ESG Blog Series 4: Our Commitment to Social Sustainabaility

Alongside generations of product experience held throughout our teams, we invest in our people so that they can continue to provide the latest advice, technical support, […]

ESG Blog Series 3: Our Commitment to the Environment

Our Services We’re working with our customers to help them achieve their sustainability goals by reducing their reliance on physical services and transitioning them onto the […]

ESG Blog Series 2: Our Commitment to Sustainability

At Ultima, we see sustainability and humanity’s response to climate change as one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime. We must plan for a cleaner, […]

Cisco Launches Two New Switches

Cisco has launched two new switches; Nexus 9232E and Cisco 8111. The Nexus-branded appliance runs Cisco’s in-house network operating system, while the latter is designed for […]

ESG Blog Series 1: Tamsin Ashmore Statement

As Chief Financial Officer, I see the rise of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reflecting changing attitudes that Ultima must consider. From how our actions affect […]

Good Infrastructure Maintenance Drives Down Costs

With the hybrid workforce and ‘working anywhere’ here to stay, coupled with an explosion in data growth, the daily demands upon an organisation’s infrastructure have never […]

New Security Features for Azure/Office 365

Security Defaults are being enabled by Microsoft for some existing customers. What does this mean for your business? In the summer of 2022, Microsoft announced the […]

Microsoft increases prices for SQL Server Licensing

Microsoft has announced that they are increasing their SQL Server Licenses by 10% from 1st January 2023. This follows the launch of the SQL Server 2022 […]

Managed Workspace Improves Employee Satisfaction

Successful businesses create a culture that places a positive employee experience at the heart of their workspace strategy. They attract the best talent and deliver a […]

HPE GreenLake Moves from Incubation to the Heart of Everything

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s GreenLake Cloud Services Commercial Business is being fully integrated into the core operations of the organisation. The HPE GreenLake platform continues to be […]

Key Product Updates from Microsoft Ignite Conference

This year’s Microsoft Ignite was focused on how Microsoft Cloud is helping customers do more with less.  The conference showcased the best of what’s next for […]

Mimecast’s Email Security, Cloud Integrated Solution Provides Improved Cyber Security Resilience

The challengeMicrosoft 365 cloud-delivered email has become core to more than two-thirds of the world’s email communications infrastructure. Despite native security and resilience capabilities included within […]

SQL Server Software Assurance Benefits Improvements

New changes for SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery: Microsoft recently announced changes to the benefits available for organisations who purchase Software Assurance (SA) with […]

6 Perfect Applications for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

As hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) continues to mature, living up to its undoubted transformative potential, companies of all sizes are considering how best to use it to […]

Define and Build your Azure API App with Swagger-OpenAPI

Microsoft Azure provides the API App as part of its App Service offering. This supports companies or individuals exposing data and business processes over the web as an […]

Canalys Forum, Highlights Blog

I’m going to open this blog with possibly the least original statement ever – we’re living in a time of immense change. Politics, economics, pandemics, sustainability, […]

Ultima’s Patching as a Service Capabilities

Is there anything in the world more dull than Magnolia Paint…. The answer is yes, yes there is, Patching, yet it keeps many of us up […]

Microsoft Monthly Newsletter – October 2022

General Availability of Teams Phone Mobile Microsoft announce the General Availability of Teams Phone Mobile, previously known as Operator Connect Mobile, which gives users a single, […]

Ultima’s Volunteering Month and partnership with Million Mile Clean

September was Ultima’s volunteering month and with that we are excited to launch a new partnership with the Million Mile Clean. Suffers Against Sewage created their […]

Ultima and Mind Charity Partnership

At Ultima we are passionate about doing our part to support the community. This year we are delighted to be supporting Mind who provide advice and support to […]

Citrix on Azure Virtual Desktop

Why do we still need Citrix when Azure Virtual Desktop is “free”? There are many potential answers to this, and most will depend on your particular […]

Azure Virtual Desktop with Infrastructure as Code

All reputable Buzzword Bingo cards will have entries for “Cloud”, “CI/CD” and “DevOps” on them, and here we will be using all with astounding frequency. I […]

How Diversity Can Drive Innovation

At Ultima, we strive to be an inclusive community along with the support of our valuable workers. Our talented employees operate in close partnerships with businesses […]

Microsoft Azure Trends in 2021

The world we live in is vastly different from the start of 2020, both economically and socially. The challenges of the pandemic have been felt across […]

HPE Discover 2021: The future is edge to cloud

Last month, HPE brought together thousands of business leaders and technologists from across the globe to prepare for the next wave of digital transformation, powered by […]

Tech: why it might be your kryptonite

Today, the disconnect between business expectation and IT delivery is wider than ever. In this blog, we’ll look at why the technology that enables your business […]

Toolbox Tales of a Social Engineer Virtual Event

Join our virtual event ‘Toolbox Tales’ of a Social Engineer with Richard De Vere, Head of Social Engineering for the Ultima Group on Thursday 29th September 2022. Richard has spent […]

Defend against the most targeted platform in the world

The most targeted platform in the world demands the best email security. The challenge Email is the most universal communication tool for businesses and more than […]

Ultima combats climate change in partnership with Ecologi

Climate change is affecting our planet dramatically with CO2 in the atmosphere reaching record levels in May 2020, hitting 417 parts per million. The last time […]

The importance of maintaining work relationships

To coincide with international friendship day, we take a look at the importance of building relationships in the workplace. People are social creatures by nature and […]

How technology can help you contribute to a more sustainable future

With the increasing threat of climate change, it’s never been more important to do everything we can to work towards a more sustainable future. However, it […]

Ultima achieves Microsoft Advanced Specialisation in Windows Server and SQL Server Migration

Following a comprehensive audit process, we’re delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded the Microsoft Advanced Specialisation in Windows Server and SQL Server Migration (part of […]

Making PCs Cloudy with Windows 365

On Monday 2nd August, Microsoft made Windows 365 Generally Available, bringing around the next iteration of Microsoft’s vision for delivering Windows from the cloud. Windows 365 has […]

Ultima announced as finalist in the 2021 SaaS Awards!

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the 2021 SaaS Awards Program for the Best SaaS Newcomer. Now in its sixth year […]

The value of supporting early in careers

At Ultima we are passionate about supporting early in careers and upskilling our workforce. Apprenticeship programmes are an important part of this, providing a learning structure […]

Ultima’s Innovation Hackathon

As part of Ultima’s Innovation Month throughout July, we were delighted to run our very first Hackathon. With innovation at the heart of our industry and […]

Challenging the status quo; the emergence of a new type of business

When we think back to the start of 2020 when we had to almost restructure our businesses overnight, the main thing which comes to mind is […]

Building Cyber Resilience with Zero Trust

Whether caused by malicious code deployed by sophisticated cybercriminals, weak passwords or simply user error, security breaches are on the rise and threatening businesses across the […]

Transforming the modern workplace with virtual desktop solutions

Escalating demands for high performance and seamless connectivity in any location and on any device have driven a transformation of the modern workplace. However, these increasing […]

Ultima named as Finalists at the CRN Channel Awards 2021

We’re delighted to announce that Ultima has been named as a finalist in the ‘Cloud Services Provider of the Year’ category at the CRN Channel Awards 2021 for the second […]

Ultima Partner Pulse – August

We’re pleased to share with you the Ultima Partner Pulse, bringing together the latest updates from some of the key partners we work with. If you […]

Microsoft Announcement – Important M365 Pricing Update

On the 19th August 2021, Microsoft announced an update to their commercial pricing for Microsoft 365. This change will go into effect on 1st March 2022. […]

Third party maintainers – marriage material?

As organisations approach the end of the vendor warranty on business-critical IT hardware, they may choose to consider using third party maintenance provision from the established […]

Advanced Optimisation with IA-Cloud Just Got Better – Introducing Cost Analyser

One piece of feedback we’ve had over time is while the advanced optimisation tool is a great feature, it would be even better if cost analysis […]

Critical Vulnerability: Windows (CVE-2021-40444)

We’ve been made aware of a critical vulnerability which would allow an attacker to gain control of a PC via a user visiting a compromised site […]

The importance of collaboration at Ultima

86 percent of employees believe that a lack of collaboration in the workplace can lead to workplace failures. Have you experienced the same? Collaboration quite simply […]

Partner Pulse – September

We’re pleased to share with you the Ultima Partner Pulse, bringing together the latest updates from some of the key partners we work with. If you […]

Improving the customer experience with Microsoft Azure & IA-Cloud

Sheffield City Trust are a not-for-profit organisation who operate sport, leisure and entertainment venues on behalf of the council, ensuring these are affordable and accessible, and […]

International Programmers’ Day

Computers, technology and software make the modern world go around – but for every piece of clever software, there’s a programmer (and often a team of […]

Achieving enterprise mobility & security for financial services organisations

Employee mobility is now the norm, with the proliferation of SaaS applications empowering the workforce to work on any device and from any location, whilst enabling […]

Learn why financial services rely on Citrix on Azure

Business agility is mission-critical for financial services organisations. Market dynamics place a premium on the ability to adapt to changes such as M&A, add new locations […]

Centralising and streamlining IT operations & infrastructure in manufacturing

​Manufacturing organisations face a variety of challenges when it comes to their IT environment. They need to be able to provide geographically dispersed R&D, plant floor […]

International Week of Happiness at Work

International Week of Happiness at Work (23rd – 27th September) is a new initiative originating from the Netherlands, which was created to encourage employers to make […]

Remote working- a ticking time bomb for security?

Over the past 18 months, organisations were forced to rapidly transform in order to maintain business continuity. However alongside this, cybercrime was also on the rise, […]

Helping the retail industry to thrive

Whether operating from physical stores, e-commerce sites, or a mixture of both, retailers have faced many challenges over the last few months to continue generating sales, […]

Ultima become an accredited Living Wage Employer

We are delighted to announce that Ultima is now an accredited Living Wage Employer! This means that every member of staff working for us will earn […]

National Techies Day – David Heath

National Techies Day is celebrated on October 3rd. This day was founded by Techies.com and CNET back in 1998, to promote tech jobs and allow members […]

National Techies Day – Simon Bond

Techies Day was originally developed for the purpose of helping high school students become educated about careers in technology. It was first established in 1998 by […]

How does VMware NSX-T work?

An NSX-T network starts with a meshed network of dedicated appliance VMs, distributed in a redundant fashion across hypervisors in your data centre(s) and cloud-based VDCs […]

Partner Pulse – October

We’re pleased to share with you the Ultima Partner Pulse, bringing together the latest updates from some of the key partners we work with. If you […]

Protect your Azure connections & SaaS apps across the globe

With over 22 billion records exposed to data breaches in 2020 (Tenable), ensuring a robust security policy has never been more important. The increase in cloud migrations […]

Enabling Digital Transformation through Intelligent Automation

The term ‘Digital Transformation’ has become synonymous with large enterprise businesses and niche digital disruptors who are driving a paradigm shift within their industry group. However, organisations […]

Microsoft Newsletter – October

Read below for all the latest news and updates from Microsoft this month. Important Price Increases On 1st March 2022 Microsoft is due to implement the […]

Securing the work-from-anywhere-world

With millions of employees working remotely and increasingly using home devices to connect to the corporate network, cyberattacks have increased exponentially over the past couple of […]

Ultima Sign Microsoft Partner Pledge

At Ultima, we recognise the impact of transformative technologies and support making a positive societal impact and we are proud to demonstrate our commitment by signing […]

Making a Difference

At Ultima we are committed to doing our part to support the local community as well as the wider environment. To coincide with Make a Difference […]

100 Miles in October for Mind

100 Miles in October is a fundraising challenge for Mind. Participants could complete their miles however they liked – running, walking, or a bit of both! […]

Key Azure Announcements From Microsoft Ignite

At this week’s Ignite conference, Microsoft released some key Azure Infrastructure announcements and in this blog, we look at the top 10 key takeaways:  Azure Virtual […]

Ultima Support STEM Day

Ultima are proud to be supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Day on 8th November. In a industry driven by rapidly changing technology, it’s more […]

Simplify and accelerate hybrid & multi-cloud deployments

End User Computing (EUC) implementations have increased dramatically over the past 18 months, however the need for rapid deployment may have resulted in misalignment with your […]

A Next-Generation Powerhouse – the PowerEdge T550

In today’s rapidly evolving business world, keeping up with the pace of change is critical for continued business success – regular server refresh is now an […]

Automation Trends for 2022

Automation is on everyone’s agenda at the moment, and this has only been amplified by the events of the past 18 months. As the impact of […]

COP26 Climate Conference: climate challenges & digital solutions

Last week the Ultima ESG (environment, social & governance) team attended the COP26 climate conference, visiting the Green Zone. It was a tense final week as […]

Thanksgiving with Ultima’s Women in Tech group

We have entered the holiday season with a popular annual holiday upon us—Thanksgiving. Christmas songs try to say otherwise, but it just doesn’t get better than […]

Has the push to public cloud made your organisation ‘unconsciously hybrid’?

Agile, scalable and flexible infrastructure is crucial in the current environment, enabling your business to respond quickly to fluctuating demand and market conditions. This requirement caused […]

Partner Pulse – December

We’re pleased to share with you the Ultima Partner Pulse, bringing together the latest updates from some of the key partners we work with. If you […]

Critical Vulnerability: Apache Log4j/LogJam

Ultima have been made aware of a critical vulnerability which affects Log4j and is designated a 10 on the CVS vulnerability scale, the highest that a […]

Citrix Service Provider (CSP) Model

Through the Citrix Service Provider (CSP) model, Ultima can help deliver a cloud-enabled workspace that’s easy to deploy, infinitely scalable with Citrix Cloud, and available with […]

Microsoft Monthly Newsletter – December

Read below for all the latest news and updates from Microsoft this month. Microsoft Price Increases Coming March 2022Starting 1st March 2022, Microsoft are increasing the […]

2021… Reasons to celebrate and be grateful

2021… The year we have left behind us. What words immediately spring to mind when we think of 2021? For me – I’ll start with celebration […]

Microsoft Monthly Newsletter – January 2022

Read below for all the latest news and updates from Microsoft this month. Microsoft Price Increases Coming March 2022Starting 1st March 2022, Microsoft are increasing the […]

Critical Vulnerability found in Linux – Polkit Privilege Escalation (CVE-2021-4034)

We’ve been made aware of a critical vulnerability on the pkexec process that can be found in a large amount of major Linux distributions. This vulnerability has been […]

Increasing security with automated JML

Welcome to the first in a series of blogs discussing the challenges of onboarding and offboarding employees from your organisation – otherwise affectionately known as JML […]

Cloud Security: A potential management nightmare?

Talking to one my industry colleagues over a virtual beer during one of the lockdown phases, we got onto the subject of security; specifically, when you’re […]

Safer Internet Day: The rise of Software Supply Chain Attacks

Software supply chain attacks infamously made it to mainstream media back in December 2020 due to the now well-known SolarWinds attack which infected close to 18,000 […]

Partner Pulse – February 2022

We’re pleased to share with you the Ultima Partner Pulse, bringing together the latest updates from some of the key partners we work with. If you […]

Microsoft Monthly Newsletter – February 2022

Read below for all the latest news and updates from Microsoft this month. Microsoft Price Increases Coming March 2022Starting 1st March 2022, Microsoft are increasing the […]

Gainsborough House Renovation: Sustainability & Wellbeing

At Ultima we are commitment to supporting a positive work-life balanced for our employees so, like many other companies we moved to a hybrid way of […]

Breaking The Bias with Ultima’s CFO Tamsin Ashmore

It’s interesting… I hear people say – isn’t gender diversity done? Haven’t we been doing this for a while now? Isn’t the problem solved? Unfortunately – […]

The benefits of using Citrix on Azure Virtual Desktop and why you should keep both solutions

There are a whole host of workspace solutions out there for customers, but it’s well documented that Citrix and Microsoft have proved to be well-established leaders […]

International Women’s Day with #TeamUltima

Ultima are proud to be supporting International Women’s Day on 8th March 2022. Creating a diverse workforce and encouraging women in technology is instrumental in driving […]

Microsoft Monthly Newsletter – March 2022

Read below for all the latest news and updates from Microsoft this month. Microsoft Price Changes From 1 March, 2022: • Office 365 El (up to […]

Ultima earn Azure Virtual Desktop Advanced Specialization

We’re proud to announce that we’ve just achieved Microsoft’s Azure Virtual Desktop Advanced Specialization partner status. This Advanced Specialization requires that partners exhibit “deep knowledge, extensive […]

How Ultima saves its customers 20% on their Azure bill

Moving to the cloud seemed to promise so much – from longer-term savings to increases in efficiency and productivity. However, we’ve found that customers who migrate […]

How IA-Connect: JML Edition Supports Your Identity Access Management Solutions

Traditional onboarding solutions such as Identity and Access Management systems help us to manage our Joiners, Movers and Leavers using policies. These rely heavily on target […]

Predictive Analytics At Your Fingertips

In today’s workforce environment, employees are widely distributed, as are their PCs. Making sure devices stay up and running is more critical and challenging than ever […]

How to reduce your carbon footprint while working from home

We have seen two growing trends in 2022 – climate change and working from home. The move to flexible home-working reveals just how much electricity an […]

Data Platform Updates and Trends from the SQL Bits Data Conference

From the 8th to the 12th of March, SQL Bits held its annual data conference.  SQL Bits is Europe’s biggest Microsoft data platform conference providing training and showcase […]

Ultima’s ESG HIT

Last year we were delighted to launch our High Impact Teams (HIT). These teams cover a variety of different topics and enable employees across the business […]

SQL Server 2022

Preview Feature Announcements At the recent Ignite conference, Microsoft announced some new details for the upcoming release of SQL Server 2022. In a video with Microsoft’s Bob Ward, […]

End of Life for SQL Server 2012: The countdown has begun!

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 will go end of life in July 2022, meaning there is now less than a year to migrate or update existing legacy […]

New Citrix Packaging adds value for Customers

Citrix loves a re-brand. Fact. For those of you who have been down this road one or more (long live XenApp) times before, you might be […]

Partner Pulse – April 22

We’re pleased to share with you the Ultima Partner Pulse, bringing together the latest updates from some of the key partners we work with. If you […]

Global Business Collaboration For Better Workplace Mental Health

Now more then ever poor mental health is on the rise.   Despite some progress over the past years, there remains significant workplace stigma and bias […]

Ultima’s Charity Partnerships – Reading Samaritans & BWA

At Ultima we are passionate about supporting both the local community and those topics that are close to our employees’ hearts. This year we are delighted […]

Microsoft Monthly Newsletter – May 2022

Read below for all the latest news and updates from Microsoft this month. Microsoft Defender for Business  This is Microsoft Defender specifically for organisations under 300 […]

Mental Health & Wellbeing Month with Ultima Group

This month is our wellbeing and mental health month in the Ultima Group. A theme which is so important and resonates to many of us. In […]

Our Hitachi Partnership

As a business that was founded on the back of selling memory some 32 years ago now, it’s fair to say we know a thing or […]

Bridging The Rising Volume of Security Breaches

Is there anything in the world more dull than Magnolia Paint…. The answer is yes, yes there is, Patching, yet it keeps many of us up […]

What Ultima has done to make Workplace Diversity and Inclusion matter

The business world is constantly talking about the importance of diversity and inclusion. But what does that actually mean? Diversity refers to the variety of people […]

Ultima acquires social engineering specialists The AntiSocial Engineer

Cloud, security and digital service provider, Ultima Business Solutions Limited, owned by Apse Capital Limited, has today acquired The AntiSocial Engineer Limited, an ethical social engineering company that helps […]

Critical Windows Vulnerability that uses the inbuilt support tool

Ultima have been made aware about the Microsoft Zero-Day Vulnerability –   Microsoft Windows Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT) Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2022-30190)  CVE-2022-30190 – Security Update […]

Partner Pulse – May 22

We’re pleased to share with you the Ultima Partner Pulse, bringing together the latest updates from some of the key partners we work with. If you […]

Celebrating Pride Month in the Workplace: Why Diversity helps everyone succeed

Every June, Pride Month is celebrated all around the world to celebrate LGBTQIA+ individuals and their accomplishments, (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual plus Allies). In honour […]

Is your IT service delivery future ready?

Application and cloud strategies are inextricably linked. IT organisations are modernising application portfolios to meet digital business needs. They’re also rethinking IT infrastructure to support the […]

Partner Pulse – July 22

Microsoft Microsoft’s flagship annual event Inspire took place predominantly virtually again this year from 19th – 21st July and, as always, the updates came thick and fast! In […]

Microsoft Monthly Newsletter – September 2022

Read below for all the latest news and updates from Microsoft this month. New Microsoft Teams Licensing On 1st September 2022, Microsoft retried Teams Room Standard […]

Microsoft Monthly Newsletter – June 2022

Read below for all the latest news and updates from Microsoft this month. New Product – VIVA Sales Microsoft are introducing Viva Sales, a new seller […]

Ultima’s Charity Month Fundraising Event

On Wednesday 6th July we are holding one of our quarterly events for all employees of Ultima Group. With lots of Team Ultima being hybrid or […]

Partner Pulse – June 22

We’re pleased to share with you the Ultima Partner Pulse, bringing together the latest updates from some of the key partners we work with. If you […]

1-Year Anniversary: Ultima & Ecologi Partnership

A year ago, we were delighted to launch our partnership with Ecologi as part of our commitment to taking care of the environment through sustainable practices. […]

Key Announcements From Microsoft Inspire 2022

Businesses are making great progress in becoming technologically advanced, with their focus turning to the “digital imperative”- that is, delivering integrated technology that helps them differentiate […]

Secure, automated migration to the cloud with IA-Cloud Build

Here at Ultima Labs, we are constantly striving for innovation to help our customers get the best value and services possible, especially when it comes to […]

Microsoft FastTrack: Facilitating your seamless migration to the cloud

Having worked in the industry previously in a Cloud Marketing role, I recently joined Ultima as a new Cloud Success Specialist, following my desire to work in […]

The importance of converging physical & cyber security for true threat protection

As the proliferation of IoT devices increases and the threat landscape becomes increasingly complex, organisations need to re-evaluate their strategies. Although cybersecurity is top of many […]

Microsoft Monthly Newsletter – July

Read below for all the latest news and updates from Microsoft this month. Windows 365 is Announced Microsoft has finally unveiled Windows 365, its new PC-as-a-service […]

The Biggest Innovations of 2021

Ultima – Scott Dodds, CEOFor over 30 years Ultima has built its business on the constant flow of innovation from our key technology partners. These so-called […]

Ultima & JAM’s Innovation Spotlight

At Ultima we recognise that innovation is vital in the workplace which is why we have named July as our Innovation Month for our internal communications […]

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