Settling into Trident House

After a busy few months, our new offices at Trident House are finally complete.

We are now looking forward to the completion of Trident House, in particular the opening of the cafe and gym!

We will be making the most of our new premises by holding various seminars and events. To keep up to date with the latest events, please subscribe to our newsletter using the form in the footer of this page.

We are also welcoming current and new clients to come and visit the new premises. To arrange your visit, contact the team on 0345 095 7000.

 

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Settling into Trident House

After a busy few months, our new offices at Trident House are finally complete.

We are now looking forward to the completion of Trident House, in particular the opening of the cafe and gym!

We will be making the most of our new premises by holding various seminars and events. To keep up to date with the latest events, please subscribe to our newsletter using the form in the footer of this page.

We are also welcoming current and new clients to come and visit the new premises. To arrange your visit, contact the team on 0345 095 7000.

 

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Nimble Storage Unveils Predictive All Flash Arrays & Leapfrogs Competition

New All Flash Arrays Deliver 1.2M IOPS, 8PB+ Scalability and 99.9997%

Measured Availability at a 33 to 66 Percent Lower Total Cost of Ownership

BCN Group‘s flash storage partner, Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL), have announced a new series of Predictive All Flash arrays, combining fast flash performance with InfoSight Predictive Analytics to deliver data velocity. The Nimble AF-Series All Flash arrays deliver absolute performance, superior scalability and non-stop availability, at a total cost of ownership (TCO) that is up to 33 to 66 percent lower than competitive arrays. With the addition of the AF-Series to the Nimble Predictive Flash platform portfolio, Nimble provides enterprise IT organizations with a single consolidation architecture to accelerate, protect and scale all enterprise applications and deliver data velocity to end users.

“Our All Flash array delivers absolute speed for performance sensitive applications and workloads. It accelerates, scales, and delivers lower TCO than competing All Flash arrays,” said Ajay Singh, vice president of product management, Nimble. “Our engineers are so confident in the readiness of our All Flash arrays that we’ve been powering core Nimble production engineering infrastructure services on an AF7000 array for several weeks and have experienced flawless service.”
“Our IT organization deployed the Nimble All Flash array to support increased performance for our SQL database. We have teams that generate hundreds of reports that can take hours to run on our legacy storage. The performance of our SQL database increased by an order of magnitude with the Nimble AF7000 array, compared to our legacy tiered storage system. SQL database queries increased from 800 a second to 12,000 a second, and a report that took approximately one hour now runs in three minutes,” said Sal DiRosa, senior systems engineer, Lender Live Network, Inc, a Colorado-based mortgage services provider. “Due to the criticality of application responsiveness, we’re looking for a storage platform to exhibit not just increased performance, but also consistent low latency, so that we can meet our service level agreements for end users, including banks and lenders. The Nimble All Flash array has exceeded our expectations.”

Sheer Performance with Unmatched Scalability

The Nimble AF-Series All Flash arrays deliver the performance, scalability and consistent low latency required to power the all flash data center. The flagship Nimble AF9000 All Flash array delivers performance of up to 350,000 IOPS at sub-millisecond latency and scales effective capacity to over 2PB in just 12U, significantly higher in comparison to competitive all flash arrays. Further, in scale-out four-node cluster configurations, the AF9000 can non-disruptively and independently scale performance up to 1.2M IOPS and effective capacity to over 8PBs, an order of magnitude greater than competitive all flash arrays. AF-Series arrays are application optimized and support a full range of industry leading enterprise applications to dramatically ease deployment and simplify management.
“Our Nimble Adaptive Flash platform performs extremely well across mixed workloads; when we added the Nimble AF7000 All Flash array, the performance we gained greatly exceeded our expectations, as well as the expectations of our customers. The speed of our Nimble All Flash array will undoubtedly be a transformative aspect of our business in the near-term,” said Joshua Henderson, CTO, Clearview International.
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About BCN Group Ltd

BCN Group Ltd are a managed IT solutions company based in Manchester Airport servicing the UK for IT Consultancy & Support, Hosted Solutions, Virtualisation, Storage, and Connectivity.

About Nimble Storage

Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL) is the leader in predictive flash storage solutions. Nimble offers a Predictive Flash platform that combines flash performance with predictive analytics to predict and prevent barriers to data velocity caused by complex IT infrastructure. Nimble customers experience absolute performance, non-stop availability and cloud-like agility that accelerate critical business processes. More than 7,500 enterprises, governments, and service providers have deployed the Nimble Predictive Flash Platform across more than 50 countries.

Office 365 vs. Hosted Desktop

A question we answer daily is what is the difference between Office 365 and a hosted desktop solution? And which will work best for my business?

To find out which solution out of Office 365 and hosted desktop is most beneficial to your business, it’s important to understand the fundamental differences between the two offerings and weigh up the pros and cons.

Both solutions are cloud based services which charge per user per month.

Office 365 is a business productivity suite with varying pricing tiers. The most common package is will give you online and offline access to the entire Office suite of applications including: Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Lync.

The offline part works just as you do today with a locally installed copy of Office and you can save your documents either locally or ideally your team space via SharePoint.

Other lower priced versions do not include licenses for local copies and or editing of documents online.

Pros of the Office 365 solution include:

  • A lower monthly cost per user month month than a hosted desktop solution.
  • Productivity can be increased as your employees can access your desktop from any machine that has web access without having to install a client program.
  • You won’t experience any issues with running graphic and video files as the processing is done on the local machine.
  • Fast internet connection is not necessarily required for everyday working, although it would be beneficial.

Cons of the Office 365 Solution include:

  • You are reliant on the local machine you are working on to be up-to-date.
  • Personalisation doesn’t show up when you aren’t working on your primary machine.
  • You will most likely need to be or have the help of a technical person to help with the set up and to guide you through the initial steps of using Office 365.
  • The applications a customer may want access to from multiple locations are not provided or resolved with the Office 365 solution, and many companies will find this an issue.
  • The solution generally works more seamlessly on PC’s than MAC’s.
  • The experience using Office 365 is generally not as good when using a phone or tablet compared to using a normal computer.

A hosted desktop solution provides your entire desktop including Microsoft Office and any other application your business runs all in the cloud. This is accessible on any device with an internet connection and access your personalised desktop exactly as it is today from anywhere.

Pros of a hosted desktop include:

  • It is a very simple and familiar solution for end users, without the need for an in-house member of staff with IT knowledge.
  • You can run most applications on any platform from PC’s, MAC’s or tablets.
  • Personalisation pulls through to any device used.
  • User experience is the same on a MAC as it is for a PC.
  • The device or machine used doesn’t have much work to do, extending the life of your hardware.
  • New users and leavers can be added and removed very easily.
  • You don’t need to own or upgrade servers ever again.

Cons of a hosted desktop include:

  • A hosted desktop is more expensive per user per month, however you get a lot more than just access to office.
  • The solution is reliant on a good and stable internet connection.
  • Entry level solutions cannot stream certain media (e.g. YouTube) properly and so you may need to drop back to the PC’s desktop or pay for a higher spec solution should you have the requirement.

A hybrid approach is a third consideration. A combination of the two solutions is also available, meaning you can make the most of both offerings.

If you would like to find out more about BCN Group’s tailored solutions or would like some guidance on which will benefit you and your business the most, please contact us on 0345 095 7000 or email sales@bcn.co.uk.

BlueCoffee Networks host Nimble Storage’s NIOP Training

BlueCoffee Networks have been asked by Nimble Storage to host their Nimble Installation and Operation Professional (NIOP) Accreditation course for North West & Manchester Businesses

The course is for Nimble Storage Administration Professionals and Technical Partners and is designed to teach users how to perform commonly required tasks including installing the array, creating volumes, protecting/recovering data with snapshots and replication, as well as general system monitoring/management basics for Nimble Storage arrays.

View the invitation here to find out more: NIOP-Nimble_Storage_University_Courses_Invite_150218MAN-Manchester