Pets vs. Cattle 2.0: An analogy and approach for modern infrastructures

Pets vs. cattle is an analogy with modest beginnings that has grown into an industry staple. A simple Google search will spawn more than four million results and a myriad of developer memes.  The actual, original quote was “cattle, not pets.” Microsoft Engineer Bill Baker used it during a discussion about SQL deployments to explain how server treatment changed over …

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Tech vendors have little insight into the modern buying process

At a time when the majority of organizations plan to increase their spending on technology, vendors are mostly clueless about what their customers want and need. This is the conclusion of a new report from analyst firm Gartner, which claims vendor engagement strategies “continue to underdeliver”. Gartner claims there are four types of technology buyers, based on “key behaviors that …

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How automation liberates the modern workforce

The entire landscape of modern-day work is changing as we know it. Not only have we seen workforces going remote as a result of the pandemic, we have also witnessed the technologies that underpin our day-to-day work evolve on a dramatic scale.  One certain type of technology that has been integrated seamlessly into the workplace is automation. Nowadays, it’s hard …

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Why unlocking digital transformation through modern active/active data infrastructures is a gamechanger

Over the past twelve months, we have seen an acceleration of digital transformation like never before. And it shows no sign of stopping. Businesses are driving digital programs that reduce the need for physical presence or human intervention. We are seeing a whole new layer of vital business continuity that strengthens systems enabling them to handle unprecedented human and technical …

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Why modern data warehousing is the key to solve data and vendor lock-in

Research, and the lived experience of many organizations during the pandemic, has proven that moving to the cloud offers competitive advantage. But cloud adoption, and the benefits it brings, is under threat — from vendor lock-in. Enterprises tied to a single provider could face challenges such as limiting free flow of data between data communities, and data silos. This limits …

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Reducing alert noise in modern flexible working

Over the course of 2020, the “luxury” of remote working has now become very much the norm for many. This has forced businesses to adapt and learn a lot along the way. With varying restrictions limiting face-to-face interaction, employees have had to accommodate the daily flurry of notifications and alerts whilst working. With the constant flow of messages and calls, …

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How to use modern deployment strategies with confidence

In the pre-cloud days of monolithic environments and waterfall software development, code deployments were isolated, manageable events. Code was deployed to a specific piece of infrastructure, and the operations team would monitor its impact once in production. This was limiting in many ways, but it meant that understanding the impact of new code was straightforward — operations teams knew where …

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Unlocking the data advantage: How modern technologies are helping to mitigate the impact of Covid-19

Over the last few months, the Covid-19 crisis has transformed society beyond all recognition. Its initial impact was both sudden and dramatic, changing every aspect of our lives – both professional and personal. As living rooms and kitchens became temporary offices, seeing friends, family and colleagues became virtual. Each and every one of us has faced a number of challenges …

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