Trapped in the past with outdated solutions?

If your virtual infrastructure is creaking under the workloads needed to power modern working, you’re not alone! 

This short video takes you into the Tintri Quantum Geek accelerator and leap ahead of legacy storage, a quantum leap forward in your management of VMs!

Tintri offers a robust PowerShell Toolkit which enables administrators to automate administrative tasks, create workflows, and design custom dashboards. There are no limits to where you jump to next.

Alter your virtual data management history!

Dr. Sam Beckett (aka. Tintri Field CTO Shawn Meyers) and his trusted assistant Al Calavicci (aka. Tintri Principal SE Steve Phillips) will help you alter your virtual data management history by demonstrating:

  • How to get started
  • How to time travel in a virtual machine
  • How to make clones
  • How to view inventory
  • PLUS an added surprise, if Ziggy can keep the demo gremlins away!

Don’t awake to find yourself trapped in the past of outdated solutions, facing complex systems that are not your own. Change your IT future for the better!

Want to find out more?

As a Tintri Partner, Complete IT Systems can offer you expert advice on the solutions and how they could be effectively deployed in your business.

To find out more please call us on 01274 396 213 or use our contact form and we’ll arrange a good time to call you back.

Find the information you need in seconds with email archiving

We recently ran an event in Glasgow where we looked at the challenge Data Subject Access Requests (DSARs) present to DPOs and IT teams to access information promptly and efficiently.

During the session, Cryoserver outlined how their solutions act like a black box recorder on a flight in terms of enabling access to data whether for a DSAR or other data access requirement. With enterprise data becoming harder to manage than ever before, it’s vital to have a modern archive strategy in place for your business.

This document details how, with Cryoserver at its core, you can be confident that your email archive is compliant, every email is securely stored, and users can find the data they need in milliseconds.

Want to learn more?

Complete IT Systems have a team of Cryoserver specialists on hand to demo the solution, discuss business benefits and help you understand how the technology works for your organisation.

To get in touch or request a demo please contact us.

 

Don’t make it easy for hackers

Some things in life are best kept simple. But taking this approach with cyber security isn’t one of them, and a simplistic approach to password management can have undesired consequences for your business.

There are several understandable reasons passwords are the norm. For users, passwords are familiar, convenient, and easy to understand. For administrators, passwords are easy to implement, supported by existing infrastructure, require no new hardware, and cost nothing. As a result of those factors and others, nearly all the devices and services we use require password authentication.

When it comes to preventing data breaches with secure authentication, passwords can be a serious problem. That problem is seriously compounded by the fact that so many businesses still rely on them to provide secure access.

This article from Barracuda looks into how to reduce reliance on passwords to provide a much-needed security boost.

Want to learn more?

Complete IT Systems have a team of Barracuda specialists on hand to demo the solution, discuss business benefits and help you understand how the technology works for your organisation.

To get in touch or request a demo please contact us.

LinkedIn Live: The anatomy of a ransomware attack, and how to defend

Industry surveys show that ransomware affects 65-75% of organisations, nearly double the percentage from just a few years ago. But what happens during an attack?

Much like those CSI shows, this LinkedIn Live session with Bitdefender on 22nd May will uuncover the anatomy of an attack. You’ll be able to look behind the curtains of Bitdefender’s advanced Cyber Intelligence Fusion Cell (CIFC) team and how they coordinate with an MDR SOC team to neutralise threats.

After this discussion, you’ll be armed with actionable insights on how to safeguard your organisation.

Want to find out more?

As Bitdefender Partners, Complete IT Systems can offer you expert advice on the solutions and how they could be effectively deployed in your business.

To find out more please call us on 01274 396 213 or use our contact form and we’ll arrange a good time to call you back.

Webinar – lock, load, and protect: Storage’s role in defending against ransomware

Ransomware attacks are now a serious threat to companies. It is no longer a question of “if” but “when” it will impact you. 

Therefore, appropriate protection is especially relevant, and all possible measures should be used to combat the threat.

Be the hero! Know how to leverage all capabilities to protect within your organisation and understand how storage snapshots offer a “first line of defence” when it comes to protecting your data.

Join us on a webinar on 15th May where we will address the following points:

  • Ransomware numbers, data, facts
  • General data protection options available
  • Tintri snapshots and what’s different
  • Tintri’s Immutable Snapshots
  • Use cases for Tintri Snapshots

If that’s not enough, all webinar attendees will go in the hat to win a £50 Amazon voucher (or charitable donation of equivalent value if you would prefer or are unable to accept gifts).

When and where?

  • 📅 Wednesday 15 May, 2024
  • 🕑 14:00 GMT
  • 📍 Online – register here

Want to find out more?

As a Tintri Partner, Complete IT Systems can offer you expert advice on the solutions and how they could be effectively deployed in your business. More information is available on our Tintri solutions page.To find out more please call us on 01274 396 213 or use our contact form and we’ll arrange a good time to call you back.

Threat Spotlight: The remote desktop tools most targeted by attackers

Remote desktop software allows employees to connect into their computer network without being physically linked to the host device or even in the same location. This makes it a useful tool for a distributed or remote workforce. Unfortunately, remote desktop software is also a prime target for cyber attack.

Among the security challenges facing IT teams implementing remote desktop software is that there are many different tools available, each using different and sometimes several ports to operate. Ports are virtual connection points that allow computers to differentiate between different kinds of traffic. The use of multiple ports can make it harder for IT security teams to monitor for and spot malicious connections and subsequent intrusion.

This article from Barracuda takes a look at the most commonly attacked tools, and how to reinforce to guard against attacks.

Want to learn more?

Complete IT Systems have a team of Barracuda specialists on hand to demo the solution, discuss business benefits and help you understand how the technology works for your organisation.

To get in touch or request a demo please contact us.

The case for VM-aware storage

VMware remains central to many UK organisations’ data center infrastructures, and is showing no signs of going away.

Despite this stronghold, many infrastructures still grapple with fundamental data management and protection challenges. While All-Flash arrays have mitigated the notorious IO blender issue to some extent, numerous storage hurdles persist. Among these challenges, gaining insight into the storage IO demands and behaviours of individual virtual machines (VMs), as well as the imperative to forecast and plan for scalability, stand out as critical areas for innovation.

Transitioning from visibility to insight

The majority of storage systems supporting VMware environments operate on a block-based model, inherently lacking visibility into specific VM IO activities. VMware introduced VVOLS in 2015 to enhance VM visibility, yet its volume-based nature constrains rapid response to specific IO conditions. Alternatively, a file-system based storage architecture, treating VMs as files, offers visibility into each VM’s IO profile.

However, harnessing this granular view necessitates more than merely hosting VMs on an NFS volume. Intelligent software embedded within the storage system is required to continuously analyse each VM’s IO pattern, storage capacity consumption rate, and provide predictive forecasting and modeling of future utilisation. Armed with such insights, IT can promptly address storage performance issues, either through corrective measures or by disproving storage as the bottleneck source.

Advancing from insight to learning

Insight into the IO characteristics of individual VMs empowers IT to swiftly and precisely intervene when issues arise. Intelligent infrastructure, through learning from analytics, can autonomously take corrective action. Informed by analysis, it should proactively mitigate outages or adapt to changing performance demands. Leveraging machine learning on existing storage system data enables organisations to evade the burdens of manual storage monitoring and management.

Addressing scalability challenges

Scale presents a universal challenge for VMware and infrastructure administrators. Either the existing storage system will exhaust its capacity or fail to meet IO demands. Scaling typically entails integrating additional storage systems and migrating workloads, a process complicated by current solutions’ tendency to start large, lack granular scalability, and strain the storage network. A more intelligent approach involves a system capable of scaling up by adding storage capacity and scaling out by integrating additional storage systems. The latter can commence with minimal capacity and expand gradually to meet evolving needs.

The conventional obstacle with multiple storage systems lies in their management and determining which VMs necessitate migration. Innovations in storage systems should enable IT to forecast the requirement for new systems using the aforementioned methods. Additionally, there is a pressing need for innovations automating the selection and migration of VMs to new storage systems. Attempting migrations between systems lacking VM awareness proves arduous, time-consuming, and likely to impact production applications.

Empowered with intelligent scale-out capabilities, IT can procure a superior performing storage system with initially lesser capacity than the existing one. Leveraging analytics, the storage software can automatically migrate the most suitable candidates to the new system, liberating capacity on the current system and enhancing VM performance.

Conclusion

To enable IT professionals to focus on tasks with direct and positive organisational impact, self-managing technology is essential. Storage systems and infrastructure serve as an ideal starting point for this transformation. A VM-aware system, with proper intelligence, can furnish invaluable telemetry data empowering IT to optimise storage management. Ultimately, the endgame is to have storage systems autonomously learn from telemetry data and undertake corrective actions, freeing IT to tackle higher-level tasks.

Want to find out more?

As a Tintri Partner, Complete IT Systems can offer you expert advice on the solutions and how they could be effectively deployed in your business. More information is available on our Tintri solutions page.To find out more please call us on 01274 396 213 or use our contact form and we’ll arrange a good time to call you back.

Leading to manage cyber risk – CIO report and checklist

The security end goal for all organisations is cyber resilience. 

Effective prevention and dedication measures are, and will remain, a critical cornerstone of security strategies, but companies shouldn’t stop there.

What matters is how the organisation prepares for, withstands, responds to, and recovers from an incident. And this depends on people and processes as much as it does on technology.

Barracuda’s new CIO report: ‘Leading your business through cyber risk, explores how challenges relating to security policies, management support, third-party access, and supply chains can undermine a company’s ability to withstand and respond to cyberattacks.

Want to learn more?

Complete IT Systems have a team of Barracuda specialists on hand to demo the solution, discuss business benefits and help you understand how the technology works for your organisation.

To get in touch or request a demo please contact us.

Why VMware storage is a problem – and how to bring it into 2024

Just like all technology, outdated VMware storage can show its age by employing a broad-brush approach rather than a specific one.

While this sledgehammer approach may alleviate or mask certain storage issues within VMware environments, it often falls short, leaving many underlying problems unresolved.

In this article, we look at the consequences of outdated storage for IT teams, and how to solve them (aside from throwing out that old VHS!).

Enter the All-Flash sledgehammer!

All-flash arrays, increasingly cost-effective, offer IT professionals a solution to one of their most vexing issues—the notorious IO blender in VMware setups. This phenomenon occurs when multiple physical servers, each hosting numerous virtual machines, continuously access the storage system, creating a bottleneck. All-flash arrays mitigate this by swiftly responding to IO demands, thanks to their low latency, compared to traditional hard disk or hybrid systems.

However, despite the initial promise, the all-flash solution isn’t a panacea. As virtual machine density rises and workload types become more varied, the IO blender issue resurfaces. Merely reducing latency isn’t enough; intelligent resource allocation is crucial for consistent performance. Without such intelligence, organizations face a dilemma: either refrain from virtualising certain workloads or deploy dedicated storage systems for each workload type, leading to a management nightmare for IT professionals.

Next up, the Hyperconverged sledgehammer:

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) emerges as another attempt to tackle the IO blender problem in VMware environments. HCI integrates storage software with the hypervisor and VMs on the same hardware, storing a copy of each VM’s data locally to reduce network traffic and the IO blender effect. While some HCI architectures adopt all-flash setups, they still encounter scalability challenges. Adding nodes to the cluster often introduces complexity and inefficiency, particularly in resource utilisation and network management.

HCI’s approach, though aiming to minimize the IO blender, inadvertently exacerbates other issues, such as increased write IO on the network. It sacrifices efficiency in its pursuit of IO optimisation.

It’s time to throw out that old VHS!

To truly address VMware challenges like the IO blender and optimise resource utilisation, a more sophisticated approach is necessary. This entails intelligently allocating infrastructure resources, tailoring solutions to the VMware environment, and efficiently scaling storage capacity and performance.

So, rather than adopting generic systems, purpose-built storage solutions designed specifically for VMware environments offer a more targeted and effective remedy. Read about how Panasonic did just that

Want to find out more?

As a Tintri Partner, Complete IT Systems can offer you expert advice on the solutions and how they could be effectively deployed in your business. More information is available on our Tintri solutions page.

To find out more please call us on 01274 396 213 or use our contact form and we’ll arrange a good time to call you back.

What is data poisoning, and how to stop it

Sounds vicious doesn’t it! But as we’ve been exploring, nothing is off limits to hackers. Here we focus on data poisoning and manipulation, and how to guard against it.

Gen AI that power AI tools, chatbots, search queries, and more, are known as large language models (LLMs). These LLMs are trained on vast volumes of data and then use that data to create more data, following the rules and patterns they’ve learned. Good quality data leads to good outcomes. Bad data to bad outcomes. It didn’t take cyberattackers long to figure out how to turn that to their advantage.

There are two broad categories of data attack: data poisoning and data manipulation. They are very different, but both undermine the reliability, accuracy, and integrity of trusted — and increasingly essential — systems.

This article from Barracuda gives you all you need to keep your critical systems safe.

Want to learn more?

Complete IT Systems have a team of Barracuda specialists on hand to demo the solution, discuss business benefits and help you understand how the technology works for your organisation.

To get in touch or request a demo please contact us.