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Just because you can't see it…

Posted by Jonathan Birch | 13 May 2016, 10:20 AM

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Redcentric's customers expect a high standard of service but this takes time, money and effort to ensure the infrastructure used to deliver our solutions is of the highest standard. This blog argues that, while it is fine to expect a high-standard of service, it is just as important to remember the commitment, investment and hard work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure the service remains at an on-going high standard.

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5 ways to tailor your wireless LAN Service

Posted by Sean Paxton | 29 Apr 2016, 16:24 PM

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Public space WiFi, while adequate for the job it is required for, is essentially a limited product. For most enterprises there is the need for more than just a vanilla solution for their wireless requirements and with that comes the importance of the managed service provider. This blog looks at the key elements your business should consider when looking for a managed wireless solution and provider.

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Networks of every flavour

Posted by Sean Paxton | 31 Jul 2014, 18:03 PM

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In his latest blog, Sean Paxton explains why managed network services should be treated as more than just an 'IT commodity' as well the importance of having a full and precise understanding of what the client requirements are.

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Why CIO heads are very much in the Cloud

Posted by Simon Michie | 17 Jul 2014, 11:15 AM

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Following a recent survey by Deloitte, Simon Michie reflects on how IT services are perceived within businesses and the impact on the growing up take of Cloud will increase innovation to drive added-value services. Simon looks at the CIO’s role within the boardroom and how they are using technology to drive innovation and gain a competitive edge.

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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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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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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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Five questions to ask your Cloud provider

Posted by Stefan Haase | 20 Feb 2013, 16:34 PM

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A recent survey found that an overwhelming majority of IT decision makers are frustrated by the chore of finding a Cloud service provider. If recent events have taught us nothing else, it is that an open line of communication between Cloud provider and end-user is more important than ever. Before virtualising, it is important to find out as much information as you can about the provider. With that in mind, we have come up with 5 key questions to ask your provider before you commit to their services.

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When is a productivity suite not a productivity suite?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 14 Dec 2012, 17:43 PM

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Google Apps announced this week that it would start charging for its Cloud-based productivity suite. Though the meagre sum of £3 per user per month may seem manageable to many organisations, this change comes at a time when Google’s services have already been called into question.

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What’s hot in 2013

Posted by Fraser Fisher | 14 Dec 2012, 17:38 PM

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2012 has certainly been a busy year at Redcentric. Some of the highlights from the past 12 months for the team at Redcentric have been watching our Cambridge Metropolitan Network continue to grow and the switching on of our Portsmouth Metro Network.

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Clouds role in the move from outsourcing to smartsourcing

Posted by Stefan Haase | 29 Aug 2012, 15:08 PM

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Austerity is a fact of life for IT managers everywhere. No longer is it just a matter of doing more with less; organisations are increasingly seeking growth through innovation, and cost -cutting in isolation is a game of diminishing returns.

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IT Transformation Projects

Posted by Simon Michie | 24 Jul 2012, 09:32 AM

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How can businesses use technology to help drive their organisation forward? That’s a regular question that we get asked. Read our top 5 questions to be answered before starting on any IT project.

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Football, the Olympics and bandwidth: Are you ready?

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 13 Jun 2012, 16:34 PM

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A spike in Internet usage for business-critical reasons is one thing; when it’s the result of non-critical activity, it’s another matter entirely.

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Taking a reality check on Cloud security

Posted by Stefan Haase | 8 Jun 2012, 14:11 PM

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One of the findings to come out of the Legal Week/Redcentric survey of law firm CIOs was that 72% of respondents cited concerns about security as the biggest single inhibitor to Cloud adoption.

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5 ways to meet the Olympian challenge for high-bandwidth, high-resilience network access

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 3 Jun 2012, 15:12 PM

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A recent press report highlighted the continuing change in the nature of internet traffic. The article correctly identifies the “flash floods” of internet demand (for events like the World Cup) as being particularly challenging for many organisations – and the ISPs supporting them.

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Getting the total picture on total cost

Posted by Stefan Haase | 23 May 2012, 11:17 AM

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An Redcentric/Legal Week survey of CIOs within the legal sector suggests that the majority of law firms need to take stock of their costs. Less than a third of respondents have undertaken a detailed analysis of the total cost of ownership (TCO) of on-premise IT infrastructure and support for comparison with managed service options.

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Horses for courses: Is Google Drive really the best bet for businesses?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 26 Apr 2012, 00:00 AM

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The news that Google is offering up to 5GB of cloud-based storage for free with its new Google Drive is great news for consumers looking to store their personal and online content. However, as consumers become more drawn to the cloud to store their data, it’s crucial to remember that when it comes to cloud-based storage, you get what you pay for.

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PCI: Dont end up paying the price of non-compliance

Posted by Paul Storey | 12 Apr 2012, 14:13 PM

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As a result of the recent security breach in which details of an estimated 1.5 million payment cards were stolen, the card payment processor Global Payments was dropped from Visa’s compliant providers registry. The incident throws a spotlight on the complexity of maintaining PCI compliance, particularly when you’re having to hand over some of your processes to a third party. After the breach Global Payments CEO, Paul R Garcia, said, “This will make us better – this will make PCI better”.

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Olympics front-runners: why SMEs should be part of the race

Posted by Stefan Haase | 5 Sep 2011, 16:12 PM

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A recent article in The Telegraph about London’s Olympic Stadium revealed that “the grass came from Scunthorpe, the seats from Luton and the roof from Bolton”. The fact that it was all built in Britain is truly a remarkable achievement. However, I’m reminded that I was recently asked why it was that SMEs had failed to win contracts for the 2012 Olympics.

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