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Infrastructure as Code – Assessing the Options

Introduction Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is a key element to successful cloud adoption. Using IaC, organisations create infrastructure that is both re-usable and reproducible. This consistency helps ensure that applications built in development environments will function the same way in near-identical production environments. Changes can (should!) be planned and controlled through coding best practices such as version […]

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Improved reporting for our Managed Azure customers using automation

One of the many things we offer as part of our Managed Azure service is a monthly report with advice on cost savings, security and cloud best practice. Fortunately, the native tool, Azure Advisor, provides personalized information on exactly these categories. However, we had a problem. Although Azure Advisor allows manual export of its reports […]

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Digital Economics

This week I presented at the UCISA IG19 conference about ‘Quantifying the value and cost of cloud’, a session to support your digital strategy, increase your financial knowledge and understand the value-based business case. I also introduced ‘digital economics’; seeing the bigger picture of how technology can enable businesses transform, not just cut costs but […]

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Moving away from ‘lift and shift’

Lift ‘n Shift, Hybrid or In-flight Transformation, which cloud migration is correct? When working across the public sector, with organisations broadly in the same ‘business’, it’s hard not to think that it would be here, if anywhere, that a ‘one size fit’s all’ approach would apply to technology. Surely, they are providing similar services, within […]

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RCUK Cloud for Research Workshop – January 2018

  The RCUK Cloud Working Group are hosting their 3rd annual workshop at the Francis Crick Institute in London on January 8th 2018. This event will bring together researchers and technical specialists to share expertise in the application of cloud computing technology for the research community. The meeting will include presentations from a range of […]

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Cloud General Strategy

The Cloud, do the benefits outweigh the challenges?

“Cloud technology and services create some challenges, but certainly present great opportunities in education.” John Cartwright – UCISA There is no doubt that education is moving onto the cloud, the benefits are huge, but you need to recognise that one size does not fit all. You need to know about the potential disadvantages so that […]

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What does it cost to migrate apps to the cloud?

You might see moving apps to the public cloud as a way to cut costs. A carefully planned migration will, of course, save you money but beware! You might find that the move is an expensive experience which leads to increased costs down the line. Make sure that you don’t fail to identify which applications will […]

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Why does a Chapel stand firm at the centre of the Northern Powerhouse?

  Salem Chapel in Leeds was established in 1791 as a Dissenting chapel in opposition to the Church of England and has been a vital part of the city’s community for more than three centuries. The 19th century saw Leeds become an industrial powerhouse and in 1822 Joshua Tetley built a brewery meters from Salem […]

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Top 10 facts you need to know about cloud economics

Cloud’s economic model is unique. Whether you are a cloud sceptic following a cloud-first mandate or are completely bought-in to the promise of agile infrastructures you must understand the sometimes counterintuitive cloud economics.  Whatever you are concentrating on you will almost certainly have to justify to your CFO the increase in Cloud spending. While the better speed […]

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7 ways to implement a cloud disaster recovery strategy

  There’s a lot resting on a CIO’s shoulders when if comes to disaster recovery (DR) plans. Data is now a core asset so disaster recovery is no longer just about system recovery but also about data recovery. You will probably be surprised to hear that about 40% of organisations don’t have a disaster recovery […]