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WHAT WE DO

Langton Blue specialises in bringing clarity where ambiguity exists around technology, operations and finance. Key to the process is understanding the influence these areas have on each other. Our team has skills in managing the complexities of bringing all parts of IT and business together to work in harmony.

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HOW WE DO IT

Langton Blue has a unique approach to addressing problems throughout the lifecycle of an IT service; a focused assessment for getting under the covers of a problem, understanding the contributing factors. In essence, viewing the “bigger picture”.


Security

Managing the technology risk in your organisation, across an ever increasing complexity of software and hardware, can be daunting.  We take the lid off this complexity, reducing it to clear, actionable endeavours.  With our FTSE100 hands-on operational experience and “baked-in” security behaviours, we can help you be secure by default, minimising the change to your organisation.  The answer is rarely a single product, or three, but a careful blend of education, processes and products, baked into a delicious recipe for peaceful sleep.

Storage

Storage is now more complex and diversified than ever before.  We track trends in all-flash, hybrid, object and scale out storage solutions, with knowledge and expertise to guide you on your choice of the right product and platform for your business.  Perhaps you’re looking at transformation and need help planning and migrating data between providers; or you’re evaluating options for moving storage to the cloud.  Whatever it is, we can help.

Networking

Moving your services,  intellectual property and data from here to there and back again is something we have all taken for-granted for many years.  The advent of cloud encourages us to push the boundaries of our networking capability, in ways that we have not done before.  We can help you understand the implications of a cloud service model, helping you establish your cloud vendors’ readiness to operate your infrastructure for you, over the network lifeline between you and it.

Cloud

Private cloud, hybrid cloud, public cloud, the choices are endless.  However migrating your applications to the cloud is not just about the technology; cloud represents a new way of thinking, bringing in new processes and application design.  We’ve used our expertise and knowledge to successfully migrate customer applications on IaaS and SaaS solutions, putting in place frameworks to make sure cloud providers are delivering to the service levels of the business.

DRaaS is dross without cerebral underpinning

Disaster Recovery is in some way on every organisation’s agenda.  It is no surprise that Gartner have now produced a magic quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service (https://www.gartner.com/doc/3033519?ref=AnalystProfile&srcId=1-4554397745)  What caught my attention was the inclusion of Acronis in that document.  Who?  This piqued my curiosity to see what this “DRaaS” thing actually delivers. What is Disaster Recovery? The correct answer is the foreboding “it depends”, but we can do better than that.  For any business, a reasonable disaster definition is “a substantial event which materially affects the ability to continue trading”.  This would likely include events that prevent a primary datacentre from operating – e.g. power failure,  flood, terrorist action – and also non-physical interruptions  – virus, authentication failure, out of storage, networking failure, phones don’t work etc. This is very much a sliding scale starting at “boring, take a note”, through “very  inconvenient, fix it now” up to “we’re doomed, engage headless chicken mode”.  Whatever name you decide to call it, it means survival of a very bad thing.  A thing so bad, that you couldn’t possibly continue to operate your business when it happens, without your ready-to-go, fully tested, bright pink, recovery plan. DRaaS Vendors are not in your Industry Vertical The vendors that sell DRaaS aren’t in your industry vertical.  If they were, they would be competing for your clients’ business rather than selling you a DRaaS thing.  This is a significant point.  They aren’t experts about your business operations or processes, so they avoid getting tangled in your process detail.  The essential hours of analysis time unravelling your processes, understanding your services and mapping them to a... read more

Pure Storage IPO is Finally Announced

The speculation has been rife for some time, but finally news has broken that Pure Storage has filed for IPO.  The S1 Filing doesn’t tell us any detail about the share volume, funds to be raised or share price (yet), but does shed some light on the way in which private company revenue gets measured and reported through the likes of Gartner.  Pure’s revenue figures were much lower than those stated by the analysts, with many crying foul that Pure didn’t choose to correct Gartner & Co when the numbers were shared with them.  Caveat Emptor, I say, when reading/trusting analyst numbers. To my mind there are a couple of interesting points in the S1 documentation that are worthy of review.  First is the amount of money spent on marketing, which in FY2015 was just over $152 million, or almost $500,000 a day.  This is clearly an unsustainable figure and is inflated at this stage to get Pure’s name in the mind of every IT purchaser.  To a certain degree that will be seen as money well spent.  Second is the gross margin on product, which stands at 60%.  Rudimentary calculations indicates Pure isn’t the cheapest all-flash storage around and competition is getting tight from the likes of Kaminario and HP 3PAR.  Margins may have to be squeezed or hardware will have to be released that uses cheaper flash media. Pure had to come to the table with an IPO at some stage.  Looking back, we see that some recent flotations we see that Violin Memory was less than successful, whereas Nimble Storage has managed to increase revenues but... read more

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