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Drew Markham

Drew Markham

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Do we still need backups?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 28, 2019 9:03:10 AM / by Drew Markham posted in Disaster Recovery, cloud first, enterprise cloud

Backups are a business essential. They give us the reassurance that, if one day something goes badly wrong, we’ll have our critical business information backed up and ready to retrieve. But they take a lot of time and resource. That’s partly because data size and composition of varying formats keeps increasing; plus, in spite of deduplication, a lot of legacy data remains, especially on old media where it’s not easily recoverable.
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Which applications should drive your cloud strategy?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 17, 2018 2:32:28 PM / by Drew Markham posted in cloud intermediation, Strategy

Cloud is becoming an imperative for many organisations, driven by the C-suite as they realise its potential to provide business benefits. Their IT team know that moving to cloud, like any other major IT transformation, is not a quick fix but requires strategic planning. They need to move to cloud in a staged manner whilst continuing to deliver what the business requires without interruption and avoiding any unpleasant surprises or unforeseen costs along the way.

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Think twice before going fully wireless

[fa icon="calendar'] May 3, 2018 12:29:10 PM / by Drew Markham posted in technology

Wireless connectivity is growing in popularity for business use. But it isn’t necessarily the safest or most efficient solution – so you should think twice before planning a new network which relies solely on wireless. A physical wire will always be preferable for two reasons: first, wireless is inherently less secure, and second, planning and configuring Wi-Fi networks is fraught with complications.

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Forget the spreadsheets! Successful project management is about people

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 15, 2018 3:35:53 PM / by Drew Markham posted in IT Transformation, Project Management

Managing IT projects is always challenging – particularly in the public sector. Budgets are often reduced during the project, carefully calculated timelines compressed and contingency removed. But the biggest problems occur when managers become so focused on their spreadsheets that they don’t take account of human factors. After all, a successful project is 50 percent technology and 50 percent culture.

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Does seamless application delivery mean VDI is dead?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 11, 2017 2:09:15 PM / by Drew Markham posted in cloud, vdi, virtual desktop

As we continually look for new ways to deliver applications to an increasingly mobile user population, the question is becoming: if solutions can be packaged once for any device, do we still need VDI?
For years, companies have been searching for the holy grail of providing seamless access to business critical systems via a browser. One of the key tenets of a VDI solution is the availability of all applications, anywhere. However, it comes at a significant cost, primarily in terms of the back-end grunt required to provide this capability, but also financially.

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