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Regcast follow-up: What you think of the open hybrid cloud

In our recent Regcast, Build an open cloud: say no to silos, Dale Vile from Freeform Dynamics and Peter Mansell from HP discussed why and how to integrate your cloud platforms. To find out what you thought, we polled the audience. We should point out that a poll result on a Regcast is not a sound basis for policy decisions or …
Tim Phillips, 23 Jun 2014
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Didn't have time to ask about it in our security Regcast? No problem

Our Regcast Security: Knowing what you don't know - and what you can do about it (on demand version here) brought together Raimund Genes, CTO of Trend Micro, and Freeform Dynamics' Tony Lock, chief security nagging officer of the analyst community. They gave us a fascinating insight into how the security landscape has changed …
Tim Phillips, 11 Apr 2014

Moving from permie to mercenary? Avoid a fine - listen to Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin said that nothing in this world is certain except death and taxes. He also coined the idea that “time is money”, and once wrote that “wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy”, so we can assume that he would have understood contractors pretty well. Taxes may be certain, but the amount …
Tim Phillips, 13 Sep 2013
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We few, we happy few: Big boys dominate early stage OpenStack

The large numbers of you who watched our recent Regcast All about OpenStack (catch it in the on-demand version if you missed it) show how much interest there is in the project. But no one pretends that OpenStack is anywhere near mature. It is a work in progress and in the short term it will mostly be visible in the service …
Tim Phillips, 22 Jul 2013
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Universities teach us a thing or two about BYOD

Our Regcast of 13 June, BYOD Beyond the Noise, focused on the infrastructure you build to accommodate the consumerisation of IT. Trevor Kelly and Andy Cooper, our studio guests from HP, pointed out that universities are one group of institutions that know how to do BYOD (bring your own device) well. In the past 10 years further …
Tim Phillips, 09 Jul 2013
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Cloud silos: the problem they forgot to mention

It is always good to cover new ground. In our recent Regcast, Workload Placement in a Hybrid World, we dealt for the first time (but almost certainly not the last) with the concept of legacy cloud applications. On the face of it, calling a cloud service legacy seems like a rush to judgement. Usually we get through the buzzwords …
Tim Phillips, 29 May 2013
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Building a private cloud? Better sort your storage first

The final HP Regcast of our short series on how to build a private cloud covered the usual afterthought of any IT project: storage migration. Much of the conversation dealt with the problems of translating good intentions into action. The research conducted by Freeform Dynamics at the end of 2012 showed that those IT departments …
Tim Phillips, 15 Apr 2013

Let software take the strain off your data centre

Software-defined networking (SDN) may not yet be at the top of your data centre to-do list but if you want the benefits of private cloud, it should be soon. Our recent Regcast, during which HP discussed SDN and “virtual application networking” (the concept name for how it sees SDN and virtual networks developing), provides a …
Tim Phillips, 28 Feb 2013
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Visions of a hands-free data centre

In our recent Regcast A DC That Takes Care of Itself, one question came up several times: how well does the type of hardware monitoring advocated by the panel integrate with the monitoring capabilities of other parts of the data centre? There are two aspects to this question: first, how applicable to your hardware are the …
Tim Phillips, 07 Feb 2013
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It takes all sorts to build a cloud

The warning came through loud and clear in our recent Regcast, Future-Proofing the Data Centre: if you want to build a private cloud, your teams must work together. That, HP’s David Chalmers told us, means creating a service delivery team: some of you from the server team need to work with a small group from the storage team, …
Tim Phillips, 02 Jan 2013

The future of Networks

The Register’s Network Futures workshop is gone, but it should not be forgotten. We have decided to commemorate this important event with a white paper which has most of the best bits in it, free to download. What did we discover? Your networks are mostly reliable – but under the surface there are many points of stress: virtual …
Tim Phillips, 25 Jul 2012
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Where there's brass, silver and gold ... there's also muck

“Danny Boyle wants to give the impression of 'British countryside' at the opening of the Olympic Games, but he appears to have missed out a few items,” writes Ann McLachlan of South Lanarkshire in the letters page of the Daily Express. “Where is the graffiti-decorated bus shelter? The burst mattress at the field gate? The …
Tim Phillips, 20 Jul 2012

Behind every great athlete is a nervous network engineer

Had there been a functioning mobile network in Greece in 490BC, the messenger Pheidippides wouldn’t have had to run from Marathon to Athens, only to breathe his last as he delivered news of victory over the Persians. The modern reenactment of his feat in the Olympic marathon would have been a much shorter event, although the …
Tim Phillips, 06 Jul 2012
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Network Fabric workshop's greatest hits

You may have been following our network fabric workshop, and want to share it with your closest friends. You may have missed it, and feel the lack of it in your life but worry that three months of articles might be too much to read in one go. You may want to give the gift of understanding to your boss who doesn't understand that …
Tim Phillips, 04 Dec 2011
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Fully assured

If you were following our service assurance workshop and wanted a summary, or if you wanted to follow it but didn't have the time and then all the articles piled up and you panicked, we've got an early Christmas present. Our round-up takes all the essential points of the articles in the workshop, plus the best of your feedback, …
Tim Phillips, 11 Nov 2011
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Too much information

Sometimes it's not that you don't know enough. You know too much, and then someone's just sent you an email. And another one. and another. Whether you're in IT, running the business or one of those pesky users, it's hard to get on top of your work when work gets on top of you. So find out how Ronald, Emily and Graham, the staff …
Tim Phillips, 24 Oct 2011
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Office 365 in a private cloud

When Microsoft launched Office 365 it knew that not everyone would want its Henry Ford-style, one-size-fits-all service. Even cloud enthusiasts are constrained by a service with one type of security, one service level and one place to store your customer data, if that place is Dublin. Office 365 users might also have challenging …
Tim Phillips, 16 Aug 2011
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Do you keep your job when your IT is in the cloud?

Imagine for a moment that your IT department uses cloud services for storage. And apps. And security. And development. So what do you do now? Heartbroken as you will be to never have to patch another server, what's the future for in-house IT delivery? We've been here before, with outsourcing, and the results weren't pretty in …
Tim Phillips, 04 Aug 2011
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Bangs for bucks: Our lightning tour of cloudonomics

The important question about moving to the cloud is: am I getting a good deal? It is easy to ask, but if you start to think about it in detail you might fancy a long lie down in a darkened room. For the purpose of this lightning tour of cloud economics, I’m making several big assumptions: The first is that you have access to …
Tim Phillips, 13 Jul 2011

Down and dirty in a monster data centre

At 66,000 servers worldwide and counting, it’s hard to remember that 10 years ago Rackspace didn’t exist. Now its customers in its Slough data centre alone include the Ministry of Defence and Lloyds TSB. Use an Oyster card, or buy insurance from Confused.com, and your data is stored on one of the 16,000 Rackspace servers in the …
Tim Phillips, 20 May 2011
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Email in the cloud

An application like email has the ability to swallow most of your time, just so it works as badly as it ever did. Oil and gas recruitment company Swift Worldwide Resources can't function without email, but spent long hours just keeping its creaking POP3 servers online. It solved the problem by switching to hosted email instead …
Tim Phillips, 18 May 2011

Data visualisation through the cloud

If a picture tells a thousand words then data visualisation should be just the gig for the digital dirge of data clogging up your systems. It should give you an idea about what your data is telling you, and it should tell you things you didn’t even know you could know. That’s the theory . A development company called Shoothill …
Tim Phillips, 12 May 2011

Lewisham Services move to the cloud

The streets of Lewisham, and beyond, are a whole lot cleaner thanks to the quick thinking of Nigel Tyrell, who’s head of Environment for Lewisham. Back in 2004 the council had the idea of giving residents the ability to post images from a mobile device onto a website – so it knew where the problems were and could respond …
Tim Phillips, 04 May 2011

Desktop Virtualisation beyond VDI

Desktop virtualisation isn't just about the client, and it isn't all about VDI. Intel’s Stuart Dommett explains to Tim Phillips why there are more options for the virtual desktop than before, what Intel has been building in to its products to make those options more viable, and why he thinks it’s one of the top two or three …
Tim Phillips, 28 Apr 2011

Windows 7 takes PC upgrade for a cycle

Since Windows 7 stabilised its service packs big organisations are moving into upgrade mode. Given that we’re over at least the first hump of the recession, the upgrade leads to the questions; if you’re upgrading to Windows 7, should you upgrade your hardware too? Intel’s Scott Mordue puts forward balanced arguments in favour …
Tim Phillips, 26 Apr 2011
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Cloud data centres and the billion client conundrum

For those of you about to go cloud, or indeed for those of you that remain unconvinced as to its benefits and why it might be for you, we have some help. Last week The Register’s own Tim Phillips met with Richard George from Intel. Richard is something of a cloud specialist and explains how cloud can change your plans for the …
Tim Phillips, 20 Apr 2011
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City of London takes non-profit to the cloud

Who is the shadowy City of London Corporation? Actually it is not shadowy at all, it's the City's local government. In our latest Future of Productivity podcast Adam Hand tells Tim Phillips how the City of London Corporation helped TheCityUK, a non-profit organisation that promotes UK financial services, to migrate its …
Tim Phillips, 18 Apr 2011
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Wise after the event

You might have watched our recent Regcast about how to make your business more productive, and thought, "That's great in practice, but I'd like to listen to a 10-minute podcast where the CIO of a successful business explains how he put this into practice". Or something like that. So that's why we tracked down Alan Lee-Bourke, …
Tim Phillips, 24 Jan 2011
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New Year please, this one's broken

It's time to say goodbye to 2010, because - let's face it - it was rubbish. It's also time to look ahead to 2011. Will you keep your job? Will you even keep hold of your data? These questions and many more will be answered at 2pm on 17 December by David King, CTO at Logica, David Roberts, executive director of the Corporate IT …
Tim Phillips, 17 Dec 2010
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Replication for the rest of us

There's a lot of information you'd want to replicate that wouldn't have been mission critical even two years ago. But you can't, because you have three incompatible storage systems, no budget for an extra data centre and no staff to run it if you did. Many more organisations need replication today than have it: losing even an …
Tim Phillips, 23 Nov 2010
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Their smartphones are on your network

Trying to keep smartphones off your network? Forget it. They're here. Trying to avoid having to manage consumer mobile devices? You're wasting your time. Better to accept the inevitable - you're going to have to do it. At 3pm on 18 October 2010 latest Regcast deals head-on with a problem that every sysadmin is going to have …
Tim Phillips, 12 Oct 2010
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Successful desktop virtualization

Desktop virtualization: it's complex, it's controversial, it's hard to budget. It is, however, easy to make a mess of it. And if you do get it wrong, every single person in your company will want to know why. Mess this one up and you’ll be lucky if they let you project manage buying toner cartridges for the rest of your career …
Tim Phillips, 17 Sep 2010
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The end of the beginning of virtualization

Virtualization doesn't end with consolidation. It begins with it. But what's next? New research of our North American readers by analysts Freeform Dynamics, published in the Register white paper "Server Virtualization beyond Consolidation", shows that organizations that are virtualizing successfully still find that the impact on …
Tim Phillips, 14 Sep 2010
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Don't get mad, get even

If you're mad as hell and you're not going to take this any more, if you're blissfully happy and can't wait to tell the world, or if you're just tired of listening to product marketing managers who don't know what it's like to get your hands dirty, now's your chance. Don't rant in the pub: share it with millions of Reg readers …
Tim Phillips, 06 Sep 2010
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Successful desktop virtualization

Desktop virtualization: it's complex, it's controversial, it's hard to budget. It is, however, easy to make a mess of it. And if you do get it wrong, every single person in your company will want to know why. Mess this one up and you’ll be lucky if they let you project manage buying toner cartridges for the rest of your career …
Tim Phillips, 26 Jul 2010
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How to survive desktop virtualisation

So you’re thinking about desktop virtualisation. Are you mad? Most of your colleagues think so. Your users hate you already, because you want to take away their PCs. Your boss suspects you’re going to blow the budget on a bunch of ugly dumb terminals that take half an hour to boot. Mess this one up and you’ll be lucky if they …
Tim Phillips, 22 Jul 2010
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BI 2010 - The State of Play

Your data is more scattered and more inconsistent, takes too long to reach the people who need it, and is incomplete, inaccurate or out of date more often than three years ago. That's what 239 Reg readers told Freeform Dynamics. Your problems with the information we need to run our business are the basis of our new hard-hitting …
Tim Phillips, 29 Jun 2010