What is CES? Your guide to this Las Vegas tech event!

Next taking place in January 2021, CES is a consumer technology exhibition – the Consumer Electronics Show. More than 4,400 businesses and inventors use this stage to exhibit their products. Meanwhile, those with an interest travel from all over the globe. Spread across some of the biggest venues in Vegas, including The Venetian, Wynn Las …

Windows 7 End of Life and major Windows Server 2016 flaw

Today is there day when Windows 7 reaches End of Life (EOL), this means that Microsoft won’t provide any further updates so should a security issue be uncovered, it will be left open for hackers to exploit. It is therefore strongly recommended that if you do use Windows 7, you should upgrade to Windows 10 …

What is .NET Core?

Allowing easy access to web and desktop development software that is user-friendly, standardised and works across platforms is one of the most important founding principles of the World Wide Web as we know it today. It means that anyone can take a standard framework that is functional and re-form it into anything they want it …

Proudly continuing our support for The Royal British Legion

The catalyst2 team is delighted to be once again providing managed hosting for The Royal British Legion as we approach another Poppy Appeal, but we probably shouldn’t have told you that, because there are spies everywhere! Operation Poppy This year sees the centenary year of Government Communications Headquarters, more commonly known as GCHQ. The intelligence, …

What is auto-scaling, and why should you let catalyst2 help you implement it?

As cloud computing becomes a more widely implemented solution for businesses looking to manage their server load, auto-scaling is growing in importance. Enlisting the help of a specialist service provider, such as Catalyst2, can allow you to ensure a reliable and professionally managed auto-scaling implementation. What is auto-scaling? Before you can know why you need …

What is an MSP, and what can they do for you?

If you’re in the world of business, then it is likely that you have come across the term “Managed Service Provider” (MSP). Depending on your area of expertise, although you may have heard the term, it may mean nothing to you. Unless you’re in the field, it’s unlikely that you’ll know what an MSP does. …

High Touch Hosting

Whether you are creating a brand new website or expanding your current one, you’ll have a long list of items to consider. There will be content requirements; design features; integrated tools or software; maybe an e-commerce store, but will you have researched your hosting needs? As a website grows, so does the need for resources …

What is web hosting?

At a very basic level, web hosting is the home for your website. Just like your business might have an office, a shop or a warehouse, your website needs somewhere to call home. All of the content – images, files, databases and software – that power your website is stored on a server. This server …

Benefits of migrating from on-prem servers to the cloud

Information is the lifeblood of modern businesses. Companies rely on immense computing power to collect, store, and analyse essential data for vital business operations. Although some businesses still depend on on-premises servers for data processing and storage, many companies seem in favour of cloud-based IT infrastructure. An on-prem server is a physical on-site computing system …