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Cloud myth number 1: no-one puts critical data in the Cloud

Posted by Stefan Haase | 2 Jun 2014, 12:03 PM

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Over the course of a series of blogs, our cloud expert aims to dispel some of the myths surrounding the cloud. In the first blog Stefan Haase looks at the myth that businesses don’t use the cloud to store their “critical data”.

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BYOD and MYOD beware – choose CYOD instead

Posted by Richard Allgate | 27 May 2014, 18:24 PM

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Currently companies supply over 70% of all devices within the enterprise. It is anticipated that, with more companies adopting a CYOD approach, the number of enterprise owned devices will drop dramatically by 2020.

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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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Whats Driving Colocation Industry

Posted by Paul Hone | 4 Apr 2014, 11:25 AM

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In 2012, the colocation industry projected a 30% increase over the next five years. And why not? The industry has several things on its side – the growth of cloud, the increasing digitalisation of almost everything, the ever-decreasing cost of bandwidth, the drive to outsourcing, the need for low latency communications with guaranteed packet transit times, and the green agenda which favours specialised operators over in-house data centres to mention just a few points.

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Talking up a storm – Part two

Posted by Paul Storey | 19 Mar 2014, 18:29 PM

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Cloud-based telephony has been credited as driving unified communications (UC) in today's organisations, but is the reality really so bright, does cloud telephony lack the silver lining? Here in the second of our three blogs, Paul Storey, Head of Voice at Redcentric, considers what companies need to be aware of if cloud telephony is to deliver on its promises.

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Talking up a storm - Part one

Posted by Paul Storey | 11 Mar 2014, 18:36 PM

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Cloud telephony has been credited as one of the driving forces behind Unified Communications (UC), but is the reality really so bright or does cloud telephony lack the silver lining. Here in the first of our three blogs, Paul Storey, Head of Voice at Redcentric, considers the issues with the technology’s business application.

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Cloud contingency planning – head to the middle of the road

Posted by Simon Michie | 14 Feb 2014, 12:12 PM

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Another week, and another Cloud provider goes out of business. OK, so I am being a little over dramatic, it has been a while since the last high profile closure. However, the importance of have contingency plans in place just in case your Cloud provider suddenly disappears should not be ignored.

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When quality of service is up in the clouds

Posted by Simon Michie | 7 Feb 2014, 12:27 PM

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When we talk to new or potential customers, quality of service is always at the top of the list when discussing a move into the Cloud. In many cases they have put some of their apps or compute resources into the public cloud as a test and it’s failed to deliver on the service levels they require.

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Networked World means Data Centres

Posted by Paul Hone | 6 Feb 2014, 10:49 AM

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The world of work, play and living is changing. The economic models we have all dealt with for many years are based on ideas that relate to enterprise manufacturing and do not fit the interconnected digital work. The networked society gives us the strange idea of billion dollar corporations that own nothing – just our trust in them and our willingness to give them our information which they can then process, repackage and resell to increase the wealth of their shareholders. Facebook and Google are two of the most obvious examples.

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Cloud Trends for 2014

Posted by Stefan Haase | 3 Feb 2014, 12:05 PM

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Stefan Haase reflects on his recent webcast on Cloud trends for 2014. Looking at the current economic climate and the impact of new Cloud technology on businesses, Stefan looks at what we can expect from the Cloud computing industry over the next coming year.

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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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