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Watching brief

We live an increasingly surveillance-heavy society, which brings with it challenges to storage technology providers, explains Nick Spittle, General Manager, Storage Products Division at Toshiba Electronics Europe

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Hybrid: the 'best-fit' strategy

According to Sean McAvan, Managing Director of NaviSite Europe, a hybrid cloud approach offers the best of both worlds for business: embracing the new, while getting the most out of existing IT investments

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Guarding the valuables

For businesses worried about data security in the cloud, encryption is part of the answer - but without crypto management data is still at risk, argues Ed Kidson, product manager at Wick Hill

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Good call

Cloud adoption is now a strategic business decision for contact centres, argues Keith Wilkinson, VP Cloud EMEA, Genesys.

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Restoring faith

The backup and recovery industry is developing rapidly - and it's moving to the cloud, says Martin Warren, Cloud Solutions Marketing Manager at NetApp

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SanDisk enables performance & density gains for Cloud infrastructures

New SATA SSD powers CSP and software-defined storage environments.

iomart’s Backup Technology Powers IIJ Europe’s Enterprise Cloud-IIJ GIO

IIJ Europe Chooses Asigra Cloud Backup Solution

Unitrends goes global

Adds data centres in UK, Australia, Canada and Germany to offer local cloud data protection and disaster recovery service

BT invests in new UK data centres

Expanding 'cloud of clouds' portfolio

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Case study

Playing to win

UK toy retailer The Entertainer is using managed cloud services from Rackspace in order to better manage large traffic spikes and launch new services.

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Conveying the right message

Managed global growth was strategically important for conveyor belt manufacturer Ammeraal Beltech, and a cloud-based CRM solution has proven core to their successful expansion

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Welcome to the August 2015 Newsletter.

For better or worse, we live these days in an increasingly surveillance-oriented society - the UK has more CCTV cameras per head of population than any other Western country. So it is not really any surprise that the capture, movement and archiving of all that video footage is becoming big business. This newsletter includes an interesting article from Toshiba's Nick Spittle about the challenges that this particular environment can bring. As Nick explains: "With historical surveillance footage becoming increasingly important due to legislation, data is being stored for longer and longer. In combination with the increasing quality of video being collected, storage of surveillance data is becoming a real challenge."

As with most real world applications, there is no one simple solution that will work best for all types of user situation - SSD, HDD, RAID, and cloud-based systems all have their place. But as so often happens, it may be that simple economics plays a bigger part than technology capabilities. In an era of ongoing austerity, councils are increasingly simply switching off their CCTV systems, or no longer employing staff to monitor the cameras. It may well be that there will have to be a high-profile PR disaster for buyers to realise that this is not a technology that can be simply left to rot. Let us hope that common sense prevails over economic drivers.

David Tyler

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