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Remote access to another person's systems is one thing. How about remote access to devices, from one device to another? The world of remote access is changing, and many organisations need to get to grips with what technical tools they use before it all gets out of hand. On November 7th, Quocirca, along with iQuate and RealVNC will run a webinar looking at the many areas where remote access is needed, and how organisations should prepare to deal with the many different use cases. More details and registration can be found here: https://www.realvnc.com/connect/webinars/the-four-pillars-of-remote-access-the-complete-guide-for-2018/
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The growth in different device types and methods of operation driven through mobility, diverse organisations and IoT will require a strategic approach to remote access to systems. Too often, organisations have allowed this to be done at a piecemeal level, with individuals choosing their own remote access tools. In an upcoming webinar, to be held on November 7th, Quocirca's Clive Longbottom will be presenting along with RealVNC and iQuate to discuss the issues around remote access and why this now needs to be looked at from a strategic angle - rather than just a techie 'nice to have' level. More details to be found here: https://www.realvnc.com/en/connect/webinars/the-four-pillars-of-remote-access-the-complete-guide-for-2018/
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Many countries are rolling out so-called 'smartmeters' in the hope that consumers will lower their energy usage based on a low-granularity of information presented through a device showing aggregated energy usage. Such an approach is unlikely to meet the needs of governments now - never mind in 5 or 10 years' time. Quocirca's Clive Longbottom takes a look at what should have been done here: https://internetofbusiness.com/failure-uk-energy-smart-grids/
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The edge of the network is disappearing as organisations find themselves needing to open up across hybrid clouds and extended value chains. Older-style approaches to security using edge of network appliances are therefore failing. It is now time to look at different strategies - ones that focus on protecting the data at the point of creation and use through mapping and managing connections and relationships between access points, functions and cross-application interoperations. Quocirca's Clive Longbottom takes a look at the issues here: http://www.computerweekly.com/blog/Quocirca-Insights/The-emergence-of-a-new-data-centric-management-vendor
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Data centre infrastructure management tools have not been as successful in the market as they should have been. Reasons for this range from DCIM vendors targeting the wrong people to levels of promised functionality not being there in reality. However, DCIM can still serve a strong purpose - especially when teamed with other, more point, systems. Quocirca;s Clive Longbottom takes a look here: http://searchdatacenter.techtarget.com/tip/Reposition-DCIM-systems-for-virtualization-container-management?utm_campaign=Industry%20tweets&utm_content=58360215&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter
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The use of pure file-based storage systems is rapidly becoming an anachronism in the enterprise. The need to provide better capabilities to deal with governance, risk and compliance (GRC) needs should push enterprises toward using an object-based approach. Indeed, some object-based systems now provide full file-based support, using a unified file and object (UFO) approach. Read more on this from Quocirca's Clive Longbottom here: http://quocirca.com/content/identifying-useful-ufo
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When an emergency happens, it is an imperative that the various groups dealing with that emergency work together. However, this needs common data sets to be used and an over-reaching umbrella of operational intelligence (OI) to be utilised to give the best overall outcome for all involved. In a recent roundtable organised by Esri UK and chaired by Quocirca's Clive Longbottom, the work of the Environment Agency, North Wales Police and Wessex Water was discussed as to how they were using GIS-based OI to provide the best possible responses to such events. http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/quocirca-insights/?p=940&preview=true
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Private clouds have had a mixed history. Too many vendors thought that they could come up with a proprietary system that would wow their customers - and were somewhat amazed when the markets went "meh". However, greater focus on standards and flexibility along with a more honest set of messages may just provide private cloud with a better chance of winning customers this time around. Quocirca's Clive Longbottom gives his thoughts here: http://www.computerweekly.com/opinion/The-second-coming-of-private-cloud-Righting-the-wrongs-of-previous-deployments?utm_content=56942591&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter
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