Great (network) expectations.

By Adrian Tate, VP of Sales, UKI, InfoVista.

Generation Y employees in your workforce demand the best from your network. Here’s why you’d be smart to give them what they want. [Read more…]

David Pratt

Know your IT estate like you know your phone.

By David Pratt, Senior Business Consultant, BT Advise — the professional services team in BT.

How well do you know your IT estate? Probably not as well as you know your own smartphone. Here’s why you need to turn that around. [Read more…]


Who’s on the naughty and nice lists? Santa keeps track.

For Santa and his CIO, Rudolph, making sure the team of mischievous elves are in the right place at the right time is a massive challenge — especially as the success of their entire operation hinges on just one night.

Until the moment Santa waves goodbye to the North Pole and the elves sneak off to crack open the eggnog — it’s vital that every man, woman, elf and reindeer in the North Pole is in the right place, at the right time. And that’s where Rudolph is stepping up. He’s keeping an eye on the elves posted around the world, finding quality toy-making materials to make sure everything is ready to roll on 24 December. [Read more…]

Government Computing Live Q&A

The progress of the Public Services Network (PSN)

Government Computing Live Q&A 

The Public Services Network (PSN) is already substantially reducing the cost of communication services by creating a common network, based on industry standards, and a more open and competitive ICT marketplace at the heart of the UK public sector. More than this, it is also creating a trusted environment for innovation, collaboration and resource sharing, in turn enabling more efficient and joined-up public services. There are many challenges to be addressed though. Budget cuts, scarce resources, an ageing population, inexorable service demand and higher expectations present a seemingly insoluble equation for CEOs; so a year on from the BT/Kable report on the potential of shared services, we’re looking at what’s changed and how PSN help could change services and communities for the better.   [Read more…]

Tim Rooney

Still on the fence regarding IPv6 deployment?

The Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) rollout appears to be moving slowly. A recent Internet Society announcement that IPv6 users have reached two per cent of total internet traffic (as measured by hits on Google’s web servers) seems to corroborate this perception. While a two per cent penetration represents a doubling of IPv6 traffic since last year, the total is, as yet, unimpressive.

Of course, deploying IPv6 is not a trivial undertaking. Whilst recent vintage networking equipment natively supports IPv6, operational aspects require careful attention. Organisations must be able to provide, monitor, troubleshoot, secure and manage their networks. IPv6 adds an entirely new dimension to current network management systems and procedures designed for managing an IPv4 network. At a basic level, this evolution to managing a dual protocol IPv4-IPv6 network first requires assessment of current systems’ capabilities, identification of mitigation steps required, planning for training of IT, networking and assisting desk staff, tabulation of a resource budget to perform such mitigation and training, and then planning and executing the IPv6 rollout. [Read more…]