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Database as a Service : Learning from Oracle's philosophy

Posted by Stefan Haase | 14 Jan 2015, 12:21 PM

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In the first of a series of blogs, Redcentric's Stefan Haase looks at Oracle's journey to becoming IT giants and their current ongoing success of their engineered systems approach by delivering an optimised, maximum performance system. Stefan looks at Oracle's philosophy and how Redcentric has done the same for their own DBaaS solution.

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My Redcentric Symposium experience

Posted by Graham Francis | 5 Jan 2015, 11:25 AM

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When Graham Francis, Director of I.T. Services, M.I.S. and Examinations at Havering Sixth Form College, attended the Redcentric symposium in November he decided to let us know his experiences and thoughts on the day after attending sessions such as Internet of Things and Hybrid Cloud & Disaster Recovery as a Service.

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The rise of DRaaS

Posted by Stefan Haase | 1 Dec 2014, 16:24 PM

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In this blog, Stefan Haase explains how Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) can help customers avoid the headache of getting their business back up and running in the event of a data loss. He explains how tailored Cloud services can protect against the whole stack to provide a 'pay as you go' DR service.

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Cloud standards: Are they really a big issue when considering a move to the cloud?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 6 Aug 2014, 11:47 AM

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As the number of cloud standards grows Redcentric's cloud expert, Stefan Haase, gives his thoughts on some of the key standards cloud providers should adhere to as well as asking if this growing number of standards denotes a change in cloud technology.

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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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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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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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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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Hotmail downtime and the need for judicious failover testing

Posted by Paul Hone | 15 Apr 2013, 15:24 PM

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With the cause of the Hotmail meltdown having now been revealed, Paul Hone – Data Centre Manager at Redcentric, reflects on what we can learn. Despite the temperature rise being pinpointed as the cause for concern, Paul also explains the importance of regular failover testing, on full load, to prevent total outages.

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Bank holiday and business continuity

Posted by Paul Hone | 28 Mar 2013, 15:40 PM

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Paul Hone, Data Centre Manager at Redcentric, discusses the importance of business continuity in the face of an extended bank holiday. Relaying his own experience of on-site disaster, Paul offers all savvy data centres his top tips for ensuring that the bank holiday weekend remains problem-free.

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Level 3 data centre Goswell Road – more interruptions

Posted by Paul Hone | 18 Mar 2013, 15:53 PM

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Last week, Level 3 Data Centre in London suffered yet another power outage, this time due to a failure on the UPS system that took out customer servers which were relying on the power supply. Paul Hone, Data Centre Manager, discusses Redcentric’s move from this facility into its own state-of-the-art Reading data centre, also offering efficiency and power advice to those looking for a data centre with true power resilience.

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IT efficiency – why its more important than ever

Posted by Paul Hone | 12 Mar 2013, 15:57 PM

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A recent study on BIO Intelligence has highlighted what we’ve know for some time: the IT industry needs to improve its efficiency. The report estimates, even with the many improvements available between now and 2020, that the IT sector will still be responsible for 4% of the planet’s greenhouse gas output. Without significant consideration for the way we consume energy, and the waste we subsequently release, the impact of emissions will be significant, and this calls for immediate action.

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Everyone needs a backup, even NASA

Posted by Stefan Haase | 11 Mar 2013, 16:00 PM

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Stray cosmic rays have led to the Mars Rover having to rely on its backup computer, which will spend weeks retrieving the data the robot has been collecting from the red planet. The story throws into sharp relief the need for organisations to invest in robust backup systems to protect essential data.

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What to virtualise?

Posted by James Odom | 7 Mar 2013, 16:02 PM

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Virtualisation is the strategy hot on every IT Director’s agenda, but rushing into virtualisation can back-fire. Not all applications and platforms are good virtualisation candidates, with some incurring legal problems or affecting performance of others in the shared space. It is important to give due consideration to a server’s suitability before it is committed to the Cloud, with this blog explaining the difference between a good and a bad candidate.

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Data centre cooling: cold aisle containment explained

Posted by Paul Hone | 28 Feb 2013, 16:14 PM

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To the untrained eye, data centre racks are simply aligned in a logical, orderly fashion. As a Data Centre Manager, I can tell you that the placement of servers is carefully and meticulously planned to allow for maximum efficiency. Cold aisle containment is a layout designed to achieve energy efficiency and reduce cooling costs, through successful management of air flow. Many data centres are now utilising this design as their layout of choice, and I aim to explain why within this blog.

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Amazon Cloud outage causes Christmas Eve commotion

Posted by Stefan Haase | 2 Jan 2013, 17:37 PM

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The latest outage affecting Amazon’s Cloud service has again prompted debate about the Cloud’s resilience. While this debate will continue into 2013, can businesses afford to wait for an outage affecting mission-centric platforms and software before weighing up the benefits of low hosting costs against the drawbacks of commercial losses?

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Big is not always beautiful

Posted by Paul Hone | 22 Oct 2012, 13:11 PM

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Yesterday, Amazon Web Services confirmed that its Elastic Block Storage service went down for a number of hours, which meant that leading websites including Reddit, Pinterest, and payment service Payvment also went down.

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Fail to plan, plan to fail

Posted by Stefan Haase | 11 Jul 2012, 11:18 AM

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Proper planning and investment in the right technology are key. Generators and UPS equipment are only as good as the quality of the maintenance plans supporting them – age, poor maintenance and over-stressing equipment in an effort to keep costs down can all result in ‘Plan B’ existing in name only.

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Data centre failures? Dont accept them

Posted by Paul Hone | 11 Jun 2012, 10:15 AM

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Data centre problems seem to be in the news a lot lately. One recent story in The Register described how a power outage at a data centre in Maidenhead knocked out the firewalls and servers for several web hosting firms.

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