August 5, 2015

Capital investment in IT – an oxymoron?

I was once in a conversation about capital investment in IT, where the financial manager posited that IT projects can be treated in the same way as an[...]
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July 23, 2015

Automation requires a change in paradigm

Businesses are running headlong into automation as a useful way to improve consistency, flexibility and speed, and decrease costs. However, there is a[...]
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June 22, 2015

Information disclosure as a security risk

Ring, ring. “Hello, is that the IT Manager? Can I ask you a few questions for a survey? <preamble here to build a relationship and feeling of[...]
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June 17, 2015

ToR switch placement – not at the top!

You may know about ToR, top-of-rack (for) switches. It’s the practice of placing a physical switch within each rack, so that the network switching[...]
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May 18, 2015

Technology Debt

The IT industry is plagued by debt. I’m not referring to financial debt, but instead the issue of technology being in debt. What is Technology Debt? We[...]
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May 18, 2015

Passwords in the Internet Age

We have all been conditioned. We have been indoctrinated through years of advice and needing to follow requirements Рbut perhaps we need to reconsider[...]
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April 3, 2015

Why bother to virtualize?

I recently read an article (published August 2013), listing all the reasons not to virtualise certain systems. It got me thinking about some of those people[...]
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March 10, 2015

There are no more VCP4s in the world

As you read this, there are no more VCP 4 certified people. VMware have introduced a controversial new policy to make VCP certifications expire after 2[...]
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February 16, 2015

The 6 Rs to fix computer problems yourself

Are you new to computers, or do you always have strange little problems with your computer? Are you scared of using your computer / tablet / device because[...]
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February 1, 2015

The concept of redundancy – is it redundant?

Assumptions are often made that if you have storage, you need to use RAID. If you have moving parts like fans, the assumption is that you need a hot spare[...]
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