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IT Operations Analytics Confronts Chronic IT Challenges

It is well known that visibility is a foundation of control. The same applies to IT operations. However, in today’s continuously expanding data centers, dynamic IT environments produce far too much data for IT operations to keep track of. Billions of machine events, environment and application changes, performance and availability metrics, and vast amounts of other structured and unstructured IT operations data from a wide variety of sources go mostly unprocessed, requiring greater visibility into IT’s Big Data problem. With little time available and too many tools already in place, the IT industry needs to shift to a new approach. Now IT Operations Analytics tools can automatically offer real actionable insights, rather than just slicing and dicing overwhelming amounts of data, allo......

Communications From The Data Centre

It’s well documented that communications technology has evolved significantly in the last decade. IP telephony and unified communications now provide a cost-effective and far more efficient alternative to traditional PBX phone systems, which often require high maintenance and do not support advanced communication channels such as video and web-conferencing. Indeed, a report from Transparency Market Research forecast continued growth for unified communications at a CAGR of 15.7% for 2012 to 2018 – demonstrating the demand for such solutions. To fully take advantage of VoIP and unified communications, most businesses look to work with partners to manage the installation, implementation, deployment and maintenance – drawing on their technical expertise and familiarity with the solutions they ......

On Time With Real-Time Fast Data

Big Data is very much at the top of the IT agenda at present. In fact, mobile computing aside, it’s hard to think of another area of IT creating as much hype. Not least because of how quickly the market for applications to collect, process and analyse Big Data stores is growing – with analyst firm IDC, for example, predicting global revenues of $32.4 billion by 2017. Put another way, analysts like IDC are predicting a compound annual growth rate of over 25% – roughly six times that expected for IT in general. But it’s not all about industry hype and projections. Customer demand is what’s really driving growth in this market, as companies strive to make better use of data collected and held by their organisations – to more effectively target sales and marketing efforts; improve ......

Can The UK Public Sector Become Better, Faster, Stronger?

When it’s claimed that the UK government could be wasting money that’s equivalent to current spending on state pensions – and considerably more than what’s spent by the Department for Education – you know that action is needed. The Policy Exchange recently issued a report – ‘Smaller, Better, Faster, Stronger – which estimated the public sector could save tax payers as much as £70 billion by 2020 if services were available online rather than being paper-based. In times of austerity, ongoing government cuts and pinched purses, that’s a significant sum which could be fed back into the country to help find efficiencies and improve services. A ‘Digital Whitehall’ has been on the horizon for some time now. However, despite a big push on the ‘Digital by Default’ initiative, championed by Francis ......

4 Ways Businesses Can Protect Their Data

Data is at the core of every organisation; a living, breathing and ever-expanding animal. The rate at which data is growing these days is unprecedented, and likewise it’s growing increasingly harder to manage. Protecting complex, sensitive data can be a challenge whatever the size of the organisation, but there are steps that businesses can take to ensure data compliance and security. The Data Protection Act 1998 pre-dates current Internet usage and the big data explosion, and doesn’t cover data processed for the purpose of law enforcement. However, April will see the introduction of the EU Data Protection Reform, which will revolutionise data security regulation, both for businesses and individuals. The new rules will streamline the current slew of national laws (there are cur......

The Great Data Migration

The IT industry is currently undergoing a data revolution. However, while organisations have already invested billions in modernising their IT systems, many of these projects have fallen flat. Most frequently, the biggest problem for these years-long, million-pound projects has been that the data itself has become too cumbersome and expensive to manage in legacy systems. The three most notable reasons that the legacy setup for data holds these projects back are as follows: 1. Operational Data Operational data is closely linked to database and storage hardware, because that data primarily lives in relational databases. Moving an Oracle database from HP-UX running on NetApp storage in a legacy data centre to x86 Linux running on flash storage in a private cloud can take multiple weeks for a ......

VoIP Vs SIP: Who Wins In The Battle Of Business Communications?

If you follow the latest trends in digital communications, you’re probably wondering if SIP is going to be groundbreaking enough to overthrow VoIP. If you don’t follow those same trends, you might have no idea what that first sentence means. VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is already used in homes and businesses around the world to allow cheap, fast communication between users, either by an internet phone provider or by using a program or app that functions the same way. The technology is pretty old, but companies are still finding ways to make it perform better and with higher sound fidelity. SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) is the “new” tech on the block, used often as an enhancement to VoIP. What differentiates the two is that SIP requires its own address and client, making the pro......

Platform-As-A-Service: The New Black?

Are you a dedicated follower of fashion? Don’t worry if the answer is no. Today, fashion is no longer the sole domain of devout catwalk copycats, and we all follow trends whether it is a conscious decision or not. Some designs are timeless, but I think it is fair for us all to say that, despite being ‘cool at the time’, some past clothing purchases can quickly become outdated after finding themselves replaced by newer, more fashionable alternatives. In this way, it’s similar to the way we use and consume technology, both in our personal and professional lives. From this perspective, an old Discman, fax machine and desktop computer are all comparable to a pair of fetching tie-dye flares from the 70s. It is rare we see people using Commodore 64’s to do word processing! In terms of fashionabl......

The Internet Of Things Will Transform The IT Landscape And Marketplace

The term ‘Internet of Things’ is quite ambiguous, but it has quickly become a tangible technology that is set to effect businesses across the world. In simple terms the IoT includes any technology that can be used to collect information and manage systems. The Internet of Things (IoT) has historically excluded smart devices such as laptops, servers and mobile phones; however the emergence of embeddable micro-computers, such as the Edison from Intel, has opened up the possibility of intelligence everywhere, where all devices are smart, multipurpose and self-aware – and therefore require management. When we founded CentraStage back in 2006 we coined the strapline “Every Device Counts”. Our thinking is that unless you have visibility and control of all of your devices – regardless of location......

6 Tips To Help You Revamp Your Intranet

What would you say are the most important characteristics for a successful company? If the newspapers and relevant literature are to be believed, economies of scale, efficiency and productivity seem to be among the most desirable assets. In addition to that, as many executives and managers would be quick to testify, employees are what keeps it all together and makes it work. If this is nothing new to you, then consider this: What does your intranet look like? Is it quick to access, easy to navigate, up-to-date, informative and a joy to use? If you have answered one of these questions with ‘no’, then, I’m afraid, there is still much more you could be doing to improve your company’s productivity and efficiency. What very few understand is that the intranet can play a critical support role in......

What Does Google Chromebox Mean For Conference Calling?

In the next few weeks, Google is about to launch its Chromebox service, a range of products using the tech giant’s web browser to act as a hub for conference calling. In production, Google extolled the virtues of its latest innovation, promising that it would be fast, easy to use and efficient, but what does it involve and cost? For customers in the UK, the Chromebox package includes a HD web camera, puck-shaped speaker, microphone, remote control and other pieces of hardware to help boost storage space. While all of that sounds incredibly useful, the cost of this package is an eye-watering $999, coming in at close to £600. For larger firms, this represents just a drop in the ocean, but SMEs might see it differently. Value For Money? Although conference calling is fast becoming integral to......

Demand For Data Sovereignty Puts Home Grown Data Centres In The Spotlight

The continuing revelations by former US National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden about the extent of data surveillance are rumbling like thunder around the cloud computing industry. This is likely to be more than just a passing storm in a tea cup as there could be lasting repercussions on where cloud users and providers store their data. Companies, governments and the European Parliament are starting to take a long hard look at the whole issue of data sovereignty which may well trigger a rush for securing data on home soil. At this moment the European Parliament is considering a proposal to suspend the ‘US – EU Safe Harbor Framework’ currently in place and so prevent the data flows of EU citizens being passed to American companies – not only this, the motion is also calling for the......