Azure Stack – storage

Storage is a huge part of IT infrastructure. It’s been a problem since the beginning of time; from Solaris to Linux to Windows, from SAN to NAS to DAS, from SATA, to SAS to SSD. All of it requires a good understanding of the use cases and the limitations of the technology as well as   Read more

Azure Stack – Compute

Compute in cloud means different things to different people. In this article, we are considering very basic computing assets in the form of virtual machines (instances) that are used when provisioning IaaS. We will touch briefly on the concepts of infrastructure as code to describe interaction with compute resources in a “cloudy” way. The purpose   Read more

Azure Stack – What does it mean to service providers

In the previous post we briefly touched on the Azure Stack proposition and the value customers will see. We also explored how to deploy an Azure Stack development environment so customers can start to understand the differences between Azure and Azure Stack. In this post we’re going to explore Azure Stack from the perspective of   Read more

Azure Stack Development

I have been lucky enough to working on a new platform at UKCloud, Azure Stack. It’s a very compelling proposition for many of our customers who want the benefits of public cloud but struggle to conform to the regulatory requirements placed against certain workloads. This is tough on them, they have invested heavily in Microsoft,   Read more

Securing Your Future – Why You Should Do a Placement Year

Recent graduates are feeling a squeeze. The graduate job market in 2017 is more competitive than ever before, and students are struggling to find success post-university. Though graduates are more likely to be employed than non-graduates, the ever-increasing university student intakes means that the competition is often fierce. However, many do find work in careers   Read more

The digital government path ahead – migration, transformation and automation

Many of the problems outlined in part one of this blog lie with the fact that we have only really been focused on transforming IT and not the organisations that this IT supports. Mantras such as ‘Cloud First’ and ‘Digital by Design’ were grasped by GDS and the technology teams within particular departments, rather than   Read more

Getting the Digital Revolution back on the rails

Last week the government announced that its Digital Service Standard is to be renamed the Government Service Standard, to reflect an ongoing revamp that will see its focus broadened beyond just transactional services. The standard, which was previously streamlined from 26 points down to 18 in 2015, is now being redesigned. In the wake of   Read more

Sinking Ships – Safe Harbour & Privacy Shield

Just 12 days after a review by EU and US policy makers gave it an almost completely clean bill of health, Privacy Shield caught a nasty cold in Ireland. With latest transatlantic data sharing framework now at risk, what are the probable business implications? Is there any way of resolving the fundamental incompatibility between US   Read more

Part III – OpenShift: Deploying OpenShift with OpenShift Pipelines

Previously (In parts I and II) we discussed building a pipeline to create a validated Jenkins slave. All the work we have discussed in the following two parts having been building up to this point. We are now going to discuss building an OpenShift pipeline to deploy OpenShift. OpenShift has made it so easy to   Read more

Part II – OpenShift: Deploying OpenShift with OpenShift Pipelines

In part I we explored how we used OpenStack IaaS orchestration through HEAT to build a base set of compute resources to support an OpenShift deployment. We also ran through using ansible to pick dynamically determine the base infrastructure details to build an appropriate deployment manifest and then push the OpenShift deployment out. In this   Read more