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Cloud Insiders brings together industry experts to explore the range of IT transformation issues facing today’s organisations and the technologies designed to help. You can expect a straight-talking show full of thought-provoking insights into trends and jam-packed with ideas to help you make better-informed decisions and future-proof your strategy.
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Nov 28, 2017

In this episode, we are joined by Xtravirt Project Manager, Craig Whelan and Technical Pre-Sales Consultant, Andy Hine, who explore the area of Large Scale Transformations; what the term means and what it encompasses. Our guests address the results and outcomes that organisations undertaking these transformations are hoping to see, as well as the common mistakes that they have seen organisations making, from their experience in the industry.

Craig and Andy also discuss the tools that are available to help businesses manage transformations of this size whilst ensuring success, what the future holds for large scale projects and address the question; is large scale really the way forwards?

Topics covered:

  • What does the sphere of ‘Large Scale Transformations’ encompass?
  • What are the common pitfalls to avoid?
  • What tools are available to help manage large scale transformations?
  • Where is the future heading for large scale projects?
Oct 24, 2017

In the latest episode of Cloud Insiders, Insight’s Pre-Sales Manager for Hybrid Cloud, Chan Ekanayake and Chief Technologist of WoodITWork.com, Julian Wood join us for an interesting discussion on Serverless Computing. Our guests explore the pain points and trends driving its adoption, how it compares with other forms of utility computing, and identify the benefits that its implementation could ensure for organisations.


Chan and Julian also address how a serverless approach is beneficial in relation to IoT (Internet of Things) applications, and how businesses are leveraging serverless computing platforms. Our guests also discuss why, having been around for over a decade, serverless computing is only becoming mainstream now, as well as the role that microservices can play within the serverless space.

Oct 3, 2017

In this episode of Cloud Insiders, we are joined by Gavin Jolliffe, Director of SonarHub, who talks us through IT analytics and what this area encompasses. Throughout the discussion, Gavin outlines the ‘Analytics-as-a-Service’ solutions available in the market, the benefits of using these solutions, as well as how Sonar fits into this space.

Gavin also talks us through what he believes to be the main market factors driving the need for analytics solutions, how analytics will change the role of the sys-admin and how Sonar can help to facilitate this.

Topics covered include:

  • What does the term ‘analytics’ actually mean?
  • What are the benefits of analytics solutions?
  • How is Sonar addressing the market?
  • What are the market trends driving the adoption of analytics solutions?
  • Where is the future heading for analytics?
Sep 21, 2017

In this special episode, Xtravirt Senior Consultant Nick Goldman shares his experience of VMworld Europe 2017. Nick talks about his highlights from this years’ event, the key sessions he attended and the latest VMware announcements.

Topics covered:

  • Highlights from this years’ event
  • Key sessions attended
  • Exciting VMware announcements
Sep 19, 2017

In this special episode, Xtravirt Senior Consultants Curtis Brown and Simon Eady share their experience of VMworld Europe 2017. Curtis and Simon talk about their highlights from this years’ event, the key sessions they attended and the latest VMware announcements.

Topics covered:

  • Highlights from this years’ event
  • Key sessions attended
  • Exciting VMware announcements
Aug 15, 2017

In this episode, we focus on the different perspectives of working client and consultant side of an IT project. Joining us for this discussion are experienced IT Consultant, Phil Milroy and Xtravirt Project Manager, Craig Whelan. Our guests talk us through their experiences including, the pressures, benefits and pitfalls of working both client and consultant side of a job. Our guests analyse the main challenges that client businesses are wrestling with in IT, the consultative approach vs in-house approaches, as well as what they would do differently in past roles, knowing what they know now.

Craig and Phil also discuss the common mistakes they’ve seen clients making, what should be considered when thinking about implementing a new tech or transformation, as well as trends they  see impacting organisations within the near future.

Topics covered:

  • What differentiates the client side vs the consultative side?
  • What IT challenged are organisations currently facing?
  • What should be considered during an IT transformation?
  • What future trends are heading our way?
Jul 11, 2017

In this podcast, we welcome Rubrik’s Chief Technologist, Chris Wahl and Xtravirt Lead Consultant, Christopher Lewis, who talk us through cloud data management and what it means. In this episode, our guests delve into the depths of data management, exploring the question: is it more than just back up and disaster recovery?

Chris and Christopher also investigate how cloud data management differs from traditional data management approaches, the benefits that organisations can reap from the adoption of data management through the cloud, as well as how Rubrik is helping businesses within this space and what they can help end users to achieve.

Topics covered include:

 What is cloud data management and how does it differ from traditional approaches?

  • What are the benefits of data management through the cloud?
  • What should be considered when thinking about a cloud based data management solution?
  • What are the market factors driving the need for cloud data management?
  • Where is the future heading?
Jun 13, 2017

In this episode of Cloud Insiders, we are joined by Alain Geenrits, Director Solutions Architects EMEA at Blue Medora and Simon Eady, Senior Consultant for Xtravirt, who talk us through the ways in which organisations can benefit from an operations management solution. Throughout the discussion, Alain and Simon address the reasons why businesses should adopt a cloud management solution, what it can help them achieve, as well as the options available to them.

Our guests also talk us through what they believe to be the main market factors driving the need for operations management, what to look for when considering an operations management solution, as well as what Blue Medora and Xtravirt are doing to help organisations within this space.

 

Topics covered include:

 

  • Why should organisations be considering an operations management solution?
  • How can organisations benefit from operations management?
  • What operations management options are available?
  • What are the market factors driving the need for operations management?
  • How are Blue Medora and Xtravirt helping businesses within this space?
  • Where is the future heading for operations management?
May 17, 2017

Join us for an interesting discussion around Cloud Desktops. Our guests for this episode are Xtravirt Senior Consultant Curtis Brown and Cloud Insiders regular Pete Grant who discuss cloud desktops, offerings available from the main vendors, and how organisations can benefit from their adoption. Curtis and Pete provide insight from their own experiences, and analyse the questions clients should be asking when considering a move to a DaaS (Desktop as a Service) model.

Our guests also discuss the types of businesses that are beginning to implement DaaS; where to start when considering moving to a cloud desktop model; how Xtravirt are addressing issues and helping organisations within this space; as well as where the future is heading for cloud desktops.

 Topics Covered:

  • What are Cloud Desktops?
  • How can organisations benefit from their adoption?
  • What questions should clients be asking when considering a move to a DaaS model?
  • How is Xtravirt helping organisations within this space?
  • What does the future look like for Cloud Desktops?
Apr 19, 2017

In this episode, we’re all about Cloud Hosting. Joining us for this discussion are iland Enterprise Solutions Architect, Richard Stinton and Xtravirt Lead Consultant, Christopher Lewis, who talk us through Cloud Hosting and why it’s important. Our guests consider their own experiences and analyse the main business drivers they’re seeing for clients making a move to the cloud, what organisations are looking for, as well as the main issues that need to be considered when contemplating this transition.  

Richard and Christopher also discuss the types of businesses that are beginning to implement cloud hosting services; how both iland and Xtravirt are addressing issues and helping organisations within this space; as well as what the future looks like for cloud hosting.

 Topics Covered:

  • What is Cloud Hosting and why is it important?
  • What are the market factors driving the adoption of cloud hosting services?
  • What issues should clients bear in mind when considering a cloud hosting solution?
  • How are iland and Xtravirt helping organisations within this space?
  • What does the future look like for cloud hosting?
Mar 22, 2017

In this podcast, we welcome VMware Senior Member of Technical Staff, Sunny Dua and Xtravirt Senior Consultant, Simon Eady as they talk about Cloud Management and how IT Operations Management fits within this sphere. In this topical discussion, Sunny and Simon delve into the market factors driving the adoption of Cloud and IT Operations Management, as well as how Cloud Management compares with traditional IT management approaches.

Our guests also discuss what clients are looking for when considering adopting Cloud Management, the types of businesses that are implementing it, as well as the tools available and what they can enable clients to do.

 Topics covered include:

  • What is Cloud Management and why is it important?
  • What are the market factors driving its adoption?
  • How does Cloud Management compare with traditional IT management approaches?
  • What are the main benefits clients are beginning to see through its adoption?
  • Where is the future heading?
Feb 22, 2017

In this episode of Cloud Insiders, we are joined by Bob Plumridge, CTO of Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and Gavin Jolliffe, CEO of Xtravirt, who talk us through the emergence of big data in today’s IT organisations. Our guests address how big data and analytics empowers traditional IT decision making, the market factors driving the adoption of analytics and the use cases we are beginning to see through client implementation.

Bob and Gavin also discuss the challenges of analysing big data and the types of organisations that are adopting it, as well as where the future is heading and the trends that are beginning to be seen.

Topics covered include:

  • How are big data and analytics empowering traditional IT decision making?
  • What are the market factors driving its adoption?
  • Which type of organisations are beginning to implement it?
  • What are the trends that are beginning to be seen?
  • Where is the future heading?
Feb 1, 2017

Join us for a very interesting discussion around the Internet of Things (IoT). Our guests for this episode are Capgemini Managing Consultant, Niall Merrigan and Cloud Insiders regular, Peter Grant who talk us through what IoT means for decisions makers and their organisations, as well as the growing importance of security ramifications in an IoT world.

Niall and Peter also discuss the type of businesses that are beginning to concentrate on and implement cybersecurity products, the pain points driving this focus and the questions to ask when considering implementing a security solution.

 

  • What does IoT mean for organisations?
  • What is cybersecurity and why is it important?
  • Which type of organisations are beginning to implement security solutions?
  • What are the pain points driving the need for cybersecurity?
  • Where is the future heading?
Jan 11, 2017

In our first Cloud Insiders podcast of 2017 we’re talking VDI. Joining us in this episode are Xtravirt Senior Consultants, Matt Tupper and Chris Mitchell, who talk us through Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Our guests investigate the importance of VDI, its appeal to organisations, the key players within the space and the benefits that it’s adoption is bringing.

Matt and Chris also explore the trends in the adoption of VDI that Xtravirt are seeing among their clients, the potential pitfalls clients come across when moving towards it and the questions to ask to avoid mistakes, as well as where the future is heading.

 

  • What is VDI and why is it important?
  • Which market factors are driving adoption of the VDI model?
  • Who are the key players within VDI?
  • What are the potential pitfalls when moving towards a VDI model?
  • Where is the future heading?
Jan 11, 2017

In our first Cloud Insiders podcast of 2017 we’re talking VDI. Joining us in this episode are Xtravirt Senior Consultants, Matt Tupper and Chris Mitchell, who talk us through Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Our guests investigate the importance of VDI, its appeal to organisations, the key players within the space and the benefits that it’s adoption is bringing.

Matt and Chris also explore the trends in the adoption of VDI that Xtravirt are seeing among their clients, the potential pitfalls clients come across when moving towards it and the questions to ask to avoid mistakes, as well as where the future is heading.

 

  • What is VDI and why is it important?
  • Which market factors are driving adoption of the VDI model?
  • Who are the key players within VDI?
  • What are the potential pitfalls when moving towards a VDI model?
  • Where is the future heading?
Dec 14, 2016

In this podcast, StorMagic’s EMEA Channel Manager, Steven Santini and Cloud Insiders Frequent Flyer, Peter Grant discuss the rise of virtual SAN in a Hyperconverged world. In this topical discussion, our guests delve into the market factors that are driving the adoption of vSAN, as well as the benefits that clients are beginning to see from SvSAN as a Virtual SAN solution.

Our guests talk us through the questions to ask when considering, planning and implementing vSAN, the types of organisation driving its adoption, as well as where the future appears to be heading.

 

  • What is virtual SAN and why is it important in software defined data centres?
  • What are the market factors driving the adoption of vSAN?
  • What types of organisations are beginning to implement vSAN?
  • What benefits are organisations beginning to see from SvSAN as a Virtual SAN solution?
  • Where is the future heading?
Nov 23, 2016

In this episode of Cloud Insiders, we are joined by Arista’s Regional Sales Director and Head of UK Sales, Paul Goodridge and Xtravirt Senior Consultant, Richard Renardson as they talk Virtual Networking.  In this topical podcast, our guests explore the current market trends in network virtualisation and discuss the benefits clients are starting to see through its adoption.

 

Our guests also talk us through the importance of Network Operating Systems, universal spine and core convergence and what it means for IT decision makers, as well as the questions to ask when considering implementing network virtualisation

 

 

  • What is software driven cloud networking and why is it important?
  • What market factors have driven the adoption of network virtualisation?
  • What types of businesses are beginning to implement network virtualisation?
  • Where is the future heading?
Nov 2, 2016

 

Join us for an interesting discussion around the rise of Hyperconvergence. Our guests for this episode are Nutanix Senior Systems Engineer, Grant Friend and Xtravirt Senior Consultant, Darren McDonagh who talk us through current trends and the best ways to get a Hyperconverged future for your business.

Our guests also discuss how a Hyperconverged stack compares to traditional models, as well as the importance of Hyperconvergence and the impact it has on data centre performance, availability and scalability.

 

Topics covered include:

  • What is Hyperconvergence and why is it important?
  • What market factors have led to Hyperconvergence?
  • What are the trends that we’re starting to see?
  • What sort of impact is Hyperconvergence currently having on businesses?
Oct 19, 2016

In this podcast Xtravirt’s Peter Grant and Fujitsu’s Head of Offerings, Guy Ratcliffe delve into the adoption of hybrid IT and how you can get the best of both worlds.  In a focussed discussion, we talk about the sweeping changes affecting infrastructure planning and the rise of the hybrid IT model.

Our guests also discuss key benefits as seen by early adopting clients, the questions to ask when considering a move to a hybrid model, as well as anticipated future trends within this space.

Topics Covered:

  • What are the market factors driving the adoption of a Hybrid model?
  • What should be considered when thinking about moving towards a Hybrid model?
  • What are the trends that we're starting to see?
  • What are the common mistakes to avoid when considering a Hybrid model?
Oct 5, 2016

In this topical discussion around Migration Planning, we’re joined by AppTracker founder Justin Pickup and Channel Partner Manager Fraser Norman to discuss the business drivers around making your IT migration quicker and easier and the rise of VDI, Cloud and Windows 10.

 

We also discuss AppTracker’s MigrationStudio and the market factors that are driving its adoption and the common mistakes made when implementing a migration management tool. Topics covered include:

 

  • The rise of VDI, Cloud and Windows 10
  • What should be considered when thinking about a migration?
  • What are the trends that we're starting to see?
  • How does MigrationStudio compare to traditional approaches?
Sep 14, 2016

Join us for a topical discussion around the world of DevOps and how this agile relationship between Development and Operations can help organisations. Our guests Bob Plumridge, CTO of HDS and Richard Robinson, Strategic Alliances Manager of Xtravirt explain the importance of DevOps, how it compares with traditional development approaches, as well as the key players within this space. We also discuss where DevOps is  heading and the future trends we're anticipate seeing. Topics covered include:

  • What is DevOps and how does it compare to traditional development approaches?
  • What are the market factors driving the adoption?
  • What are the trends that we're starting to see?
  • What are the common mistakes clients are making during implementation?
Sep 14, 2016

Join us for a topical discussion around the world of DevOps and how this agile relationship between Development and Operations can help organisations. Our guests Bob Plumridge, CTO of HDS and Richard Robinson, Strategic Alliances Manager of Xtravirt explain the importance of DevOps, how it compares with traditional development approaches, as well as the key players within this space. We also discuss where DevOps is  heading and the future trends we're anticipate seeing. Topics covered include:

  • What is DevOps and how does it compare to traditional development approaches?
  • What are the market factors driving the adoption?
  • What are the trends that we're starting to see?
  • What are the common mistakes clients are making during implementation?
Aug 18, 2016

We dive a little deeper into the depths of cloud and beyond the veil of technology into the human element of a project. We find out how it’s best to tackle a cloud project from beginning to end and more importantly what not to do.

Xtravirt’s Craig Whelan indulges us with the wealth of knowledge he's acquired as a Project Manager within the virtualisation space and gives us a unique perspective from on, beyond and behind the front line.

He covers topics such as:

⦁        Critical success factors 

⦁        What methodologies, tools and techniques are used and which are best 

⦁        How do you deal with change 

⦁        What conflicts can arise and how can they be dealt with 

Aug 16, 2016

Join us for an animated discussion around automation and orchestration, including what it all means for IT Operations teams globally. Guests Sam McGeown, Lead Consultant and Christopher Lewis, Senior Consultant from Xtravirt talk through the reasons clients are adopting VMware vRealize Automation, VMware vRealize Orchestrator and the benefits they see in a future full of automation. 'With automation comes great power', but would you want to automate all processes? What are the main benefits and what are the downsides of automation in the software-defined data centre?

Topics covered include:

  • What is vRealize suite?
  • How does vRealize Orchestrator work in with vRealize Operations?
  • When considering automation, what benefits/pitfalls do you need to be aware of?
  • What type of organisations are already rolling out automation?
  • What does automation mean for IT Operations teams?
  • Future trends in automation and orchestration
Jul 27, 2016

Gareth Hogarth and Gregg Robertson from Xtravirt talk security, the risks inherent in software defined data centres and reveal their secret sauce for application hardening.

Join us for a lively discussion on security in the context of the software-defined data centre. Our guests Gareth Hogarth (Senior Consultant) and Gregg Robertson (Lead Consultant) of Xtravirt highlight the trends in users and technology and the risks that result in modern environments. They discuss the value of a high level self-audit and reveal the ingredients that make up their security secret sauce - a soon to be crowd favourite when seasoning any security hardening recipe.

Topics covered include:

  • What role does Security play in the software-defined data centre?
  • Why does it matter?
  • What risks have emerged in recent times?
  • What ingredients make up the security secret sauce?
  • What does the future hold?
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