Please meet... Steve Barber, CEO, Sepura and TCCA board member

13 May 2022

Steve Barber, CEO, Sepura and TCCA board member

Steve Barber, CEO, Sepura and TCCA board member

Who was your hero when you were growing up?

Brian Clough, I really admired his straight talking and his ability to motivate and lead an average group of footballers, getting 110% out of them, making them believe in themselves. That is why I ended up supporting Nottingham Forest.

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NAS best practices

13 May 2022

By Grant Caley, UK chief technologist, NetApp

By Grant Caley, UK chief technologist, NetApp

In today’s modern data centre, enterprise NAS plays an important role in not just providing highly scalable user file services, but also providing application file storage for a range of mission critical applications such as AI, VMware, Oracle, and SAP HANA. As a starting point, you should consider and ensure the following:

1) Protocol: Your NAS is the swiss army knife of file storage and should support as wide a set of protocols as possible. Essential are SMB (2, 2.1, 3, 3.11 (and legacy v1 to help with migrations)) and NFS (3, 4.1, pNFS). Also consider support for iSCSI, FC, FCoE, NVMe over Fabrics/RDMA and Object S3. Simultaneous file access, via both SMB and NFS, opens collaboration options and this is often needed in the Education and Engineering sectors.

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Managing the deployment of mission critical broadband applications

11 May 2022

Tero Pesonen, chair of the Critical Communications Broadband Group and vice-chair of TCCA

Tero Pesonen, chair of the Critical Communications Broadband Group and vice-chair of TCCA

Around the world, the emergency services and other first responders are increasingly using broadband applications to augment existing mission critical voice and narrowband data services, such as those delivered by the Airwave network in the UK. This is catalysing a focus on the quality of ‘mission critical’ applications.

Unlike consumer apps, mission critical apps may be supporting users in life or death situations, and there can be no weak link in the ecosystem. This means that the successful implementation of mission critical applications will be a complex task. TCCA, the global representative organisation for the critical communications ecosystem, has published an advisory white paper that looks at the key considerations that need to be taken into account when developing and deploying true mission critical applications.

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Securing IoT assets

11 May 2022

Craig Price, SVP mobility products and marketing at Console Connect by PCCW Global

Craig Price, SVP mobility products and marketing at Console Connect by PCCW Global

Already, 2022 is the year of Internet of Things (IoT). The widespread adoption of these devices shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, as revealed by IDC, IoT spend in Europe hit US$202bn in 2021 and will continue to grow in double-digits throughout the next four years.

The development and speed of adoption of IoT technology will also have an immense impact on businesses that are looking to improve cost efficiency and productivity. We’ve seen significant investments in IoT-related developments from the hyperscalers, such as Amazon’s updates to long-distance wireless protocol and IoT RoboRunner. Strategic moves from big players sends a clear signal that the market will expand even further this year.

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