Reducing Spreadsheet Chaos in Infrastructure Documentation
Excel will always be used by IT teams to document their systems and environments, but it's flexibility also causes maintenance chaos. In this webcast we assess the benefits and drawbacks when compared to specialist infrastructure documentation toolsets.
RecordedSep 13 201046 mins
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Planning and managing changes to data centres and equipment rooms isn’t easy if you don’t what is there and how devices connect. This webinar look at how to avoid the unnecessary project delays and costs associated with repeated site surveys and multi-site auditing. Maintaining knowledge of the local physical infrastructure is vital for centralised planning, provisioning and operational management, but you need a baseline to start with. With this baseline you can maintain knowledge of local infrastructure through improved change processes, as well as simplifying and reducing workload on infrastructure teams. Undertaking a baseline project isn’t easy, but there are methods and practices we’ll be covering that reduce the pain and improve the accuracy of baseline audits.
David will be covering;
- Data centres
- Equipment rooms
- Data and power connectivity
David Cuthbertson, CEO, Square Mile Systems and Kelly Harris, Senior Content Manager, BrightTALK
This webinar is part of BrightTALK's Ask the Expert Series.
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Just as there is more awareness of outsourcing contract nightmares, many of the same issues apply to cloud providers. Managing change in cloud-based systems is still a relatively new issue as most technical teams don't think about how cloud systems are managed and the potential risks posed by many suppliers without a viable business model.
Audience members are encouraged to send questions to the expert which will be answered during the live session.
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Multi-building and multi-site IT environments are not simple to document with both legacy and new technology co-existing for many years. Our webinar looks at documentation methods that make multi-building IT infrastructure easier to plan and manage.
This webinar is being delivered in conjunction with the UKDCIG, PTS Consulting and Square Mile Systems.
Migrating data centres or moving to co-location is complex and subject to cost overruns, especially where existing infrastructure documentation is of questionable quality. We'll show how the use of database driven toolsets can help automate the project processes and avoid many of the typical problems that organisations with overstretched teams encounter.
David Cuthbertson, CEO Square Mile Systems, CEO AssetGen Limited, & BICSI UK Committee Member
When you have 1000s of servers shared by multiple applications it gets complex - so complex no individual can understand how it all works and no spreadsheet can cope with the scale and dependencies. Mapping technical and service dependencies between servers, applications, data, networks, batch processes and users also becomes more difficult as the infrastructure size increases – so David Cuthbertson will cover techniques that make the complex simpler to understand. He’ll cover how improved management methods and support systems reduce the disruption and risks to enterprise customers and users.
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David Cuthbertson, CEO, Square Mile Systems and Kristofer Mathisen, VP, David Kenneth Group
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Join David-Kenneth Group’s Kristofer Mathisen as he presents the details of the DKGm, including its processes, procedures, tools and technologies for data center transformations.
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Lee Smith (Dee Smith & Ass.), David Cuthbertson (Square Mile Systems)
Lee Smith (Dee Smith & Associates) and David Cuthbertson (SMS) will cover their approach and methods of assessing existing data centre facilities and management processes. Rapid changes in both IT and data centre technologies often mean that facilities and management techniques fail to evolve fast enough, with the data centre potentially being the weak link in the delivery chain of all IT services. Achieving a baseline through an assessment is critical for any improvement or transformation activity - but is not so easy to do in practice.
Roland Bullivant, Silwood & David Cuthbertson, Square Mile
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David Cuthbertson, Jerry Bowman - Square Mile Systems
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David Cuthbertson & Jerry L Bowman, CEO & President, SquareMile Systems
Rather than being an internal pipeline just carrying data, the network is now being seen as the weakest link of an organization’s IT infrastructure, with design, build, changes and risks all needing clear formal controls. As more federal and commercial organizations are using the NIST framework to review their cybersecurity controls, they are finding that managing the data in transit is just as important as securing the applications and data centers. Just by implementing basic good operational practices, much of the cybersecurity framework audit requirements can be met without any extra effort.
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Bob Camerino, ITS and David Cuthbertson, Square Mile
The regulatory needs of GMP (Good Manufacturing Process) require documentation covering all aspects of manufacturing – including IT systems and infrastructure such as networks, servers, software, etc. Accurate, maintained IT documentation is a common weak point because of the complexity, but auditors don’t care when it comes to signing off compliance. In this webcast Bob Camerino of ITS will cover the typical scope and types of information covered by CDM (Compliance Documentation Management) and efficient methods of maintenance.
David Cuthbertson, Managing Director, Square Mile Systems; Mark Dansie, IT Infrastructure Consultant at Inflectiontech Ltd
Management techniques and processes are still lagging behind the technology, while network infrastructure is constantly evolving to meet increasing data volumes and mission criticality. It is no surprise that many companies see inconsistent performance, unplanned disruption and increasing project lead times – as increasing complexity often means longer planning cycles.
For efficient day 3 operational management, the practical steps we will cover on infrastructure mapping techniques will help ensure there are no weak links (or wet string) in the data path from user to application.