IT Avengers Part Two – Assemble Again – Ep39

The IT Avengers are assembling again this week, but this time I’m joined by a whole new team, as four more experts from the IT community share their view on the current state of IT within business, the day to day issues and how to overcome them.

This week’s podcast panel is;

Ed Morgan a Sales Engineer for Rubrik Inc.

Ed has an extensive IT background having worked for over 10 years as a datacentre technologist across multiple technology platforms. Today Ed has made the leap to a vendor, now working for Rubrik, providing him with a wide view of the industry.

You can find more from Ed on twitter @mo6020 or his blog https://blog.edmorgan.info/

Mick Kehoe is Chief Technologist at Logicalis in Ireland. He is heavily data focused in his role helping his businesses customers to find answers too the many challenges that come with data management, from storing it, to analysing it.

Mick sees a wide range of challenges and working with some of the country’s biggest organisations has a great handle on what is happening to businesses of all types.

Mick is on the twitters @mickehoe

Ruairi McBride is a Technical Account Manager at Arrow ECS. Working with Arrow’s large partner channel, Ruairi gets a fantastic overview of the requirements of a vast spectrum of businesses in the UK and out to a wider global market. With a speciality in storage infrastructures, Ruairi offers great insights into the challenges seen by many of us.

You can find him on twitter @mcbride_ruairi

Jason Benedicic is Principal Consultant for ANS Group, working closely with their large customer portfolio.

Jason has a great experience of working with businesses at all levels, from boardroom to techie, providing him with valuable knowledge from the boardroom business challenge to the nuts and bolts of delivery, allowing him to bring some really valuable knowledge and experience to our discussion.

Jason can be found on twitter @jabenedicic and his soon to be launched blog http://www.thedatacentrebrit.co.uk/

Again it’s an information packed show, so packed in fact that I’ve decided to split it into two episodes, with the final part coming next week.

In this first part we tackle another round of business IT challenges. We look at how many of us have a “cloud first” strategy, without really knowing what that means?

We also look at why “cloud first” doesn’t mean that everything has to rush to the cloud and why taking your existing infrastructure and “lifting and shifting it” to AWS is hardly ever the right answer!

We also look at something that was a topic last week, as we discuss how getting the basics right and how a focus on the “boring old stuff” isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

We wrap by looking at the importance of a good foundation as critical to your future success.

Hopefully plenty more valuable information and something to help you tackle your current business IT challenges.

Next week, we’ll finish off this brief series of panel discussions as we hear more from the team on the key challenges they are seeing.

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You can find last week’s first episode of the IT Avengers panel right here IT Avengers Assemble – Part One – Ep38

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IT Avengers Assemble – Part One – Ep38

This weeks Tech Interviews is the first in a short series, where I bring together a selection of people from the IT community to try to gauge the current state of business IT and to gain some insight into the key day-to-day issues affecting those delivering technology to their organisations.

For this first episode i’m joined by three returning guests to the show.

Mich040317_0726_Availabilit1.jpgael Cade is a Technical Evangelist at Veeam. Michael spends his time working closely with both the IT community and Veeam’s business customers to understand the day-to-day challenges that they face from availability to cloud migration.

You can find Michael on twitter @MichaelCade1 and his blog at vzilla.co.uk 

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Mike Andrews is a Technical Solutions Architect at storage vendor NetApp, specialising in NetApp’s cloud portfolio, today Mike works closely with NetApp’s wide range of customers to explore how to solve the most challenging of business issues.

You can find Mike on social media on twitter @TrekinTech and on his blog site trekintech.com

Mark CarltonMark Carlton is Group Technical Manager at Concorde IT Group, he has an extensive experience in the industry having worked in a number of different types of technology businesses, today Mark works closely with a range of customers helping them to use technology to solve business challenges.

Mark is on twitter @mcarlton1983 and at his fantastically titled justswitchitonandoff.com blog.

The panel discuss a range of issues, from availability to cloud migration, the importance of the basics and how understanding the why, rather than the how is a crucial part of getting your technology strategy right.

The team provide some excellent insights into a whole range of business IT challenges and I’m sure there’s some useful advice for everyone.

Next time I’m joined by four more IT avengers, as we look at some of the other key challenges facing business IT.

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Controlling your cloud – Robert Cox – Ep 37

The podcast is back from its summer holidays, a week earlier than expected, with this special episode looking at a problem that is often overlooked.

There is no argument that increasingly we are taking more of our business IT solutions as services, be that building platforms and infrastructure in an AWS or Azure, or whether it’s consuming specific software as a service (SaaS) solutions like Salesforce or of course the almost omnipotent Microsoft Office 365.

The benefits of taking our IT services in this way are many, flexibility, scalability, availability and the commercial attraction in taking a service under subscription.

However, many people operate their SaaS solution under the assumption that their service provider is not only providing them with a highly available infrastructure, but are also protecting all of their data by inherently providing backup and recovery facilities, protecting our data from corruption, deletion, theft or destruction and it’s a real shock to them when they find out that in reality their service provider does not do any of this.

Let’s take Microsoft Office 365 and Azure, in Microsoft’s own shared responsibility document they point out, while they are responsible for the platform YOU ARE responsible for YOUR DATA. If it is lost they are not responsible for recovering it.

It is this that is the focus of this episode as I robert-coxcaught up with Robert Cox of NetApp before he headed off to AWS summit, to talk about NetApp’s new SaaS data protection solution Cloud Control for Office 365.

We look at why SaaS solutions are popular and why the market is moving toward them and explore the risks that come with that move.

We look at why, when we move our data to a SaaS platform, there is often an abdication of responsibility for our data that would never be acceptable in our own datacentres

We discuss good practice for SaaS housed data and the kind of backup and recovery capabilities that maybe useful to us and although this episode is focused on Office 365, we also chat about why this is a challenge for a large number of SaaS services.

We wrap up by looking at what NetApp are doing in this space to help their customers protect their data.

It was great to grab Robert before he headed of to AWS summit, to discuss this often still misunderstood area by those embracing SaaS in their businesses.

If you want to know more about what NetApp are doing to help, you can find out about Cloud Control for Office365 here and also get a free trial.

If you have further questions you can of course contact me on twitter @techstringy or Robert directly at Robert.cox@netapp.com or you can find him on twitter @scoxnew.

Hope you enjoyed the show and it helps you to take control of your SaaS based data.

The podcast is back properly from its summer holidays next week, as I’m joined by a panel of tech community experts as I ask them to give their views on the current big issues facing business IT.

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