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Winter is coming – is your data centre ready?

Posted by Paul Hone | 9 Dec 2013, 18:18 PM

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Winter presents data centre managers with a number of possible weather related challenges that require some planning to ensure uptime. Most of these issues are very minor but even the smallest thing can have a cascade effect. Paul Hone, Redcentric’s Data Centre Manager looks at some of the issues that can be caused by a sudden change in the weather.

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Data centre design and the introduction of ‘unreliability’

Posted by Paul Hone | 13 Nov 2013, 00:00 AM

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As more and more redundancy is added to a data centre complexity increases and you’re adding more points of possible failure. Mike Christian of Yahoo! made a wonderful point when he said, “Something as simple as a border router failure can effectively knock an entire building of compute offline, regardless of how many generators it has”. There’s no doubt a Tier 4 data centre has many level of redundancy, but does that really make any difference when faced with catastrophic failure?

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Main driver for Cloud shifting from cost reduction to agility

Posted by Stefan Haase | 8 Nov 2013, 12:08 PM

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I’ve always believed that the superior agility that the Cloud can offer organisations is its key benefit. Service Providers often push the cost reductions that it offers, but I’ve always been of the opinion that the ability to quickly develop, deploy and scale innovation to build competitive advantage is far more appealing to business than just cost reduction. It would appear that Gartner’s recent survey has found the same.

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More Level 3 woes

Posted by Paul Hone | 4 Oct 2013, 12:43 PM

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Amidst a second outage at Level 3′s Goswell Road data centre, Paul Hone – Redcentric’s Data Centre Manager – sheds light on the damaging effect two UPS failures in six months can have on business continuity. As well as discussing the potential reasons for such an incident, Paul offers tips on how to choose a data centre which avoids these pitfalls.

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Feel the force? redcentric blog

Posted by Simon Michie | 18 Sep 2013, 12:50 PM

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News that Oracle and Salesforce.com have reached an agreement to integrate their clouds took the industry by surprise when it was announced earlier this year. Some commentators are wondering whether this partnership heralds the start of the much discussed ‘federated cloud’ or if this is in fact a sign of the cloud becoming more proprietary.

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The battle for 4G dominance

Posted by Richard Allgate | 13 Sep 2013, 12:52 PM

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Richard Allgate, Mobile Specialist here at Redcentric, wades into current discussions surrounding who will win the race to become the ‘best’ 4G provider. Considering marketing ploys as well as the scope of their 4G offerings, Richard points out the ones to watch as well as those who may fall behind.

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Gartners Magic Quadrant for Infrastructure as a Service 2013

Posted by James Odom | 10 Sep 2013, 12:55 PM

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James Odom, Product Specialist at Redcentric, reviews the recent findings of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Infrastructure as a Service 2013. While the survey highlights Amazon Web Service’s sizeable market share, it is important not to overlook the enhanced level of service available from smaller providers, with James covering the relative pros and cons.

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SMEs: how to kick start your Cloud adventure

Posted by Simon Michie | 6 Sep 2013, 12:57 PM

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The cloud can offer SMEs access to technology that they could not hope to own and operate themselves. But organisations looking at adopting the cloud for the first time should spend time looking at the business implications and deciding on the right approach.

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Does big mean better?

Posted by Simon Michie | 30 Aug 2013, 12:59 PM

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The news that UKFast intends to launch the UK’s biggest cloud service highlights that we’re about to enter a new stage of maturity in the industry. UKFast claim that its £12million eCloud infrastructure will provide the UK with its first elastic cloud service to rival US based services from the likes of Amazon and Rackspace.

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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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Confusion reigns part 2: EFM and other TLAs | Redcentric Blog

Posted by John Taylor | 23 Aug 2013, 13:25 PM

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In part one of my blog, I looked at how the consumer internet service industry has caused a lot of confusion about what you actually receive from your broadband service. Having cleared up some confusion and explained the terminology, I wanted to take the opportunity to look at some services that may actually deliver what they say on the tin – specifically, EFM.

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Confusion reigns: when 20MB/s internet speed is only 2MB/s

Posted by John Taylor | 16 Aug 2013, 13:36 PM

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The technology industry loves its confusing terminologies and TLAs (three letter acronyms). Things had improved mainly because of the consumerisation of IT but yet there still exist a lot of different terms and definitions. Nowhere is this truer than in internet service provision.

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The future of BlackBerry – Mobile Device Management?

Posted by Richard Allgate | 16 Aug 2013, 13:34 PM

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Richard Allgate, Mobile Specialist at Redcentric, speculates on the future of BlackBerry amid revelations this week that the company is considering ‘strategic alternatives.’ Reflecting on the success of its Mobile Device Management platform, Richard nods to this offering as BlackBerry’s saving grace, noting its ability to improve the security of business mobile offerings.

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Is your data centre fit for the Cloud? The importance of data centre upgrades

Posted by James Odom | 15 Aug 2013, 13:39 PM

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James Odom, Cloud Product Specialist at Redcentric, reflects on the results of a recent industry survey into data centre upgrades and infrastructure suitability. James outlines the business case for regular infrastructure updates, given their ability to generate IT cost savings, while also using his expertise to shed light on where to start.

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Firecontrol procurement failure: lessons for the public sector

Posted by Peter Nailer | 9 Aug 2013, 13:42 PM

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Peter Nailer, Bid Manager at Redcentric, discusses the highly-publicised shortcomings of the Fire Service’s attempts to unify its infrastructure. With many citing the cause of the problem as insufficient procurement knowledge, Peter offers insight into public sector procurement best practice, also identifying lessons to be learned from the project’s failings.

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Redcentrics Cloud services in 3-5 minutes

Posted by Simon Michie | 8 Aug 2013, 13:45 PM

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I’m taking a rest from writing this week, and instead bring you a short video with my colleague Spencer Lea – filmed in co-operation with our partner IBM. In it he gives a short overview of Redcentric’s cloud capabilities and outlines the key benefits for organisations.

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Customer support in the Cloud

Posted by Tim Wilkinson | 1 Aug 2013, 13:47 PM

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Tim Wilkinson of Redcentric discusses the importance of good customer support for Cloud services. Outlining the detrimental effect poor customer service can have on business continuity, Tim also highlights what good customer support should look like, including the importance of robust SLAs and 24/7/365 hands and eyes support.

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Are you operating a legal Cloud?

Posted by Simon Michie | 26 Jul 2013, 13:53 PM

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The UK Data Protection Act (DPA) is often heralded as the world’s leading light when it comes to laws protecting personal data. However with increasing adoption rates of cloud services UK organisations are putting themselves and their data at risk by breaching data protection laws.

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Cloud SLAs: the dodgy white goods warranties of the tech industry

Posted by Fraser Fisher | 19 Jul 2013, 13:55 PM

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Recent media reports have shone the spotlight on a number of high profile public cloud companies for confusing SLAs. Service providers, such as HP and Amazon, have come under fire for using confusing terminology and for placing the responsibility for detecting failures squarely on the customer’s shoulders.

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Accountancy firms lag behind in Cloud market

Posted by Sean Paxton | 12 Jul 2013, 14:04 PM

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Sean Paxton, Product Manager for Networks at Redcentric, comments on survey findings which highlight a lack of Cloud adoption within accountancy firms. Despite security concerns often being cited as the root cause of Cloud skepticism, the study pointed to broadband issues as the true culprit. Sean draws on his expertise to offer insight into network best practice for the delivery of Cloud-based services.

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