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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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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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