• Macs rarely belong in the enterprise

    Posted February 19, 2009 - 1:28 am

    For years, Apple fans have told us that Macs are easier to use, result in less tech support, are more stable and have fewer virus issues than their Windows counterparts. As such, some people believe, Macs should be the logical first choice when it comes to an enterprise deployment, especially since they can easily run Windows software. I'm here to commit a cardinal sin by dispelling this idea.
  • 9 ways to go green and save green

    Posted February 7, 2009 - 10:50 pm

    Going green is all the rage for a lot of reasons. Although some of this green talk is hype, a lot of it is the real deal. There are a number of things that you can do in your business to easily and cheaply jump on the green bandwagon and saving your organization a few dollars at the same time you help reduce your impact on the planet.
  • What version are you running?

    Posted January 26, 2009 - 9:40 am

    There are many aspects of the IT business that have been turned upside down the internet. One concept which is effectively being meaningless is the concept of a "version" in the sense of an application software package version number/name or an operating system version number/name.
  • Hard wired, soft coded, confused

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 11:36 am

    Two phrases often heard around the computing halls are the phrases "hard wired" and "soft coded". If something in an application is hard coded, it is bad - or so goes the consensus. Hard coding installation directories is bad, hard coding the IP address of the server is bad, and so on.

  • How to switch to the Mac without losing your Windows lifeline

    Posted December 27, 2008 - 11:32 pm

    Takeaway: With Apple's market growing, more IT organizations are considering the possibility of adding Macintosh desktops and laptops into the support mix. Besides money, the primary roadblock to replacing a Windows machine with a Mac is an inability to run Windows-only tools, such as ERP software. Learn how to overcome this obstacle in your organization and add Apple hardware to your "officially supported" list.
  • More predictions for 2009

    Posted December 24, 2008 - 11:06 am

    For those of us who spend our time watching the industry and writing about it, this is the time for predictions--and the online and print media are awash with them.
  • Gartner's data on energy consumption, virtualization, cloud

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 4:27 pm

    Gartner's 27th annual data center conference is producing no shortage of research related to energy consumption, virtualization, cloud computing and other hot enterprise topics.

  • Windows tip: Running virtual machines from a compressed host drive

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:05 pm

    Is it a good idea -- or a bad one -- to compress the drive on a host system used for running virtual machines?
  • IronScale Servers in the Cloud

    Posted December 10, 2008 - 3:38 pm

    We all know that the nebulous term “the cloud” floats on real, physical hardware. If you use shared hosting (as I do) you share a server with dozens of other Web sites. If you need more performance or more control, you move to a dedicated server owned and supported by the hosting company, or you host your own server in house. You can also put your own physical server in a hosted site called co-location. You provide the server and software, and they provide the location, power, physical security, and Internet access. Now let's talk about a new wrinkle in the cloud called IronScale, a company trying to create a new niche they call “automated managed hosting.”

  • How to conceptualize physical vs. virtual servers

    Posted December 1, 2008 - 10:49 pm

    Takeaway: Although their use continues to grow by leaps and bounds, conceptualizing a virtual infrastructure requires a new way of thinking. Here's a short explanation to help you along the way.
  • Software Licensing in the Virtualization Age

    Posted December 1, 2008 - 6:47 am

    We’re all familiar with the many benefits of virtualization. In terms of ROI, going virtual can pay off big, but only if your company’s software licenses are correctly managed. Otherwise, the costs saved by consolidating hardware can be lost in inefficient software license management.
  • Going Virtual? Stay True to Software Licensing Rules

    Posted November 19, 2008 - 5:41 pm

    Over 50 percent of enterprises have adopted virtualization to one degree or another, according to a study by research firm TheInfoPro, making it one of the most rapidly adopted technologies in recent years.
  • Take Your Customers to the Next Level with Virtualization

    Posted November 14, 2008 - 2:22 pm

    Virtualization is transforming the data center and solution providers are migrating their customers to a virtual environment to create a more flexible IT infrastructure, reduce costs and maximize storage resources. At the same time, however, virtualization introduces some new concerns.
  • Greening the Data Center

    Posted November 12, 2008 - 4:20 pm

    Think you're the only one having problems keeping your data center cool and powered up? Think again. At least the Green Grid (an international non-profit organization with a mandate to increase energy efficiency in the IT sector) is coming up with answers and I got to go to a trade show!
  • The Key Elements to Managing Projects the Virtual Way

    Posted October 21, 2008 - 5:51 am

    It is not enough to manage projects virtually, but to properly apply e-project management processes that result in less development time but with improved quality. This is about value and not just cutting costs, after all.
  • Business Value of Virtualization

    Posted October 14, 2008 - 6:32 pm

    Invention, creativity, ingenuity, risk and opportunism have always thrived during times of strife and crisis. It is safe to say that the wild financial market fluctuations over the past weeks define strife and crisis. How does a company overcome the hurdles it is facing in the near term as well as put a solid foundation in place for the long run? In a word, virtualize.
  • Situation Analysis Part II

    Posted September 30, 2008 - 3:32 pm

    There are two common models for situation analysis: SWOT and PEST. These models help you answer the questions at the core of situation analysis: Does the proposed initiative move the company forward in its e-Business Readiness strategy? Does the proposed initiative expand the firm's competitiveness?
  • Leadership - Benefits of Virtual Business Processes

    Posted September 26, 2008 - 1:41 pm

    The concept of virtualization needs to be clarified. On the one hand there is hardware virtualization. Hardware virtualization includes servers, desktops, storage, data centers, etcetera – the physical components of the network infrastructure. Virtualizing at the physical level is a tactical maneuver. It is not a competitive differentiator, nor does it provide a long term, sustainable competitive advantage. On the other hand there is process virtualization. Process virtualization is strategic to a company. Improved business processes offer companies a highly sustainable competitive advantage by allowing firms to improve quality and productivity, lowering costs and freeing up resources to focus on innovation and adding value. Business process virtualization (BPV) also unifies the focus of the firm, whether the focus is on creating profit, monitoring and fulfilling consumer needs, growing the business or all of these areas.
  • VMworld and Forensics

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 11:29 am

    In discussions with backup companies about digital forensics I discovered some useful items. Specifically that full VMDK backups may be forensically sound and that there is a way to dump the memory of a VM before you kill it like pulling the plug.
  • Leadership - Customer Care as a Virtual Business Process

    Posted September 19, 2008 - 2:38 pm

    Customer care is the buzz phrase of 2008. Depending on which vendor you speak with the phrase can have various unique meanings rooted in what the vendor is selling. Customer care is becoming a source of significant differentiation between firms. In the virtual world of e-Business, customer care must include the full life cycle of care: target, acquire, transact, service, retain and grow with each step being in alignment with business processes. A sound customer care program provides substantial benefits to the Internet-enabled business.
  • 10 things seen and heard at VMworld

    Posted September 18, 2008 - 9:59 am

    14,000 people showed up for VMware's VMworld conferenceat the Venetian in Las Vegas. In case you weren't among them, here are 10 noteworthy things seen and heard.
  • STORServer, Inc. announces V-Series Data Protection Appliance at VMworld 2008

    Posted September 17, 2008 - 10:32 am

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – September 15, 2008 – [VMworld 2008; Booth #554] STORServer®, manufacturer of the all-in-one suite of Business Continuity Appliances, announces today the STORServer V-Series Data Protection Appliance.
  • Leadership - Defining IT Performance Measures

    Posted September 16, 2008 - 1:10 pm

    Determining and establishing performance measures prior to a project's planning process assists in defining if the project was successful. Measurements assess whether the IT initiatives align with business strategies, ensure that the funding allocated was appropriate based on organizational priorities, and demonstrate that your investment produced the positive results you expected. What should those performance metrics be measuring?
  • Leadership - The Role of IT Governance

    Posted September 9, 2008 - 6:20 pm

    You are probably asking yourself: What is IT governance and what function does it perform in preparing a company for e-Business? The IT governance team is a subset of the overall leadership team. The governance team is a board or senior management responsibility, and IT governance is specifically related to IT. The team must carry the leadership strengths with it as it focuses on IT governance and aligning IT with business strategy. The IT governance team is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that IT initiatives and projects move the company incrementally closer to its goal of virtualization and e-Business Readiness.
  • Organizational Leadership - Preparing Leaders for Virtualizing the Business

    Posted September 5, 2008 - 3:34 pm

    Virtual business success begins at the top with Internet savvy leadership. What do you do, then, if after reviewing the leadership readiness questions you discover the firm's leaders are not ready to go virtual? This post explores a few of the most common hurdles of leadership readiness and how to overcome them as you build your business case for taking the firm virtual.
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