It’s difficult to talk about IT at the moment without talking about the ‘Cloud’. In this month’s newsletter we look at the business case for centralising your IT resources and creating your own private cloud. I’m sure you’ll be surprised to find that you’ve probably got much of the equipment needed to create your own cloud already. As well as providing some hints and tips we also examine a recent project with Darlington Building Society. We helped the Society centralise its IT infrastructure, cutting costs and improving the organisation’s agility, and in the newsletter you’ll see some of the benefits this created.
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Audit your IT resources. The first place to start is to build an inventory of all of the systems, applications, hardware and network used in your organisation. Record which users access those resources, and where they physically reside. Review the capacity of your existing data centre, does it have the capacity to take on all of these new resources or do you need some new servers?
Once you have your database of resources the next step is to prioritise them. This could be based on how critical they are to the business’ operations. A good tip here is to separate the objective of the technology from the technology itself. For example, each office may need to make and receive calls, but that doesn’t mean that each office needs a telephone system. Next, many of these resources will be working in a virtualised server environment, check to see if the resources can operate in that environment.
Creating your private cloud will put extra demands on your network. Do you have the right bandwidth to deliver those resources? Do you need to add quality of service to the network to mitigate potential latency issues with applications? Rigorously planning your network will ensure users will continue to get a great experience when using those resources.
Don’t try to move everything over to your private cloud at once. Take a phased approach. Base this on the prioritisation you identified earlier. A good tip is to start by moving the lowest priority items over first. Give yourself plenty of time to test those resources to ensure they work properly in your data centre. Once tested move on to the next phase.
Enlighten, our online reporting tool, is an easier way to manage your telephony services. This site allows you to actively monitor and manage your account with us. Using this service, you can generate online billing reports, as well as administer the users and cost centres within your company in order to create a custom invoice summary.
Abtec is pleased to announce that it is an authorised supplier for the UK Government’s Broadband Connection Voucher scheme.
The scheme has been extended to more cities, find out more here.
The scheme enables certain small to medium enterprises to claim up to £3,000 for the installation of a faster internet connection. Chris Topham, Head of Marketing at Abtec, says “This scheme can help smaller businesses get higher speed internet access at a lower cost. It’s ideal for businesses that want to get more from the internet”.
Abtec has a team of Broadband Connection Voucher champions that can help businesses identify if they are eligible for the vouchers, the team can be contacted on 01858 438 548.
The deployment of building control systems is changing. More systems are being installed on IP networks. Navigating this technology can present design and implementation challenges for building service consultants and engineers.
Abtec specialises in designing and providing networks for building control systems. We are now included in the CIBSE directory of registered CPD providers. In conjunction with the Charted Institute of Building Engineers (CIBSE) we have developed a new training programme to help you navigate the world of IP networks. This 45 minute session, which can be held at your organisation’s premises, will add to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The great news is that the training is free of charge.Download Overview
The CPD training will help you:
Our latest case study features a project we completed with TGW Ltd, one of the world’s leading warehousing automation companies. The case study highlights how our meeting room and collaboration technology expertise helped the company improve productivity.
The project included the fit out of the company’s new meeting rooms. The meeting rooms are in high demand at the company’s new headquarters, so we wanted to make them as simple to use as possible.
This seems to have worked as some of the early feedback from employees includes “Many people have commented how easy the technology is to operate; it helps rather than hinders meetings. Video conferencing is a much better, more effective experience”.
Darlington Building Society should be able to spend more resources on its members and customers after our latest project was completed successfully.
The Society, that covers businesses and consumers in the north east of England, have been working with us for over three years. The project involved centralising the Society’s IT and communications resources; from its branches to its data centre. At the heart of the project was the upgrade of the Society’s wide area network. This enabled us to deliver IT resources as applications over that network.
We also built additional resilience into the network, strengthening the Society’s business continuity plan.
You can find out how this has improved the Society’s operation by downloading the case study.