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Alistair Slocombe

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Amazon, the rise of Digital in Retail and what this means for your Networks

by Alistair Slocombe

on Nov 21, 2017 2:37:00 PM

Retailers believed that the trend for consumers buying at Amazon during the financial crash was a blip and that those shoppers would return. They haven’t, quite the opposite actually.

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Topics: SD-WAN, Software Defined Network, Software-Defined Enterprise, Networking, MPLS, Retail, wide area networks

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Why Hospitality is "checking-out"​ SD-WAN for great service

by Alistair Slocombe

on Mar 7, 2017 12:29:31 PM

'I beg your pardon?" Another Basil Fawlty communication issue (Fawlty Towers)

I travel, and I stay in a lot of hotels and every one of those has been better than Fawlty Towers. 

However, when booking for the week away, one of the websites that I use, aside from Tripadvisor, is “HotelWifiTest.com”.

Why?

Because once I’ve slung my bags down onto the hotel bed, I am no longer satisfied with being subject to a broadcast schedule and T.V. controller, I hate to admit it, but I have become one of the “I want it, and I want it now” Millennials (albeit I am far too old to actually be one).  I could be watching anything from The Walking Dead to Parks & Recreation to YouTube’s latest IT Infrastructure doodle video; no matter what it is, one thing is for certain…I have no time or patience for buffering! I thought “buffering” had been consigned to the past along with dial up modems and AOL.  

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Topics: network, SDN, SD-WAN

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WWWAN - Why the Enterprise is moving away from MPLS

by Alistair Slocombe

on Mar 1, 2017 11:11:35 AM

“We didn't get any messages, and Captain Blackadder definitely did not shoot that delicious plump-breasted pigeon." – Lieutenant George to General Melchett and Captain Darling

In the series “Blackadder goes Forth”, set in the trenches of WW1, Edmund Blackadder avoids multiple types of messages for the company to “go over the top”. These messages come in the form of a telegram (addressed to “Catpain Blackudder”), telephone (the wrong number and latterly, a very poor connection), and a carrier pigeon (General Melchett’s beloved Speckled Jim). 

Businesses today are faced with communication problems similar to that of General Melchett:

  • Visibility – How does the Enterprise know whether their network is performing as it should to support their applications?
  • Performance – How does it ensure that it gives its applications the quality of bandwidth they need?
  • Choice – How can a business achieve the necessary flexibility to choose its connection method?
  • Cost – OK, the analogy falls down here although the death of Speckled Jim came at great emotional cost to General Melchett. Regardless, how can businesses maximise network performance in a cost efficient way?
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Topics: SDN, SD-WAN, Software Defined Network

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AWS & VMware: Why You Can Have it All Now

by Alistair Slocombe

on Oct 21, 2016 2:43:46 PM

Sometimes it’s easy to miss something that is actually right in front of you.

At least that’s what it was like for my colleague (who’s going to remain nameless..!).

He’d attended the keynote at VMworld in Barcelona and was in the VMVillage. In his defence, I think he was a little distracted, presumably he was thinking how great the partnership between AWS and VMware would be for some of our customers. Anyway, he was going to meet me outside in one of the bustling gardens, he spots my table, and quickens his pace, until, that is, he walks full tilt, face-first into the glass wall separating him and I.

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Topics: VMWare NSX, VMWare, Network Virtualisation, VMworld, IBM SoftLayer, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid cloud

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A “Grand Designs” Openstack Infrastructure in Minutes

by Alistair Slocombe

on Nov 5, 2014 9:50:00 AM

I love Grand Designs, and am a big fan of Kevin Mc”Cloud”, but so often we watch the same challenges to any build on that show: slow construction (at least a year) and over-spend… but then it probably wouldn’t make a great television programme if the process always came in under budget and in a sixteenth of the time!

The challenges in Grand Designs aren’t any different to those in the IT world.

Openstack Servers

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Topics: SoftLayer, ubuntu, canonical, infrastructure automation, openstack