[PODCAST] Discussions with the experts at Dell Technologies World

[PODCAST] Discussions with the experts at Dell Technologies World

Throughout the podcast, Barry, Mike and Paul discuss their experience of the show, the conversations Mike and Paul are having with customers while they man the 'Meet the experts' area as well as their roles within the Dell Solutions Centre in Limerick. 

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Droplet Computing end user experience, launching your apps.

Droplet Computing end user experience, launching your apps.

In this video, Peter von Oven of Droplet Computing demonstrates how easy it is for a user to access their applications and data through the Droplet Computing Container. Whether it be on a Mac, Windows or Linux device, online or offline, the experience is seamless.

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Enabling applications to be delivered across multi-platform devices, online and offline

Enabling applications to be delivered across multi-platform devices, online and offline

In this video Barry Coombs and Peter von Oven, Founder and CTO of Droplet Computing discuss the need for users to access any of their data and applications on any device and with any connection, whenever they need too. Peter explains how Droplet Computing are tackling these demands and are Enabling applications to be delivered across multi-platform devices, online and offline.

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Getting more women in tech is a mans job

Getting more women in tech is a mans job

Throughout the episode, the trio discuss not only the importance of encouraging more women to join the technology industry but also the role that men need to play in mentoring and sponsoring women throughout their careers in tech. 

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Cyber Security, IoT devices and Network Traffic with Bitdefender

Cyber Security, IoT devices and Network Traffic with Bitdefender

In this video, Barry Coombs is joined by Ross Laing of Bitdefender to discuss the consistent rise of cyber security threats, including user error and threat hunting.

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Cohesity update at #vRetreat 2019

Cohesity update at #vRetreat 2019

Myself and Barry were lucky enough to be invited to the first vRetreat event of 2019 recently. The event was held at Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea Football stadium. For more information about what Barry and I thought about the day, the technology and the stadium, watch our video below.

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Day 2 VLOG from IGEL #DISRUPT

Day 2 VLOG from IGEL #DISRUPT

Today was our second and final day at IGEL DISRUPT. Today was focusing all around the industry, what challenges people are facing, what technology they are seeing enter the market and ultimately what technology they think will be leading and interesting in 2019.

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Day 1 VLOG from IGEL #DISRUPT

Day 1 VLOG from IGEL #DISRUPT

Barry and myself were lucky enough to be invited to attend IGEL’s annual EUC conference DISRUPT this year which is taking place in Munich, Germany. The conference is all focused around changing the way we work, ripping up the rule book and innovating in ways we have never done before when it comes to technology and in particular Workspace Transformation.

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Zerto Update at VMworld 2018

In this video I (Barry) catch-up with Steve Blow Technical Evangelist at Zerto to learn more about what is coming to Zerto 7.X.

In the forthcoming 7.X release Zerto are further building upon their IT Resilancy Platform to include backup alongside their ability to other replication and mobility on premises and to and from the cloud.

IoT thoughts and reflections from VMworld 2018 in Barcelona

One of my main focuses from VMworld 2018 in Barcelona was IoT, specifically I was looking to better understand use cases that are going into production, architectures for the ‘things’, gateways, edge computing, data storage and analytics and how to manage, maintain and secure the IoT environment.

You can see some of my thoughts from the sessions I attended in the Doodle below.

Use Cases

IoT use cases are driven by a business or a personal need to analyse data for insight or to monitor something. There were fantastic examples given during VMworld specifically around how IoT was being used in healthcare to help give patients freedom whilst the healthcare workers are still able to ensure their safety and well being.

Infrastructure

The infrastructure for IoT is different depending on the specific use cases, the infrastructure starts with the ‘things’ or the senors. The specific requirement will dictate which sensors and the quantity however usually the sensors will interact with some form of a gateway due to the sensors either being propriety wired or using wireless using WiFi or more commonly a low energy form of wireless connectivity such as bluetooth low energy (BLE) or ZigBee. The gateway is able to aggregate the sensors from the differing forms of connectivity and forward on to the data storage and analytics location.

Depending on the use case you may also require edge computing to provide an element of analytics and decision making at the edge. These edge computing infrastructures will differ depending on the task but VMware are currently working on delivering ESXi on ARM based platforms to allow smaller, affordable but highly available virtual environments for these use cases. >> https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/08/27/vmware_esxi_ar64/

Security

If you manage to figure out your use case, collect the data with the correct sensors and infrastructure and you are able to get the answers you require with the correct analytics your work still isn’t done. We all know that security in end user computing and IT in general is a major concern, however if you look at the nature of IoT being disparate, involving many connected components and also not being directly monitored (Used) by humans the attack vector for IoT is massive. This is where VMware Pulse comes into play, VMware Pulse aims to be your management plane for your IoT infrastructure, on each of yours sensors or gateways an SDK Python based agent is deployed allowing the Pulse infrastructure to monitor and maintain your ‘things’. Pulse is able to ensure the ‘Things’ are communicating, working within normal parameters and are up to date, think of Workspace UEM (AirWatch) but for IoT.

This is the very beginning of the IoT journey for myself, I would like to further understand the gateway and sensor technology as well as the management of the IoT infrastructure with Pulse. Watch this space as I learn more.