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Gaining a competitive edge with a Software Defined Data Centre

When thinking about a Software Defined Data Centre (SDDC), it’s easy to think of it as simply an integration of a range of technologies. But what will these technologies really deliver, and how will they contribute to delivering value to your organisation?

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What does SDDC look like in action? A dev/test example

IT Infrastructure, SDDC

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30 Aug 2016

In recent weeks we’ve discussed what a Software Defined Data Centre (SDDC) is and why you would consider taking a software-centric approach. To really get a good handle on it, the easiest way is to see it in action.

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Why would you go software-defined?

IT Infrastructure, SDDC

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23 Aug 2016

The future of IT is all about the digital enterprise, and it’s becoming clear that the biggest enabler of this is to take a software-defined approach. When thinking about where your organisation is heading and putting together a solid business case around the Software Defined Data Centre (SDDC), it’s good to be clear on the benefits you’ll be receiving. Software-defined compute is the first logical step, but beyond that you’ll also be considering software-defined storage and software-defined networking.

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How can you establish a digital enterprise for the future?

IT Infrastructure, SDDC

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16 Aug 2016

The face of business has undergone marked change in recent times and this rapid shift continues to challenge organisations across the globe, including New Zealand. Every conceivable industry is being confronted with customer-facing digitisation, as new technology arises and traditional barriers are broken down. Companies such as Netflix, Uber, and Spotify have stamped their mark of disruption on their respective markets and left the old services scrambling to keep up.

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Welcoming our new automation overlords

IT Infrastructure, SDDC

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09 Aug 2016

It occurred to me the other day while looking for some cool videos of robots for my son, that there are many parallels between IT automation and robots. Both share properties that really highlight the critical importance of automating your IT infrastructure. By automation, I mean taking tedious, manual, and often repetitive tasks and using some type of scripting or tool to do the hard work. This could be system deployment, infrastructure management, or even code testing.

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vCenter Server Appliance? Sure, why not?

For all you Sys Admins out there that manage vSphere you know how critical it is to have a reliable and easy to use management interface. VMware vCenter Server is the heart of a vSphere deployment, and provides a centralised platform for managing all the components of your vSphere deployment. These days vSphere administrators are presented with a number of supported deployment models for running vCenter Server, but there’s really only one that I prefer now, which is the vCenter Server Appliance. I know it wasn’t that flash in the early days, but it’s certainly matured. Read on for a little background and comparison.

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The importance of a good lab setup

IT Infrastructure

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12 Jul 2016

One thing that most IT professionals will often need to do in the modern IT era is have the ability to test things before we use them in the real world. The thought of deploying software for the first time into a production environment sends shivers down my spine and in my opinion should never be done.

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Object stores need to be flexible, not just scalable

IT Infrastructure, Storage

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22 Jun 2016

I've written a bit about Object Stores before, and I was interested to see that Gartner recently updated their "Critical Capabilities" review of Object Storage products, and the top five candidates finished pretty much first equal in their overall ratings.

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