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Why you need to plan for all-flash storage tomorrow

Hard disks have had a fantastic run by any measure, happily spinning in datacentres across the globe. However, it is likely nearing its conclusion, at least for most primary data storage use cases. There is no denying that flash media is on its way to becoming the dominant technology in primary storage, especially with the […]


How to build an availability solution for remote offices

We have all heard about fantastic new datacentre technologies, but all too often it looks like these technologies only seem to apply to the largest organisations with a wealth of centralised resources. Because data does not just live in the datacentre, we often face daily challenges when data is put to use in the field […]


Building tomorrow’s IoT applications using three layer model

The Internet of Things is changing business IT and holds great potential for companies. By analysing data from networked devices, they can automate their business processes, increase productivity and lower costs. This requires a scalable, reliable and secure IT infrastructure, which should be based on standardised components and protocols and operate on three different layers: […]


Replacing that card based access with a mobile one

Physical access control is a key component of many organisations and can be used for anything, from opening doors to car parks, buildings, secure rooms or even accessing computer files. Much of the technology and systems have remained the same over the past twenty years, but as technology is developing, security providers are increasingly turning […]


Can’t get application delivery controllers right? Here are ten tips

Application Delivery Controllers are networking devices that reside in the datacentre and serve as a key part of an application delivery network. With the explosion in Internet traffic, business applications, and the number of Internet-enabled devices, application delivery controllers provide the front-end intelligence that supplements and enhances business application flows. In addition to traditional load […]


Why AIM systems will now be included in cabling procurement

Automated infrastructure management systems are not new. They have been around in one shape or form since the early nineties. They also polarise opinion in the structured cabling world like possibly nothing else. The range of opinions is extreme. At one end are those who will pay almost any premium to have what they see […]


What’s wrong with software licensing today and how to fix it

Today’s software end users are increasingly connected and mobile. In addition, they’re looking to have software delivered to them as a service on the device of their choice, and they only want to pay for what they use. These changes and others are fundamentally shifting the way software vendors conduct business. The growth of cloud […]


Time to fix security inside critical infrastructure

A couple of months ago I was discussing datacentre security with a panel of IT managers from critical infrastructure providers. One representative from a major energy provider said that he had no intention of segmenting his network. When I asked him how he monitors his network looking for attacks that have breached his perimeter, he […]


Building a tap based access control platform

With the move to a mobile and cloud first world, corporate data has become increasingly difficult to protect. Employee expectations have changed – they want to be able to access corporate cloud applications, data and services anywhere, at any time, using the device of their choice. This can potentially make networks significantly more vulnerable to […]


How to cope with IT sprawl, disruption, vulnerability

Car navigation systems that can predict where and when traffic jams might occur, by siphoning data from sensors in roads and other vehicles. Cameras that can spot litter in public places and call in the cleaning crew. Self-adjusting street lamps. These are just a few of the scenarios that could become commonplace as smart cities […]


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