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No time for downtime

Sponsored Servers are always on, except that one time when you need to do some crucial personal banking and you’re informed your bank’s servers are down for “scheduled maintenance.” While the days of scheduled maintenance are going away, they aren’t gone entirely – yet. We live in the world of Netflix-style levels of service – of no …
David Gordon, 15 Jan 2018

A drivers’ guide to upgrading your IT to a hybrid cloud engine

Supported You’re a business running on traditional IT, using banks of servers with monolithic applications and backed by traditional storage arrays as well. You’ve heard about a more modern way of doing things, using cloud services and hybrid IT to deliver greater flexibility and agility, but wonder how to get there. In fact, the …
David Gordon, 8 Jan 2018

Past, present and future: A year in hyperconvergence

Supported It has been an interesting year in the world of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) with acquisitions and retrenchments and with new products released. Systems giant HPE kicked off 2017 by acquiring sexy startup SimpliVity for $650m Cisco bought its HCI SW supplier Springpath for $320m Netapp announced its SoldFire-based …
David Gordon, 7 Dec 2017

Building reliability into storage infrastructure

SPONSORED Flash Storage II Ask a layperson what the most important storage characteristics are, and they might say raw capacity, or speed, or perhaps power consumption. Ask an enterprise storage specialist and they will say, yes, all the above but most of all, reliability. As businesses have come to rely on the ability to access and …
David Gordon, 4 Dec 2017
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Navigating the hybrid cloud maze: Have you agreed on a cost of exit?

How times change. When the Cloud Industry Forum first started surveying cloud take-up, about seven years ago, most businesses still weren’t using any cloud services. Its latest survey, published this spring, revealed that nearly 90 per cent of organisations are using cloud, each one deploying three cloud-based services. That’s …
David Gordon, 27 Nov 2017

All Flash Arrays and latency

Sponsored There is no doubt it can be difficult to navigate the various claims made by storage vendors when it comes to performance of their products. The hype surrounding All Flash Arrays (AFA) has created something of a minefield for users. Headline figures on IOPs and latency can appear fantastic. The first can be reported as being …
David Gordon, 17 Nov 2017

Low latency in AFAs

SPONSORED Achieving consistent ultra low latency is often top of the list of requirements for those investing in all flash arrays. The days when it was only big capital markets financial services players operating automated or algorithmic trading applications who were obsessed with sub-millisecond latency have long passed as today …
David Gordon, 6 Nov 2017

IOPS and storage performance

SPONSORED With the accelerations in cloud computing and server virtualizations and changes in layouts, IT devices are required to handle multiple integrations instead of just a single application. Enterprise demand shorter wait times and higher availability. This in turn means enterprise IT systems must be able to reduce transactional …
David Gordon, 3 Nov 2017
CenturyLink data centre

AFA: The Flash revolution that's been a long time coming

SPONSORED Few technologies have forced their way into enterprise IT strategies with such efficiency as All-Flash Arrays (AFAs) in the process pushing aside two decades of established SAS and SATA hard disk drive technology. In the last two years the acceptance of all flash arrays for mixed workload environments has accelerated. It is no …
David Gordon, 26 Oct 2017

Flash in the enterprise is in a solid state. Where is it going next?

Sponsored Sales of purpose-built storage appliances are falling, markedly, according to IDC, revenue and capacity falling respectively by 16.2 per cent and 14.9 per cent in the analyst’s latest quarterly tracker in September. Among the culprits responsible for this decline is flash, which is becoming a standard part of the enterprise …
David Gordon, 19 Oct 2017
Smashed computer

Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware

Sponsored Windows 10 means a major shift in how IT operations should perceive and manage Windows and their hardware estate. The most significant is the move away from Big Bang version launches in favour of a subscription model with much more frequent updates. This has an interesting knock-on effect on hardware requirements. Many …
David Gordon, 21 Sep 2017

Building beyond capacity: How NAS drives go further

Sponsored Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a time-honoured approach for organisations to provide a shared repository through which multiple users and client systems can all access the same files and data over the network. Typically, a NAS is implemented as an appliance-like enclosure that connects to the LAN and functions as a …
David Gordon, 8 Aug 2017
Green data centre

Data centre locations: In the city or up the country?

Sponsored article The obvious difference between using a data centre in the city centre compared to the country is cost, but other factors such as proximity to fibre connections, accessibility, security and just plain convenience, might well lure you back to the centre. Let’s help you decide whether you’d prefer your infrastructure to be uptown, …
David Gordon, 16 Feb 2017

The digital workplace transformation: Sooner than you think

Regcast after hours What does the digital workplace transformation really mean? Will we still go to work, or will our work travel with us? How will we learn to be creative in an age of automation, and how will we be collaborate if we don’t see each other regularly? After laying out the technology changes we can expect in our Regcast on the …
David Gordon, 18 Nov 2015

Interview: Why evolution isn't enough to future-proof your systems

Regcast follow-up After our recent Regcast on the future of your data centre, we locked the studio door before HP’s Craig Partridge and Intel’s Chris Feltham could bolt. In our Regcast they claimed that IT departments will have to behave differently in a hyperconverged world, and so in our after-hours conversation we wanted to know more about …
David Gordon, 13 Oct 2015

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