SAN Migrations – No longer a stressful process!

Technology is designed to make our lives easier but that doesn’t mean that it comes without its own stress. Anyone that’s had to migrate data from an older SAN array onto a new and shiny solution will attest to that. The military level of precision and depth of planning that was required took weeks, if not months and the poor (but incredibly skilled) people involved were put under intense pressure for, often prolonged periods of time. The toll this took on their mental health, interactions with friends and family and overall quality of life cant be measured but was certainly...

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Cloud Readiness Assessment

Cloud is a journey, not a destination Organisations are increasingly trying to realise the promise of public cloud deployments: Reducing costs across IT, increasing time to value, reduced risk, elasticity of computing resources. As organisations adopt cloud services, the typical perception is that the cloud is the solution to all problems. In reality, cloud is a concept with many options, and in order to evaluate the right options for your business, a number of questions need to be considered: • What cloud deployment model will best suit your organisation – (private/public/hybrid/multi)? • How will factors like compliance, security, networking capability...

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Does your DPaaS solution tick all the boxes?

DPaaS is a group of cloud based services that allow businesses to protect the data that lives on the systems, within business applications as well as providing the ability to enhance network security and recovery options. Combining disaster recovery (DR) with data protection (DPaaS) can be a good way to maintain a strong business continuity strategy and protect your infrastructure. If you‘re interested in exploring DPaaS for your business, NG-IT has created a short checklist to highlight the main features to look for in your data protection as a service offer.

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How AI and machine learning is changing Backup and Recovery?

Backup and recovery automation, for many organisations, has long been nothing more than an aspiration for IT departments. Backup has historically been seen as a necessary evil due to its manual nature – an essential task few want responsibility for as it becomes more complex and essential to protect the business from all types of interruption from server failures to a full-blown disaster recovery scenario. AI and machine learning make backup and recovery “cool” again In recent years the backup market has seen a paradigm shift, new players in the market are changing the way backup is performed. The technology...

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NVMe is Changing Enterprise Flash Storage

We continue to see flash adoption rates trend upward for enterprise storage, but the real excitement will come from innovations that have emerged out of the flash revolution. One such innovation is NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express), developed to maximise the benefits of flash-based storage. It has been on a wave for the last couple of years and is poised to become the leading interface protocol for flash by 2019. With today’s data becoming increasingly real-time in nature, businesses need a powerful next generation storage infrastructure solution that leverages the speed and efficiency of NVMe to deliver maximum performance to the...

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Top 3 Storage Trends for 2019

With 2019 fast approaching look out for these 3 top trends of the year. 1. Adopting all flash and NVMe Whilst it is likely that flash will continue to dominate enterprise storage in 2019, emerging innovations are generating real excitement. One such innovation that we consider to be key is NVMe, developed to further maximise the benefits of flash-based storage. Looking ahead, the industry is anticipating NVMe-based solid-state implementations, with the expectation that these new storage offerings will overtake not only the more traditional solid-state…but possibly even the larger storage networks themselves. With prices expected to steadily come down it...

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Capex v Opex

How we finance the purchase of new IT infrastructure has never been more discussed than it is now. In the past, capital expenditure (Capex) has been the most common way to facilitate the purchase but, with the proliferation of monthly-based pricing solutions delivered as a service (Cloud, Managed Services, Leasing), purchasing under an operational expenditure model (Opex) is being considered for a number of reasons. Now, Capex may suit a lot of organisations, especially those in the Public Sector, who have a defined capital budget every year to deliver services to the local population. In the private sector Capex also...

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Nimble OS 5 is now GA!

On July 27th, HPE released the GA release of Nimble OS 5, available to all existing Nimble Storage arrays. The key features with this release are summarised as follows: Introduces Deduplication to the Hybrid arrays. Whilst Deduplication has been available for the ALL-Flash arrays since their release, this release enables deduplication on the following models: CS3000, CS5000, CS7000, HF20(H), HF40 and HF60. The requirement is to have a minimum of 6 x SSDs in the systems and to ensure at least 8% Flash to Disk ratio. Deduplication can be enabled on a volume by volume basis. Improved Compression algorithm that...

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IT as a Platform for Business Success

It was a privilege to be asked by The Register for our Managing Director, Simon Birney to participate in a panel in a live webcast to share his expertise on the challenges businesses face with the rapid pace of changing IT and the drive to increase agility, performance and simplicity to increase their business capabilities. Watch below as the panel discuss public vs private clouds, software defined, billing and costs and yes, SSD does creep in there somewhere.

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Your infrastructure: Trying to improve things is like running in treacle

REGISTER NOW No IT environment is an island. You’ve done what you can to manage your core applications and services, things are running relatively smoothly but you’ve reached the point where there’s not much more efficiency you can gain. At the same time, the business is looking at how it can extend how it uses technology — providing more interactive customer experiences, making better use of external and cloud services, delivering on its innovation goals. So, what do you do next? A number of options exist beyond this point, based on public and private cloud, software stacks and services, in-house...

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