Xentrall Case Study

Setting the Scene Xentrall is a public sector partnership which was set up to deliver a range of back office services including ICT, design and print and transactional HR and finance to Stockton on Tees Borough Council and Darlington Borough Council. The ICT division of Xentrall is responsible for the development and management of the technical infrastructure and operationalICT services for both councils including hardware, software, network installation, support and maintenance and provides a single point of contact for all ICT support and service requests. Xentrall currently supports 5000 users on 500 virtual servers split across 2 data centres. The...

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Nimble Storage Predictive All Flash Arrays Selected By Over 200 Organisations

Nimble Storage today announced its Predictive Flash platform has been selected by more than 9,000 enterprises and cloud service providers to provide fast, reliable access to data.  Since introducing its Predictive All Flash array in February 2016, the AF-Series has been purchased by more than 200 customers. More than half of the All Flash customers are “new to Nimble” customers, and a majority also leverage Adaptive Flash arrays. InfoSight Predictive Analytics stand out as a key competitive differentiation in the sales cycle, providing extreme simplicity of operations by predicting and preventing issues. “Flash storage is a ridiculously competitive market. Enterprises...

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The DC is changing – where do we go from here?

You don’t have to look too closely to realise that infrastructure is undergoing a massive transformation. Some say baremetal servers are dead, despite our many customers who still have a whole bunch of these (thanks UNIX!) Others say that storage is dead and that it’s all about hyper-converged, software-defined and “the cloud”. The truth is, exactly how this new era of infrastructure will play out is not fully defined and therefore opinions vary greatly depending on who you talk to. So let’s think about IT infrastructure components. In their most basic form, we end up with three categories: storage, compute...

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NG-IT awarded Nimble Storage EMEA SmartStack Partner of the Year and UK Partner of the Year

Simon Birney (left) and Amirul Islam (right). Once again the NG-IT team has been recognised as the UK’s leading provider of private and hybrid cloud solutions by key partner Nimble Storage, at this year’s Partner Summit in Berlin. NG-IT has won 6 Nimble Storage Partner awards in the last 3 years, including UK Partner of the Year, EMEA Partner of the Year and EMEA SmartStack Partner of the Year, 3 years running. Our Technical Director Amirul Islam receives the EMEA Smartstack Partner of the Year award from Paul Carr, Head of Technology Partners for EMEA at Cisco and Leonard Iventosh...

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Nimble OS 3.1 – What’s New?

To recap, Nimble OS is the all-in-one software package that delivers firmware, features, fixes and functionality to Nimble customers. It’s designed to be cross-platform (all Nimble systems use the same image), easy to deploy and update – all through the GUI! Existing customers will know that Nimble provides all software features and integration packs free of charge. And that includes new features that are released during the lifecycle of product. 2015 – Another busy year for Nimble and NG-IT! The last year saw a number of significant Nimble features and additions. Take, for example, version 2.3’s introduction of SmartSecure: the ability...

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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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