationship with them for about 12 of those years.

    Nouveau Solutions have dedicated teams for each different area that are made up of very knowledgeable technicians and engineers that specialise in their specific area of expertise. It is due to this that I always feel confident that Nouveau Solutions will be able to deliver us any IT services that we may request from them (there has been a lot over the years).

    They have always gone above and beyond to deliver high quality professional IT services to meet any requirements that we throw at them within any timeframes that we may set.

    On top of the ad-hoc IT services we request from Nouveau Solutions, they also monitor, manage, maintain and support some of our network infrastructure and have always been on hand to resolve any issues that may be noticed via their monitoring or raised by us within a timely manner.

    We also purchase the majority of our IT equipment including hardware, software and licensing through Nouveau Solutions which is always at a reasonable price and always received within a timely manner.

    Since day one of our relationship with Nouveau Solutions we have been appointed to the same one account manager which has allowed him to get to know our business very well. The service that has been provided by him to us has been nothing but exceptional. He always comes across as knowledgeable in any business discussions that we may have and has always been happy to take the time to communicate with us, make us aware of anything that we need to be aware of, or provide us with updates on anything.  I have always had the impression that his main priority is to ensure that we are happy with everything that Nouveau Solutions provides to us and he will do anything to ensure that is the case.

    All in all, I have nothing but praise to offer for Nouveau Solutions and would highly recommend them to any company that was looking for an IT services company.  There are definitely no plans here to switch to a different IT services company for the foreseeable future.

    Here’s to many more years with using Nouveau Solutions! “

    Lee Burgess | IT Systems Administrator | Combined Independents (Holdings) Ltd

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    ” Nouveau have been brilliant from start to finish – very professional and competitive with their service and pricing. We needed a large number of Firewalls to deploy across our global company over a very short time period and thanks to Jack’s excellent availability, Nouveau’s turn-around time was extremely swift, even with nearly no notice. Nouveau not only provided us with the hardware  – one of their competent technicians supplied us with some design work in the past to help with our data centre firewalls replacement project! Nouveau have been great to work with. “

    Hassan Ashraf | IT Service and Infrastructure Manager | Everlight Radiology

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    ” In the summer of 2017, I approached Nouveau in the hope of finding a competent partner that could help us through an upcoming hardware refresh. A priority of ours was to discover a local business (within 20 miles) that excelled and specialised in HPE, Dell, Fortinet and Microsoft/Office 365 as we planned to refresh our whole core infrastructure,. This included storage, infrastructure hosting and networking (core, access and perimeter) for our headquarters and our other branches. After an extensive phase of speccing, detail planning and quoting, Andy Swain and his team were able to offer a “spot on” solution for our demands with a very high cost/value ratio. This project led to a very open and trusting partnership with Nouveau and made them our No.1 partner within IT. “

    Stefan Nader | Ensilica

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