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In-house, In-Cloud, In-data-centre or hybrid – which way to go?

Posted by Jonathan Birch | 14 Jun 2016, 16:04 PM

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Today businesses are left with a range of options on how to host their IT systems. Jonathan Birch, our head of infrastructure services, looks at the choices, the benefits and disadvantages of each of the hosting options.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why go green?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 18 Jan 2013, 17:27 PM

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The primary purpose of any business is to provide a product or service to its customers. That is something that most of us can agree on. However, modern businesses have more responsibilities – to their staff, to the local community, and, of course, to the environment.

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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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Copper-bottomed network resilience: where cable theft meets it match

Posted by Mark Hall | 21 Dec 2011, 16:05 PM

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Visitors to our offices are sometimes surprised to find one of the monitoring screens in our 24/7 Service Management Centre is running Sky News. Is this some mysterious motivational technique? I’m afraid not. It’s much more mundane than that – it’s just one of the many ways we keep tabs on what’s happening on our network.

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Data security and the perils of location, location, location.

Posted by Stefan Haase | 8 Nov 2011, 14:19 PM

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According to a report from Information Age’s Cloud Security 2011 conference, businesses will soon be using a Software-as-a Service application from one provider, built on a Platform-as-a-Service offering from another, which in turn is based on Infrastructure-as-a-Service delivered by a third.

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Olympics power drain too big a hurdle for Verizon

Posted by Paul Hone | 6 Oct 2011, 14:08 PM

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In June, my colleague Ian Rhodes warned that “The Olympics will be a significant challenge for the UK infrastructure”. But it’s not just bandwidth that’s the problem. Concerns over power shortages during next year’s Olympic Games in London have caused Verizon Business to dismiss the capital as the site for its flagship data centre.

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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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