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Network Technology Trends to Watch in 2016

Posted by Connor Twigg

05-Jan-2016 10:30:00


Before we start, first of all let me wish you all a Happy New Year from all of the team here at Dynamic Technologies Europe. 

2015 saw big news and changes in the networking technology arena. From potentially game changing acquisitions and mergers, such as HP-Aruba and Dell-EMC; to the continued march of mobility and connectivity, including IoT and IoE.

You might recall we made some predictions at the start of 2015 (here just to refresh your memory.) So lets take a look at what the DTE experts think will be big in 2016!

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Topics: WiFi, Enterprise Networks, Network Management, Cloud, Data Centers, IT infrastructure, General, Network Security, Cisco, Big Data, IoT, Connectivity, FireEye, Mobility, Ruckus

Making Sense of the Enterprise Environment with ACI

Posted by Connor Twigg

27-Aug-2015 11:00:00

INTRODUCTION:

Enterprise environments have become more complex as the shift in IT know how has moved from the "IT Geek" into mainstream knowledge. It is not that long ago that the concept of using a wireless home network to stream cloud applications would have terrified my mother, yet as it stands she is know fully aware of how o get the best out of her broadband, TV, mobile, kindle and plethora of gadgets. (I blame Star Trek for preparing us all when we were younger for the concept!)

My point is that we know have the technology dream on the horizon, IoT or IoE depending on who you talk too. For the enterprise class business this means the potential to improve running costs, deliver better business outcomes and strengthen the competitive edge. managing, and running these new super massive networks is going to be costly. Just look at the current cost of operations in IT budgets, many industry pundits predict 75-90% of IT budget is spent, not on the technology but operational costs. That is a lot of your budget that is simply not getting used to its best. 

Application Centric Infrastructure from Cisco has and will continue to be one of the best ways to cope with the increased growth of your Data Center, Converged Network and which ever version  of the cloud and mobility you decide to go with. 

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Topics: Enterprise Networks, Network Management, Cisco

5 Reasons Cisco UCS Will Optimise Your Data Centre

Posted by Ross Everard

20-Aug-2015 11:00:00


INTRODUCTION:

Does your Data Centre look anything like it did 10 years ago, or even 5? Chances are probably not! Growing pressure from outside of the IT department and changes in the very nature of how we work on a day to day basis, have led to a sea of change. IT, particularly infrastructure, has had to adapt and change to meet these demands. 

DTE and Cisco can help you optimise your data centre with UCS (Unified Computing Systems). UCS from Cisco has been designed to improve agility, flexibility, security and help you reduce costs and management time. 

But, How does this infrastructure technology actually deliver those benefits to your business? Lets take a look at 5 key reasons you should be considering adopting a unified computing system.

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Topics: Network Management, Data Centers, Cisco

5 Signs Your Network Switches Need Upgrading

Posted by Liam Pickard

30-Jul-2015 11:00:00

"25 Billion Connected "Things" in use by 2020"

Gartner Report

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Topics: Enterprise Networks, Network Management, IT infrastructure, switching

3 Reasons Your Network Efficiency is Broken (And How to Fix It)

Posted by Mitchell Rutherford

02-Jul-2015 11:10:00


 

One of my technicians has been working on a client site for the last couple of weeks, the poor lad has been in Las Vegas of all places terrible I know. Whilst on site he got caught up in several conversations with the networking team discussing how they measure network efficiency.  Did they look at how fast data travelled across the network, how much power the network consumed or how easy it was for end users to get what they expected from the network. Of course how you choose to measure the effectiveness of anything within your IT estate is up to you and should be aligned to you business goals. There are any number of tools available out there to help you measure your network speeds and indicators of performance.

Even if your an established Network Manager or your new to the role and inherited a network full of problems, what are the top 3 things that are creating networking to be less than excellent? 

I asked amongst our technicians and clients and this is what they had to say.

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Topics: Enterprise Networks, Network Management, Cisco

Backup the issues of disaster recovery?

Posted by Mitchell Rutherford

20-Jan-2015 11:30:00


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Every business has to be prepared for a recovery event! From natural disasters through to technology failures, there are a multitude of reasons to make sure that you have backup and disaster recover solutions in place.

This came to my mind after a relative of mine was explaining how their business had lost 2 days of work thanks to something as simple as a leaky roof! Not only did they lose 2 days of productive working due to a poor Disaster Recovery strategy, they also lost all their data from the previous 4 days. You can imagine the impact that this had on the business operation, reputation with clients and ultimately the revenue that was lost over those days and ongoing. 

The Disaster Recovery strategy was based on people taking work home with them in a paper format. Unfortunately however, the staff had already been contacted and told not to attend the office as the site was unsafe and required inspection. Okay, the leaky roof was an understatement, the roof of the warehouse caved in! The end result though was that the great "take work home with you" strategy failed at the first hurdle.

Upon further investigation of this event, I discovered that they are using DAT tapes as backup and this task falls to the office administrator. A lady who has little to no technical knowledge, travels on the bus and is known for being forgetful with handbags. (I can personally vouch for this having had to go and retrieve said bag more than once from the bus depot) 

What type of solution should you look at to get away from these types of problems?

One such solution is cloud backup. Using the power of the cloud to backup your data and providing the ability to pull this back up information from anywhere at any time on any device. That's 2 days my relatives company would not have lost!

Watch the video below to find out more about iomart and how cloud back up services could support your disaster recovery plans. 

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Topics: Network Management, Cloud, Back-Up, Disaster recovery

The Vendor Chronicles: FireEyes Jason Steer talks APT's and Innovation

Posted by Liam Pickard

15-Jan-2015 14:02:00

The first Vendor Chronicles of 2015 is here, and where better to start than with one of the most innovative vendors in cyber security: FIREEYE. Jason Steer is Director of Technology Strategy here in the UK and his knowledge of FireEye and the security industry are second to none. 

DTE: Enterprises appear to be under more cyber threats than ever before. Network security is constantly in the news these days from hacked cloud accounts through to the recent Sony leak. When there are so many security solutions on the market how are these attacks still getting through?

JASON: Simple - Sadly the security tools we have used for the last 10 yrs plus just aren’t designed to detect these types of attacks today; we have the wrong tool for the job. Customers need to re-consider their risk profile & risk appetite – then review if they still think they have the right tools knowing how many other organisations  with organisations with sophisticated security in place have already been breached.

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Topics: Enterprise Networks, Network Management, Network Security

IoT....WOW thats a lot of data to analyse! Why bother?

Posted by Ross Everard

13-Jan-2015 11:30:00

 

If you have been hiding under a rock over then you might not have heard about the "Internet of Things". This presentation from Cisco's Mike Flannagan will showcase how you can benefit from the powerful Data and Analytics of IoT!

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Topics: Enterprise Networks, Network Management, Cisco, Big Data

Is your network Home Alone? Network Security Solutions Worth Your Time

Posted by Mitchell Rutherford

12-Dec-2014 12:30:00

 

Recently I have been working with a number of clients on “beefing up” their network security. I do not know what it is about this time of year, maybe it’s just me, but security always becomes a big discussion as we enter the holiday season. It could be that events such as Black Friday and the large number of transactions flying around online turn this time of year into hunting season for the Cyber Criminal. You can see why when an estimated £281 million (the telegraph) will be spent online in just 1 day why the criminal society would want to target business at this time of the year. It is not just transactions that are getting targeted these days either! Take your intellectual property as an example, how much is it worth? I bet Sony have a price on theirs after they had 5 movies stolen after a cyber attack.

Security is and should be a high priority for any business, you should protect the business, its staff and its assets. It is the way of the world now though that the criminal has gotten sharper and more sophisticated. No longer just throwing various attacks out there, these attacks are becoming more calculated and specific. The cybercriminal does his research and knows who to target, what the security is likely to be and where a good entrance point is! Maybe they were foolishly inspired by Harry and Marv from Home Alone, the would be criminals who do their homework, find their specific targets and access points and try to run off with all the swag they can get. That is until they meet some upgraded and innovative security features in the shape of a young Macaulay Culkin.

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Topics: Network Management, IT infrastructure, Network Security

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