Keep the gremlins out of your data: take these four steps

26 October 2021

Florian Malecki, vice president international marketing at Arcserve

Florian Malecki, vice president international marketing at Arcserve

Halloween is a time of scary monsters and eerie happenings. It’s also a time to think about the many gremlins that can assail your company’s data and wreak havoc with your business.

The most frightening data horror story in recent memory is about Pixar during the production of Toy Story 2. One of the film’s animators accidentally entered the wrong command and instantly deleted about 90% of the film’s files. Even worse, the data backup system malfunctioned due to inadequate disk space. For a brief, bloodcurdling moment, it looked like almost the entire production would be lost. Thankfully, after much blood, sweat, and tears, the crew recovered the data and restored the film files.

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How can you make the edge and cloud work together for you?

25 October 2021

Chris Roberts, director, solutions architect, UK & Ireland at NetApp

Chris Roberts, director, solutions architect, UK & Ireland at NetApp

Nowadays storage must have enough capacity for your data, but it also must provide dozens of other functionalities to satisfy your requirements. Data protection, resilience, analytics, and performance optimisation are all essentials. But if you’re accustomed to an on-premise data-centre or single cloud, it’s easy to overlook cross-platform compatibility.

How many APIs do you want for your storage? The right answer is that you need APIs across all platforms and places, protocols and drive types, vendors, and technologies. But most organisations just aren’t there yet. Their on-premises storage doesn’t use the same APIs as their cloud storage. Their block storage doesn’t use the same APIs as their file storage.

*Don't miss the cloud v edge round table debate in the October edition of Networking+

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SDWAN REMOTE Relegates VPNs

18 October 2021

SDWAN REMOTE - the simple, secure, cloud-managed connectivity solution that enables remote employees to work from anywhere using any type of connections with superior application performance and reliability. SDWAN REMOTE starts from £15 per user per month and is a fully managed solution that is available for 10 users or more.

Corporate VPNs were only ever meant to cater for 10 - 15% of staff working off site. But today’s reality is that up to 100% of all staff may be required to work from home or remotely. This is where IT, finance and compliance teams start to uncover problems. Corporate VPNs are labour intensive to manage, expensive to upscale due to the requirement for VPN concentrators and VPN user issues can make a remote worker unproductive for days. Just like MPLS is not suitable to access Cloud applications and company VPNs were never designed for remote workers. Remote worker VPN support alone is stretching most IT departments to capacity. But these are not the only problems that VPN users face.

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Ethernet needs more powerful testing

08 October 2021

Christian Schillab, application engineer EMEA, Fluke

Christian Schillab, application engineer EMEA, Fluke

E thernet is a flexible, yet complex networking technology which demands the use of efficient testing equipment and simplifies troubleshooting.
Since its introduction in the 1970s, Ethernet has displaced practically all other wired local-area network (LAN) technologies, because of its flexibility. Christian Schillab, Marketing Engineer at Fluke Networks describes why a flexible, yet complex networking technology demands a tester that keeps troubleshooting simple.

Flexible solutions for every application
Twisted-pair cabling coupled with the introduction of active hubs and switches made it possible for organisations to install Ethernet to support everything from multigigabit short-range links in the server room, to longer runs based on 100Base-T for connecting security cameras. The arrival of the IoT is making Ethernet increasingly important for building automation and other services that go beyond traditional IT.

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From survive to thrive: unlocking ROI from remote working

06 October 2021

Keith Ali, MD at Creative ITC

Keith Ali, MD at Creative ITC

Following the pandemic-driven rush to ensure business continuity, many IT teams have ended up managing an unplanned mix of technologies. Now, with organisations transitioning to long-term remote and hybrid working models, they’re facing a new challenge - choosing a sustainable solution that improves workforce mobility and productivity without increasing cost and complexity.

Organisations are increasingly choosing virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) as a long-term, scalable solution where upfront CapEx costs are largely replaced by OpEx. But, the pandemic’s shakeout means financial approval for any IT investment is often tougher than before - especially if you’re pitching to a C-suite still reeling from balance sheet challenges. So, what’s the best way to build a business case for the remote working long haul?

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