Looking under the covers, taking the smoke and mirrors away from vendors' stories, questioning the topics de jour - here, Quocirca's analysts provide their views on the business and technology world and what is of importance to you and your businesses in the real world.
Building bridges: bringing the physical and virtual together via DCIM
In the good old days, a data centre facility 'just' had to be a place where servers, storage and network equipment could be housed. Sure, it had to ensure that enough power and cooling was available, but beyond that, most data centres were built to...
Clive Longbottom, Quocirca | 20th February '14
Integrating optical networking in to the data centre
The great thing about virtualisation, or re-defining physical resources at a higher abstracted software level (software defined data centre/network/storage etc. as the terminology du jour goes), is that those deploying applications no longer have to...
Bob Tarzey, Quocirca | 18th February '14
The democratisation of business analytics
Let's get something straight from the beginning. Your IT systems are not worth a great deal. Why? If you bought your systems brand new, they were worth at least 30% less as soon as you took delivery of them, and their value has been dropping ever...
Clive Longbottom, Quocirca | 17th February '14
Cloud platforms: OpenStack in its fourth year
Oracle has eventually joined the OpenStack community this month. By integrating the open source cloud management platform with its own products Oracle says it is reflecting its customers’ need for standards to support flexible application...
Bob Tarzey, Quocirca | 21st January '14
Extending Microsoft Active Directory
Microsoft Active Directory is a database embedded in all Windows server operating systems and in Windows Azure (Microsoft’s cloud-based platform as a service/PaaS offering). The directory is used to store information about objects and their...
Bob Tarzey, Quocirca | 7th January '14
Mobility and IT security - time to worry or not?
How do you quantify the impact of mobility on IT security? That this is a challenge all organisations need to face up to cannot be doubted; a 2013 Quocirca research report, Digital identities and the open business, showed that 63% of businesses...
Bob Tarzey, Quocirca | 13th December '13
Could do better - IT security training
It is an old mantra when it comes to IT security that the user is the weakest link, but it is one that must be addressed. Technology helps: for example, through the use of single sign on (SSO) systems with strong authentication to get around the...
Bob Tarzey, Quocirca | 29th November '13
ADCs - the keystone to advanced application delivery platforms?
A new Quocirca research report underlines the importance of application delivery controllers (ADCs) and the skills needed to deploy and manage them. So, what exactly is an ADC and where can you get one? ADCs are basically next generation load...
Bob Tarzey, Quocirca | 27th November '13
STAR treatment for Royals in the cloud
Few 'computing' companies hold a Royal Warrant; you can search for those that do here http://www.royalwarrant.org/rwha-search. Only two have been granted in 2013, one of which was to a relatively new name in cloud services—Pulsant. Of course, it...
Bob Tarzey, Quocirca | 8th November '13
I did something wrong - and Government IT did not help me
A while back I was caught speeding. I have no defence: I was going too fast, and the policeman who stopped me was very nice about it and we parted on good enough terms, apart from me having 3 points on my licence and a need to become £100...
Clive Longbottom, Quocirca | 7th November '13
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