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Important considerations for bimodal change management

Service Management, DevOps

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30 Jun 2016

The hot topic around the Service Management water cooler at the moment is the concept of bimodal change and how the adoption of this is essential when embracing a DevOps framework. While the conversation threads are predominantly focused on determining what this approach means and how it benefits the organisation, the talk is relatively quiet on how to implement such a model and how this approach aligns to the standard ITIL change management process.

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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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PowerCLI - Automation's gateway drug

IT Infrastructure, SDDC

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15 Jun 2016

I recall my days as an infrastructure administrator, and I won’t be alone in this, where I would spend a fair bit of time implementing changes manually. The act of selecting the option, entering in a value, and hitting “next”, provided a level of control as well as exposing options and variations, such that I learned a lot about what was going on and how to configure things.

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Is BusDevOps the next cab off the rank?

Service Management, DevOps

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02 Jun 2016

One of the areas that I have been trying to grapple with since starting to understand the DevOps approach is - how does business strategy keep pace in the world of continuous delivery?

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Data Protection in the Cloud Era

It’s no secret that cloud adoption is gathering significant steam, with an estimated 9 out of 10 operations that will be running in the cloud by 2020. Already, we know that 70% of organisations are managing some form of data in the cloud, right now. This is why it’s important for organisations to look at how their data protection platform can aid in their future strategy for cloud migration. I believe businesses should choose a data protection platform that has multi-cloud functionality, giving them the flexibility to decide the best services and solutions (private, public, or hybrid cloud) that work for them.

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Managing Data Complexity [Infographic]

With the digitisation of business and everything becoming much more application-centric, the relationship between IT and the business has changed. IT staff used to sit in the background simply making sure that backups ran successfully each night. However, in this application-centric world, backup and storage management is no longer just about protecting data at rest. They must now aggressively safeguard and optimise access to enterprise applications on which the business depends, all day, every day.

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Why containers are the future and how to get started

SDDC, Containers

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19 May 2016

In days of past, IT was generally seen as a cost centre, with the only measurement of success being “no users are complaining”. There was historically no means for IT to provide advice to the business on how to innovate using technology, nor was IT’s advice ever sought. However, times are changing, and with the ever increasing drive for market differentiation, and a business focus on digital initiatives, the pressure is on IT to be much more than simply a support function. Now IT is being relied upon to help innovate.

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7 simple tips for effective data protection

Data protection should never materially slow you down. If you don't have a modern data protection platform and waste too much time "trying to make it work", you probably need to consider replacement.

Knowing that backups are consistent and will be available whenever they are needed is a high priority on any IT teams’ agenda. Running an efficient, modern data protection platform is key to ensuring environment peace of mind.

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