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With the constant clamour about new technologies, digital disruption, and transformation, it’s easy to get caught up and carried away in the hype. In doing so we risk giving less attention to business continuity and service availability provided by infrastructure and platform critical to keeping a business operating.
Complacency in this regard can lead to devastating results, especially in a world where social media quickly exposes even the slightest failures of service, let alone how they are dealt with. Core infrastructure that is designed, built and operated with the sentiment of “planning for failure” at heart is vital to ensuring a business can operate in situations not desired for.
I recently attended the DX2018 conference in Auckland and came away pondering several key notions that resonated with me as I noticed common themes appearing through the day.
Andy Jassy (AWS CEO) opened AWS re:Invent at the end of November 2017, to over 43,000 attendees, by saying AWS now has “Everything you need so everyone should be using AWS!”, and many of the top companies around the world are doing just that. Some are “Born in the Cloud” businesses, but the majority of AWS customers are traditional businesses seeking the need to transform not just their Technology but their whole business.
This year, as we did in 2016, OSS sent staff to PuppetConf. This year’s conference was held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. The logo and banners for this year’s conference had the single word “Shift” on them and it was not immediately clear what the shift was to, or from, or about.
We are all used to dealing with data – that raw material that correct interpretation turns into information. It comes in all forms: operating systems, databases, files, objects. It is located in all sorts of places in all sorts of formats. But one thing is common to them all: if you lose a piece it may cost you your business.
Open Systems Specialists Ltd are pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Taylor into a newly created position of 'General Manager, Client Strategy', and Roger Cleland into the newly created position of 'Client Executive'.
Let me get this out of the way first and foremost, I’m old! So, when someone says ‘digital’ to me I think of two things from ancient history; DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) and digital watches. I didn't buy a digital watch until the flash LCD ones came out because the glowing red LED ones just looked a bit too toy-like. As for DEC, I started out as an operator on IBM mainframes and operators who worked on DEC systems were looked down upon. There was no logical reason for this mainframe operator elitism but in 2017 IBM still make mainframes and in 1998 DEC was defunct.
On the week of 16 January, Hobart hosted the 2017 Linux.conf.au - a week long event for the free and open-source community to share knowledge, and continue its long-running reputation for being the leading Linux conference in the Australasian region.
In late October, Open Systems Specialists (O.S.S.) took out a string of top Red Hat partner awards related to the region, cloud and virtualisation, at the Red Hat Asia Pacific Partner Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam.
This year’s conference was held in Wellington on the 29th and 30th September. It was hosted by BNZ at their Harbour Quay headquarters which provided the conference delegates with a relaxed atmosphere.