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Going the extra mile

John Dickey, CTO of Talari Networks explains why organisations must improve the efficiency of their WANs

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Mobile but managed

Stephen Midgley of Absolute Software on keeping up with the changing landscape of endpoint management

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Quality aligned IT

Ben Fry and David Rigler of SQS consider how to take the risk out of adopting new IT technology for maximum gain

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A significant proportion of UK workforce are “doing IT” for themselves

IT directors see need for end user strategy, but are held back by a number of challenges

Quiss Technology wins Ashton KCJ managed IT services contract

Quiss will support 300 users across seven locations, in a deal worth £1.2m over five years

Shining a light on shadow IT

Silver Peak unveils Unity, an intelligent WAN fabric designed to unify the enterprise network with the public cloud


Virtualization Manager 6.1 from SolarWinds

VMan provides all of the tools required to keep on top of a sprawling virtualised environment

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IP EXPO Europe is Europe's leading cloud and IT infrastructure event for those looking to find out how the latest IT innovations can drive their business. www.ipexpo.co.uk/

Case Studies

Canadian Bank sees the savings with Paessler

Jameson Bank reduces its IT administration overhead by 25% with help from Paessler PRTG

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Tegile fuels Saudi Petroleum’s drive to improve storage

London based Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile to handle its email server and data storage needs


The not-so-evil twin

David Williamson of EfficientIP offers real hope for a new line of defence against DNS vulnerabilities

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Six Unexpected Challenges of Cloud

By Dante Orsini, SVP of Business Development, iland

Be ahead of the hackers

Ashish Patel of McAfee shares his views on how to plan for a cyber-attack

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Network Computing Awards 2014

This year’s Network Computing Awards took place on March 13th at the Hotel Russell in London. Here we profile some of this year’s winners:

Cabling Supplier of the Year

Winner: Excel

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Service Provider of the Year (Sponsored by Acronis)

Winner: K3 BTG

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Hardware Product of the Year

Winner: Check Point

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Welcome to the August 2014 Newsletter.

So when was the last time you hugged your server? "Server hugger", in case you didn't know (and I'll be honest, I didn't) is a term first coined by Forrester in 2011 to describe "The desire to store data in the line of sight, and reflects an enduring caution about moving data off-site or into the cloud." According to new research released this week by Iron Mountain based on interviews with senior European IT professionals, "46 per cent of IT teams will insist on keeping data close at hand on hardware they can see, touch and control when that data is confidential, sensitive, business-critical, frequently used, subject to strict regulation, newly created or of potential business value."

It's an understandable impulse (perhaps it's the 21st century equivalent of keeping your savings under your mattress!) but data and IT demands move on apace, and as the research highlights it's now becoming increasingly hard to shut the cloud out of even the most obstinate of IT departments. Just over a third (37 per cent) of Iron Mountain's respondents stated that they now include the cloud as part of a hybrid on-and off-site storage solution that includes tape, disc and cloud storage, with a further eight per cent planning to introduce cloud in the next 12 to 24 months.

The survey also highlights that it's often specific sectors that are reluctant to let their data out of their site, with one UK healthcare firm simply stating that "we are not allowed to store data anywhere else." Perhaps striking a balance with hybrid solutions and generally approaching our storage in a smarter way - as with the Tegile solution implemented in a case study in this issue - may help us loosen our grip on our on-site servers in the future. Not that the cloud doesn't have its own challenges of course - see our opinion piece from Dante Orsini of iland for more!

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