What you need to know about infrastructure as code – and why now

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The new generation of infrastructure management technologies promises to transform the way we manage IT infrastructure. But many organisations today aren’t seeing any dramatic differences, and some are finding that these tools only make life messier. As we’ll see, infrastructure as code is an approach that provides principles, practices, and patterns for using these technologies effectively.

Why infrastructure as code?

Virtualisation, cloud, containers, server automation, and...

By Kief Morris, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Platform, Virtualisation.

Why you can’t afford to play Russian roulette with your network

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With the advent of software defined networks (SDN), NFV (network function virtualization), and new network equipment, networks are being upgraded at a faster pace than ever before.  But dropping a new piece of equipment into a live network environment is a lot like playing Russian roulette – you have no way of knowing if a bullet is in the chamber or not. Luckily, network test labs can help you spot network problems before anyone pulls the trigger to go live.

Let’s...

By Joan Wrabetz, 11 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Monitoring, Platform, Software, Virtualisation.

Why enterprise cloud transformation is all a matter of transition

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The move for enterprises to the cloud is not a question of if but when – and neither is it a question of pace.

That’s the view of Matthew Finnie, chief technical officer at virtual data centre (VDC) provider Interoute. He argues that the industries traditionally less than keen on changing – finance and manufacturing, and a trend which this publication has covered extensively – have all come to the same realisation. “The issue for us is not so much the speed at...

By James Bourne, 01 July 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Centres, Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

Why more and more organisations are adopting network virtualisation

The ‘iron’ of routers and switches has been the backbone of the enterprise for decades. But in recent years, high profile companies have challenged long-held ideas of what makes a network strategic and powerful.

Leaps in agility, flexibility, security, efficiency and scalability are only possible when you abstract or virtualise network services and decoupling them from hardware, as this paper from VMware explains.

By James Bourne, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Virtualisation, VMware.

The next phase of SDN: Software defined campus networks

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Enterprise and university campus networks have enjoyed decades of architectural permanence. For years, these networks have been built with cookie cutter designs, with the only critical decision points being the number of ports and users. But new challenges presented today – more devices (both in number and type), mobility, security, and diverse application traffic – the management of these networks is finally coming to the forefront. Software-defined networking (SDN) is...

By Ayu Shah, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Vendors, Virtualisation.

Research shows greater uptake in virtualised environments for regulated industries

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According to the latest research from virtualisation technology provider HyTrust, the software defined data centre (SDDC) is moving further towards the mainstream, with many regulated industries moving around half of their critical workloads over to SDDC and virtualisation.

The study, snappily titled ‘Industry Experience: the 2016 State of the Cloud and Software Defined Data Centre in Real World Environments’, surveyed more than 500 executives across a wide variety of...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Public, Research, Virtualisation.

Case study: I built XenDesktop, I built View

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There’s been a fundamental shift in the way we work since the year 2000. Over time the desk job became the home office/plane/coffee shop job, over the objections of those nostalgic for the traditional 9-5. Employees wanted access to their work wherever they happened to be and technical staff scrambled to keep up with the demand. Enter virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

When VMware introduced the first VDI product in...

By Cloud Tech, 10 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Software, VDI, Virtualisation, VMware.

How IoT relates to the cloud and PaaS: Pace and flexibility

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By Alex Vilner, managing director, SaM Solutions

With all things tech switching to cloud-based platforms the ‘as a service’ industry is exploding. The one that started it all, SaaS (software as a service), is now joined by IaaS and PaaS.

The commonality for these ‘as a service’ offerings is that they are all based in the cloud, solely managed by the provider and available to clients via a membership platform.

Connected devices are changing the landscape of...

By Alex Vilner, 08 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Virtualisation.

The cloud bloat: Counting calories to prevent unnecessary waste

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Ponder this for a minute: our love affair with cloud technology and services, and the consequent struggle to keep cloud spending in check, is a lot like our daily eating habits.

Spinning up cloud services is almost as easy as grabbing food to go at your favourite burger joint. We’ve made fast food so convenient, affordable, and packed with calories, it’s become a national problem, because our consumption doesn’t match our nutritional needs or activity levels. Now...

By Andrew Atkinson, 27 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Software, Virtualisation.

Why OpenStack success depends on simplicity

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Is it any wonder that OpenStack has become so popular? It accelerates an organisation’s ability to innovate and compete by deploying applications faster and increases IT teams’ operational efficiency, according to the latest OpenStack user survey.

OpenStack is an open-source cloud operating system that enables businesses to manage compute, storage and networking resources via a self-service portal and APIs at massive scale - significantly propelling cloud services forward....

By Martin Cooper, 25 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Platform, Software, Storage, Virtualisation.