April Meeting review – another successful evening

28 04 2012

Thanks very much to David Philzacklea for the talk and answering questions on how Linux / open source is used to keep his company  Jumbo IT Service Ltd of Newport going. The company process data for many organisations – both public and private – for whom all the term ‘mission critical’ is very real. Much of the work was done by our own Lee Cashmore.

David gave an interesting talk / presentation to show how systems and data that are so important to the company (and other companies / organisations) is made available to process and kept secure. He described how effective yet economic hardware is used through investment in programming open source OS’s and applications. The core of value is extracting what Open Source can enable and making best use of it – not just trusting what other global organisations tell you that you need and having to trust them with it.

Working on databases or monitoring them is their job – they have solid back up, restore and disaster planning which could enable them to walk away from any of their workplaces should the worst occure – and be continuining operations either from home or mobile locations within promises made in SLAs. Having such important data and its value, really focussed their activity on making sure that nothing is broken or lost . He also described their use of VM machines for efficiency and as part of protecting from disasters.

David talked about how hardware continues to operate (but with planned replacement if need be – without effectiving the organisation. It was a refreshing thing to hear how a successful company is not romanced into handing over substatial control and funds to corporates who operate on FUD.

Thanks David – he offered to do a follow up talk – we’ll be scheduling one in late in the year.. Search “Jumbo IT Services Newport”  for more information on them.

All in I think we had 15 attendance – continuing the good numbers we are getting now we have regular talks and demonstrations.

Look forward to next months meeting at Telford College – but after that till September we’ll need a Summer Datcha to relocate to. Dave H