Servers remain the "engine room" of IT: Nexus

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This article appeared in the May 2017 issue of CRN magazine.

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Servers remain the "engine room" of IT: Nexus

With Nexus managing director Sean Murphy.

What server brands do you specialise in?

HPE, Cisco and Fujitsu.

When did your company first get involved in this area?

Server was a founding technology in 1998; we integrated Compaq Proliant solutions for Apple-based design teams.

What certifications do you have that apply to servers?

We focus on the Microsoft Server and Hyper-V brands, rather than the server platform, where the value and operational smarts are delivered.

Which distributors do you use?

Dicker Data, Arrow, Westcon and Ingram Micro; it depends on the brand and the rest of the solution stack.

Have you heard about any cool developments in the server space recently?

Servers are – to some extent – commodity platforms, delivering compute to virtual stacks; innovation around density and interfaces are appreciated, but great integration into RMM and the hypervisor are the keys to finding the best operation and management.

Can you tell us about a recent deployment you have done?

We have a server-as-a-service offering in the NSW government, and recently collapsed a large older infrastructure onto three servers to serve an entire agency with up-to-date Microsoft desktops. Customer love ensued.

What is driving customers' server projects?

Applications. Upgrades from older line-of-business apps where we can finally bring them into a modern virtualised core stack, integrate them with other tech – say, Citrix or RDS – and transform the end-user experience.

Servers are?

The engine room of a good IT foundation; rarely visited by the captain, but we all know if there is an issue at that layer.​

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