Strengthening our Relationship with the British Council

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We are delighted to be working with the British Council on a new Drupal hosting and infrastructure support project. The British Council are valued clients, and we have worked with them for more than 6 years managing both the global suite of 150 country sites, and the prestigious suite of Drupal teaching and learning sites.

We will be working to to create four individual platforms for hosting key Drupal websites on, moving away from just one main infrastructure, to improve resilience, efficiency and increase availability to the sites which generate more than 35 million page impressions per month and are used by more than 65 million people each year alone.

First time at DrupalCon

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I'm Andy, a developer at Ixis and having just settled back in after my first DrupalCon I thought I’d wrap up my thoughts after attending the annual European conference for the first time.

Initially - wow - DrupalCon is big! I’ve only been to some smaller PHP conferences so to see over 2000 people in one place was quite something. What struck me was how well it was organised - everything was on time with very few technical hiccups. I found the number of sessions quite overwhelming - there was so much to choose from, so having the videos of the sessions online with in an hour or so after it finished was really helpful. I’m still ploughing through the ones I’m interested in.

G-Cloud 6 and the Benefits for SMEs

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With the impending announcement of the 6th iteration of the G-Cloud framework, I was delighted to be invited along to a G-Cloud Supplier Session in Manchester hosted by TechUK, the Government Digital Service and the Crown Commercial Service.

As the G-Cloud framework becomes ever more streamlined, the Crown Commercial Service, the team managing the framework, are widening the delivery of roadshow events to share information and learning about getting the most from the process. I was asked to present on the Ixis journey on the framework, and the impact it has had on our business.

Running for Epilepsy Action

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Next Sunday 21st September, our operations director Barry and our project manager, Peter are running a half marathon to support our friends at Epilepsy Action.

We would be delighted if you wanted to donate to their fundraising efforts, you can do so via Just Giving.  

Both Barry and Peter are accomplished runners, and there is a secret wager on who will win in the battle of the ops team! 

We will also be hosting a tea break fundraiser in October if you prefer your charity to be of the edible kind!

The Amsterdam Sessions 2014

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With the 2014 European Drupal conference fast approaching, the Ixis team members attending this year have scoured the schedule for their must see see sessions this year, and why.

For the Developers

Content Staging in Drupal 8 (Wednesday 10:45) - moving content about from dev to production has always been a huge pain in Drupal, so hopefully we'll get a chance to see how this might work in Drupal 8 and finally put an end to the question of when and where the client should start adding their conent during the development phase.

The Real Ale Trail

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Hello, I am Peter the new project manager at Ixis and I would like to share with you my impressions about my first social event at Ixis. Matt (the guy who is hiding his face behind his beer) suggested a few weeks ago to go out for some beers at the weekend, but not in a regular way, let’s mix it with some tradition.

So four of us from the Ixis team decided to have a go at completing the famous Ale Trail of the north.

We are 10 today - A look back

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We are 10 today (ok strictly tomorrow but it's the weekend!)  We're all off to Centre Parcs over the bank holiday weekend to celebrate, and thought it was good time to reflect on some of the highlights and changes over the previous ten years.

Restricted Operations Using Rundeck

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As part of our migration to using Ansible for configuration management within the hosting team, we have begun to introduce Rundeck as a means of allowing users without direct shell access to servers the means to execute drush commands.

Rundeck is an Open Source job runner, providing a web-based interface to enable users to dispatch commands to remote nodes without the need to access them directly.  Rundeck offers many features including the ability to execute jobs (a collection of commands to be dispatched to a node), ad-hoc commands and scheduling.

DrupalCamp North East

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We are really looking forward to this weekends DrupalCamp North East.  

Our friends over the opposite coast will be hosting their inaugural conference and welcoming new and old faces to the world of Drupal.  

I have been given my first keynote opportunity on the business day and will be discussing how the public sector have adopted drupal and are leading the way in innovation.  

There are still tickets left and its a not-to-be-missed camp - especially for the saturday evening social event, where we will be treated to some of the famous North East hospitality.  

Nippy EdgeCast Purging

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Since we integrated the EdgeCast CDN for one of our clients, and released a related EdgeCast Drupal module we have been encouraging more and more clients to consider a CDN layer to accelerate performance to multiple geographic locations and maintain an excellent uptime even during site maintenance periods.

A recent international client who is running many domains with federated content using the Domain module needed to make use of the content delivery network to improve performance and resiliance for their sites.

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