Our insight

14-Nov-2018

When starting with public cloud services in an organisation, the first conversations normally take place at a strategic level and are based around shifting from a CapEx to OpEx cost model. This is a great place to start, but it can create a lot of uncertainty around what those month-to-month costs are going to be for any given infrastructure footprint. 

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21-Aug-2018

The direction of travel for IT infrastructure is undoubtedly - and quite rightly - towards automating as much as possible of deployment and maintenance. Automation is the driver towards real business benefits such as increased visibility, operational effectiveness and guaranteed compliance in technical operations, but like any approach it’s not a panacea. Successful approaches to automation require pragmatism rather than ideological inflexibility to really make it add value within an organisation.

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24-Jan-2018

This year's going to be an exciting one for Ideal as we expand our managed services portfolio and grow our cloud offering and expertise. We already apply best-practice security across our core architectures - enterprise networking, data centre and unified comms - and we wanted to ensure we could offer the same level of security expertise and reassurance as we expand our range of public, private and hybrid cloud solutions.

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17-May-2017

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 to provide a bit more detail about how Cisco is innovating in both areas, with technologies like Digital Network Architecture (DNA) and Campus Fabric.

Our take on the details might be interesting to fellow technologists, but what if you're trying to build the business case for your organisation to invest in new networking technologies?

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28-Oct-2016

Last week saw me flying out to Barcelona for the European branch of VMworld - VMware's annual conference on data centre, cloud infrastructure and business mobility. It's a big, interesting event, made all the more so this year by the announcement, just before, that VMware vSphere can now be integrated with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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13-Jan-2016

Last month I blogged about the demise of the Safe Harbour agreement, and the spotlight that it's thrown on some of the issues with cloud provision. Now I want to look at what the death of Safe Harbour means for solutions providers such as Ideal, and for our clients.

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04-Dec-2015

Ever since the 2013 Snowden revelations, which uncovered the potential scale of US government data gathering, the integrity of the Safe Harbour Agreement has looked seriously weakened. In October, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled it invalid, delivering a coup de grâce that, on the surface of it, leaves firms who use US cloud services with a huge headache. So what exactly does it mean for us all in the IT community?

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25-Nov-2015

When we speak to clients and prospective customers about their unified communications (UC) needs, they'll often tell us that they want something based in the cloud. Take a top-level look at their requirements and it's easy to see why

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