Archive for July, 2013

Long Live Tape Storage-10 Reasons Why Tape is Still Best

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Studies show that 80-90% of the data we create is never accessed again. Nonetheless, as data retention requirements become more stringent in accordance with industry compliance laws (i.e., SOX or HIPPA) and corporate regulation, companies must store all of their data for longer periods of time—sometimes forever. This quickly snowballs into petabytes and exabytes of data that require storage, and disk-based solutions are simply too expensive for storing that much data. In addition, users can’t afford to clog up their networks and servers with that mass of “less critical” data when they often have an immediate need for a smaller set of critical data.

With the amount of data being stored continuing to grow exponentially, tape offers some inherent advantages over disk-based technologies for long-term data storage, including:

  1. High capacity: LTO tape cartridges can now store up to 6.25TB on a single tape. With Overland Storage’s NEO library, companies can now store over 6PB in less than 14 sq. ft. of data center floor space.
  2. Fast performance: Data can now be retrieved in a matter of seconds or just a few minutes with the ability to move data at speeds of over 1TB/hr. per tape drive.
  3. Lower cost per GB: At an average cost of $.01/GB, tape storage is the most affordable option for storing massive amounts of data.
  4. Reduced energy costs: Studies repeatedly show that tape drives use less power and generate less heat than disk drives, resulting in energy costs that are 1/15th that of disk.
  5. Portability: Tape is still the only medium on which you can reliably store data and move it offsite for disaster recovery purposes
  6. Greater reliability: The error rate of tape technology is superior to that of disk; in addition, tape is immune to some of the pitfalls that disk is subject to (e.g., viruses), providing more reliable access to all of the data companies are storing long-term.
  7. Better longevity: The physics of tape technology enable companies to extend its storage capacities far beyond what the physics of disk technologies will allow – making tape an ongoing data storage solution for the long haul.
  8. Scalability: Not only do individual tapes gives users the ability to scale their storage capacity due to high capacities and backward read compatibility, but also tape libraries like Overland’s NEO Series allow users’ data storage solutions to scale with their demands and not be outstripped by them. Tape allows you to grow into – not out of – your data storage requirements.
  9. Compatibility: The combination of tape’s superior backward read compatibility and the fact that all major ISV applications (such as BackupExec, NetBackup, ARCserve, etc.) provide widespread support of tape-based storage results in the best possible return on investment.
  10. Good Enough For Google, Good Enough For You: In 2011, Google made headlines when it had to use tape to restore the email boxes of 40,000 users. With performance increasing significantly and storage capacities growing, companies will continue to rely on tape for offsite backup and disaster recovery.

When you combine tape’s superior storage capacities, low cost/GB, and reduced energy costs, tape-based storage solutions provide huge CapEx and Opex cost advantages. Even as technology advances, tape continues to be the ideal solution for long-term data storage and archiving.

To view the original blog post by Peri Glover at Overland Storage click here. Alternatively, speak to our expert storage sales team on 01473 281 211, or email

Join Net-Ctrl and Partners at Simon Drakes House of Magic

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Ever get the feeling that you Don’t Know what you Don’t Know – do you really know what’s really happening on your network – are you leaving Cyber Security to Chance?

Protect, Defend, Identify, Respond, Remediate – are the biggest and most rapidly evolving challenges in enterprise security today. In a world where the organisations are persistently under threat from cyber-crime the ability to identify the mysterious origins of APTs, phishing attacks, data leakage and modern malware is key. IT is under constant pressure to ensure the network and the staff are secure and that the business is not compromised. What should you do to protect your network?

  • Prevent malware from entering your network
  • Defend your perimeter through application and user enablement
  • Identify users and content to establish where a breach has occurred
  • Respond to the incident in real-time
  • Remediate or fix the problem and stop it from happening again

LogRhythm and Palo Alto Networks work together to provide one integrated solution enabling you to:

  • Automate your threat policy
  • Giving you complete visibility and intelligent information on what’s happening on your network
  • Actionable decisions from real-time information
  • Respond to threats faster with little impact to the business
  • Accelerated and lower cost of remediation

Register Here!

Event Details

Date: Thursday 12th September 2013

Time: 09:30 to 13:30

Simon Drake’s House of Magic
9 Chapter Road
SE17 3ES


09:30 Arrival and breakfast
10:00 Introduction
10:05 Richard Hollis, The Risk Factory
10:30 How to defend & fix cyber threats demonstration
11:10 Q & A Session
11:15 Break
11:30 Simon Drake’s Performance
12:30 Lunch and entertainment
13:30 End of Session

Ruckus Wireless Acquires Location Based Services Pioneer

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Ruckus Wireless Acquires Location Based Services Pioneer YFind Technologies

Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) announced that is has acquired privately-held YFind Technologies Private Limited, a pioneer in indoor positioning and real-time location analytics.

With this acquisition, Ruckus intends to enable new location-based services by combining its unique, Smart Wi-Fi technology with YFind’s range of location based services and analytical capabilities, transforming Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi networks into location-intelligent infrastructures.

These solutions will address new emerging opportunities among enterprises and service providers to offer value-added services to their customers.

About YFind Technologies

Headquartered in Singapore, YFind Technologies is an indoor positioning systems company that helps businesses analyze movement in any indoor or complex urban environment where GPS does not work. This is made possible by the company’s unique YFind Positioning System™, which accurately locates individuals through the smartphone they carry. Founded in 2010, YFind’s solutions are used in a range of environments including retail malls, airports, museums, hospitals and exhibition venues. By enabling location-aware services, YFind aims to make the world a more intelligent place, one building at a time.

Financial terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.

This press release includes forward-looking statements that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, including risks and uncertainties related to the ability of Ruckus to (i) successfully expand its business in location-based services, (ii) integrate the technology of YFind into products and services offered by Ruckus and (iii) sell such products to enterprise or service provider customers. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors, and the general risks associated with the business of Ruckus, could cause actual results to differ materially from those referred to in the forward-looking statements. For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, refer to Ruckus SEC filings. Ruckus does not assume any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements or other statements included in this press release.

To view the original press release by Ruckus Wireless click here.

Ruckus Wireless Latest Location Technology

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Ruckus Wireless: It’s all about Location

Smart Wi-Fi. Location Intelligence. Creating innovative solutions and applications that make it simple to navigate complex indoor environments, study footfall trends, and enable context driven content delivery. Simply the smartest wireless for a mobile world.

Ruckus Wireless is beginning to offer a comprehensive suite of location based services (LBS) for a variety of applications, turning wireless LAN systems into indispensable tools for businesses and customers alike. Many organizations face these simple and important, but sometimes difficult to answer questions; how can I help my customers navigate through the large mall and deliver timely coupons to get their business? How much of my business last week was due to repeat customers? How long did the passengers have to wait on average for their train?

Ruckus LBS technology will provide the intelligence necessary to answer these questions. Specifically, location-sensitive and publicly-facing enterprises can benefit greatly from these services:

  • Indoor way finding in complex environments, for both customers and employees
  • Delivering highly-relevant, geo-targeted advertising and promotion
  • Footfall analytics
  • Understanding in-facility customer behaviour
  • Improving the guest experience

With accurate indoor positioning — that is cost-effective, simple to deploy and use — enterprises can now create the right indoor contexts for marketing campaigns, develop comprehensive footfall analysis and provide varied forms of digital concierge services to customers and employees. These location based services, and the intelligence they inherently provide, can benefit a number of markets, including:

  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Schools
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Warehousing and logistics
  • Smart cities/Government
  • Convention and event logistics

Let’s take a look at a few examples of how location based services from Ruckus Wireless can simply make the world a better place.

Retail — Ruckus LBS provides the intelligence necessary to not only understand shopping behavior, but to influence shopping behavior. Retailers can identify customer shopping patterns, analyze marketing and merchandising effectiveness, deliver context and location relevant advertising, and improve customer engagement. Additionally, the customer experience can be greatly improved through mobile services such as indoor way finding in complex environments, customer-specific promotions, social applications, and product and/or amenity locators — a digital concierge, if you will.

Hospitality — Ruckus LBS solution can help improve the customer satisfaction score of hotels by improving their staffs’ service delivery times for guest needs. Loyalty member customers can benefit from on-device features such as automatic check-ins, way-finding, instant coupons for bar and restaurants.

Healthcare — Ruckus LBS provides a plethora of mission-critical benefits to critical care facilities. Staff way finding via mobile application enables employees to seamlessly navigate these complex facilities, saving valuable time in emergency situations. Additionally, management personnel can more effectively plan and distribute resource utilization, significantly increasing efficiency and effectiveness. And operational efficiencies are significantly increased through the delivery of comprehensive asset tracking, ensuring that life-saving equipment is easily located and delivered to the location of need.

Smart Cities — Ruckus LBS can provide airport management with location based services for real-time crowd control, provide locations-based information to hurried travelers, and provide an intelligent way for travellers to traverse these large facilities. Ruckus LBS can provide public transit operators with real-time passenger and traffic information, enabling increased efficiencies in scheduling and dispatching, as well as improved facilities and crowd management.

Smart schools — Ruckus LBS solution can provide an effective way for schools to locate their wifi assets such as tablets, help navigate guests and parents during competitions and fares, and assist during emergency situations.

These are just a few of many examples of how intelligent Location Based Services from Ruckus Wireless can significantly benefit a number of enterprise organizations. Location is everything. Smart Wi-Fi makes any location a data point overflowing with valuable information. We’re here to help you make sense of that information.

Ruckus. Simply the Smartest Wireless for a Mobile World.

The information above has been taken from For more information get in touch with Net-Ctrl, the largest Ruckus Wireless Reseller in the EMEA on 01473 281 211 or email

Tape Libraries with up to 100 FREE LTO6 Media

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Currently we have a special offer running on select Overland Storage Tape Libraries expiring at the end of September 2013. Buy an eligible Overland Storage Tape Library and we will give you up to 100 FREE LTO6 media drives!
Already using an Overland NEO Tape Library?

If you are already using an Overland NEO series Tape Library, why not look at adding on an additional drive?

For a limited time only on select models you will also be entitled to free LTO6 Media.

Any questions please email me at or call us direct on 01473 281 211.

About the NEO Series Tape Libraries

Overland NEO Series Tape Libraries are designed to effortlessly and affordably backup and archive large amount of data. Whether for a small business or branch office looking for simple, cost effective data protection or a complex enterprise environment with stringent performance and data availability requirements, NEO Series tape solutions provide the backup, recovery, and archive capabilities that are right for virtually any data centre, regardless of size or complexity.

Why Choose NEO Series

“The density, transportability, interchangeability and the performance of LTO6, with LTFS, can significantly change how data centers deal with the data growth explosion should they opt to take advantage of it. It should allow them to address the need to keep all data for decades (or forever) without breaking the IT budget. In short with LTO6, tape should move out of a backup role and play a key role in all facets of storage, including primary data storage.”

– George Crump, Senior Analyst
Storage Switzerland

More Bang for your Buck with Ruckus Wireless

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Ruckus Wireless 3050 Bundle Extension

We have just been made aware that Ruckus will be extending the Ruckus ZoneDirector 3050 educational bundles as detailed below are now due to expire on the 30th August 2013.

Bundle 1
Ruckus Wireless 3050 ZoneDirector w/ 25 x 7363 ZoneFlex
With Ruckus 3050 ZoneDirector Premium Support – 5 Years – £9,200.00

Bundle 2
Ruckus Wireless 3050 ZoneDirector w/ 25 x 7982 ZoneFlex
With Ruckus 3050 ZoneDirector Premium Support – 5 Years – £14,200.00

There is also the option to add an additional redundant controller at a brilliantly discounted rate.

All the bundles above represent some fantastic savings, so if you’re looking at wireless now or in the near future these bundles are well worth taking advantage of.

Why Net-Ctrl?

Net-Ctrl is a highly experienced reseller of wireless technologies, we have been the largest Ruckus Wireless reseller for the past two years and are able to install, cable and provide on-going technical support and training for your new deployment.

If you have any questions please email our sales team at, or contact your account manager. Alternatively, you can call us direct on 01473 281 211.

Net-Ctrl exhibiting at ICT for Education Conference in Torquay

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Net-Ctrl will be exhibiting at ICT for Education in Torquay

Net-Ctrl will be exhibiting at the Torquay edition of the ICT for Education conference programme. The conference itself hopes to attract 100+ attendees on the day from primary and secondary schools in the area and boasts a selection of great speakers throughout the day.

The conference is being held on Friday 12th July at the Imperial Hotel, attendance is free for all delegates. We will be on stand number 2, and showcasing the latest technologies available from Ruckus Wireless and some information on our other complimentary solutions.

If you are based in or near the area or know someone that is and would like to attend click here to register for your conference badge, if you are planning on going let us know and we will keep an eye out for you on the day.