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Actionable IT Infrastructure Consulting

Cloud Strategy

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12 Oct 2017

As an IT infrastructure consultant, in the past, I have occasionally delivered output that was not directly actionable. I hate that and I am determined not to do it again.

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Containers to the left of me, PaaS to the right...

Containers

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17 Aug 2016

... Here I am stuck in the middle with you (with apologies to Stealers Wheel).

I started thinking recently that cloud might be forking, into 1) Containers, with their ultimate portability, and 2) PaaS with its built-in vendor value. But it turns out that it’s not quite that simple.

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Object stores need to be flexible, not just scalable

IT Infrastructure, Storage

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22 Jun 2016

I've written a bit about Object Stores before, and I was interested to see that Gartner recently updated their "Critical Capabilities" review of Object Storage products, and the top five candidates finished pretty much first equal in their overall ratings.

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One does not simply do scalable, high availability NAS

IT Infrastructure, Storage

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27 Apr 2016

What are the best, simplest, high availability large scale NAS file storage options? This is a question that has troubled many of us for many years...

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He treats me like an object

IT Infrastructure, Storage

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01 Mar 2016

By now most of us have heard of Object Storage and the grand vision that life would be simpler if storage spent less time worrying about block placement on disks and walking up and down directory trees, and simply treated files like objects in a giant bucket.

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Evaluating IT Infrastructure Options

The market for IT infrastructure components, including servers and storage, continues to fragment as the few big players of five years ago are augmented by a constant stream of new entrants and maturing niche players - but some things haven’t changed.

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Embracing Cloud Innovation

I've been brushing up on my William Deming recently so I've been thinking a lot about change and how change does not always come easily. Markets keep changing and companies, as well as people, need to learn to adapt.

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The Rise Of IT As A Service Broker

Today's blog post is a quick summary of some of the things we have been talking about recently around optimisation and also touches on the role of the IT deparment as we move boldly into a cloudy world.

We have seen IT move through the virtualisation phase to deliver greater efficiency and some have moved on to the Cloud phase to deliver more automation, elasticity and metering. Cloud can be private, public, community or hybrid, so Cloud does not necessarily imply an external service provider.

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