UCaaS has emerged as the answer to the post-pandemic hybrid working challenge

13 June 2022

Courtenay Mills, head of voice and data for EfficiencyIT

Courtenay Mills, head of voice and data for EfficiencyIT

In a world of post-pandemic upheaval, two work-based mega trends are becoming increasingly clear – cloud is king and hybrid working is here to stay. The latest research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development reveals that a growing number of employers are reporting significant productivity gains as they embrace cloud-powered work-from-anywhere models. But moving your comms to the cloud, or switching to Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) can be a daunting prospect, with a myriad of vendors selling a multitude of solutions with varying levels of service.

The following checklist will help you navigate the complicated UCaaS landscape and find a solution that will not only serve your business well for a decade or more, but transform your customer and employee experience levels. All while reducing costs, optimising budgets and seamlessly integrating key business-critical systems and software applications in the process.

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Four ways cloud native storage equips firms for the new economy

07 June 2022

Russ Kennedy, chief product officer, Nasuni

Russ Kennedy, chief product officer, Nasuni

Barely a week goes by without web outages or ransomware exploits while for many organisations, the dust has barely settled on the overnight shift to hybrid working. Add to this uncertainty the audacity of cyber-attacks and it is small wonder that IT teams are continually having to rethink their defences, storage capacity planning, and approaches to disaster recovery to protect their critical data assets.

Before the pandemic, around one in three firms were reporting data loss from external attacks while a recent survey of UK and other countries’ companies found nearly half had been breached twice in the last year because of vulnerable applications. Separate research suggests that data breaches are 4.5 times more likely at end-user endpoints than back end servers.

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NAS best practices

13 May 2022

By Grant Caley, UK chief technologist, NetApp

By Grant Caley, UK chief technologist, NetApp

In today’s modern data centre, enterprise NAS plays an important role in not just providing highly scalable user file services, but also providing application file storage for a range of mission critical applications such as AI, VMware, Oracle, and SAP HANA. As a starting point, you should consider and ensure the following:

1) Protocol: Your NAS is the swiss army knife of file storage and should support as wide a set of protocols as possible. Essential are SMB (2, 2.1, 3, 3.11 (and legacy v1 to help with migrations)) and NFS (3, 4.1, pNFS). Also consider support for iSCSI, FC, FCoE, NVMe over Fabrics/RDMA and Object S3. Simultaneous file access, via both SMB and NFS, opens collaboration options and this is often needed in the Education and Engineering sectors.

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Seven steps for choosing the right DCIM software

07 March 2022

Herman Chan, president, Sunbird Software

Herman Chan, president, Sunbird Software

Modern data centre managers understand that Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software is necessary to simplify the management of increasingly complex and distributed data centre products on the market, and buyers of first-generation DCIM will recall that many vendors will overpromise and underdeliver. Whether you are seeking your first DCIM solution or replacing your legacy DCIM, follow these tips to stay focused on what matters most: choosing the tool that will address your biggest data centre management problems.

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Top tips for selecting data centre ITE cabinets

22 February 2022

Michael Akinla, the FlexFusion guy at Panduit UK & Ireland

Michael Akinla, the FlexFusion guy at Panduit UK & Ireland

The continuing increase in compute density within data centres coupled with higher awareness of environmental sustainability requirements has driven the evolution of ITE cabinet designs.

How do you go about selecting a cabinet system that meets your compute and supply chain requirements and still offers customisation capabilities for future changes? A key initial decision is, does it meet your platform requirement? Whether you are a hyperscale, colocation, enterprise or edge site you need cabinets that are highly configurable with the modularity for future expansion or change.

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