The TechFire series is a regular programme of breakfast briefings for IT professionals. These focused events are run as peer-group information meetings, part of the Tech network at Mediateam — which includes, TechPro magazine and the Tech Excellence Awards

TechFire events, moderated by TechPro Head of Content Paul Hearns, have been acclaimed by attendees for their ‘hype-free’ approach and emphasis on discussion and informed debate.

The most recent Techfire

How can I modernise my infrastructure on a platform that will simplify the future?

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is to see huge growth and development in 2019. According to IDC, HCI demand remains the primary driver of converged systems market growth.

The technology offers a means to deploy and operate reliable, flexible and resilient infrastructure to ensure that enterprise transformation ambitions can be met and exceeded. HCI offers a lower cost of ownership compared with traditional data centre infrastructure, while increasing the speed and agility of operations, providing easy scalability and simplifying operations too.

With vendors offering certified architectures of standardised hardware, software and management stacks, complexity can be tamed.

TechFire looked to understand how HCI and its developing capabilities can help your organisation and how HCI can not only speed up deployment while simplifying management, but also deliver lower cost of ownership through operational efficiencies.

The customer experience interview was David De Roock, ICT Infrastructure Project Manager, Exmar, who shared his organisation’s use of HCI technologies in the set up and operation of the group’s disaster recovery infrastructure.

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Paul Hearns

Head of Content, TechPro

Moderator Paul Hearns led the discussion:


Gary Coburn

Chief Executive, Island Networks

Gary Coburn has 30 years’ experience in the IT industry, and over this time he has led organisations in Ireland, the UK and across Europe and the Middle East.
Gary spent the initial 9 years of his career working in sales roles in some of the leading global manufacturers of IT equipment and built a successful sales track record with those companies in the Irish market. He joined Horizon Technology Group in 1992, then a small Irish company specialising in the supply of IT solutions in the Irish market.


Brian Jordan

Head of Innovation & Industry Solutions, Cisco

Brian Jordan has over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry and has worked for many major multinationals during this time including Digital Equipment Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Dell and currently Cisco. Brian is Head of Innovation & Industry Solutions for Cisco Ireland and is responsible for helping business with their digitisation journey using modern disruptive technologies such as analytics, virtual reality, IOT, blockchain and many more. Brian holds a BSc Honours Degree from UCD and ACCA Diploma in Finance.


David De Roock

ICT Infrastructure Project Manager, Exmar

The customer Interview for this session is with the ICT Infrastructure Project Manager at Exmar. David looks after Project management and technical implementations for various IT projects and is responsible for the setup of a disaster recovery site for the Exmar group. Specialities include Networking, Video Conference, IPT, Infrastructure and Unified Communications

Shane Dunne

System Engineer – Data Center & Multicloud, Cisco

Q & A Panelist

Shane has been working in the IT industry for just over 20 years and for the last 12 years with Cisco. Initially focused on Service Provider technologies but has been covering the Cisco Data Center & Multicloud technologies in Ireland for the last 5 years. These include DC networking, converged and hyperconverged offerings as well as Cisco growing range of multicloud orchestration software solutions. Shane is a graduate of Dublin City University (DCU) where he completed a BEng in Telecommunications Engineering in 1999.

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