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Software Defined “X”: Industry hype or major step forward?

by Graham Brown

on Mar 8, 2018 12:15:28 PM

 As IT professionals working within Large Enterprise environments and Data Centres we are constantly bombarded with new industry terminology. This can sometimes be a way of grouping similar concepts and approaches but when terminology takes hold then we are often guilty of “washing” every approach with the same detergent (so to speak). “Cloud” has probably been the most recent prevalent example of this but now we are increasingly met with the world of “Software Defined”. Software Defined Data Centre, Software Defined Networks, Software Defined Storage and Software Defined WAN – essentially insert your own word and hey presto it’s now Software Defined.

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Topics: SDN, SDDC, software defined data centre, Software Defined Network, Software-Defined Enterprise

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Taking the handbrake off innovation - networks fit for business

by Graham Brown

on Feb 22, 2018 2:46:54 PM

Rewind 30 years, the 1980s - an era of terrible fashion, big hair but the start of organisations embracing technology driven by the desire for connectivity to the distributed estate, linking offices, branches, and retail outlets adopting point-of-sale systems. It was a time of low bandwidth requiring high security to protect the passing of sensitive information to and from the data centre; initially deployed over the network by X.25, then ISDN, with things really starting to gather pace with the evolution of MPLS.

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Topics: SDN, SD-WAN, Software Defined Network, Software-Defined Enterprise, Networks

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Size doesn’t matter! Yeah right!!

by Graham Brown

on Oct 13, 2014 9:49:00 AM

It certainly does if you're in Enterprise IT.

I seem to be spending quite a lot of my time at the moment talking to customers about why it is so important to ensure that their IT infrastructures are “right sized”. We should call this the Goldilocks approach - not too much, not too little, but just right!

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Topics: virtualisation efficiency, commodity hardware, IT efficiency, right-sizing, IT automation

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If you could re-do your data centre tomorrow, what would you do?

by Graham Brown

on Aug 28, 2014 10:40:13 AM

This is a question I spend a lot of time thinking about. My role allows me to see at first hand the challenges that our clients are facing, and in the main it is easy to see why a major by-product of our industry is grey hair. The data centre is the heart of corporate IT and today it represents a very complicated and confused animal. It needs constant care and attention and will bite you if you not very careful. It all comes down to our ability to manage complexity and herein lies a very important question: 

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Topics: data centre, converged infrastructure, automation, software defined,

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Why the IT Revolution? You cannot manage what you do not measure...

by Graham Brown

on Jun 17, 2014 4:17:00 AM

I believe that we have a problem. A problem that impacts businesses at all levels and a problem that is rarely discussed. I work in the IT Infrastructure business. We build the infrastructure that enables applications to leverage your data in a way that is beneficial to your business. Servers, storage, routers, switches, firewalls... that’s our game. So what’s the problem? In short, I believe the industry in which I have worked for more than 20 years has become bloated and wasteful!

In a knowledge economy, IT infrastructure represents one of the largest sunken costs on a business balance sheet and there is simply just too much of it out there. Why? Because an entire industry has grown to support a consumption economy over the last 30 years. I want it bigger, I want it faster, and I want it now! Do you? Do you really? Or as a business do you just want it to work, for it always to be there, and for it to never run out?

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Next Generation IT Infrastructure on Paper.li

by Graham Brown

on Jun 16, 2014 5:11:00 AM

Engaging and challenging content relevant to my own personal interests and the move towards the next generation of IT infrastructure 

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