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Supporting Your Network’s Edge Environment

16 February, 2021 / by Brandon Zimmerman posted in Data Centre, Data Centre Modernisation, APC

As edge environments become more critical to business success, maintaining the power, cooling and management needs should be top of mind. 

With more people working remotely, end users must have faster access to critical information. Edge environments move that critical information closer to the end user, thus making them more efficient. This is the same concept streaming services use to distribute content to their users.

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IT Automation is Here - Reap the Full Benefits

15 February, 2021 / by Pete Hulme posted in Data Centre Modernisation

Automation is one of the hottest trends in IT right now, for good reason. We all know that it can cut out some of the more tedious work involved in data centre management – but far more exciting is the way it can enable software development to proceed at a pace that would have been unthinkable a few years ago.

In this blog post, I explore what’s driving automation and how organisations can reap the most benefit.  

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Boring Enables Amazing: In Praise of the Invisible Data Centre

27 January, 2021 / by Pete Hulme posted in Data Centre Modernisation

One of the great paradoxes of technology is that the more successful it is, the more invisible it becomes.  

Car technology is a case in point. Let me tell you a story to back up my thinking.  

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Making Decisions at the Edge

20 October, 2020 / by Ashminder Ubhi & Pete Hulme posted in Data Centre Modernisation

Edge Computing, seen by many as the next revolution for processing data, extends network boundaries and takes computing power to where data is created, collated and acted on.

It delivers processing power to everyday objects and deep analytics capabilities to the core. Edge Computing will enable organisations of all sizes across every sector to develop new ways of working and innovative propositions that are more efficient while delivering better user experiences.

Ashminder Ubhi (Ash), CDW Category Lead for Core Data Centre and Pete Hulme, CDW Practice Lead for Hybrid Infrastructure, discuss four fundamental questions on how to get the most from Edge Computing.

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The Rise of Edge Computing

14 August, 2020 / by Ashminder Ubhi posted in Data Centre Modernisation

Edge Computing is seen by many as the next revolution for processing data. Advancements in technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G will fuel Edge Computing and make it a reality for almost every business. It brings processing power to everyday objects and incredibly detailed analytics that will enable organisations of every shape, size and sector to develop compelling new propositions that are more efficient and deliver a better experience for customers, patients and citizens.

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VMC on AWS to Upgrade vSphere EOGS Versions

1 June, 2020 / by Ash Ubhi posted in Cloud, Data Centre Modernisation, VMware

Welcome to the final blog post covering the vSphere v6.0 End of General Support (EOGS) which ended on 12th March 2020. In our previous post, we covered how hardware incompatibilities present an opportunity to explore VMware software defined solutions (SDDC).

In this, the third and final high level post, we will cover the option of using VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC on AWS) - an excellent platform that can easily upgrade your environment from vSphere v5.x to the latest version.

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VMware vSphere 6.0 End of General Support - Hardware Incompatibility Holding You Back?

5 March, 2020 / by Ash Ubhi posted in Cloud, Data Centre Modernisation, VMware

An Opportunity to Modernise your Data Centre

VMware announced that vSphere v6.0 is going End of General Support (EOGS) on 12th March 2020. To read a quick introduction to this, you can read part 1 of this blog series here.

VMware recommend upgrading to vSphere v6.7 to remain in support. Whilst this may be an easy transition for some businesses, others will be faced with a complex upgrade project and one barrier to this could be hardware compatibility.

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MEASURE VALUE, NOT VOLUME

20 February, 2020 / by Ash Ubhi posted in Dell, Data Centre Modernisation

Discover the real value that Dell EMC Isilon can bring to your business… besides future-ready scale-out storage.

The world is experiencing an explosion of unstructured data – data that holds huge potential for innovation if businesses can leverage it in the right way.

To keep up with the volume of data whilst leveraging the value that it holds, organisations like yours need a scalable, efficient and future-ready storage platform.

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VMware vSphere 6.0 End of General Support: Part 1

6 February, 2020 / by Ash Ubhi posted in Cloud, Data Centre Modernisation, VMware

Welcome to our three-part blog series focusing on the end of general support (EOGS) for VMware vSphere v6.0. The series will help to provide you with the guidance and support to ensure your organisation is ready.

Part 1 below is an introduction to what the EOGS means for you. In part 2, we will discuss the opportunity to modernise your datacentre if a hardware refresh is required, whilst part 3 looks at an alternative option with VMware on AWS public cloud as a means to make this transition easier.

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Minimise Risk when Adopting Next Generation Technology

17 July, 2019 / by Ash Ubhi posted in Dell, Data Centre Modernisation

Striking the balance between adopting next generation technology and risk management is crucial to the success of any IT transformation project.  If this balance is not struck, it can lead to expensive mistakes with delayed implementations and rushed technologies decisions which lead to not delivering true business value.  However, many businesses are not taking the time to assess the risks that comes from adopting next generation to help transform their businesses.

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