Architecting the Future – Ruairi McBride and Jason Benedicic – Ep 51

As we become more data-driven in our organisations and ever more used to the way big public cloud providers deliver our services, it is putting more pressure on internal IT to deliver infrastructure that provides this data focussed, cloud like experience, but where do you start in designing this next-generation of datacentre?

That’s the subject of this week’s podcast, the last of the shows recorded at NetApp Insight in Berlin, where I catch up with two members of a fascinating panel discussion I attended at the event, Ruairi McBride and Jason Benedicic.

082917_1433_ITAvengersP3.jpgRuairi is focussed on partner education for global technology distribution company Arrow ECS and has spent the last 9 months working with partners to help them to understand next-generation datacenters.

You can find Ruairi on twitter @mcbride_ruairi and his blog site

Jason is a principal consultant at ANS Group in the UK with a focus on next-082917_1433_ITAvengersP4.jpggeneration datacentres, Jason spends his time designing and implementing next-gen technology for a wide range of customers and with nearly 20 years of industry experience offers great insight and experience.

Catch up with Jason on twitter @jabenedicic and look out for his coming soon blog site

Ruairi and Jason were part of a panel hosted by the NetApp A-Team which consisted of people who were not theorists but had practical experience of deploying next-generation technologies and working practices and as I know many listeners to this show are involved in developing their own next-generation strategy, I thought it would make an interesting episode.

We cover a range of topics and begin by looking to define what we mean by next-gen the types of technology and methodologies involved.

We discuss what is driving the move to next-generation datacentres, how public cloud and the move to automated, self-healing, self-service, software defined infrastructure is a major influence and how businesses who wish to maintain a competitive edge and improve the service to their customers and users, need to look at this next generation approach.

We wrap up by looking at how next gen datacenters are not about technology alone and is as much about philosophy and working practice, while Jason and Ruairi share ideas about the type of building blocks you need and the help and support that the technology community can bring as you look to deliver a next generation strategy to your organisation.

Jason and Ruairi provide some excellent insights and tips on developing a next generation datacentre approach if you have questions then please feel free to contact any of us by twitter or via the comments section on the site.

This is the last show of 2017, for all who have listened this year, thanks for your support and Tech Interviews will be back in the new year with a whole host of new interviews exploring a range of technology topics, if you have anything you’d like the show to explore in 2018, then why not drop me a note @techstringy.

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Just leaves me to say, enjoy the Christmas holiday season and I’d like to wish you the very best for 2018 and hope you’ll spend some of it listening to Tech Interviews .

For all of you who have enjoyed the show in 2017 – thanks for listening



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