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Why G-Cloud shows that more choice isnt automatically beneficial

Posted by Simon Michie | 10 Jul 2013, 14:07 PM

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The UK Government recently started the third iteration of its G-cloud programme – G-cloud iii. The first version of the programme was launched early last year and aimed to bring about a fundamental change to the way that the public sector procures ICT and specifically cloud services.

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Data centre drivers – location, location, location?

Posted by Paul Hone | 10 Jul 2013, 14:06 PM

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Data centres are being built all of the time, but what affects their location? Paul Hone uses the expertise he gained project managing our Reading data centre’s construction to unpick the motives behind data centre geography. From power availability to transport links, a number of factors must be considered when building a next-generation data centre.

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Get PAYG governance before your employees rack up a huge bill

Posted by Simon Michie | 3 Jul 2013, 14:09 PM

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Stories about children unwittingly racking up huge bills on apps or downloading in-app content without realising the cost got me thinking about a comparable issue that we come across with increasing regularity in the cloud industry.

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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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Project Prism – do you know where your data is?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 19 Jun 2013, 14:14 PM

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Commentary on the Prism Project revelation, in particular Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing, is rife within mainstream media. But what does this mean for data centres and hosting? It is important, in the wake of this news, that CIOs pay attention to what happens to their data after it is sent into the Cloud. Stefan Haase outlines key questions to ask your data centre provider to ensure the privacy of your data.

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Safeguarding your business against telecom outages

Posted by Sean Paxton | 14 Jun 2013, 14:15 PM

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Sean Paxton, our Product Manager of Networks, reflects on what has already been a bad month for telecommunications outages. While accidents do happen, Sean discusses the importance of network resilience and open lines of communication in the face of downtime, offering tips on how to safeguard your business against the effects of such incidents.

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Did you know? Interesting data and storage facts

Posted by Stefan Haase | 12 Jun 2013, 14:19 PM

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Stefan Haase shares some of the more interesting data storage and server facts he has uncovered throughout his time with Redcentric. Uncovering the shelf-life of a server, as well as the current rate of data growth, Stefan also offers his opinion on what these statistics mean for the future of IT departments.

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Battery life: BYOD’s achilles heel?

Posted by Paul Storey | 7 Jun 2013, 14:24 PM

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Paul Storey reflects on the position of battery life as an inhibitor to BYOD adoption, in light of Intel’s announcement of a 50% increase in the battery life of their Core processors. Putting this gain into real terms, Paul discusses the business benefits of an unencumbered BYOD plan, as well as what longer battery life could mean for future business technologies.

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PUE – what does it mean for you?

Posted by Paul Hone | 6 Jun 2013, 14:30 PM

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Paul Hone, Data Centre Manager at Redcentric, sheds light on Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) ratings. Discussing how they’re calculated, as well as how they can be improved, Paul also highlights key questions for CIOs to use in order to avoid falling for heavily-manipulated ratings.

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Your essential Cloud checklist

Posted by Stefan Haase | 3 Jun 2013, 14:32 PM

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Stefan Haase offers valuable insight into the aspects of Cloud computing that often go unconsidered when organisations begin planning their hosted solution. Covering topics such as network connections and migration logistics, Stefan discusses what to consider and why, ahead of a move to the Cloud.

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Could you run your data centre on a mobile phone?

Posted by Paul Hone | 22 May 2013, 14:34 PM

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Paul Hone, Data Centre Manager at Redcentric, reflects on the use of legacy technology within data centres, in comparison to our national, yearly-upgraded mobile phone habit. Taking the core technology behind the iPhone 5 as an example, Paul poses the question, ‘could you run your data centre on a mobile phone?’

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BlackBerry Messenger goes multiplatform

Posted by Paul Storey | 16 May 2013, 14:41 PM

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Paul Storey reflects on BlackBerry’s surprise announcement to make its BlackBerry Messenger service available on other smartphones and operating systems. Thought to be available this summer, the company has also nodded to the addition of functionality such as video conferencing and screen sharing, with Paul discussing the relevance of this feature to corporate mobile solutions.

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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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A guide to public, private and hybrid Clouds

Posted by Stefan Haase | 1 May 2013, 14:49 PM

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In response to one of the most commonly asked Cloud questions, Stefan Haase explains the difference between public, private and hybrid Cloud solutions, discussing the infrastructure itself as well as the merits of each. Covering issues such as security, compliance and scalability, Stefan’s guide to Cloud types clears up an often-misunderstood realm of computing.

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YouTube turns eight: how video took over

Posted by Sean Paxton | 30 Apr 2013, 14:52 PM

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Sean Paxton reflects on YouTube’s ever-growing popularity, discussing what this means for business networks. With more and more workers viewing business-related videos and rich media in the workplace, this additional bandwidth demand means IT departments must ensure sufficient network speeds and resilience.

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Aligning business and the IT department

Posted by Stefan Haase | 26 Apr 2013, 14:55 PM

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Stefan Haase reflects on the recurring theme of a perceived misalignment between the objectives of the IT department . Drawing on previous customer interactions, Stefan discusses his belief that the IT department and the business should be working towards the same mutual goals, touching on the role of communication in achieving this.

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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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Drop in PC sales shows a change in IT use

Posted by Phil Dyson | 23 Apr 2013, 15:18 PM

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PC sales dropped by an unprecedented 14% in the first quarter of 2013, with just 76.3 million units being shipped in the first three months of the year. But what has caused such a sudden dip in demand? And how are businesses responding?

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What data centres can learn from the airline industry

Posted by Paul Hone | 19 Apr 2013, 15:20 PM

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Redcentric’s Data Centre Manager, Paul Hone, reflects on the airline industry’s key players, and what data centres can learn from their approach. Discussing an ever-increasing need for efficiency and the stripping back of unnecessary add-ons to reduce excessive costs, Paul offers insight into the day-to-day priorities of a Tier 3 data centre.

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Natwest outages – will the bank face fines for IT failures?

Posted by Tim Wilkinson | 18 Apr 2013, 18:12 PM

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Tim Wilkinson, Divisional Director of Customer Services at Redcentric, relays the latest developments in the RBS downtime saga. With the announcement that the Financial Conduct Authority are to investigate the IT issues which led to the series of incidents last summer, Tim reflects on how an underinvestment in IT can affect business continuity, as well as brand image.

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