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A brief history of the Wide Area Network: An Infographic

Wide Area Networks (WANs) today are a far cry from the tangle of cables, bulky networking hardware and server rooms of yesteryear. With cloud-based infrastructure, broadband and fiber internet and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) culture increasingly becoming the norm in the modern enterprise, the state of the WAN is in constant flux, with new networking technologies spurring [...]

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3 Things you need to know about data mining

There’s a lot of talk about data mining at the moment - specifically about how it impacts the security of our personal or business information on the web. But even though opinion is divided on the merits and moral implications of data mining, it’s a field that is often misunderstood. Even Tim Cook, the CEO [...]

By |August 13th, 2015|Categories: Iris IT strategy|Comments Off on 3 Things you need to know about data mining

How SaaS and SDN are changing network configuration paradigms

With the proliferation of cloud computing and Software Defined Networking (SDN) into home and business life in recent years, consensus around network configuration has changed dramatically. Cloud-based services have made the traditional server room an obsolete concept virtually overnight, and cast reliable network links, capacity and bandwidth as the new stars of the modern networking [...]

By |July 30th, 2015|Categories: Iris IT strategy|Comments Off on How SaaS and SDN are changing network configuration paradigms

How to align IT strategy with CDR analysis and reporting

With the network monitoring tools that are available today, taking detailed measurements of the way data moves around your environment is something that we’ve come to take for granted. With active monitoring software, it’s possible to make real-time measurements that are detailed down to the port-level and beyond. But before the internet revolutionised communication technology [...]

By |July 23rd, 2015|Categories: Iris IT strategy|Comments Off on How to align IT strategy with CDR analysis and reporting

Why network planning should be as dynamic as possible

There’s no truly universal best practice for network planning – like many other factors involved in running and managing a network, the specifics come down to the unique context and the circumstances you’re dealing with. Granted, there are some rules of thumb that apply to any context, and the most important part of running [...]

By |July 7th, 2015|Categories: Iris IT strategy|Comments Off on Why network planning should be as dynamic as possible

Key considerations your providers service level agreement should cover

With the increase in outsourced services between organisations and service providers, dependency on service level agreement’s are on the rise. The oft-forgotten fine print in service level agreement’s should be paid close attention to so as to ensure that no ambiguities exist between supplier and customer.  IT execs need guarantees around reliability, quality and consistency from service [...]

By |January 29th, 2015|Categories: Iris IT strategy|Tags: |Comments Off on Key considerations your providers service level agreement should cover

New IT architectures offer flexibility

Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) is an IT architecture concept that leverages virtualisation tools to virtualise network nodes such as routers and switches and their individual functions. When linked together, these virtualised nodes effectively perform the roles of a group of physical network devices. This departure from traditionally physical IT architecture implementations offers enterprises and service providers much more flexibility and [...]

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