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Graham Brown

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

Ryan Coombes

Cloud Streets - is the Cloud market about to Open?

by Ryan Coombes

on Oct 10, 2014 9:02:00 AM

I have long been of the opinion that the only way for cloud-like technologies, and ultimately the cloud market to really become viable to the enterprise is for cloud service providers to enable the mobility of workloads between one another. This may sound absurd as I am basically suggesting that customers would be able to move workloads to competitors unhindered. This goes against everything I.T. as for years vendors have always tried to keep things proprietary to prevent customers from easily adopting change, especially to competitors.

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Topics: Cloud computing, enterprise IT, open stack, open source

Dominic Crawford

Securing the Next Generation of IT Infrastructure: Firewalls

by Dominic Crawford

on Oct 3, 2014 9:20:00 AM

System Virtualisation and the Software Defined Data Centre (SDDC) have lead to radical changes in how we design and implement security in our environments. 

When designing a new environment, we need to consider the different paths of traffic that will need securing. These will be our North to South traffic: client to server, and East to West Traffic: server to server.

As with every design, it will be driven by the customer’s requirement, however this blog will hopefully provide some food for thought.

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Topics: security, SDDC, Firewall Security, software defined data centre, Next Generation Infrastructure

Steve Curle

Want to know the secret to successful DDI?

by Steve Curle

on Sep 18, 2014 2:29:00 PM

With the birth of the virtualised environment, we are no longer restricted by the number of physical servers in our racks, so the number of servers can grow significantly and at a greater rate than before. In a virtualised environment, machines are deployed, moved or powered down frequently.  In such a dynamic environment, keeping on top of the IP addresses, DNS records and Virtual machine IDs is very important. If manual intervention is required for all of these tasks, this will undoubtedly slow down the process, cutting into the benefits of a virtualised environment.

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Topics: DHCP, DDI, IP Adress Management, DNS

Steve McGarry

SDS and the impact on the future data center

by Steve McGarry

on Sep 9, 2014 8:57:00 AM

In the technology driven world we live in, there is always a ‘new’ emerging technology that is the hot topic usually with a catchy acronym to back it up; one such topic is SDS – Software Defined Storage … What is it, and how does it fit in to the current IT landscape ?

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Topics: SDS, Software defined storage, commodity hardware

Dominic Crawford

Securing the Next Generation of IT Infrastructure Part 1: Securing the Controller

by Dominic Crawford

on Sep 3, 2014 10:36:00 AM

Software Defined Networks seems to be the big buzzword of the moment, well it certainly is in our office.

SDN brings core functions such as centralised control and automation to your virtualised networks, allowing new environments and networks to be spun up in a matter of minutes.

However with new technologies, there are always new security concerns.

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Topics: software defined networks, SDN, security

Graham Brown

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,

Amine Bouziane

Working with Gyrocom: a new starter perspective

by Amine Bouziane

on Aug 19, 2014 11:55:00 AM

Amine Bouziane joined Gyrocom as a support engineer in June 2014. Here he gives insight to his first two months on the job.

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Topics: Network Support, Engineering

Ryan Coombes

What technology changes need to occur to drive greater cloud adoption

by Ryan Coombes

on Jun 26, 2014 4:54:00 AM

Cloud services like Dropbox and Microsoft’s SkyDrive have been phenomenal commercial successes, giving consumers a quick and simple way to manage the task of backing up and distributing their documents, device settings, and other important information.

Cloud computing is also one of the latest technological trends which has caught on in the corporate world. As of 2014, a report by RightScale revealed that over 85% of organizations were already using public cloud services, such as those offered by VMware, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon Web Services.

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Graham Brown

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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