Cisco Training and Certification | Join the Network

Cisco training is quickly becoming some of the most valuable training in the IT field. Networks are evolving into a complex array of devices and systems, and Cisco technologies are positioned to streamline and protect the integrity of networks.

As an authorised provider of Cisco courses in London, New Horizons’ training will help you maximize your investment in Cisco technologies.

New Horizons has been recognised time and again as a trusted provider of Cisco training courses in London. We offer CCENT, CCNA and CCNP training and certification from our flagship learning centres in Stratford and Barbican (London), catering to students with varying levels of expertise and experience with Cisco.

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CompTIA Training and Certification at New Horizons London | Be In The Know

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New Horizons London is proud to offer CompTIA training and courses, whether you want to prepare for certifications or advance your skills. As an internationally-recognized name, CompTIA is the foremost association offering specialised certification programmes in PC maintenance and network security and technologies. CompTIA has developed specialized certification programs which assure employers of a candidate’s basic technology skills.

As an authorized provider of CompTIA A+ training, we can train professionals within the technology industry to ensure they have practical skills to suit various roles. Whether you are looking to pursue a career in IT, or are keen to demonstrate your basic knowledge with a certificate, our CompTIA A+ course in London will give the results you need. At New Horizons, we offer a broad selection of comprehensive courses, all of which are focused on specific areas of IT.

New Horizons is dedicated to providing unparalleled IT training in London, and our extensive range of CompTIA courses has already helped people like you get to where they want to be.

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A Training Revolution | Online Learning LIVE from New Horizons

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For the last 30+ years, New Horizons has built itself on a foundation of innovation when it comes to delivering IT training around the world, and there’s no better example of this principle than Online Learning LIVE (OLL).

Like our traditional classroom learning, OLL is a self-contained learning model that allows students and delegates to participate in a fully interactive virtual classroom, complete with live instructors, hands-on labs, and access to the full course curriculum - and the best part…you can participate from any remote location from anywhere in the world.

Some of the key benefits of OLL

  • A more robust and varied open-enrollment training schedule
  • Minimizes commuting challenges and costs
  • Connects virtual teams for collaborative group training (just like classroom based)
  • Eliminates class cancellations and rescheduling

The Learning Environment

Students apply what they’ve learned in lecture with the access to hands-on labs within the virtual environment - a demo platform that enables students to practice what they’ve learned without disrupting live software programmes. It’s in some respects the same safe principle pilots have when using a flight simulator instead of an actual aircraft.

With minimal technical requirements, OLL was designed to make the training experience as simple to implement as possible, allowing students to attend class from their home, office, or on the road.

Alternately, students may also attend classes in their local New Horizons training center’s, which are kitted out with the latest state-of-the-art equipment and software. In addition to an optimal technical environment with on-site support, when attending New Horizons London, students benefit from a focused learning environment free from the distractions that might be present at work or home.

It’s a truly industry leading learning platform, but don’t just take out word for it, contact us and try it out for yourself at New Horizons London (available at both our Barbican and Stratford training centre’s).

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Back-up Solutions | Microsoft OneDrive vs Dropbox

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Documents, pictures, videos, some random online receipt for a product you don’t remember owning…we are all guilty of a digital version of hoarding. So in a modern age, where safe online storage of our most sacred virtual possessions is paramount, just who can you trust to guard these treasures?

The answer is really only a choice between the two virtual heavyweights of online storage, Dropbox and OneDrive (formally known as SkyDrive), that combined have over half a billion subscribers worldwide. But that still leaves the question… which one?

OneDrive, Microsoft’s answer to a digital Fort Knox, is a cloud-based file saving and sharing portal that securely stores your documents, pictures, music, videos, and much more on servers that can then be accessed by the user from anywhere in the world through a wide variety of devices. It comes as standard with Windows 8 operating systems, and for those of you non 8 users, it’s available for free download with a substantial 7GB allowance. With a corporation the size of Microsoft’s, it is almost guaranteed that OneDrive will carry the highest level of encryption to ensure their customers personal details and documents are safe and secure. For more information on the security steps Microsoft is taking, click here.

Dropbox, referred to by many as the Godfather of online storage, is perhaps the largest and most popular of all, with an impressive 300 million plus subscribers. Dropbox comes with up to 5GB free storage, though despite offering less free than OneDrive, it’s premium plans are offered at market beating rates, perhaps explaining why it’s so widely used by small and medium sized companies. Dropbox has always made its subscribers personal security paramount and as such frequently maintains and upgrades it’s security features. For more information on Dropbox security, click here.

So which one do I choose?…

Considering they both offer the same level of security and functionality, such as worldwide access, sharing, and automatic photo back-up from a smartphone and tablet, why not choose both. Forget picking a side, instead download and subscribe to both and double your storage capability. Though I would recommend Windows 8 users sticking with OneDrive due to it’s core functionality with Windows 8's interface, and for those of you Mac users that don't use iCloud for any number of valid reasons, I'd certainly recommend Dropbox due it’s automatic syncing capability with Mac OS and iOS.

Either way though, you can sleep safe in the knowledge that your prized digital possessions are safely and securely tucked away on a personal server housed at an undisclosed, military-style location.

You can download OneDrive and Dropbox by clicking on these links:

OneDrive | https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-gb/

Dropbox | https://www.dropbox.com/

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Microsoft Announces It’s Annual List of Support Casualties

You will be forgiven for thinking the worst when viewing any articles related to Microsoft’s latest announcement regarding software support - especially when the most high profile name on the list is Windows 7.

Fear not though, just because ‘Mainstream Support’ for Windows 7 will be ceasing operation in the near future, doesn’t mean you should be expecting an imminent attack on your operating system - in fact this announcement made earlier today is of no major concern at all.

What does mean for those of you with Windows 7 then? Well…not a hell of a lot to be honest. ‘Mainstream Support’ incorporates all new features and service packs that Microsoft creates and releases for the operating system, and it’s these support features that will be stopped as of January 13th 2015. But do most of us really care about receiving new features for Windows 7, five years after it’s launch?…not really I’d say.

What is worth noting is that Microsoft’s ‘Extended Support’, the entity that controls security updates and performance improvements, will continue operation until at least September 2017. And what’s to say that Microsoft won’t extend this anyway, like with XP, especially when 50% of current PC’s around the world run Windows 7.

So breathe that sigh of relief and relax in the knowledge that your Windows 7 computer is safe for the foreseeable future.

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Windows 7 or 8 for Business?

It’s guaranteed to be a question that’s causing headache’s for every company leaving the once almighty Windows XP - it is however a serious decision that requires a lot of thought.

So just what is the right choice when choosing your next Windows operating system? The answer…either.

Fortunately the stark differences between Windows 7 and 8 allow for an easy assessment to determine which is right for your company.

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So where do I start?

First and foremost sticking with Windows XP is not an option, well not if you value the safety of your company’s and employees personal information. Microsoft announced earlier this year that it would cease all update support for XP back in April, inadvertently paving the way for hackers to go delve into an uncontrolled feeding frenzy.

So don’t procrastinate…instead ask what exactly you want from your next Windows OS?

How does my company operate?

A somewhat vague question to some but still equally as important. The clear difference between Windows 7 and 8 is that one is designed for desktop computing (7) (the old school office environment) and the other is designed for the mobile-orientated businesses of the twenty-first century (8).

Windows 7

Ask most Windows enthusiasts and they’ll all tell you the same underlying fact…Windows 7 is what Windows Vista should have been had Microsoft actually thought through the inner workings of XP’s predecessor before launching it.

Sleek, simple, and universally known, thanks to it’s adoption of the traditional Windows formatting we’ve all come to know so well, Windows 7 builds upon what already works so well and then makes it even better. It’s also incredibly secure, even without standard virus protection software, though cancelling your virus protection is not advised, especially if you’re a company housing several employees.

Windows 8

The mobile revolution has taken full effect, starting with the success of Apple’s iOS, it came as no surprise when Microsoft finally took the bold leap into the mobile-friendly market, releasing Windows 8 back in 2012. The entire foundation of Windows 8 is designed for touch-screen mobile technology - tablets, smartphones, laptops, but unfortunately this is also where it’s downfall lies.

A lot of companies are adopting the mobile functionality that technology now offers, laptops that become tablets, desktops that become laptops. Built and engineered for those on the go, which nowadays seems to be pretty much all of us, Windows 8 relies on it’s users having touch screen devices, otherwise most of it’s key features become obsolete.

So which one do I choose?

I’ll get straight to the point. If the majority of your company’s technology is desktop and laptop based, without touch screen functionality, upgrade to Windows 8. If however you have embraced the mobile world of smartphones, tablets, and touchscreen computers, make the most of it and install Windows 8.

Beware though, Windows 8 can be somewhat of a mine field for new users, so training is advised - and New Horizons London can certainly have you mastering the operating system in no time at all. Just a thought.

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New Barbican Training Centre

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Fitting training around a full-time career can be somewhat of a nightmare for individuals and companies, especially when courses run at inconvenient times. That’s why we believe in tailoring a course around you to make it as pain free and time-saving as possible, with courses guaranteed to run every day.

As part of our continued promise to ‘upgrade you every day’, New Horizons London is opening another state-of-the-art training centre in the Heart of London, and will offer all the same professional courses that are currently available at our Stratford training facility.

As an official Microsoft Certified Training Partner, New Horizons is the largest independent provider of Microsoft Office and Technical courses, and conducts more Microsoft technical training and certifications than any other training company. Every Microsoft course follows Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) and is taught by a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) to provide you with the best possible training.

In addition to traditional classroom training, New Horizons London offers a large selection of Online Microsoft training with a live instructor, known as Online Learning LIVE

Opening in August 2014, our new Barbican training centre is only a short walk from Barbican tube station and offers all the convenience of a central location and the state-of-the-art facilities offered at our Stratford centre.

For more information and to book your course and place, call us on 020 8532 3400 or contact us via our website here.