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Architecture
As systems and platforms within an infrastructure become more complex and interdependent, the number of possible interactions rapidly becomes unmanageable. This places a huge burden on the shoulders of the operational team or teams, and almost inevitably leads towards a degraded service, either through poor performance, inefficient use of capital, or downtime.

The role of an architect is fairly complicated and difficult to define, but essentially it comprises three main aims:

– Define and promote the use of standards and templates
– Maintain oversight at a programme level to ensure that the right decisions are being made for your business
– Engage with business and technical teams to promote and progress various designs

Consider a typical enterprise network. As a general rule, these have grown in an almost organic fashion, with new capabilities being added by different engineers since it was first commissioned. Various different factors will come into play – available budget, available products and time pressures to name but a few. As such, there are likely to be many different models of hardware, each running different versions of software, and all deployed in subtly different ways. The role of an architect is to help the engineering teams to avoid that situation, helping to define standards and deployment patterns that allows a smaller footprint while still giving the operational teams the flexibility to deploy equipment as required.

In addition, the architecture function has oversight of all of the programmes of work being undertaken, and the ability to spot and influence decisions based on requirements. For example, a project deploying a pair of firewalls sized for their requirement may not have visibility of another project that has a similar requirement – and specifying more capable firewalls initially will yield a cost-saving to the organisation at a later date.

Ultimately, an infrastructure with architectural oversight will be more reliable and require far less effort to maintain.

Design
“The goal of a designer is to listen, observe, understand, sympathize, empathize, synthesize and glean insight that enables him or her to make the invisible visible.” Hillman Curtis (1961 – 2012)

This quote describes our design philosophy beautifully.

It is fairly well understood that the most important part of any design process is to engage with the customer and spend some time learning about their requirements. We believe that this goes beyond the scope of the design. Developing relationships with key individuals within their organisation helps to refine and improve a design and ultimately leads to a higher quality outcome for the client.

We have a proven track record of producing secure, scalable, high performance infrastructure designs using a wide range of hardware and software components covering everything from small branch office networks to enterprise data centres.

Our unique combination of established industry contacts, high quality documentation, a creative and innovative approach and a genuine desire to see our work directly contribute towards the success of our customers underpins our business.

Security
From rogue states to ransomware, in today’s world the importance of world-class cyber-security is hard to underestimate.

Barely a week passes without the news of yet another business suffering the effects of a breach, and the implications can be severe. Legal action from the regulators could result in a significant fine, but the reputational damage to your organisation could have even more far reaching consequences.

The good news is that there are many tools and technologies that can be combined into a formidable defence-in-depth posture, which will give your business the best chance of surviving an attack. From user awareness training to a hardened perimeter and beyond – we can help you define a pragmatic and flexible security strategy that will suit your business as well as your budget.

Engineering
The core skill which underpins every element of our portfolio is a solid foundation in network engineering. The ability to take a design and translate that into a workable implementation while maintaining service is fundamental, and we have almost two decades of experience of providing that service across a wide range of platforms and technologies.

In addition to implementation and project delivery, we also have a proven track record in working closely with existing teams to help to diagnose and remediate issues and faults on existing network platforms.

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We have a broad range of contacts throughout the industry, and are able to bring years of experience and expertise together with those contacts to help your business succeed.
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