Backup, Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity

With the ever growing dependence on IT, backup & disaster recovery are necessary services for every environment. Simplifying what is typically time consuming, Backup and Disaster Recovery services are getting more automated and smarted daily. When we consider the evolution of backup mediums across history tape devices, a technology still used…

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How I consume IT & Cloud Services – Part 1

I was recently asked after one of my presentations how I consume IT and the cloud. After thinking about the question, I think I struggled to answer the question fully. I have taken some time to produce this article to really consider all the factors. To provide an overview, my…

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KEMP LoadMaster [Free Load Balancer] – Installation

I ran into Kemp on the conference floors, the product looked quite polished and got me interested following a demonstration by the booth staff. It has taken me awhile to find time to with play it, but I have deployed a Virtual LoadMaster (Kemp’s Free Load Balancer) into my home…

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Evolving the ‘Lift and shift migration’ with Identity Management

Many cloud migrations are done with a lift and shift migration. Relocating legacy virtual machines or converting physical machines into a service providers virtual environment. This method is all about relocating the workload, and cost saving by removing the CapEx expense of physical infrastructure (Generally storage, compute and reduced network…

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Add-on or Opt-out what works best?

Recently I have had a common question come up with lots of discussions that I have with Service Providers (this will help anyone building or delivering a service not just Service Providers). The question is aimed at how to productize a service, what get’s included and what gets excluded. Unfortunately…

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Book Review – Implementing Cloud Storage – OpenStack Swift

Introduction Object Storage’s uptake within the industry is increasingly rapidly. OpenStack Swift is the OpenStack variant of Object Storage, and allows you to consume storage by using API calls. Web based storage is becoming more popular in the world of cloud and business’s are leveraging web based storage to transform…

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Is Traditional IT ready for the Cloud?

Businesses are after consumerisation and the delivery of IT in new ways. Traditional IT is no longer fulfilling business needs and should not be moved to the cloud in its current state. Stop the lift and shift mentality, think outside the box and be innovative for each of your opportunities.…

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