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Are BlackBerry emerging from the woods?

Posted by Richard Allgate | 21 Jan 2014, 12:34 PM

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With the recent changes and announcements at BlackBerry Redcentric’s mobile specialist, Richard Allgate, discusses what these changes mean for Blackberry and how they can only be seen as a positive move for the business within the enterprise market.

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Looking back to look forward

Posted by Simon Michie | 9 Jan 2014, 12:37 PM

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As we take our first steps into 2014, it seemed a good time to stop and reflect a little. We live in a world where the pace of change is accelerating and what seemed impossible a few years ago is not only possible but happening now, and in some cases already embedded in our daily lives.

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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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London vs Rest Country

Posted by Paul Hone | 23 Nov 2013, 10:29 AM

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Data centre colocation plays a significant role when it comes to housing today’s IT operations. For many businesses, it’s an attractive alternative to investing in building and maintaining a sizable space – to house and operate power hungry servers, telecoms and network equipment. The notion of operating this equipment offsite brings with it many benefits, but the decision is not as clear cut as that. There are a number of considerations to take into account when looking at data centre outsourcing, and one of the most deliberated is the issue of location.

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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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Keep Data Cool City

Posted by Paul Hone | 9 Nov 2013, 10:19 AM

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It goes without saying that most businesses are totally dependent on their IT systems, and these systems in turn are entirely dependent on the physical environment in which they operate. That environment involves two essential basic elements – reliable power supplies and a constant temperature.

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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

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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