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Network segmentation - know your onions
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I've already written a bit about segregating enterprise networks, and about the new technologies that are making this easier and more effective. As Ideal's solution architect for networks it's...
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Parting the cloud
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We've looked before at how the public cloud, for all its benefits, isn't a one-size-fits-all proposition. From concerns about data security and sovereignty, to my own thoughts about the challenge of ...
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Cisco DNA: simplifying network management
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We've talked a lot about software-defined networking (SDN) and the increasingly intelligent network hardware that enables it. Lately, fellow solutions architect Daren Vallyon and I have been trying...
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Keeping on top of the Internet of Things
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We all know the Internet of Things (IoT) is coming, but a recent conversation made me realise that for some of us, it's already arrived. A colleague here mentioned that he'd got something like 20...
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Campus Fabric: preparing for the IoT surge
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Regular readers will know we've written a lot about the software-defined network (SDN), from explaining the concept in a two-page customer briefing, to building up a bricks and mortar analogy for...
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Partnering with Pure Storage
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You've probably seen our recent announcement that we've entered into partnership with Pure Storage. Back in 2011, Pure was the first to market with an all-flash enterprise storage array, but nearly...
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Explaining Cisco ONE: licence portability, and protecting investment in the enterprise
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Cisco ONE - What is it? Cisco One offers a great alternative for licensing and the IT infrastructure management solutions for your business. >But what is it? Ideal’s Account Director George McKenna...
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On International Women's Day, still much work to do
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It's International Women's Day, and this year's theme 'being bold for change' calls for everyone to help forge a better working world - a more inclusive, gender-equal world. That's long been a theme...
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Business challenge, technical solution: speeding up provisioning at Twickenham
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Say you run an iconic sports arena and the flagship conferencing, hospitality and events business that goes with it. Your security, corporate services, EPOS, lighting control and IP TV screens need a...
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Five security trends for 2017
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Although we can't predict the future, security trends, threats and weaknesses need to be anticipated so they can be defended. Part of my job is to to build a clear picture of cyber threats and...
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Women in IT: the CEO
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Prompted by a shortage of female job applicants and the experiences of our MD Claire, we've been interviewing a series of women about their careers in IT. In this interview, Rebecca Kimber, CEO of...
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