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Making the leap from 2015 to 2016

As I begin the New Year feeling refreshed and revived from a well-deserved break, I’ve been reflecting on what happened in 2015 and where I think things may go in 2016. Just to warn you – this is not some sort of technology predictions type blog, but instead some musings on how the type of work we delivered in 2015 seemed to take a turning point, and where I think this may lead to in 2016.

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Does "free credit" really mean free?

Or is it a little unicorn laughing its rainbow coloured balls off at you?

The day starts off normal enough. In between your refund from Ashley Madison and your Grab One gluten free, organic, hypoglycemic bean curd by-product protein bars offer (yes you CAN spend 14 hours a day at your ergo desk and still get a six pack), you spot it - FREE PUBLIC CLOUD CREDIT.

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How to save time and money with Azure automation

Leveraging automation against any application or platform can yield significant benefits to any organisation. There are many objectives for introducing automation, however for the purposes of this blog I’d like to explore these typical categories:

  • Improving customer experience
  • Minimising operational costs
  • Reducing human effort
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VMworld 2015 - what you need to know

I had the pleasure of attending VMware’s annual gathering  - VMworld, in San Francisco recently. This year was my fifth VMworld and it was noticeable how the event grows each year in terms of the amount of attendees, vendors on display, sessions to attend and friends to catch up with.

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vCloud Air – Will it work for my organisation?

By now you have probably heard at least some information about the ViFX VMware vCloud Air offering. More than likely you will have heard it provides a simple, cost effective way for New Zealand businesses to access the transformative advantages of the hybrid cloud in a seamless way. But, in the back of your mind there are probably still a few nagging questions. In particular, “Will it work for my organisation?”

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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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