What’s in a name?

18 August 2017

Ed Thewlis, MD, DataShed

Ed Thewlis, MD, DataShed

The world of data is relatively new and we’re all working out how to find our way in this increasingly important and complex area of business and technology.

However, one area which is making this more difficult than it needs to be is what to call the people who manage it.

There is a desire to gravitate towards the ‘rockstar’ job titles that are used by the likes of Google, Facebook and other massive data organisations, where job titles such as ‘data scientist’ and ‘data engineer’, are appropriate. 

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If connectivity is key, is it time to go wireless?

18 August 2017

Hubert Da Costa, VP EMEA, Cradlepoint

Hubert Da Costa, VP EMEA, Cradlepoint

In today’s increasingly distributed enterprise, even short periods of network downtime can have an immediate impact on revenue and can leave a company exposed to a range of compliance, regulatory and security risks.

Gartner estimates that every hour of downtime can typically cost an organisation $300,000 per hour, but in severe cases damage to brand reputation and customer loyalty is incalculable. 

The danger of a network outage due to a failure in internet connectivity is a real possibility for many enterprises – large IPSs offer just 98.5 per cent availability as standard, corresponding to a downtime of up to ten hours a month.

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Using 10G to alleviate the network pressures of IoT connected devices

02 July 2017

Richard Jonker, VP of SMB product line, Netgear

Richard Jonker, VP of SMB product line, Netgear

Businesses must embrace new technologies to remain agile in a competitive environment, and make the move to 10G connectivity to support their increasingly burdened networks.

The Internet of Things is making its mark throughout the enterprise landscape.

Although IoT may be more familiar to larger organisations, it will eventually touch and permeate throughout the supply chain, of which SMBs are a main contributor.

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The Microsoft Cloud: lured, locked-in and loaded up with a price rise

01 July 2017

Rahiel Nasir, editorial director, Networking+

Rahiel Nasir, editorial director, Networking+

Despite extolling the virtues of cloud for many years now, it wasn’t until 2016 that we decided to migrate after our 10-year-old in-house server finally gave up the ghost.

Fast forward 12 months and our publisher has just been hit with a renewal notice for Microsoft 365 services with prices jacked up by 21 per cent. No explanation.

A call to the software giant’s customer services centre proved even more infuriating. The sales department could not account for the rise and suggested we speak to someone in retention.

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Four hidden infrastructure costs for the SMB

30 June 2017

Johan Pellicaan, MD EMEA, Scale Computing

Johan Pellicaan, MD EMEA, Scale Computing

Small and medium-sized organisations require fault tolerance, high availability, mobility, and flexibility as much as larger enterprises. Unfortunately, the complexity of traditional data centre and virtualisation architecture can hit the SMB the hardest. Here are four of the hidden costs:

Training and expertise: setting-up a standard virtualised infrastructure can be complex; it requires server virtualisation, networking and storage expertise. In the SMB data centre with smaller teams and limited budgets, expertise can be harder to come by. Self-led training and research can take costly hours and admins may only have time to achieve a minimum level of expertise to maintain an infrastructure. 

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