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Should Service Providers offering Managed Firewalls include UTM capability as default?

Posted by Sean Paxton | 19 May 2015, 12:13 PM

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Following a recent hack attack by religious extremists on the website of a small innocuous pub in rural England, Sean Paxton explains why the cost of corporate security is a price that is well worth paying regardless of the size or profile of your business.

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Understanding the realities of N3 accreditation

Posted by Mark Hall | 14 May 2015, 17:26 PM

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Following on from a previous blog, Mark Hall explains how ISVs looking to engage with the NHS can avoid the pain and numerous pitfalls usually associated with this complicated process by using an N3 aggregator such as Redcentric to help them.

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What does the majority Conservative Government need to learn from the minority one about procuring IT?

Posted by Peter Nailer | 13 May 2015, 15:36 PM

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Peter Nailer takes a look at the changes made to government IT procurement during the coalition Government from Dynamic Purchasing System frameworks including G-Cloud and the impact it’s made to provide government organisations with competitive pricing and economies of scale.

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Don’t be directionless: Seven steps to creating a cloud strategy

Posted by Simon Michie | 1 May 2015, 15:05 PM

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In previous blogs, Redcentric have discussed the issues that need to be considered as your business moves along your journey to the cloud. One of the first and most important steps is the development on a cloud strategy. In this blog, Redcentric's Simon Michie describes seven steps that are required, as a minimum, to create a valid cloud strategy.

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Fifty and fabulous – happy birthday Moores Law

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 24 Apr 2015, 10:05 AM

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Ian Rhodes, Platform Director at Redcentric, has a look at Moore’s Law on its 50th anniversary. He discusses how this is generally interpreted and mapping out the processing power over the last 50 years since his observation, including how today's latest technology are having an impact.

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Mixed messages: 5 ways for public sector organisations to cut through the confusion

Posted by Peter Nailer | 8 Apr 2015, 11:31 AM

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While the Government Digital Service provides support, Public Sector IT buyers still need to ensure that they are in control of determining their requirements – both from a business and technology perspective. Peter Nailer, Senior Bid Manager at Redcentric offers his top five tips on how to cut through the confusion.

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Digitizing Government: does the book tell the whole story?

Posted by Mark Hall, Public Sector Director | 31 Mar 2015, 11:43 AM

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Inspired by the book "Digitizing Government", Redcentric's Public Sector Director, Mark Hall, gives his thoughts on the digital transformation currently gathering momentum across the government. Covering everything from car tax to G-Cloud, Mark explains why the task being undertaken will not be a straightforward one.

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Firewalls: to manage or not to manage – that is the question

Posted by Sean Paxton | 25 Mar 2015, 14:05 PM

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While most organisations accept they require the protection provided by next-generation firewalls, some may be confused over whether they should purchase, install and manage their firewall or turn to an expert to manage the next generation firewall on their behalf. Redcentric's Sean Paxton details the options to help you make the decision on whether to go with a managed firewall or the unmanaged option.

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Reaching towering heights: why government IT procurement is changing

Posted by Mark Hall | 18 Mar 2015, 17:23 PM

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In this blog, Redcentric's Public Sector Director, Mark Hall, along with Senior Bid Manager, Peter Nailer, give their thoughts on the Systems Integration and Management (SIAM) model in response to a recent blog by Alex Holmes the deputy director of the Government Digital Service.

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Musical chairs of MNOs: What to do when the music stops

Posted by Richard Allgate | 5 Mar 2015, 10:46 AM

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Over the last few years the mobile network operator market has become a lucrative one. With a number of high-profile buyouts making the headlines recently, Richard Allgate takes a look at what the latest takeovers will mean for both the enterprise market and the mobile network operators themselves.

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4 steps to developing a mobile strategy for enterprises: what you need to know

Posted by Richard Allgate, Mobile Specialist | 25 Feb 2015, 13:11 PM

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Developing a mobile strategy for your business can be a daunting task for any CTO or IT Manager to undertake so, in this blog, Richard Allgate looks at four of the key steps, from mobile security to network integration, that are an essential part when building your mobile strategy.

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Choosing between SQL Server Mirroring and Log Shipping: When to go for either

Posted by Louis Ozougwu | 19 Feb 2015, 14:27 PM

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In this blog, Louis Ozougwu looks at the different SQL Server High Availability solutions currently available to businesses. Covering areas such as the kind of business requirements each solution is built for, this blog aims help you decide which option is most suitable for your business.

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EU Data Protection Reforms: Why you can’t afford to ignore them

Posted by Mark Hall | 16 Feb 2015, 16:13 PM

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Following on from an earlier blog where Mark Hall discussed the upcoming Data Regulation reforms which are due later this year, Mark now looks ahead to see what areas your business should be aware of for when the new regulations come into force and, even more importantly, what the financial penalties could be should these new rules be ignored.

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Database as a Service: What sets us apart from our competitors?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 9 Feb 2015, 11:48 AM

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In the final blog of this series, Redcentric's Stefan Haase looks what sets Redcentric's proposition apart from the competition. From those at the top of the company to the staff out there delivering our services to customers, Stefan explains why Redcentric can back up our claim of being truly "customer-centric".

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PSN: alive and kicking or dead in the water?

Posted by Mark Hall | 2 Feb 2015, 10:39 AM

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In this blog, Mark Hall explains why, despite premature reports of its demise, the Public Sector Network (PSN) has been granted a stay of execution by the Goverment. Mark explains what the Public Sector Network is and why its transition to the Network Services Framework (NSF) has been delayed.

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Database as a Service : Delivering a first class solution

Posted by Stefan Haase | 26 Jan 2015, 10:34 AM

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In the follow-up to his blog looking at Oracle's philosophy and how Redcentric mirrors it to provide our own first rate Database-as-a-Service solution, Stefan Haase now looks at the differentiators that sets Redcentric apart from the competition and is resulting in serious interest from Government departments and the wider public sector.

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From virtual to reality: what you need to know about persistent and non persistent virtual desktops

Posted by Stefan Haase | 20 Jan 2015, 09:49 AM

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With the use of virtualised desktop environments (VDI) growing year on year, Stefan Haase looks at why they are an attractive proposition for IT departments, what the differences between the two approaches to virtual desktop environments are and, most importantly, how you can decide which is the best option for your organisation.

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Database as a Service : Learning from Oracle's philosophy

Posted by Stefan Haase | 14 Jan 2015, 12:21 PM

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In the first of a series of blogs, Redcentric's Stefan Haase looks at Oracle's journey to becoming IT giants and their current ongoing success of their engineered systems approach by delivering an optimised, maximum performance system. Stefan looks at Oracle's philosophy and how Redcentric has done the same for their own DBaaS solution.

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'Not-spots': A thing of the past, thanks to national roaming?

Posted by Richard Allgate | 7 Jan 2015, 11:53 AM

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With the government recently announcing plans to take a long overdue look at the problem of mobile 'not-spots', Redcentric's mobile specialist, Richard Allgate, explores some of the numerous options that are available to mobile network operators, including networking roaming and mast sharing.

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My Redcentric Symposium experience

Posted by Graham Francis | 5 Jan 2015, 11:25 AM

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When Graham Francis, Director of I.T. Services, M.I.S. and Examinations at Havering Sixth Form College, attended the Redcentric symposium in November he decided to let us know his experiences and thoughts on the day after attending sessions such as Internet of Things and Hybrid Cloud & Disaster Recovery as a Service.

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