Category Archives: Data Centres

Designing the Next Generation Data Centre

Gartner recently revealed that IT currently faces an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 10% in server workloads; 20% in power demands; 35% in network bandwidth; and an astonishing 50% AAGR in storage.

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Post: August 9, 2016 by Q Associates

Q Associates TechTalk

Exploring the Software Defined Datacentre Q Associates is pleased to announce Techtalk. A series of informative, informal and technical meetups for IT professionals in the London area. Hosted on the third Wednesday of every month in central London, TechTalk is a chance to meet up with fellow peers and industry experts to talk about technologies [...]

Post: May 26, 2016 by Q Associates

Topics: Data Centres, VMware

NetApp announce SolidFire acquisition

It’s no secret that NetApp’s journey to buy SolidFire has been a turbulent one. Despite initial rumours beginning late last year the acquisition wasn’t officially announced until early February. Now that the transaction excitement has died down, we take a look at what it really means for the industry and both current & future customers.

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Post: March 8, 2016 by Q Associates

EVO:Rail’s EVO:Lution


In 2012, the then CTO of VMware, Dr Steve Herrod, was credited with coining the term ‘software-designed data centre’ or SDDC.

The principle is quite simple; abstract the compute stack components into a software layer. This then orchestrates and manages those components to deliver a consistent and repeatable deployment model.

Today the message consumers are hearing is [...]

Post: November 16, 2015 by Q Associates

Come and visit us at IP Expo 2015

Q Associates will be again exhibiting at IP Expo Europe as it returns to ExCeL (London) on 7th-8th October 2015.

IP Expo is Europe’s leading IT event, fitting six events — from cloud and infrastructure to unified communications — under one roof.

This year it’s bigger than ever, with six zones, covering:

Cloud & infrastructure Cyber Security Data Centre Data Analysis DevOps Unified [...]

Post: September 16, 2015 by Q Associates

cDot, so what?


Storage is pretty complicated, as are the solutions available within the market; they all promise to make your life easier for the bargain price of your soul and a budgetary figure that wouldn’t look out of place on a National Lottery Winners cheque.

There was a stage when NetApp were the new kids on the block, [...]

Post: September 16, 2015 by Q Associates

Our guide to Cloud

Buzz words, buzz words, buzz words.That’s all we hear when we hear the phrase ‘Cloud’ and typically we find that you can divide the market into two types of opinion.

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Post: July 16, 2013 by Q Associates

Topics: Blog, Cloud, Data Centres

NetApp & Cisco reveal FlexPod

Flexpod incorporates Cisco UCS servers and networking as well as NetApp unified storage systems to create one single virtualised platform.

The combination provides flexibility to the user and at the same time reduces risk and complexity through the use of pre-configured building blocks for the datacentre.

One of the best things about FlexPod is that it is [...]

Post: August 24, 2011 by Q Associates