Brighton & Hove Six Form College (BHASVIC) Case Study

Setting the Scene Brighton and Hove Sixth Form College, known as BHASVIC, has a strong reputation for academic excellence. The College inherited the mantle of the former Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School which for nearly 120 years produced many distinguished lawyers, politicians, generals, admirals, engineers, artists, musicians, sportsmen and teachers. The College continues this tradition of providing excellent education to students who pursue successful careers. Today the College has approximately 2500 students on roll, predominantly in the 16-19 age group. A range of courses are offered including A Levels, BTEC and adult education language evening classes. The Challenge BHASVIC...

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RNIB Case Study

Project Summary Transformation project to provide improved business services through the use of a next generation converged infrastructure. Setting the Scene RNIB is a charity and membership body for blind people and those with sight problems. The organisation provides a range of support, advice and products to enable anyone affected by sight loss to remain independent. Fundraising represents the lifeblood of the RNIB and the organisation’s IT system plays a critical role in the awareness generation and delivery of its services. The Challenge RNIB had a legacy NetApp storage system and Dell servers which was having a negative impact on...

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Nimble Storage introduce the All Flash Array

After what seemed like an eternity, today Nimble Storage announced the next stage of their storage evolution. There were actually 3 major announcements made today: 1. The All Flash Array – Super fast all flash arrays 2. Nimble OS 3 – The latest iteration of the Nimble OS with new features including deduplication 3. Timeless Storage – Free controller upgrades Today I will only focus on the All Flash Array. Back in 2010, Nimble Storage disrupted the storage industry with the release of their hybrid CS Array by leveraging both SSDs and HDDs to provide high performance AND capacity at...

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Considerations in Sizing a Storage Solution

Our very own Amirul Islam, NG-IT Technical Director, is the first individual from a Nimble Partner who has successfully contributed to the Nimble Storage website, with his blog: Considerations in Sizing a Storage Solution. Amirul talks about the four main stages in the art and science of storage sizing – the RAID era, the virtualisation era, the tiering era, and the modern era. Read the full blog post here http://www.nimblestorage.com/blog/technology/considerations-in-sizing-a-storage-solution/ About Amirul: Amirul Islam in his role as Technical Director at NG-IT brings over 12 years of experience in designing and deploying infrastructure platforms. He has been involved in many...

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Nimble Storage SmartSecure has arrived!

Data encryption requirements have traditionally stemmed from internal corporate or external regulatory requirements (and are typically been associated with specific industry verticals). However, the growth of cloud computing and bring your own device policies has meant many more businesses are more keenly reviewing their overall approach to data safeguarding. A simple way of securing data is to implement a solution which encrypts data at rest – that is, encryption of data on storage media. This approach prevents data from being accessible should a storage array or individual drives be stolen or otherwise removed from the data centre. This becomes particularly...

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Nimble Storage Named a Leader in Magic Quadrant

Leading research and business analyst firm Gartner has announced that Nimble Storage has advanced to the Leaders quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, for General-Purpose Disk Arrays. This milestone marks the initial entrance of Nimble Storage into the Leaders quadrant since the company’s founding in 2008, making it the youngest vendor to be named a Leader among well-established storage vendors. Simon Birney, Managing Director of NG-IT comments, “Nimble Storage continues its commitment to delivering solutions that challenge the old school vendors in delivering disruptive technologies and is now well recognised in Gartners Magic Quadrant. Being elevated to the top right...

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Support Zombies – The Admins Worst Nightmare

Let me make this clear, when I say ‘Support Zombies’ I am not asking you to support the plight of misunderstood Zombies, about how they are victimised and attacked simply because of the way they look and sound. Yes they try to eat people, but zombies have eat needs too. Instead, this is a reference to ‘Zombified’ Support Teams who are slow to react, struggle to process information critical to solving issues and generally oblivious to the admins need for help to achieve a resolution. Instead, these teams are focused on blindly following process, requesting logs, passing you from zombie...

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NG-IT wins three awards at Nimble Storage Partner Summit

The UK’s leading Nimble Storage integrator, NG-IT, has been awarded ‘UK Partner of the Year’, ‘EMEA SmartStack Partner of the Year’ and ‘EMEA Partner of the Year’, at the Nimble Storage Partner Summit, held in Lisbon, Portugal last week. Simon Birney, Managing Director said: “We are delighted to have achieved three awards. NG-IT has invested significantly over the last 12 months and these awards are acclaim indeed to our specialist team dedicated to the delivery of Nimble Storage and Smartstack solutions working with our partners from Cisco, VMware, Microsoft and Citrix”. Simon Birney (left) and Mike Lloyd (right) accepting the...

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