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Improve your network service delivery time and accuracy through NSO

Through our work on automated service delivery, our customer’s investment in automation is tempered by network provisioning times that are often too slow and prone to error. They’re looking for ways to improve deployment and management of networking services due to changes in expectations regarding the speed and flexibility of IT services. Often network service configuration relies heavily on manual configurations based on “runbooks” and Operational Support Systems (OSS) containing static and hard-coded content. The processes can become stale and outdated due to incremental process cha...

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Agile Project Management

In a fast paced world, speed to market is important. Traditional project management methodologies typically take a lot of time, effort and cost to plan and execute. With how fast technological improvements are being made, the end result, once deployed using a traditional project management approach, could see the technology being made redundant before it even reaches the release stage of a project. Agile gets around this by using an iterative release approach. The Manifesto for Agile Software Development, commonly known as the Agile Manifesto outlines the core values of Agile project manageme...

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Do I Still Need My Data Centres?

This should be a question that any corporation utilising large spaces of data centres can now ask themselves knowing that there is a more than suitable alternative solution. Large and complex overheads are always associated with data centres. Just getting a piece of hardware in, configured and online can sometimes take weeks or in some cases months. At some stage that hardware will need to be upgraded or replaced, which means more labour and paperwork. What happens when you need to expand and your allotted space is full? Even more complicated networking and hardware placement in a different ar...

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Rise of automation takes us 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 It is absolutely critical that your company have multiple environments that developers can u...

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Automation/DevOps/Process Optimisation

Is your IT organisation expected to be more agile, enable DevOps and typically do “more with less”? Do you recognise a need to adopt process optimisation, automating those necessary tasks that add little, if any, business value? If so, you are not alone. In recent times, Diaxion has seen a major push to drive down IT infrastructure costs but at the same time increase flexibility, maintain governance, reduce delivery times and increase speed to market. As a result of the increased expectations, the IT infrastructure team is viewed as a business inhibitor rather than the enabler it nee...

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Reaping the Business benefits of DevOps?

Are you moving to a software defined data centre? Are you embracing a DevOps culture? What should it encompass? What would be your definition? What business value does it deliver? Are you ready to make the people and process changes needed? DevOps is a cultural and process way of delivering business outcomes....

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Enabling Infrastructure Automation – Leveraging investment in hybrid cloud

Many organisations have adopted, or are planning to implement a hybrid cloud platform for a number of reasons: Agility - speed to market Reduced risk Reduced cost IT as an enabler As these organisations move from the old operating model to the new they do not realise the tangible benefits they expected or their old IT workflows are not compatible with the new operating model. One of the barriers for this is the inability to provision the infrastructure component and its associated policies to keep up with the speed at which the busi...

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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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