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What the swan did next

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 15 Aug 2016, 10:29 AM

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Fresh from completing an intensive three month network upgrade Ian Rhodes, Redcentric’s Platform Director, reflects on the considerations that go into making network improvements and how these improvements are critical to underpinning a resilient and available service.

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Fifty and fabulous – happy birthday Moores Law

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 23 Apr 2015, 13:43 PM

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Ian Rhodes, Platform Director at Redcentric, has a look at Moore’s Law on its 5oth 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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Its memory isn’t what it used to be

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 26 Sep 2014, 11:50 AM

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As news broke last month that the 512K bug might mean data disruption due to the net's growth and old hardware is upgraded to handle todays Internet demands, Ian Rhodes looks at times where this has happened before and how the industry is developing to support internet growth.

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Twitter hacks and the case for two-factor authentication

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 14 May 2014, 14:43 PM

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Following on from his last blog on voicemail password protection, Ian Rhodes – Divisional Director of Platform Management – discusses reports that Twitter is to introduce a two factor authentication process in order to improve security. In the wake of a number of high profile account hacks, could two factor authentication be the security solution the social networking site desperately needs?

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Google outage shows just how dominant it is

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 29 Aug 2013, 13:02 PM

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For five minutes between 23:52 and 23:57 BST on August 16th 2013 the world was without Google.com. The outage took down Google services including Search, Gmail, Talk, Drive, Documents and Calendar. It goes to show how dominant the search giant has become that during this five minutes web activity dropped by a huge 40 percent.

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The future of passwords

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 1 Jul 2013, 14:11 PM

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Ian Rhodes concludes his trilogy of password blogs with a look to the future; with developments such as password tattoos being showcased, what will be the next big thing in authentication? Ian also discusses the role of the smartphone, and its potential to act as a third authentication method when properly secured.

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What does the future hold for Apple?

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 2 May 2013, 14:47 PM

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The inexorable pace of the IT industry continues, and it seems even Apple is not immune to queries about their future. With a drop in profits for the first quarter of 2013, is this the beginning of the end? Or would it be foolish to dismiss this colossus of technical innovation?

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Improving voicemail password protection

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 25 Apr 2013, 15:01 PM

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Ian Rhodes, Divisional Director of Redcentric, discusses Ofcom’s recent report into the password habits of UK users. The results do not bode well for the security of corporate voicemails, with hackers using advanced software to tap into these voicemails in attempt to hijack the line and make international calls. Ian sheds light on a number of steps businesses should take towards improving their password policies.

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IT in schools: are we getting it wrong?

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 15 Mar 2013, 15:55 PM

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In the corporate world, IT is an integral part of our day-to-day dealings. However, visit any comprehensive high school and you will not experience the same reliance on IT and technology innovations. Ian Rhodes discusses the importance of keeping IT education in line with progression in the workplace, and the benefits this could have for the economy.

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New public Cloud faces security breaches

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 29 Jan 2013, 17:16 PM

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There is a new player on the public Cloud scene, and they have run into issues already. Kim Dotcom has launched a Cloud service which claims to ‘protect your privacy’. However, with the dangerous practice of marketing consumer-grade Cloud as secure, Businesses need to be aware that things aren’t always what they seem.

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The integration of new technology

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 25 Jan 2013, 17:19 PM

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New technology is coming thick and fast. 3D printers that can print buildings, 3D bioprinters that can print steak, and bendable mobile phones are just the tip of the iceberg. But when a technology comes along that aims to completely ‘replace’ the existing, is it really as simple as an initial reveal followed by mass circulation?

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How the Internet is upgrading the shopping experience

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 17 Jan 2013, 17:29 PM

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Online transactions now account for 55.7% of delivered sales and, with the rise of the mobile age, where tablets and smartphones now serve as menus and shopping baskets, more shoppers are choosing to stay at home rather than face the hustle and bustle of the high street.

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Happy 150th birthday to the Tube

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 14 Jan 2013, 17:33 PM

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Happy birthday to the Tube. The early life and journey of the Tube is strikingly similar to the development of IT and telecomms in the past few decades – and both have revolutionised the way we work and live.

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Football, the Olympics and bandwidth: Are you ready?

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 13 Jun 2012, 16:34 PM

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A spike in Internet usage for business-critical reasons is one thing; when it’s the result of non-critical activity, it’s another matter entirely.

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5 ways to meet the Olympian challenge for high-bandwidth, high-resilience network access

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 3 Jun 2012, 15:12 PM

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A recent press report highlighted the continuing change in the nature of internet traffic. The article correctly identifies the “flash floods” of internet demand (for events like the World Cup) as being particularly challenging for many organisations – and the ISPs supporting them.

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Surfing the Twitter Games’ bandwidth: the business challenge

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 3 Apr 2012, 16:34 PM

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Unsurprisingly, the Internet Services Providers’ Association has recently warned of a “massive hit on the infrastructure” that deliveres internet access, during the London Olympics. Will your Internet Service Provider (ISP) have enough bandwidth to support your business during games? Also, due to security lock-down of manhole covers and other network access points, what plans has your ISP put in place to ensure your network resilience?

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Disaster averted thanks to our own IP Telephony service!

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 18 May 2011, 12:13 PM

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InTechnology recently suffered a power outage at its London office, thanks to building work at a major development next door. This would have ‘shut down’ a traditional on-site PBX telephone system. However, our own IP telephony service, Unity, made sure it was business as usual!

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