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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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PowerCLI - Automation's gateway drug

IT Infrastructure, SDDC

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15 Jun 2016

I recall my days as an infrastructure administrator, and I won’t be alone in this, where I would spend a fair bit of time implementing changes manually. The act of selecting the option, entering in a value, and hitting “next”, provided a level of control as well as exposing options and variations, such that I learned a lot about what was going on and how to configure things.

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Why containers are the future and how to get started

SDDC, Containers

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19 May 2016

In days of past, IT was generally seen as a cost centre, with the only measurement of success being “no users are complaining”. There was historically no means for IT to provide advice to the business on how to innovate using technology, nor was IT’s advice ever sought. However, times are changing, and with the ever increasing drive for market differentiation, and a business focus on digital initiatives, the pressure is on IT to be much more than simply a support function. Now IT is being relied upon to help innovate.

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Software Defined Advancements with VSAN 6.2

Yesterday saw the release of vSphere 6.0 Update 2 and, as part of that, includes the 4th release of VMware’s Virtual SAN: 6.2.

Since the announcement in February, VMware have been more active in promoting certain features that, in their mind, makes an All Flash solution affordable: Deduplication and Compression, and Erasure Coding.

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