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Time to talk about stupid and preventable failures

Study If you spend any time reading vendor press releases you could be forgiven for thinking that IT resources are available in infinite supply at no charge whatsoever. The fact no IT resources are available without cost is rarely mentioned. The days when the deliberate overprovisioning of resources at day one of a project are long …
Tony Lock, 16 May 2016
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What Reg readers really think will affect IT in the next three years...

Temperature Check The rate of change in IT and business has never been more rapid. When it comes to how your organisation uses IT, standing still is not an option. But keeping track of advances in technology and the new solutions becoming available in the market place isn’t always that easy, and few Reg readers have the time or resources to …
Tony Lock, 16 Sep 2015
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Storage infrastructure wakeup call

The storage solutions you run today face many challenges, of which the explosive growth in data volumes is just one. In a recent survey of Register readers, we asked what currently stresses your storage systems, and what needs to be done to ensure your internal customers get the services they need. The overriding conclusion was …
Tony Lock, 09 Feb 2015

The State of Network Infrastructure

Networks are the glue that allow users to function effectively in their daily tasks, yet a recent report by Freeform Dynamics based on a survey of readers of the Register shows many of you are using old equipment that is hard to manage. This begs the question, “does senior management really care about the state of enterprise …
Tony Lock, 06 Jun 2014
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The Death of the Corporate Network Perimeter

In a recent survey over 400 Reg Readers you gave us the inside track on the current state of corporate networks and their ability to handle changing work patterns. In particular, you make the case that your networks are ill prepared to tackle the increasing diversity and sophistication of security threats. As you see it, the …
Tony Lock, 06 Jun 2014
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Storage heaven or hell: What’s it like in your world?

Tech panel Yep, data volumes are growing, and managing security, access, service levels and costs are more of a pain than ever when it comes to storage. But how bad is it for you? If you’re in pain, we’d like to know where it’s hurting. If you are sitting back with your feet up, looking out across a nicely humming storage landscape, we’d …
Tony Lock, 09 Apr 2014
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Putting the security jigsaw together

Reg reader research Effective IT security is both important and hard to implement, and it isn’t getting any easier. Central systems are becoming more complex, and keeping up with the ever-changing threat landscape is an ongoing challenge. Then there's the fact that end users are more mobile than ever and increasingly reckon they should be able to …
Tony Lock, 06 Sep 2013
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Protect your data with a cloudy mixture

Many organisations today are facing the challenge of fast-changing operating conditions. At the same time, they are ever more dependent on the data and information they hold. How can they best store and protect corporate data? Is cloud the right answer or only part of it? Securing and protecting data has been a major issue for …
Tony Lock, 09 Apr 2013

Will we still love the data centre seven years from now?

It seems there has never been a clearer understanding of how rapidly business is changing and IT technologies are evolving. With this in mind, we recently ran an online survey to ask readers of The Register how they thought data centres would develop between now and 2020. This is long enough for significant things to happen, …
Tony Lock, 20 Dec 2012
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There’s more to selling email than meets the eye

Cloud is a broad term for several different approaches to delivering IT services. There is currently much discussion about the role of managed service providers (MSPs) in delivering this type of offering to business customers. MSPs could be pivotal to the long-term adoption of such IT solutions since most are acquired from …
Tony Lock, 20 Dec 2012
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Data-centre procurement ain't what it used to be

The cost of supplying IT services inside businesses has never been more visible, with much marketing attention focusing on the question “Why aren’t you using cloud-based services instead of running your own systems?” More than ever, IT departments are having to justify their funding and show they are doing a good job. Just how …
Tony Lock, 18 Dec 2012

Email is so last century

Over the course of the past year or two we have started to hear that email is becoming less relevant in this era of social networking. With websites such as Facebook grabbing the world’s attention and organisations encouraged to communicate with all and sundry via sites such as Twitter and LinkedIn, many are seriously …
Tony Lock, 12 Dec 2012
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Big Data and analytics: Reg survey crunches the numbers

Every IT professional understands that relational databases play an important role in most organisations. Indeed, the previous article in this series highlighted that such repositories are used to hold business critical data in many organisations. Such “traditional platforms” are not only widely deployed, they are also well …
Tony Lock, 07 Nov 2012
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The Big Data revolution: Big Bang or loud noise?

Analysis Anyone currently employed in any area of the IT business will be aware, however reluctantly, of the considerable amount of effort being put into marketing ‘Big Data’. Well brace yourselves, there's more of this to come. During August and September of 2012 Freeform Dynamics surveyed 502 IT professional readers of The Register …
Tony Lock, 08 Oct 2012
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Who cares about Big Data

Tech Panel “Big Data” today clearly rules the web pages as market makers promote the topic at the drop of a hat. But with so much effort, and money, being spent promoting BD, is anyone actually doing anything in everyday businesses to exploit this loosely grouped family of technologies? Most readers of The Register acknowledge there are …
Tony Lock, 13 Sep 2012
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Beyond the relational database

Tech Panel The ‘Big Data’ Bandwagon is now in full flow and IT professionals are already being swamped with marketing explaining why they cannot afford to leave information unmined. Once again, we are being bombarded with terms and messages that are ambiguous at best, meaningless at worst and simply confusing most of the time. So in true …
Tony Lock, 07 Sep 2012
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Private Cloud and IT Service Delivery

Report IT budgets under pressure, ‘doing more for less’ – we’re all familiar with the headlines. And of course vendors are always at the ready with solutions that address those very pain points. ‘Spend to save’ is the accompanying mantra. But what’s actually happening in the real world? Is the IT budget situation as dire as it’s …
Tony Lock, 25 Jun 2012
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Hybrid Cloud -The Emperor’s new clothes or stylish business wear?

Reg Research ‘Cloud Computing’ has been on the lips of every IT vendor marketing manager for the past two or three years and Reg readers have always been forthright in telling us what is happening in their organisation compared to the hype. While some vendors think ‘Private Cloud’ to be a contradiction in terms, Reg readers disagree, with …
Tony Lock, 22 Jun 2012
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Cure IT ills with a holistic approach to management

When systems are implemented and managed in isolation, it can be difficult to get an end-to-end view of how they interact. That in turn makes it difficult to troubleshoot problems when they arise and to understand the impact potential changes are likely to have. We know from research conducted over several years that few …
Tony Lock, 27 Apr 2012
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Simple ways to tune your private cloud infrastructure

“Dynamic workload management” and “private cloud” are just two of the terms currently in vogue to describe new approaches to the management of IT systems. Dynamic IT is likely to be marketed as a fully automated environment where everything is controlled in an orchestrated manner. We know from a recent survey that a growing …
Tony Lock, 26 Apr 2012
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Limber up for a more dynamic approach to managing change

For most of the past 20 years, the provisioning and daily operations of IT systems has been mainly concerned with specifying the physical components – servers, storage and networking – required to deliver the expected service levels. Because many workloads have little hard data upon which to base usage calculations, most …
Tony Lock, 02 Apr 2012
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Keeping score in the public sector

Reg research A recent Reg Reader survey looked at how public sector organisations are managing to address the complex challenges of information management in an age when everyone expects to have instant access to information while simultaneously insisting on stringent security being enforced. The results are unlikely to be much of a …
Tony Lock, 05 Mar 2012
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The Modern Data Centre

Tech Panel Managing the systems running in data centres and computer rooms is hard work, and that’s before the conflicting demands of users, managers, regulators and health and safety inspectors are factored into account. Are you caught in the trap of trying to balance conflicting demands on your time or are you leading the way to dynamic …
Tony Lock, 02 Mar 2012
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The trials and tribulations of data centre networking

Reg Research For much of the last decade data centre networking, along with networking in general, has become accepted as part of the glue that is invisible to business users. End users now take for granted that networking ‘works’, but with new services placing greater stress on data centre networks, what do organisations think about the …
Tony Lock, 03 Nov 2011
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Data centre networking - the view from your seat

Reg Tech Panel Data centre networks provide the infrastructure that allows business services to function. They let users get on with their jobs while allowing systems to be protected according to need. But are the networks in your data centre appreciated or have they become invisible as the organisation demands more from them? Are your …
Tony Lock, 18 Aug 2011