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  • Where are the SD WAN companies outside North America?

    Historically, the global tier-1 telecom infrastructure market has been dominated by vendors evenly spread out across the Northern Hemisphere for example Cisco, HP and Dell in the US, Nokia Networks and Ericsson in Europe and Huawei in the Far East.

    However, below that level much technology innovation has come out of the US in recent years. This has supported the development of a strong tier-2 line-up, that Europe and the Far East have been hard pressed to match.

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  • Dismantling data centre and WAN silos

    Two data processing trends are joining hands and moving towards wider availability for SMEs: hyperconverged data centre infrastructures and software defined WAN (SD-WAN) connectivity. What was just a year ago a daunting deployment and management challenge has now been packaged and centralised. This allows for much easier adoption into SMEs with cloud application and enterprises with branch environments.

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  • Unified Communications and Collaboration – still missing a vital ingredient?

    Communications technologies are definitely improving markedly and offer many new and exciting ways for people to connect and share. Rarely a day goes by without a new announcement of some innovation or improvement, often wrapped up in marketing terms about ‘improving collaboration’.

    But successful and effective collaboration requires much more than just technology. Mainly it requires more emphasis on people, especially the user experience, and the processes that intelligently connect them to the rest of their team.

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  • Not set in concrete – tailoring IoT to the business

    Tailored services and personalised advertising is great isn’t it? People and organisations are no longer bombarded by things they are not interested in or can not respond to, only those things that are relevant.

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  • There’s more to a container than, well, a container.

    It seems that virtual machines (VMs) are so last year. A new ship has sailed in and docked – it’s a container ship and it is full of Dockers (as well as Rkts and Mesos). The idea of containerisation is taking hold – the promise of a lighter means of dealing with applications enabling much higher workload densities and lower storage costs seems to attract developers, sysadmins and line of business people like moths to a flame.

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  • IoT in the enterprise – a pragmatic approach

    There is a degree of hype surrounding the internet of things (IoT) with many wild ideas reminiscent of ideas for internet businesses during the dot com boom. Despite this, the combination of exuberant innovation and pragmatism is already paying off with some practical and tangible business benefits. However, it is important for businesses not to solely focus on the shiny nature of ‘things’ but to take a broader view with their digital connected strategy.

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  • IoT design, security and PKI

    In a 2015 blog post – Securing the Internet of Things – time for another look at PKI? – Quocirca outlined why Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is likely to see a new lease of life from the increasing deployment of applications that fit the general heading Internet of Things (IoT). As the first blog pointed out, IoT applications will only be a success if underlying security is ensured.

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  • Why EU data protection will still apply to post-Brexit UK

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is expected to come in to force for EU member states in early 2018. It could be some time later that year that the UK finally severs its links with the EU. So for UK citizens will the GDPR be a short-lived regulation that can largely be ignored? The answer is no and the reasons fairly obvious; they are commercial, legal and moral.

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