Archive for April, 2013

While there are a vast number of ways in which you can arrive at your wedding, from the traditional walking (yes, the oldest and still common in warmer climates in Europe) to a luxury Jaguaror hiring a limo or classic car, many people prefer to stand out from the crowd with a less than ordinary arrival at their wedding.  Sometimes individuals want to hire rather unique transport to make a fantastic impression on their guests and make your special day a truly memorable occasion.  Here is a small selection of unusual wedding transport solutions.

Going Against the Flow

The biggest craze sweeping the UK amongst brides seems to be the desire to arrive in a tractor.  Last year the case of Rosemary Smith and James MaCraken in Dorset featured a modern John Deere tractor, commandeered as more of an emergency measure during heavy flooding.  Here comes the bride – you’re not kidding.  In the soon to be Mrs MaCraken’s case however, the bride hadn’t had time to make necessary adjustments to her dress and footwear, which may have made her descent into the small river outside the church (technically a road) somewhat difficult.  Nevertheless, the whole day seemed to go off for a splash and although the bride’s mother couldn’t make it to the ceremony thanks to the flooding, she did somehow make it to the reception where all the G&T had also escaped the floodwaters.

Let me Just Get a Shot of You on the Trailer

While it may seem like a pragmatic solution to actually getting to the church during flooding, many brides have chosen the agricultural alternative to Jaguar or other luxury cars.  In these cases the choice is a lot more to do with stamping their personality on the big day (and perhaps fitting in a little light ploughing on the way) which is no bad thing.  In 2010 Anna Woodall chose a vintage Fordston Super Major.  The single-seated tractor had been lovingly restored by the bride and her father who shared a long term passion for restoring agricultural machinery.  Anna was actually towed behind the tractor on a trailer (echoes of Gavin and Stacey) complete with a mini-marquee and some bales of straw.  Unlike his bride to be the groom showed a little less originality and arrived at the church in a Bentley.

That Sinking Feeling

Despite seeming an unlikely form of wedding day transport tractors, new and old, seem to be rising in popularity amongst farming families along with vintage enthusiasts like Anna and her Dad.  However, highly personalised forms of transport are also on the increase.  From the Harley Davison option which is common amongst bikers, to balloons, helicopters (the ultimate luxury transport) and even, on one occasion featured in the BBC’s “Don’t tell the Bride” a Whelking trawler.  In that case the bride was terrified of deep water and boats but thankfully while the transport didn’t go down to well with the bride, it didn’t actually go down.

Hair, Make-up, Bouquet and Wellies

While researching this post I came across a delightfully archaic piece of advice to women planning their weddings.  The article suggested that when it came to vehicles you’d probably need to consult with your husband-to-be.  After all, they know about cars don’t they?  Whoever wrote the piece obviously hadn’t met (and probably shouldn’t for their own safety) the likes of Anna Woodall.  When it comes to wedding transport the examples above show that the best choice is your choice (although consultation with future spouse is advisable on all matters).  However, if like the women above, you choose the less standard issue type of vehicle be sure to make the necessary adjustments and precautions with your dress and footwear; tractor brides seem to find the ready availability of a colourful pair of wellies an essential accessory, while safety gear is likely to be a requirement for biker brides.  However, if in doubt, sticking to the rather simple Jaguarroute as it will offer you ultimately luxury and style for a great price.

Author Bio:

Jag is a writer who is astonished by the popularity of using the tractor as a form of wedding transportation. You can read more of his article over on his blog Finishing Touch Jaguar .


When you use the websites of different telecom service providers, there are a few things that jump out at you as being some of the common features. Aspects such as:

  • Bandwidth flexibility
  • Wide network coverage
  • Bundled services
  • Industry specific solutions and products and
  • The ability to connect with a global audience are just a few of these features.

This can make the decision-making process that much tougher! One of the things that you can do in this scenario is to look for a master agent or a telecom distributor that can make sense of these different types of information and data and match them to your specific business needs. You could also look to get a price quote from various companies depending on the kind of features of products you need.

For instance, when you look for a Level 3 price quote, then some of the features or services that can be covered are:

  • Cloud-based services
  • Security and protection
  • Voice-based services
  • Managed and hosting services and so on.

You could also look for a price quote based on the industry that you operate in. Because most leading telecom service providers have tweaked their product portfolio to cater for industry specific requirements as well.

Cloud services

One of the emerging technologies that has made a huge difference to the way organizations approach their day-to-day communications requirement is cloud computing. By using the power of the cloud, a business organization can enjoy something known as CaaS or Communications as a Service. Depending on your requirement, you can also use Software as a Service or even IaaS or Infrastructure as a Service. There is also something known as data center services which will ensure that the business requirements of computing resources can be met by scalable and flexible data center support.


One of the biggest trends to hit business organizations today, especially when it comes to IT resources, is to go in for managed or hosted services. When you ask for a Level 3 price quote, you can get to enjoy some extremely cost-effective solutions when you opt for such managed and professional services. This option takes away the pain areas as far as the IT landscape is concerned. By allowing a professional company to manage aspects such as:

  • Voice
  • Application performance
  • Network monitoring and
  • Internet connectivity, a business can continue to focus on its core or critical areas of performance and leave the rest in the hands of a professional.

Media services

Today, technology has indeed shrunk the world in a big way. Sports events, international trade fairs, leadership summits and so many other events can take place in any part of the world but can be telecast all over the globe. If a business organization needs such video or media delivery services, then it can ask for a Level 3 price quote for such events as well. The important point to keep in mind here is the security of the fiber network and availability of the same. The network and data transmission services should not suffer downtime as the event is being telecast.

Author Bio:

James is a writer and blogger with 5 years experience.

DDoS Mitigation - Cloud Option For Smart Filtering And Scalability

One of the nascent technologies that is changing the way businesses conduct their online work is cloud computing. There is no doubt about the fact that even as more and more companies are adopting cloud to store their mission-critical applications and now many are also using it as fist line of defense in war with cyber-crime.

One of the more common scenarios is that of cloud-based protection against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

DDoS attacks, an ever growing problem

Denial of service attacks are swiftly becoming a wide spread problem, which affects the entire Internet population. During the last few years we all witnessed how these DDoS attacks can be unleashed, almost on a whim, against federal governments and banks and individuals.

The versatility of these crime methods demands cutting-edge solutions, which combine flexible technology and, more importantly, the use of intelligent systems which can adapt themselves to new attack vectors, as they emerge.

Before launching into such smart DDoS mitigation techniques, here are a few basic things that you can keep in mind.

  • Every business organization and its website and network is under risk. Size, nature of business and its location offers little protection against DDoS attacks.
  • There has to be a trade-off between cost and level of protection. You don’t have to go bankrupt, as affordable solution can be found. But trying to cut on costs, as far as mitigation techniques are concerned, may not work in your favor in the long run.
  • Ideally, your chosen solution should be able to implement different types of mitigation techniques to deal with wide array of attacks, from network to application level DDoS, and different types thereof.

Why look for intelligent DDoS mitigation techniques?

Given the fact that DDoS attacks have become more and more frequent and capable of being unleashed from almost anywhere and at any time, mitigation and protection techniques should also be flexible enough to keep pace with these ever-changing scenarios. Consider the fact that the leading research firm, Gartner, goes to the extent of predicting that in another few years an entire nation’s infrastructure can be brought down by cyber-crime. This prediction clearly shows the scope of potential damage such attacks can inflict today an in near future.

 Cloud-based DDoS mitigation

Most leading anti-DDoS providers are now including cloud-based DDoS protection services, in their mitigation arsenal. Cloud mitigation offers several benefits, starting with the fact that its proxy model allows remote DDoS mitigation, which will not affect the core infrastructure. At the same time, clouds’ flexibility and inherent ability to provide additional resources, almost at will, offers enough scalability to deal with even the largest of DDoS attacks. Instant implementation is another crucial factor, especially for those who find themselves defenseless when under attack. Lastly, cloud can also be infused with smart software based solutions (like firewalls and bot filtering) to offer more cost-effective and far more efficient DDoS protection.

By combining strong network infrastructure, abundance of available resources and smart software solutions, cloud can offer effective anti-DDoS solutions which will filter out all possible malware, spam or any other kind of dangers,  before it is allowed to enter an organization’s server or network.

Author Bio:
James is a writer and blogger with 5 years experience.

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