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Proact & Cetus win partner awards from NetApp UK&I

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Both Proact and Cetus pick up NetApp awards in UK&I as Proact was awarded ‘Flash Partner of the Year 2020’ and Cetus ‘Gold Solution Partner of the Year 2020’.

In October, Proact announced their acquisition of Cetus Solutions in the United Kingdom with the ambition to further broaden the portfolio of offerings and to expand their presence in this key market. With key similarities between the businesses, both also pride themselves as being long-standing valued partners to NetApp. It is therefore a pleasure to announce that both Proact and Cetus individually have been recognised for their excellence at this year’s NetApp UK&I awards.

“We’re proud to receive this award from NetApp for our commitment to all-flash projects. To see that our new colleagues at Cetus also picked up an award was yet another testament to the possibilities we see around the combined strengths and synergies between Proact and Cetus. We each have industry-leading skillsets and together, we will achieve even greater results for our customers”, said Martin Thompson, Business Unit Director at Proact in the United Kingdom.

Mike English, Managing Director of Cetus Solutions added, “Our relationship with NetApp is core to our success and we’re thrilled to have been recognised this year. There are many other Gold partners in the UK and it goes to show the skill and dedication of our team to have come top of the list.”

Commenting on the Proact award, Denise Bryant, Channel Director for NetApp UK&I said, “Proact continues to drive business value through IT, offering world-class hybrid solutions delivered by highly skilled and accredited people. As they continue to develop, we have seen particular growth in NetApp all-flash arrays. We look forward to this continued growth for the remainder of this fiscal year and beyond.”

Commenting on the Cetus award, Denise added, “Cetus has been a very loyal NetApp Gold partner for in excess of 10 years and has consistently achieved year after year, working openly and collaboratively with NetApp. FY20 saw a fantastic result for the sales team and the passion and determination to win new business, the dedication of the marketing team who ran various campaigns and activities throughout the year, and the knowledge and skills of the technical team helping to close deals was evident in their overall performance.”

For further information, please contact:

Martin Thompson, Business Unit Director UK, Proact IT Group AB, +44 7824 505 497,

Mike English, Managing Director, Cetus Solutions Limited, +44 7824 505 462,

About Proact

Proact is Europe’s leading independent data centre and cloud services provider. By delivering flexible, accessible and secure IT solutions and services, we help companies and authorities reduce risk and costs, whilst increasing agility, productivity and efficiency. We’ve completed over 5,000 successful projects around the world, have more than 3,500 customers and currently manage in excess of 100 petabytes of information in the cloud. We employ over 1,000 people in 15 countries across Europe and North America. Founded in 1994, our parent company, Proact IT Group AB (publ), listed on Nasdaq Stockholm in 1999 (under the symbol PACT). For further information about Proact’s activities please visit us at


Cetus are now a Microsoft Gold Partner.

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We are proud to announce that we have recently been awarded Microsoft Gold Partner status in Cloud Platform.

This achievement represents a substantial effort by the team in both passing technical certifications and demonstrating ongoing project capabilities. We are now recognised amongst the top-tier of Microsoft partners in the UK and it shows our teams’ expertise in Microsoft Cloud platforms.

When considered alongside our additional Microsoft certifications in Datacentre, Application Development and Small/Midmarket Cloud Solutions, as well as our leading accreditations from Citrix, VMware, NetApp and Dell, we stand out as one of the highest accredited partners and a true Hybrid Cloud and Workspace solution specialist.

Our team have particular experience in leveraging Azure to power workspace solutions along with the associated IaaS services to underpin business systems. From the initial business case and design through to ongoing operations our team are focused on ensuring you enjoy a secure, performant and cost effective cloud experience.

If you’re interested in talking about your next workspace or hybrid cloud project with us, get in touch with our team on 0161 848 4315 or


Cetus Solutions have been acquired by Proact IT UK.

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We are proud to announce that Cetus Solutions have been acquired by Proact IT UK. Proact are part of the Proact IT Group AB, a NASDAQ listed company headquartered in Sweden, founded in 1994 with a group turnover of over 340m euros and over 1000 team members across Europe and 220 people in the UK.

This is an amazing opportunity for Cetus to grow and enhance our market position throughout the UK. Cetus will continue to focus on delivering Hybrid Cloud and Workspace Solutions complimenting Proact’s portfolio of products and services to jointly become one of the UK’s leading forces in the IT Solutions marketplace.

After delivering one of our highest performing years in FY2020 at Cetus, the merger with the Proact team presents a fantastic opportunity for Cetus to go from strength to strength, extending our reach, skills and the range of specialist resources available to our customers.

Proact CEO Jonas Hasselberg said: “We are very excited to welcome Cetus into Proact. We share much of the same cultural values and the same fundamental views of making IT simple in order to help our customers store, connect, protect and drive value through data.

“We have the same passion for customers and the same ambition to provide great services and products to the market, which makes the combination of Cetus and Proact an excellent fit.”

Mike English, CEO of Cetus, said: “Joining Proact is an exciting opportunity which enhances our presence in the UK as a leading cloud and workspace specialist. The combined energy of Proact and Cetus will be a formidable force in the UK Marketplace, delivering complimentary services and strengthening the quality of our customer commitment.

“Our combined innovative spirit and experience will be the key ingredients to drive growth and customer satisfaction. I am proud and excited that Cetus now have become part of the Proact family.”

We are so excited about this transition and for you to join us on this journey.

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When HCI became a Healthcare Hero

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When a healthcare trust asks for help, it’s in everyone’s interest to get involved. This is where we found ourselves last year, when VMware asked us to assist a Trust that wanted to free its clinicians of the binds of carrying laptops.

With a diagnosis of fatigue and frustration at multiple logins and delays in accessing patient data, the Trust had been prescribed a VDI solution that would help them return time to patient care. The challenge was that their incumbent partner wasn’t able to demonstrate the solution in action through a Proof of Concept (POC) – putting the entire project at risk.

Perfecting the POC

One thing we know a lot about at Cetus is workspaces, so having the opportunity to explain to the Trust what was possible and then optimise the existing POC to run properly was exciting. To reflect how much our health service gives to us, we used this as a chance to give back and offered our initial advice and services for free.

Creating a Drop-in Clinic

User acceptance is vital, but you can’t take an entire team of clinicians off the wards to test out a new IT environment. To make life easier, we created a ‘Show and Tell’ drop-in clinic where members of the team could stop by and see our POC in action. Working in partnership with healthcare sign-on software specialist Imprivata, we demonstrated how members of the team would be able to move seamlessly between devices and locations using a simple smart card. Having received a big ‘thumbs up’ from the Trust we onboarded 200 users with the aim of scaling out to reach 2,000.

Prioritising during a Pandemic

And then COVID-19 happened, forcing the Trust to pivot to remote working almost overnight and us to immediately assess how we could support the changes they needed. Fortunately, the VMware technology stack and the skills within our team meant that we could use HCI to deliver a new path to VDI. While the Trust focused on reorganising its processes and people, we got to work on architecting the design. Thanks to our partnerships, we were able to ensure that the Trust could access the NHS priority hardware that was needed and get the kit onsite within just two weeks.

Delivery and Disruption

Never mind digital disruption, the past six months have been an exercise in reimagining how we live and work while seismic changes happen around us. Using HCI to help the Trust create a functioning VDI environment that could flex to – and support – pandemic working conditions required us to think and act differently. We had to implement while we were planning, automate the majority of the deployment, and provision a platform from our homes rather than client site. Delivering under such constraints was not comfortable, but in being forced to rapidly adapt, we achieved a successful outcome in a fraction of the time it would usually take.

Keeping patients the priority

Today, I’m proud that the solution we engineered put the Trust on track to support 2,000 users to work from wherever they need to, on any device – giving clinicians confidence that their infrastructure is designed to meet their priority of returning time to patient care, no matter what happens next.

At Cetus we don’t just provide IT, we transform IT together – which is why we’ve created an interactive live-stream series, Virtual Coffee, where we share our knowledge and invite you to take part. “VMworld 2020 – Everything you need to know!” is now available on demand. To sign up for future sessions visit

Alternatively, if you’d like to explore how our hybrid cloud and workspace knowledge could help your organisation, drop me a line at

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Cetus leads the way with customer success

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Cetus becomes the first partner in the UK to achieve the Citrix Customer Success and Adoption Preferred Partner badge 

As part of our ongoing commitment to delivering an exceptional customer experience, we are delighted to announce we have been awarded the Citrix Customer Success and Adoption Preferred Partner badge. We are one of only three partners in the UK engaged by Citrix to complete the certification, and we are currently the only partner to have done so.  

The badge demonstrates our commitment to helping organisations to achieve benefits realisation from their investment in Citrix through successful user adoption across their entire workforce.  

Achieving the Citrix Customer Success and Adoption Preferred Partner status acknowledges our expertise in providing secure digital workspaces and our dedication to customer success. To qualify as a Citrix Customer Success and Adoption Preferred Partner, our experts completed a 13-week onboarding programme and Instructor Led Training from the Citrix Customer Success Management team.  

The attainment of the badge complements our Citrix Platinum partner status and in addition to our Microsoft alliance, positions us a perfect partner to deliver the right business case, assessments, implementation, adoption and support for your business.  

As workspace specialists with two decades of experience in helping public and private to achieve their business objectives through technology, we have helped leading organisations overcome their technology challenges in the most testing of times so be sure to join us to hear how your organisation can successfully embrace the cloud.  

Did you know? 

We are the only Citrix Platinum partner in the UK with all four specialisms!   

Need support with your workspace needs? 

Reach out to our experts today at  

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Remote Working, Managing a Team and Life as a Mum: A 5-Day Blog

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Role: Service Delivery Manager, Cetus Solutions

Day 1 – And so it begins..

Today has been strange but positive. We are in the initial stages of remote working and we are working hard to ensure sure the rest of the teams can work effectively from home. There is a lot of uncertainty around “what happens if…” – which naturally is difficult to answer.

Part of my plan for the Service Desk is to hold daily calls with those working remotely. We’ve decided that Microsoft Teams is the way forward for all our chats, calls and meetings – thankfully it’s easy to use, even for a non-techie like myself! We are having video calls – this feels bizarre. Despite us working with technology everyday it’s surprising to see just how uncomfortable we all are seeing ourselves on video. Personally, I have found myself sitting up, breathing in, doing my hair and cringing (a lot!)

Day one done and dusted, a productive day = happy teams!

Day 2 – Toes in the water  

We’ve had a good day today. The team have been busy working on our own internal plan to iron out any issues and ensuring readiness for our full remote working policy that will be rolled out in a few days.

We’ve also been working flat out with requests from clients urgently needing to get their solutions up and running. Everyone I have spoken to seems to be in the same boat – frantic, chaotic and still can’t quite take in what’s happening, but things still seem to be upbeat. It has been uplifting to speak to people who are still managing to have a little chuckle, along with a few “the world’s gone mad” remarks before getting down to business. There is a strong sense of us all being in this together.

Day 3 – In for a penny, in for a pound

The office was eerily quiet today, most people who can do so are now working from home. As you can imagine this is causing plenty of issues for the Service Desk. We use Citrix here at Cetus, our tech teams have laptops but for everyone else thin clients connecting to the Citrix gateway is standard stuff. There will be some changes to adjust to for those who are not used to working remotely.

 Most of the issues we are encountering are users trying to get used to working a little differently. It’s funny how something as simple as logging on in a slightly different way can really throw people – myself included. Not sure if this is exacerbated by the general feeling of panic we are seeing across the nation. There is pressure for us all to rapidly adjust to the change.

 The schools will close today, so I’m enjoying the calm before the storm, making the most of what will potentially be my last adult interaction for months (aside from the odd take-away delivery driver or cashier at the tills). Such a daunting thought!

Day 4 – And we’re off!

Today is the day, anyone who can and wants to work from home is doing so. We still have a small team working in the office who are practicing social distancing. It is a very strange feeling. Like most of the country I am trying to balance working full-time, keeping two children occupied while striving to maintain some form of normality.

I got up, showered, dressed, put some makeup on and opened the laptop ready to go. My first Teams video call was at 10.30am (hence the need for some makeup) whilst I have embraced the working from home movement, I don’t think the world is ready to see my “just got out of bed” look just yet.

Thankfully, everything worked seamlessly for me, logging in to our new Citrix VPN meant that I could work from home as I would if I was sat in the office – I even put Absolutely Radio on to get true office vibes. The only thing missing was the terrible jokes and banter. I never thought I’d say this but I miss those IT crowd jokes – a LOT.

Today’s calls were really productive and I felt like everyone was set up for the day, the afternoon calls were less productive, but I’m fine with that, it’s just nice to have the gang back together.

Day 5 – What now?

 After the announcement came through from Boris Johnson, 100% of the Cetus team are now working remotely, along with the rest of the country. We had a flurry of activity this morning, but most people were expecting it and had their plans firmly in place. Now the test really will begin. There is always the question of whether a service desk can be effective when working remotely.

Will they do their work? Will they be able to perform their jobs? Will calls be answered? How will they help each other? We’ve even had customers asking if we’ll still be answering calls and the answer is of course “yes.” We use soft phones for calls, Teams is open all day every day. In fact, I would say I’ve spoken to my team more since we’ve been working remotely.

Our afternoon calls have turned into more of a catch up with everyone, and we’ve realised just how important that human interaction is – we were all dreading the thought of video calls at the start and now we are really enjoying them. I’ve even had a few external video calls with clients that were very well received, everyone is in the same boat, working from home and there now seems to be a sense of acceptance of things.

Who knows how we’ll feel about it all when we’ve been doing this for a few weeks but for now it’s going well.


What I’ve learned 
-I sound horrendous on video calls (I am very northern!)
-I look horrendous on video calls 
-Headphones and curly hair are not a good match
-Humans thrive off interaction with other humans – Fact!
-Kids have a knack of being able to embarrass you at any given moment
-People find the above point highly amusing
-It really is good to talk 
-Getting up and getting dressed for work every day is important

How I’ve felt

-I’ve found it hard sometimes to not constantly know what’s going on, I usually hear everything in the office
-At times it has felt lonely – strange considering there are people in my house and just a video call away
-I still need someone to speak to and run my thoughts by, good and bad (make sure you still have a sounding board)
-I have found I am not in this alone, everyone I am speaking to is experiencing a wave of emotions and we’re all on this roller coaster together

Technology has been the critical factor in getting things to work in these challenging circumstances, I truly think without Teams and Citrix we would have struggled massively, not just with performing our own work as a company but also to support our clients which is, of course, our highest priority during this uncertain time!

Credit: Service Delivery Manager, Cetus Solutions

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The need for remote working in the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Following the coronavirus outbreak millions globally have been forced to work from home. As the outbreak continues to spread globally, remote working could prove to be a vital step in safeguarding public health.

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect the respiratory system. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has now declared a global health emergency and many countries are grappling with a rise in confirmed cases. COVID-19 can spread from one person to another, most likely through droplets or mucus carried in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These viral particles can be carried in the air for up to six feet and can be transferred through contact with infected individuals.

As the death toll rises globally and coronavirus continues to spread around the world, more and more companies are urging their employees to work from home to avoid spreading the virus.

Research carried out by Global Workplace Analytics indicates that flexible working has grown by 91% in the past ten years. Organisations are under increased pressure to support remote workers as flexible working is fast becoming a norm across many industries.

Recent studies suggest that remote working can increase employee productivity. Employees that work from home also experience reduced stress levels which in turn decreases staff turnover. Remote working can also have a positive impact on the bottom line as employers can make cost savings due to a reduction in staff absences, energy consumption and rental overheads.

As workspace specialists, we can build digital workspaces that allow organisations to provide their users with access to their applications and data from one single interface, no matter where they are in the world, from any device.

Productivity suffers from complexity: this reduction in apps, logins, notifications and data in various locations allows your people to be more productive and focus on driving positive business outcomes.

Workspace solutions also reduce complexity for IT teams by streamlining operations thanks to unified workspace management. IT silos can be reduced as desktop, mobility, networking, collaboration and security teams can work collaboratively using one common platform.

Despite the many benefits of remote working, this behavioural change brings about concerns surrounding security. All our workspace solutions are secure by design and provide IT with the visibility and control they need to respond to modern ways of working. Our workspace solutions allow you to protect data and IP by basing security controls on user context regardless of app, data, device or network.

Cetus have longstanding partnerships with leading technology providers, to support with the challenges arising due to the coronavirus outbreak, some of our technology partners are offering exclusive short-term licences to enable organisations to provide remote working.

For more information on how we can support your workspace needs please email

Credit: Tamsin Scott – Head of Marketing, Cetus Solutions

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Life after death – still stuck with Windows 7 and Server 2008? 

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Life after death – still stuck with Windows 7 and Server 2008? 

As the literary saying goes ‘The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry’. Many of us have found this to be true when migrating away from Windows Server 2008 (R2) and Windows 7.  

Whether due to budgetary or resource constraints or application incompatibilities, the effect is the same. We’re now faced with the prospect of retaining a legacy, out of support, insecure component right at the heart of our organisations, whether that’s in our datacentres or on our endpoints. 

Microsoft has already released the first extended security updates for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 and already bad actors are working hard to reverse engineer those updates and create exploits. It may not be this month or the next, but it’s inevitable that working exploit code will soon surface, and not just for these vulnerabilities for any vulnerability discovered in the future. 

Faced this with prospect, how do we secure our organisations?  

Accelerated Migration 

The best route with the most value is still to continue with migration. 

At Cetus we have a proven migration methodology and a range of technologies to assist you with your migration. We can help you overcome the challenges preventing migration. Not only does this relieve the headache of worrying about security, you’ll also be able to take advantage of new features offered by modern operating systems. We can help you get the most out of these features to reduce costs, improve productivity and justify the cost of migration. 

Extended Security Updates 

If you’re not able to migrate, consider extending your support to continue to receive security updates. 

Microsoft offers up to three years Extended Security Updates (ESU) for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 (R2) 

Organisations can purchase ESU at any time during the next three years. If an organization waits and purchases ESU for the first time in year two or year three, they will also have to pay for the preceding years. Additionally, ESU for Server 2008 R2 requires Software Assurance (SA). 

Alternatively, migrate these workloads to Azure and receive free ESU for up to three years. Cetus can assist with a proven migration methodology and advanced migration tools. A migration to azure can be a surprisingly low risk and easy option. 

Compensatory Controls 

If neither migration nor extending security updates are viable, then we must consider how we can improve the security posture to compensate for retaining vulnerable operating systems 

AV and VLAN based firewalling provide incomplete protection. To improve posture, we must supplement these with extended controls. These controls act beyond just threat detection and response and are implemented outside of the operating system to separate the attack surface from the protection. 

Infact these measures shouldn’t just apply to legacy out of support operating systems but should be implemented for all your cloud or datacentre workloads. Some of the core compensatory control are described below. 

Distributed Firewall 

A Distributed firewall provides protection not just between VLANs but between machines in the same VLAN and extends a consistent firewall beyond the datacentre into the cloud. This micro-segmentation helps to contain threats and prevents the lateral spread should a machine be compromised. Even where communication is permitted, Layer 7 inspection ensures the communication is legitimate and detects known exploit attempts, blocking traffic to prevent compromise in the first place. 

Workload Behaviour Monitoring 

Hypervisor behaviour enforcement can learn a Virtual Machines good behaviour and detect and respond to abnormal behaviour. Breaking the cycle of the cat and mouse game of chasing bad behaviour and instead focusing on permitting only what we know to be good. 

Application and Desktop Virtualisation 

Application Virtualisation allows us to separate insecure Windows 7 apps from secure Windows 10 endpoints. By bringing the Windows 7 apps into our datacentres we can extend datacentre controls to Desktop Operating Systems. 

Desktop virtualisation goes further, allowing us to bring not only the app’s but also the endpoint OS into the datacentre. Replacing the Endpoint Operating system with a thin-client OS reduces the attack surface significantly. 

Application Containerisation 

Alternatively, Application Containerisation allows is to package legacy Windows 7 Apps in a secure container and run as an application on a Windows 10 endpoint. The secure container adds additional security and provides a layer of abstraction to prevent malicious behaviour affecting the endpoint. 

Remember, these compensatory controls are not just great for mitigating the vulnerabilities in legacy operating systems, but they also greatly improve the security posture for modern Operating Systems too. To find out more information about how they work or to get help with migrations or ESU talk to Cetus. 


Credit: Sam Mulhearn – Solutions Architect, Cetus Solutions

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Windows Virtual Desktop– Everything you need to know in three minutes!

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What is it?
Windows Virtual Desktop is a desktop and app virtualisation service running in Azure.

It consists of three things:

  • The Entitlement – this is the right to run your instances in Azure and the right for users to connect to those instances. It’s available via Microsoft 365 Business/E3/E5/A3/A5/F1 or as a standalone subscription (e.g. Windows 10 Enterprise E3).
  • VDI Infrastructure services such as a gateway, a broker, license server, and a provisioning engine. There is no charge for these services.
  • The Cloud operating System – included with your entitlement. (more on this below).

WVD supports a choice of cloud operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2, 2016 or 2019 (you will require additional RDS CAL licenses).
  • Windows 7 Enterprise (with free extended security updates).
  • Windows 10 Enterprise.
  • Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session. An offering unique to Azure, allowing you to provide a Windows 10 experience, while achieving better density by allowing multiple users to connect to a single instance and share resources.

Additional to the cost of your entitlement you’ll also consume Azure instance costs such as storage, compute and bandwidth. There is no additional cost for the Cloud Operating System license this is included with your entitlement.

Why should I care?

Windows 7 – if you’re not able to fully transition from Windows 7 because of app compatibility issues use WVD to provide access to your app and get free access to extended security updates.

No Capex! – WVD desktop provides the potential to deliver a workspace solution with no capital expenditure.

Adjacent Resources – if you’re already transitioning your datacentre to Azure, WVD enables you to keep your user workspace close to your apps and data.

Scale Fast! – if you’re suddenly faced with a requirement to provision a workspace solution for additional users, either through M&A, seasonal demand or rapid growth then WVD can provide extra capacity in minutes.

New Economics – if you’ve considered virtualising desktops or apps in Azure before but found the cost prohibitive you might find the business case stacks up with WVD.

Why should I consider adding Citrix to WVD?
Adding Citrix effectively replaces the infrastructure services included with WVD with Citrix services instead giving you capabilities for:

Unparalleled User Experience – The HDX protocol is Citrix’s crown jewels, enabling, amongst other things, support for 3D graphics, smooth audio/video for Microsoft Skype and Teams, printing to any device and streaming of high definition video.

Hybrid Cloud – Manage your virtual apps and desktops with the same platform for both WVD and on-premise resources. Easily manage migrations or additional demand wherever you provision your resources.

Enhanced Management – Citrix provides a mature and full featured platform and includes full support for WVD, drastically reducing the skillset and effort required to manage WVD. Using Citrix App Layering and Machine Creation Services you’ll be able to take advantage of a rich full featured provisioning platform, with Workspace Environment Manager (WEM) you can easily manage contextual policies for controlling and defining the user experience and using Citrix Director you can quickly troubleshoot and monitor the platform.

Identity – Authenticate users from any directory with any authentication service and any 2FA/MFA product.

Reduce Cloud Costs –AutoScale intelligently provisions resources according to demand and WEM Performance Manager together with the optimisations found in HDX vastly improve user density.

Wide Thin Client Support – WVD uses a new protocol requiring a new client app not widely available on thin clients. Use Citrix to provide access to almost any thin client using HDX.

A summary of some of the benefits is illustrated below.

All that in three minutes! To find out more about our workspace solutions including lots more on WVD get in touch!

Credit: Sam Mulhearn – Solutions Architect, Cetus Solutions

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VMware – Simplifying the Hybrid Multi-Cloud

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VMware is over 20 years old and in that time, they’ve revolutionised the data centre. VMware’s hypervisor changed our entire approach to on-premise datacentres, imagine if we were to go back to every server being physical?

For a while, with the advent of public cloud, it looked like the next revolution would be led by a public cloud provider, taking this concept even further, freeing us completely from the complexity of managing hardware. In fact, the result is even better, we’ve found a place for all the cloud providers. The reality is that we’re adopting services from whichever cloud is appropriate for that workload. Seemingly, the best of all worlds.

And it’s not just limited to Infrastructure as a Service from Azure, AWS, GCloud, SoftLayer or Oracle. We’ve adopted entire application suites from Office 365 or Gsuite, specialised apps from Salesforce, SAP or Workday and communication tools from the likes of Slack. We’re also building our own apps and adopting cloud-native services with services such as Kubernetes and Machine Learning.

We haven’t left the on-premise datacentre behind either, the reality of shaping and defining our own services through the ownership of our own infrastructure or the economics of ownership vs. consumption mean our datacentres are still at the heart of our organisations.

We have more choice than ever before, we build bespoke applications, consume SaaS applications, and in our datacentres and on every corner of the internet we run VM’s and containers, we’ve embraced multi-cloud. This introduces unprecedented flexibility, it’s the engine that keeps our organisations agile, allowing us to keep pace with the competition. It’s both essential and unavoidable.

However, I can say with some confidence that you’re already experiencing the challenge that this introduces; the sometimes overwhelming and never-ending escalation of complexity!

In the world of multi-cloud, every platform comes with its own tools and management, every service provides different capabilities and functions, data is hosted in disparate locations, connectivity must be provisioned and maintained. Indeed, the precise reason multi-cloud is so attractive is also the root cause of the challenge.

How do we operationally manage so many platforms? We have to consider backup when our data could be on any one of these platforms, disaster recovery when disaster could strike any service, monitoring across varied and diverse platforms and the skillsets and knowledge required to maintain and operate each platform. How do we enforce governance and compliance, and most of all, how do we secure all of this?

Remember our old friend VMware? They’ve been hard at work, in 2019, more than twenty years after the introduction of the hypervisor, they’re perhaps more relevant than ever, they revolutionised the datacentre twenty years ago, and they’re revolutionising multi-cloud today.

They’re transforming our traditional on-premise infrastructure, vCloud Foundation together with VxRail provides a true private Cloud. Far beyond just virtualisation of compute, storage and networking. vCloud Foundation provides Lifecycle Management meaning we can easily upgrade our entire platform with just one click and no downtime (yes really!). We can add or remove hardware with just a few clicks and without complex reconfiguration of networking or storage. vRealise is providing actionable insight and powerful monitoring including automating the discovery of network topologies and application flows, and with automation and self-service built-in, VMware are bringing the cloud experience to our datacentres.

VMware has also made good on the promise of software-defined networking. It allows us to extend our network anywhere. NSX together with VeloCloud stretches one common network from the private cloud to the public cloud, from SaaS providers to branch offices, taking our network anywhere across any telco provider or any connection type. We can stop worrying about VLANs and routing. We can stop worrying about defining hundreds of different network security policies on dozens of different platforms and the obvious gaps this might introduce. NSX delivers automated routing of traffic and consistent policy-based security wherever your services are hosted. Services such as load balancing, DHCP or VPN are delivered from one consistent platform no matter which cloud your workloads are hosted.

Transforming the entire concept of public cloud, VMware Cloud on AWS provides familiar consistency with on-premise platforms, allowing us to easily migrate services to the public cloud without re-architecting applications or redeploying virtual machines, opening up the tantalising possibility of migrating entire data centres to public cloud in days.

Developers and DevOps are well served too. With Pivotal and Bitnami we can rapidly develop apps, then with PKS, we can deploy containers and Kubernetes on-premise to run those apps, and with Tamzu mission control we can manage not only these Kubernetes clusters but any Kubernetes cluster in private or public cloud.

 Of course, no conversation about Cloud is complete without without discussing the economics, with CloudHealth from VMware we can control the cost of public cloud, we can reclaim savings by right sizing virtual machines and identifying unused and obsolete resources. We can enforce governance and visually map resources and model the costs of migration to ensure the public cloud always provides value for money.

 The next decade belongs to those who can master multi-cloud and capitalise on the advantage of hosting the right workload in the right cloud, find out how VMware is enabling this reality.

Credit: Sam Mulhearn – Solutions Architect, Cetus Solutions

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