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Why the cloud just makes sense for disaster recovery

There are countless options when it comes to disaster recovery, that cover the gamut from a pile of unlabelled backup tapes in a charred cardboard box, to synchronously replicated duplicates of every last system in your estate, all at a secondary site. And so, with recent access to vCloud Air we've been doing some thinking - and disaster recovery in the cloud really does make the most sense.

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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 Public Cloud Honeymoon

I still love a good conversation around IO and processing power, within esoteric circles of course. Years of infrastructure refresh projects and infrastructure management have made me appreciate the evolution of compute hardware and storage. But after entering the mystical area of Public Cloud management, I've got a whole new range of alluring features and benefits gaining my affection.

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How To Save Even More With Right-Sourcing

Organisations are always looking for ways to trim cost, either just to take money off the bottom line or to be able to afford to do other, more interesting initiatives that add business value through alignment and agility. If we look back to where the big savings have been made in the delivery of IT services, and in particular in the delivery of IT infrastructure services, we will all recognise these first couple of trends.

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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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Why You Need To Unlearn Everything About IT Infrastructure

With the evolution of massive scale public cloud services, the way we manage IT infrastructure is changing and the IT infrastructure employee needs to change with it. But is this change in skills too much of a massive leap and what will it take to survive in this future world of cloud?

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What is the third platform?

Cloud Strategy, Public Cloud

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27 Aug 2014

The next wave of IT innovation that will bring a great deal of change for IT and business.

The third platform is a term coined by IDC that refers to the third major technological platform to bring about significant change and high growth opportunities. It is a next-generation computing platform that sees a convergence of four technological trends that will transform the way people and businesses relate to technology, and will be strong drivers of IT innovation over the remaining decade.

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How To Jump Onto A Fast Moving Train

Cloud Strategy, Public Cloud

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10 Jun 2014

Safely! I would imagine is the resounding answer.

Embrace experimentation
Inherent to the nature of cloud technologies, are that advances are borne from experimentation - tackling existing and emerging challenges using non-traditional approaches. So it seems clear to me, that anyone looking to take advantage of the accelerating improvements in these areas needs to adopt an approach of cloud-trialling and cloud-experimentation.

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