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The office of the future

Posted by Stefan Haase | 23 Jan 2013, 17:22 PM

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Offices, which once epitomised the words boring, homogenous and restricted, are changing. A recent British Council for Offices conference announced its plans for offices of the future. Boasting plants growing on the walls and total energy efficiency, what does this mean for the IT infrastructure in future office developments?

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Why go green?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 18 Jan 2013, 17:27 PM

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The primary purpose of any business is to provide a product or service to its customers. That is something that most of us can agree on. However, modern businesses have more responsibilities – to their staff, to the local community, and, of course, to the environment.

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Amazon Cloud outage causes Christmas Eve commotion

Posted by Stefan Haase | 2 Jan 2013, 17:37 PM

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The latest outage affecting Amazon’s Cloud service has again prompted debate about the Cloud’s resilience. While this debate will continue into 2013, can businesses afford to wait for an outage affecting mission-centric platforms and software before weighing up the benefits of low hosting costs against the drawbacks of commercial losses?

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Why the Cloud doesnt necessarily mean thunder

Posted by Stefan Haase | 24 Dec 2012, 14:16 PM

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In this blog our Cloud expert looks at why, despite industry giants such as HP increasing their portfolio of Cloud services, many businesses are still reluctant to make the move into the Cloud.

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When is a productivity suite not a productivity suite?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 14 Dec 2012, 17:43 PM

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Google Apps announced this week that it would start charging for its Cloud-based productivity suite. Though the meagre sum of £3 per user per month may seem manageable to many organisations, this change comes at a time when Google’s services have already been called into question.

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The US Patriot Act and your data – is it safe?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 7 Nov 2012, 17:46 PM

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The US Patriot Act was set up in the aftermath to the horrific 9/11 attacks. The act facilitates the US government in its gathering of foreign intelligence about possible national and international terrorist attacks. There has been a lot of controversy about the implementation of the Patriot Act, with the US government using the act to collect documents and data with remote or highly speculative links to terrorism.

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Clouds role in the move from outsourcing to smartsourcing

Posted by Stefan Haase | 29 Aug 2012, 15:08 PM

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Austerity is a fact of life for IT managers everywhere. No longer is it just a matter of doing more with less; organisations are increasingly seeking growth through innovation, and cost -cutting in isolation is a game of diminishing returns.

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Data loss – not someone elses problem

Posted by Stefan Haase | 28 Aug 2012, 16:10 PM

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It can be tempting to think of data loss as someone else’s problem. With your rigorous IT procedures and compliance policies, it could never happen to you, right? Unfortunately, that’s probably what companies including Visa, MasterCard and HSBC thought – until they had critical business data lost or stolen.

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Keeping a weather eye on business continuity and disaster recovery

Posted by Stefan Haase | 20 Jul 2012, 16:11 PM

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The Great British Summer has done its best to spoil sporting events like The Open and Wimbledon (and even Redcentric’s company golf day!). But there’s nothing like the sight of the awful flood damage to homes and businesses across the country to focus the mind on the more genuinely negative aspects of the bad weather.

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Fail to plan, plan to fail

Posted by Stefan Haase | 11 Jul 2012, 11:18 AM

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Proper planning and investment in the right technology are key. Generators and UPS equipment are only as good as the quality of the maintenance plans supporting them – age, poor maintenance and over-stressing equipment in an effort to keep costs down can all result in ‘Plan B’ existing in name only.

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Cloud-based document management gets an airing

Posted by Stefan Haase | 19 Jun 2012, 10:45 AM

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Matt Duncan of Redcentric partner, NetDocuments, was featured recently in an audio interview on the Legal IT Professionals website. It was a fascinating 10 minutes, and if you’re interested in either document management systems (DMS) or Cloud delivery models, then I recommend you give it a listen.

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Taking a reality check on Cloud security

Posted by Stefan Haase | 8 Jun 2012, 14:11 PM

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One of the findings to come out of the Legal Week/Redcentric survey of law firm CIOs was that 72% of respondents cited concerns about security as the biggest single inhibitor to Cloud adoption.

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Clouds agility compelling for law firms

Posted by Stefan Haase | 7 Jun 2012, 14:09 PM

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As the legal sector is under pressure like never before to respond to changing commercial dynamics, client imperatives and regulatory demands, it’s not surprising that CIOs are drawn by the appeal of the Cloud’s inherent ability to deliver technical and operational capability quickly and cost-effectively.

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Getting the total picture on total cost

Posted by Stefan Haase | 23 May 2012, 11:17 AM

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An Redcentric/Legal Week survey of CIOs within the legal sector suggests that the majority of law firms need to take stock of their costs. Less than a third of respondents have undertaken a detailed analysis of the total cost of ownership (TCO) of on-premise IT infrastructure and support for comparison with managed service options.

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Horses for courses: Is Google Drive really the best bet for businesses?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 26 Apr 2012, 00:00 AM

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The news that Google is offering up to 5GB of cloud-based storage for free with its new Google Drive is great news for consumers looking to store their personal and online content. However, as consumers become more drawn to the cloud to store their data, it’s crucial to remember that when it comes to cloud-based storage, you get what you pay for.

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Divide and conquer: a backup policy for every day

Posted by Stefan Haase | 27 Mar 2012, 14:09 PM

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31 March may be World Backup Day, but every day is Backup Day for us and our customers. Created by a couple of concerned users of reddit, the social news website, the World Backup Day initiative aims to raise awareness of the importance of regular backups. And who can argue with that?

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Data migration: 5 steps to the perfect switch-over

Posted by Stefan Haase | 23 Mar 2012, 16:19 PM

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If you’re thinking of rehoming your data centre infrastructure – either from an in-house facility or from a third party with whom you’re dissatisfied – you shouldn’t let concerns about disruption and downtime put you off doing it. It’s perfectly possible to migrate all your data and equipment from one facility to another with minimal hassle.

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Megaupset in the Cloud – but should businesses worry?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 12 Mar 2012, 14:13 PM

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“It would be a massive blow if it all got deleted. It would be a massive part of my life just gone”. That was the Newsbeat-reported response of a Megaupload user who lost access to his painstakingly created audio files after the website was shut-down by US prosecutors over illegal file-sharing. The move affected both legal and illegal users alike.

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Backup and recovery: 3 problems and a solution

Posted by Stefan Haase | 1 Dec 2011, 13:06 PM

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74% of organisations are “not very confident” they could fully restore their systems or data after an IT failure. That’s the finding of the recent European Disaster Recovery Survey 2011 sponsored by IT group EMC and based on answers from 1,750 IT bosses in nine European countries.

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Data security and the perils of location, location, location.

Posted by Stefan Haase | 8 Nov 2011, 14:19 PM

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According to a report from Information Age’s Cloud Security 2011 conference, businesses will soon be using a Software-as-a Service application from one provider, built on a Platform-as-a-Service offering from another, which in turn is based on Infrastructure-as-a-Service delivered by a third.

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