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Moving away from traditional Networking – Changing mindsets Operation Model Transformation

To understand the change in thinking represented by modern networking, I've been considering a hypothetical network engineer. A kind of stimulus driven, lizard-brain creature, who is a product of their environment and may fear the changes occurring. This is not a single person, but a collective of network engineers who are in various stages of emergence into a software driven world… A network engineer has trained for years and built their specialist knowledge to understand her networks inside and out. A network engineer creates in her mind a picture of the network and how she expects inte...

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Containers in the Enterprise

Containers are usually associated with smaller companies and start-ups on the bleeding edge of technology running distributed Linux applications at massive scale while deploying to production multiple times a day. Although that is still a popular use case, containers have made great strides in becoming more enterprise and Microsoft friendly. There is some evidence that large companies are adopting containers at a greater rate, for example the following research from DataDog (https://www.datadoghq.com/docker-adoption/). This trend makes s...

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Private cloud with hyper-converged infrastructure in the Enterprise

There are variations of Cloud being utilised in the enterprise market, be it public, private and/or hybrid Cloud. True hybrid Cloud solutions have a way to go in their maturity. Public Cloud is here to stay and its attractive cost model that removes high capital expenditure for infrastructure, with security embedded at a physical datacentre level, as well as the solution components, such as compute, storage, operating systems, databases and application, will be appealing to many, based on the X-as-a-Service subscribed to. As the market is experiencing “the good, the bad and the ugly” wi...

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Achieve more with ServiceNow Automation

Is your business looking for ways to accelerate virtual infrastructure provisioning processes? Requesting infrastructure can take a long time from the moment the request initiates to the delivery and readiness to use the infrastructure. Orchestration and Cloud management enhance quality of service and allows the control of delivery and the distribution of infrastructure to different environments from start to end. With ServiceNow Automation and Diaxion’s capabilities, we can help your organisation with: Savings in Time with workflows to automate provisioning of VMs Impro...

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Agile Infrastructure

Some people might think that agile and infrastructure is an oxymoron or at least the “odd couple”. My task is to try to at least get you to think there is something in this “agile infrastructure”. For those of you working in infrastructure, you may be thinking Agile is for development teams and not us. Others may be thinking we already supply the right services to the business, so why do we need to be Agile? Others again may be thinking we already treat our infrastructure as code. A few of you may have implemented a DevOps program, and I hope you will all get something out of this piec...

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The Road to Managed Backup Solutions

Managed Backup Solutions (MBS) - is a term that is being used to describe a combination of solution and services that is outsourced to a specialised support provider, which consists of hardware, software, design, delivery, maintenance and management. You may see other terms being used that may bring about confusion, such as, Managed Cloud Backup, Managed Backup Service or Backup as a Service (BaaS). Ultimately, the definition along with the differentiators need to be understood and listed out. When commencing this journey for an MBS, an important area to focus on before the engagement i...

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Software Defined Networking – An Initial Overview

In 2008, initial excitement and discussion in the network industry was triggered through a Stanford research paper unveiling OpenFlow as an alternative approach to how network products could treat traffic flowing over a network. The promise of an OpenFlow network was: to enable a network that was defined, managed and measured through a centralised controller; to tie network traffic flows to business policy; and to respond to changing business conditions OpenFlow focused on defining a software controll...

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Back to software development fundamentals

With the rise of automation, and an increase in the use of "infrastructure as code", IT professionals responsible for systems management are increasingly exposed to new demands, and new risks. It's therefore worth going back to software development fundamentals, and consider the lessons that are applicable in this new world; even if you aren't doing full continuous integration/continuous deployment, there are plenty of basic rules that are still applicable. • Development/testing environments. If you do nothing else from this list, you need to at least have properly config...

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In the Cloud – Forgiveness or Permission?

We have all been there. Working late one night, we have finally found the fault that has been plaguing our IT infrastructure for days, weeks or even months. Do we fix it straight away and then ask for forgiveness for not following IT protocol (ITIL, Change Management, etc..) or do we seek permission and follow our protocols potentially leaving the fault unresolved for another week or more? A good IT strategy will have the correct protocols in place to allow for situations like this on internal infrastructure, but the rapid uptake of cloud infrastructure (in both public and hybrid configurat...

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Back to Basics – Ramblings of a Cloud Engineer

With the onslaught of migrating into the "Cloud" in today's ever changing Information Technology arena and the buzz of Agile projects running activities in this space, have we forgotten some of the basic items which would make both processes much easier to manage and ultimately succeed ? A recent engagement has highlighted the facts of existing infrastructures not being fully understood before projects and programmes of work being managed in the agile methodology come along and try to carry out some form of change, migration or upgrade. This coupled to the new world cloud infrastructure not...

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