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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?
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