Regcast followup: Identity management in a connected world

In our Regcast Managing identity to drive business, ForgeRock’s Daniel Raskin explained why the function of identity management is changing from basic security and a way to lower operational costs to a world in which identity transforms your relationships (and the outcome of those relationships) with your customers. Behind …
Tim Phillips, 4 Dec 2014
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Raj Samani: The Director’s Cut

Regcast after dark After our recent Regcast in which Raj Samani of McAfee's Intel Security scared us to death about security threats businesses are facing (before showing us how automating our security systems means we’re not doomed if we do the right thing), we got the sense he had more to say. Youtube Video We were right. So we sat Raj down …
Tim Phillips, 4 Nov 2014

Webcast follow-up: HP makes the case for convergence

One of the things that surprised many in our recent Regcast on converged infrastructure (CI) was the claim by HP’s Clive Freeman that hardware optimisation for well-defined workloads far outstrips the performance you would get for the same price using software optimisation on a standard platform. Afterwards, I asked Clive how …
Tim Phillips, 5 Sep 2014
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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 …
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 …
Tim Phillips, 9 Jul 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 …
Tim Phillips, 15 Apr 2013

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

London Olympics 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, 6 Jul 2012
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Network Fabric workshop's greatest hits

Report 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, 4 Dec 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

Cloud 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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Elonex: the end of an era

Analysis The reaction of many people in the PC business to the news that Elonex Plc (UK) was in administration was a shrug: Elowho? Elonex logo The brand name and some assets of the veteran PC were picked up last month by Afics, a cartridge recycling firm, which is still mulling over whether it will sell Elonex-branded PCs. So now …
Tim Phillips, 18 Jul 2006

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