Before you move your voice communications to the cloud, MYLES LEACH advises on how to choose a service provider

08 May 2019

Myles Leach, managing director, NFON UK

Myles Leach, managing director, NFON UK

There is a revolution going on in the voice communications market. It mirrors what happened with data a decade ago, when cloud computing streamlined hardwareladen businesses.

Voice and data were historically very distinct markets; cloud telephony means businesses can now get what they have always wanted – one supplier for both IT and voice. In the UK cloud telephony already amounts to 13 per cent and expected to grow to around 27 per cent in 2022. The market is moving like never before. There are few organisations that are not concerned about digital transformation – and cloud communications are an essential part of any strategy to enable staff to work flexibly.

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How the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has made security even more important

04 April 2019

Sean Herbert is UK country manager at Baramundi

Sean Herbert is UK country manager at Baramundi

In recent years, the number of endpoints to be monitored in corporate IT networks has increased massively.

One of the reasons is that more businesses are embracing Industry 4.0, where industrial plants, factories and even construction sites are now equipped with internet connected devices and machines.

This high level of connectivity, referred to as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), means that both IT and OT (operational technology) managers must provide continuous and reliable monitoring of not only employee laptops and devices, but all the connected machines and automated systems that are present within the manufacturing process.

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Choosing the right DCIM product!?

06 March 2019

Martin Hodgson, country manager, UK & Ireland, at Paessler

Martin Hodgson, country manager, UK & Ireland, at Paessler

Selecting, implementing and handling a data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) product can sometimes feel more taxing than simply continuing without one. But that shouldn’t be, and is often not the case. The main purpose of a DCIM product is to alleviate the administrator’s workload, not add to it.

With various factors to consider – from environmental to physical security – DCIM organisations must safeguard their equipment, secure restricted areas and ensure those authorised are allowed appropriate access; all while upholding availability and preventing downtime. This is where network monitoring comes in.

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PAUL HUNTER offers advice on how to make sure data cables are installed correctly and work effectively for years to come.

11 February 2019

Paul Hunter is technical director at iDaC Solutions.

Paul Hunter is technical director at iDaC Solutions.

Having visited many sites over the years, initially as an electrician and now as a BICSI RCDD, I have seen some dubious installation practices. Here are a few essential guidelines to help ensure professional and trouble-free deployments:

Storage: Cables should be protected from environmental influences, i.e. kept dry and within acceptable temperature ranges (refer to the manufacturer’s data sheet).

 

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Kevin Drinkall on how to choose the switch that suits your network needs.

03 January 2019

Kevin Drinkall is EMEA wireless and cloud market development manager at Zyxel.

Kevin Drinkall is EMEA wireless and cloud market development manager at Zyxel.

The perfect switch is centred around individual requirements: from whether you need to power a device from the switch, reduce overheads in installation costs, or have specific application requirements. Consider the following features to simplify the decision-making process:

1. Ease of use:

There are different aspects to think about here. Unmanaged switches, for example, are plug-and-play but lack any form of control. At the top end of the spectrum, enterprises may prefer to deploy switches with CLI, which usually means a Layer 2 or Layer 3 model. Layer 3 switches allow for more advanced functions in a network.

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