Power to Protect

12 July 2019

Mike Elms, managing director, Centiel UK

Mike Elms, managing director, Centiel UK

Mike Elms of Centiel UK presents his Top Tips to buying a UPS, and we take a look at a selection of new products.

In an always-on world, we depend on being connected round the clock with immediate access to information and with zero downtime.

We want a system that never fails.

Reliability is often considered the key attribute when purchasing a UPS.

Yet a system can be reliable over a period of time, but still fail on a particular occasion with far-reaching consequences.

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Tips to keep in storage

14 June 2019

Matthew Beale, modern data centre architect, Ultima Business Solutions

Matthew Beale, modern data centre architect, Ultima Business Solutions

You need data storage that’s fast, secure and easy to access. Matthew Beale, of Ultima Business Solutions, has tips to aid your choice. And we look at some of the latest products

Refreshing a storage platform is normally a sizeable undertaking for most businesses and often one that is a pretty thankless task.

However, that doesn’t mean it should be taken lightly. Given the rapidly changing nature of the market place it makes sense to get a view on what is on the market.

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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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