Living on the data edge – Yadin Porter De Leon – Ep36

There has no doubt been a change in the way we all look at protecting and securing our key data, with robust data protection, enhanced data security plans and increased governance to ensure compliance with ever-increasing regulatory requirements.

However, much of this is concentrated in our datacentre and our central data sets, which although critical, is not all of our data. One of the biggest changes we have seen in recent years in the world of “corporate IT” is the increasingly mobile nature of our daily operations, starting out from getting email to a Blackberry, to today been able to access all of our key business data and applications from pretty much anywhere at any time on a wide range of devices.

This shift of course has a huge impact on where our data lives, it’s no longer just in our datacentre, behind corporate firewalls and security, it lives out on those range of mobile devices, laptops, tablets and smartphones, which brings a set of quite unique challenges.

These challenges are not necessarily easy to fix, how do you ensure you are protecting that data on a wide range of different devices, how do you know where it is and what it contains?

That is the focus of this weeks podcast, as I’m joined by Yadin Porter De Leon of Druva to discuss the challenge of data that lives right on the edge of our network.

We look at the complexity of the problem and why it has too be much more than “backup” and why it’s critical we have full visibility of our data, regardless of where it sits in our business, be that in our datacentre or on a mobile device 1000’s of miles away.

We define what we mean by edge data, look at how it needs to be just as available and accessible as that in our datacentre.

Yadin shares with us how easy it is to suffer from a data breach with edge data, how the loss of a single device can lead to significant breach and all the impact that brings, especially if we don’t know what data may or may not have been on that device!

This leads on to investigating the subject of information management, which is the true goal for many of us, knowing where our data is, what it contains, who has and is accessing it, while ensuring we have it protected and can always find it, regardless of whether our end device is accessible or not.

We wrap up our edge data discussion by providing a little bit of listener homework, as we point you in the direction of the kind of questions you should be asking yourself as an organisation, so you can build a data protection policy for all of your data, not just that which is stored in your datacentre.

Yadin gives some great insight to something, which in my opinion, is a challenge that is often not giving the focus that it requires.

To find out more about the work Druva do to help with this difficult challenge then visit the solution section of druva.com, you can also follow them @druvainc on twitter.

You can follow Yadin @porterdeleon on twitter.

Finally, I strongly recommend checking out the excellent In Tech We Trust podcast, where Yadin and the team explore a wide range of IT industry and business topics you can follow them on twitter @InTech_WeTrust or the website at intechwetrustpodcsat.com

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What is a next generation data centre? – Martin Cooper – Ep35

There is no doubt that our organisations are becoming ever more data centric, wanting to know how we can gain insight into our day to day operations and continue to be competitive and relevant to our customers, while delivering a wide range of new experiences for them.

This move to a more data driven environment is also altering the way we engage and even purchase technology in our businesses, with technology decisions now no longer the preserve of IT people.

These changes do mean we need to reconsider how we design and deliver technology. Which has led to the idea of “The Next Generation Datacenter”, but what does that mean? What is a Next Generation Datacentre?

That is the subject of this week’s podcast, as I’m joined by Martin Cooper, Senior Director of the Next Generation Datacentre Group (NGDC), at NetApp.

With over 25 years in the technology industry, Martin is well placed to understand the changes that are needed to meet our increasingly digitally driven technology requirements.

In this episode, we look at a wide range of topics, starting with trying to define what we mean by Next Generation Datacentre. The good news is that NGDC is not necessarily about buying a range of new technologies, but about optimising the processes and technology that we already have.

We touch on how a modern business needs flexibility in its operations and how decisions made in different parts of the business, who focus on applications and data, not infrastructure, require IT teams to respond in an application and data focused way.

Martin also discusses the types of organisations that can benefit from this NGDC way of thinking, and how in fact, it’s not about entire organisations, but about understanding where the opportunities for transformation exist, and delivering change there, be that an entire business, a single department or even a single application.

We also provide a word of caution and how it’s important to understand that not all our current applications and infrastructure are going to migrate to this brave new world of Next Generation Datacentres.

Next Generation Datacentre is not about a technology purchase, but is about understanding how to optimise the things we do, to meet our changing business needs and Martin provides some excellent insight into how we do that and the kind of areas we need to consider.

To find out more from Martin and from NetApp you can follow them in all the usual ways.

Their website Netapp.com

On twitter @NetApp @NetAppEMEA

You can also follow Martin @mr_coops

Martin also mentioned a selection of podcasts that often discuss next generation datacentre, you can find more details on those shows by clicking the links below.

SpeakingINTech

The Cloudcast

NetApp’s own TechONTAP podcast.

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Tech me for the weekend – 7th July

First up an apology, a podcast only list this weekend, it’s all been a bit hectic this week so not had a lot of reading time…

A bit of a theme this week with a focus on security. Data security is constant hot topic from Ransomware to governance and all that’s in between, so if you are fighting the good data security fight, you may find these shows provide some interesting insight.

All of the links below take you to the podcast show notes pages, each of those pages have the episodes embedded, or you can of course look for them in your favourite podcatchers.

.future from Microsoft – Securing a digital battlefield

This is a new podcast from Microsoft and episode 1 was an interesting start, looking at the growing impact of the modern cyber threat and how in many quarters it is seen as the next potential “war zone” a good insight and don’t worry, not as scary as it sounds!

.future podcast

Inside Out Security – what does GDPR mean for countries outside of the EU

The EU General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR, is going to be a massive change on how we handle personal data, this episode takes a look at one of the common questions associated with the regulation, “how does it impact me if I’m outside of the EU?” the reality is, it probably will.

A good debate about how and why it will impact you, regardless of location.

Inside Out Security

NetApp TechONTAP – Security update

The ONTAP boys are back in the list again this week, but to be honest, that’s because I’m biased as I’m on this show!

Don’t worry it’s not just me, I join the regular team as well as some of NetApp’s very own data security gurus as we talk about the latest threats, the importance of understanding your data and how none of this works if you don’t build an in-depth data security strategy.

Lots of good tips and advice.

Tech ONTAP

Tech Interviews

If the Tech ONTAP podcast isn’t enough of me for you, then there is of course this weeks Tech Interviews.

A personal favourite this show and a little bit of a digression from normal, as rather than talking with someone from the tech industry, I catch up with an actual technology user!

I chat with Lee Clark of Givepenny UK about how he has integrated data and cloud technology to deliver innovation to the fundraising sector, allowing charities to find new ways of engaging with a whole new generation of fundraisers.

A fantastic example of how technology can really make a big difference – I hope you enjoy it.

How a 100-mile bike ride inspired a new way of fundraising – Lee Clark – Ep34

Hopefully that should quench your tech thirst this weekend, enjoy the shows and have a great weekend.

 

 

How a 100-mile bike ride inspired a new way of fundraising – Lee Clark – Ep34

Normally when I do this podcast I chat with people from the technology community, normally those involved on the supply side, to discuss how the market is changing and how technology can help us deliver innovation and change into our organisations.

This week I wanted to do something a little different as the third and final part of our brief series on using the cloud, by looking at a real use case, someone who has embraced cloud technology to bring innovation to an industry.

I always admire those people who can spot a gap in a market, they see new and inventive ways of delivering products and services or ways of working with their customers, but sometimes bringing those ideas to fruition can be difficult and expensive. One of the most powerful things of the modern cloud driven era is how cloud providers have made technology much more accessible to those with great new business ideas, making it easier than ever for them to quickly, efficiently and importantly, for relatively low investment, exploit often very advanced technologies to help bring an idea to fruition.

This week I’m joined by someone who has done just that, Lee Clark of Givepenny UK.

Lee describes how a 100-mile charity bike ride, that he never got to do, made him think about a whole new way of fundraising. He realised that although he couldn’t do the actual 100-mile event, he had tracked many 100’s of miles of training with his smartphone app and realised how we all track and store masses of data about our everyday activities and how this data could be utilised to raise much needed money for charities in the UK.

We discuss a whole range of issues which comes with innovation, issues that are not unique to trying to launch something new, but are equally experienced by those trying to bring change into any organisation.

We look at how organisations are often crippled by their own behaviour, restricting their ability to embrace innovation, and how to overcome it.

Lee shares some of the ideas behind the Givepenny platform and how, by looking for new ways to engage potential fundraisers, has created a whole range of new opportunities for charities of all types.

We also discuss how cloud has made traditionally complex technology so much more accessible and how this accessibility allowed Givepenny to deliver a platform quickly, effectively and at a low cost, especially when compared to how the charity sector first engaged with technology as part of fundraising some 15 years ago.

And finally, we look at the importance of understanding the way technology is changing so many aspects of both our personal and business lives and why understanding this change is not just for those looking to deploy new innovations, but crucially those who make decisions about the future of an organisation, decisions that will have a significant impact on future success.

Lee shares with real enthusiasm about Givepenny’s journey and how they are looking to bring innovation to the charity sector, allowing them to create a whole new range of ways to engage with a very generous population who’d love to help, if they could.

You can find out more about Givepenny on their website givepenny.com and you can follow them on twitter @givepennyuk.

You can also follow Lee @jannerinbrum

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Tech me for the weekend 30th June 2017

Another busy week in the tech world, so it’s time to kick back, relax and enjoy a weekend. But of course us techies never stop, always a chance to grab a tech article or maybe listen to a tech podcast, so here’s some stuff I’ve seen or heard this week that I thought I’d share, give them a go, see what you think.

Podcasts

Try these for your tech listening pleasure;

Arrow Bandwidth

The Arrow team have produced some great episodes recently, and here’s another one, a fascinating chat with IBM’s The Weather Company. We all talk a lot about how data is the new gold, and how our use of data is changing the way we do so many things. This episode outlines a great use case as The Weather company are using data on a massive scale to provide not only more accurate, but also a range of brand new weather services.

Arrow Bandwidth Podcast

IT Pro Podcast

This is a new podcast from one of my favourite podcast presenters Richard Hay, who presents the Windows Observer podcast talking about all things Microsoft, but mainly with a “consumer” focus, the IT Pro podcast has a more business slant and this week focusses on migration to the cloud, some of the things to consider and tips on how to deliver a great migration project.

Well worth a listen and making an addition to your podcast catcher of choice;

IT Pro Podcast

NetApp Tech ONTAP

My friends at NetApp have a great and very informative podcast for NetApp customers and partners, occasionally the team go off topic, this week was an excellent example of that with a fascinating chat looking at Women In Tech, NetApp have a great programme in place, but they also talk about the wider work that needs doing to ensure the tech industry is a place for us all to thrive.

Tech ONTAP Podcast

Tech Interviews

This weeks tech interviews was the 2nd of a 3 part series looking at moving to the cloud, as we tackled the interesting challenge of picking the right cloud service provider.

Often an area that doesn’t get considered to the degree that maybe it should, I’m joined by Jon Green of Navisite as we discuss the importance of picking the right partner, understanding cloud infrastructure, cloud economics and the “gotchas” of cloud.

Gotcha – the challenge of moving to the cloud – Jon Green – Ep33

Articles

Want to kick back and relax with a tech article, no fear, try these out;

Loudaboutcloud

A new website from Kirk Ryan, a cloud architect (and star of Tech Interviews Podcast Ep32) who has put together a list of great resources for helping those building cloud solutions.

This excellent post is one such example, as Kirk provides some excellent examples of how to control costs in the AWS cloud (There is also an equally good Azure version of the article on the site).

A great read and very insightful;

http://loudaboutcloud.com/wordpress/2017/06/26/cost-analysis-storage-costs-in-azure/

Microsoft – How artificial intelligence in changing our world

I’m a big fan of this topic and looking at how the way we use data is changing so many aspects of our life, this article is actually the route into an eBook on the subject.

Give the article a read and if it sounds interesting go download the eBook that goes with it;

https://enterprise.microsoft.com/en-us/articles/roles/it-leader/empowering-people-how-artificial-intelligence-is-changing-our-world/

NetApp – Is your SaaS Covered?

An article from another previous Tech Interviews guest, Robert Cox (Check him out talking object storage) If you ignore that this is a “NetApp sales pitch” Robert asks a very important question about “who is responsible for protecting your SaaS data?”, if you’re not sure, or don’t know, this is a good read.

https://newsroom.netapp.com/blogs/is-your-software-as-a-service-covered/

Hopefully all of that will keep you technically entertained… enjoy and have a great weekend.

Gotcha – the challenge of moving to the cloud – Jon Green – Ep33

This week’s podcast, is the second of three looking at the challenges associated with moving to the cloud, last weeks show (which can be found here) focussed on integrating our data with the cloud.

This week we look at the equally challenging area of picking the right cloud service provider partners to help deliver your services, be that running your entire infrastructure or discreet applications, the choice of the right partner is key.

I think it’s often easy for us to not pay attention to partnerships when it comes to cloud, we assume the move is easy, that once we go to cloud everything will be “just fine”, however in my experience there are a whole range of “gotchas”, the kind of issues that can be the difference between success and failure of a cloud migration project.

This week I’m joined by Jon Green, Technical Solutions Director at Navisite Europe Ltd, to address some of these potential “gotchas”.

Jon is an experienced IT professional, with many cloud migrations under his belt and is well placed to point out some of the challenges we need to consider as we plan our cloud migration and develop those all important partnerships that are going to help us successfully deliver cloud services into our organisation.

We look at a range of issues that can impact our attempts at taking advantage of the flexibility, scale and commercial attractiveness that cloud can bring.

We discuss the risk of assuming that cloud migration is simple, especially when your applications are not “cloud ready”. The importance of understanding the underlying cloud infrastructure, as well as what comes with the common misconception that our cloud provider is just going to deal with “everything” for us.

Jon also explains how resilience is a key part of any modern IT strategy and that those based in the cloud are no different.

Finally we explore where an experienced cloud partner can bring real benefits to your cloud adoption.

Jon provides some excellent insight and lots of useful tips that you can hopefully use as you plan your own moves to the cloud.

You can find out more about Navisite at Navisite.com as well as follow them on twitter @Navisite.

You can also follow Jon on Twitter

@JohnathanMiGreen

Or email him

jgreen@navisite.com

You can hear more about building cloud provider partnerships as Jon’s colleagues from Navisite will be joining me at www.northwestdataforum.co.uk on July 5th in Liverpool, why not come and join us.

Next week we wrap up our cloud migration series with Lee Clark from GivepennyUK as he shares how cloud services have allowed him to deliver real innovation into the charity fundraising market.

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Tech me for the weekend – June 23rd

No idea where this week has gone! – shot by like nobodies business! So here I am again with some tech content to keep you company over the weekend… check out the articles and podcasts that caught my attention this week.

Articles

Business Continuity Institute – Cultural issues the number one obstacle to digital transformation

First up, this from the Business Continuity Institute looking at the impact of organisational culture and its ability to inhibit progression and how if you are looking to make change and make that change successful then don’t underestimate the importance of buy in, from top to bottom.

http://www.thebci.org/index.php/about/news-room#/news/cultural-issues-are-the-number-one-obstacle-to-digital-transformation-245939

 

Technative – Beginners Guide to Big Data

A constant conversation at the minute is how taking advantage of our data is going to be crucial in our future success as organisations and businesses of all types.

This article looks at one of the areas that will be behind the successful adoption of data analytics and that is the increasing availability of big data tools, mainly powered by the big public cloud vendors, who are making it easier than ever for us to take advantage of our data.

https://www.technative.io/a-beginners-guide-to-big-data/

Matt Watts – Data Visionaries Wanted

To continue the focus on data and cultural change I came across this gem from Matt Watts as he discussed the importance of Data Visionaries in your organisation, those people who can see the value of data and can help you extract key information from it.

http://www.watts-innovating.com/data-visionaries-wanted/

All Aboard the Data Train

A new article from me this week, as myself and Mrs. Techstringy found out for ourselves the importance of data analytics in informing good business decisions.

That’s caught you attention hasn’t it!

All Aboard the Data Train

Podcasts

In Tech We Trust

This show has had a real revamp over the last few episodes and now has more of a focus on tech industry topics, rather than its old weekly news roundup format.

This week is a particularly interesting topic as the team discuss communication in the modern world, from Human to Human through to Human to machine a fascinating debate with a number of interesting guests, well worth a listen.

http://intechwetrustpodcast.com/e/124-technology-and-human-communication/

The ON-Premise IT podcast

Becoming a real favourite this show, this week the round table panel, take a bit of a diversion from the normal tech debate as they discuss careers, the kind of career moves to consider through to the importance of certifications. Good tips.

http://gestaltit.com/podcast/rich/managing-career-premise-roundtable/

Influence marketing podcast

A new show to the list, as John and Cathy Troyer host chats with IT folk who are involved in Tech Community programs.

Now on Episode three, but I though I’d mention the first one, with Veeam’s Rick Vanover as he discussed the extremely successful Veeam Vanguard Program an interesting insight into the work that goes on behind the scenes.
https://medium.com/influence-marketing-council/the-rickatron-is-always-on-9f626bce7211

Tech Interviews

This week was all about moving to the cloud, as I was joined by NetApp Cloud Architect Kirk Ryan, as we discussed the important things to consider as you look to see how you can take advantage of cloud services in your business.

We cover the importance of cloud economics, the options for integrating the cloud with your data and how to ensure you don’t take your on-prem bad habits with you.

A top guest, with lots of great insight.

New fangled magic cloud buckets – Kirk Ryan – Ep32

Hope you enjoy that content.. love to hear your feedback.

Have a great weekend.