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Alistair Slocombe

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

Alistair Slocombe

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

Alistair Slocombe

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

Ella Osiyemi

Why the New Generation of Data Centre requires Next Generation Security

by Ella Osiyemi

on Oct 14, 2016 1:43:42 PM

Cybercrime is perhaps the most serious threat to businesses today, yet many executives still underestimate the risk that it poses to their organisation.

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Topics: SDN, VMWare NSX, Network Virtualisation, Network Security, Information Security, Cyber Security

Tanya Kingston

Gyrocom’s SDDC - Bringing Breakfast Back to IP Expo London 2016

by Tanya Kingston

on Oct 12, 2016 8:39:32 AM

First and foremost, thanks to everybody who took the time to visit our stand at London’s IP Expo last week. The event was a great opportunity to network and provided an excellent platform for showcasing Gyrocom’s expertise in the Software Defined Data Centre (SDDC).

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Topics: SDN, Software defined storage, SDDC, Network Virtualisation, Hyper-converged infrastructure, Network Security, SD-WAN, IP Expo, Private Cloud, VMworld, Public Cloud, Hybrid cloud

Ryan Coombes

The Rise of SDN and NV: Strengthening Corporate Infosecurity Policies Like Never Before

by Ryan Coombes

on Oct 29, 2015 12:39:00 PM

A lot has been written about how today’s I.T. Infrastructure security models are broken. The days of securing the perimeter and trusting everything and everybody inside are gone. To make such a statement may seem bold, but you only have to look to a recent Forrester survey* identifying the top three corporate security breaches as (1) the loss/theft of corporate assets; (2) inadvertent misuse by an insider and (3) external attacks targeting corporate systems, to understand that such a statement is far from bold and in fact a matter organisations should start to consider more seriously.

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Topics: software defined networks, SDN, SDDC, software defined data centre, Network Virtualisation, NV, Information Security, Zero-Trust Policy

Steve McGarry

VMware VS Canonical - Which Openstack is for You? A Technical Comparison

by Steve McGarry

on Oct 5, 2015 10:20:00 AM

For anybody that has been following the Openstack project since its inception back in 2010, it has become evident that the community interest has gained significant momentum recently. This is down to a number of reasons such as the product maturity reaching a point where the original mission statements of the project are now a reality in providing an established, viable and effective solution. Also the number and variety of organisations contributing and backing the project, has improved the quality and depth of development and its evolution. A colleague and I attended the Openstack summit in Paris where it was clear Openstack in gaining more and more interest, with attendees listed as increasing by 75% over the last 3 summits with people from all over the world attending.

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Topics: automation, enterprise IT, VMWare, canonical, openstack

Andrew Ferguson

A flying start to 2015: VMware NSX Advance Boot Camp

by Andrew Ferguson

on Feb 27, 2015 3:43:00 PM

2015 got off to a great start as Gyrocom announced I would be jetting off to San Francisco, provided I pulled my finger out and passed the VMware VCP-NV exam! The VCP-NV is VMware’s new professional level qualification in Network Virtualisation, or, as it’s better known ‘VMware NSX’. Armed with fuel for thought, I knuckled down and ensured I was the latest member of the Gyrocom team to pass with flying colours… and off I flew!

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Topics: SDDC, VMWare NSX, Network Virtualisation

Tanya Kingston

Gyrocom Host Successful VMware NSX Lunch and Learn Event

by Tanya Kingston

on Feb 16, 2015 11:51:00 AM

Gyrocom’s January VMware NSX Lunch and Learn 2015, hosted in London’s Blue Fin Building, was a huge success and attracted an enthusiastic audience keen to learn about the benefits of NSX's network virtualisation along with Palo Alto Networks Next Generation Security.

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Topics: VMWare NSX, VMWare, Micro-Segmentation, Network Virtualisation, Network Security, Palo Alto Networks

Steve McGarry

Converged VS Hyper-converged Infrastructure - What is the Difference and Why Should You Care?

by Steve McGarry

on Jan 26, 2015 10:36:00 AM

Enterprises are increasingly looking to leverage IT to gain a competitive edge in their marketplace, so it came with no surprise that Gartner introduced a new Magic Quadrant to help aid vendor selection in what is now one of the most dynamic sectors of its kind: 'Integrated Systems'.

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Topics: storage, systems, converged infrastructure, Nutanix, Hyper-converged infrastructure