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Driving Innovation with IaaS

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is a model where servers and other resources are provisioned as required over the cloud. This model provides self-service, on-demand access to IT resources, which means users can create and access tools they need within minutes, instead of days, weeks or months.

November 5, 2014 by

IT security spend up, but in the wrong places, Oracle says

Most IT resources security today are plugged into protecting networking equipment from hackers and breaches. Not a bad idea, surely? But most enterprises are now recognizing that the goods hackers want the most are in databases and storage servers.

July 15, 2013

System Center 2012 heads for the cloud

In the beginning, Microsoft's system management suite, System Center, was all about managing network servers and other physical resources. Then along came virtualisation, so Virtual Machine Manager was added to handle virtual as well as physical systems.

January 25, 2012

Virtual labs and education

Yesterday, I asked for people to share their thoughts via a guest blog on virtualization in Ed Tech.   Guest blogger Erik Josowitz provided us with the following (thanks, Erik).  Feel free to talk back or submit your own guest blog with some specific experiences or implementation details. Virtualization is great tool but, like any Swiss-Army knife, success with it depends on the task at hand. One of the places that people get into trouble with virtualization is when they try to use out-of-the-box virtual infrastructure with non-technical audiences. Virtualization is a great solution but often is not a complete solution.In education we've frequently seen challenges that look like appropriate places to implement a virtualization solution, only to find that the end-result is not fully usable by the intended audience. One example is providing hands-on lab environments to support application training. Success in the workforce today depends on high-level application skills and there is no better way for students to attain those skills than through hands-on use of the software applications. Many educational institutions provide computer lab environments to help support their student population and provide access to necessary software applications. Many of these lab environments have become the source of IT management problems as they become virus-ridden, get subverted as distribution sites for pirated software or music, or just plain have the normal IT management issues associated with a shared resource in a public environment. For many institutions their student population brings with them their own PCs which solves one problem but creates another. The lab issues diminish but the problems of providing secure access to software (and software licenses) often takes its place.The answer, we've found, is virtual lab management - using virtualization to deliver secure computing environments as a shared resource. Virtual labs allow administrators to serve up a clean and unchangeable environment for each student - in the lab or on their own PC - on-demand. This makes it easy to provide access to applications that students either can't afford individually or that their home PCs cannot support. It makes it simple to track and monitor lab usage and to control the use of resources so that systems are not subverted into file servers. Virtual lab management sits on top of virtualization (from Microsoft or VMware) and tells it what to deliver and to who. It makes it easy for non-technical users to select the types of applications they need from a menu and to gain access to those environments without needing to understand virtualization, networking, hosts systems or anything about how it gets delivered. Best of all, virtual labs make it easy to manage capacity. By scheduling time in the lab environment the shared resource is managed for maximum utilization. If more capacity is needed it is simple to add additional resources to the system. The end-users simply see an increase in availability.Virtualization may not be a panacea for educational institutions, but for a subset of problems, a centralized virtual lab may enable technology administrators to focus their time and attention on enabling learning rather than administering systems.

December 19, 2007 by

Digipede Wins Microsoft ISV of the Year

If your organization has Windows laptops, desktops or servers that fall idle at certain times of the day or certain days of the week and it has applications that could utilize the computational resources of those machines, your organization would be well advised to learn about Digipede.

July 16, 2007 by

Ground zero weekend for DST change

At the risk of beating a dead horse, I'm going to talk about DST and link to some tips and articles.Patch Microsoft Windows and Windows Servers for Daylight Savings Time now (Highly recommended for Windows shops) A great list of resources for the DST changes within Microsoft products Be careful when you use the Exchange DST fix Don’t let Daylight Savings ruin your longer day There's also been much made about the $4,000 patch from Microsoft, and I want to clarify a few things.

March 9, 2007 by

Vista doesn't figure in desktop refresh

Queensland's Department of Natural Resources and Water (DNRW) is about to refresh 750 computers, but Windows Vista does not figure in its plans.As part of its three year refresh policy, DNRW wants to replace 250 desktops, laptops and servers over each of the next three years.

November 26, 2006 by

CRN: Demand Generator: Mitchell Kleinman, CCS Technology Solutions; The Client: Chick´s Sporting Goods

Story of why one customer migrated fromExchange to Domino....The first step was upgrading Chick'se-mail system and consolidating its Compaq servers running Microsoft software."We were on Microsoft Exchangeand having multiple problems with that," Diebold said. "They[CCS] came to us and said, 'Now you have AS400, and [IBM Lotus] Dominois native on the 400.' They came with the recommendation to convert usto Lotus."CCS replaced Chick's system with anIBM iSeries system running IBM Lotus Notes and Domino. "We wanted less paper in the officeand a more streamlined workflow that Domino would allow us to do when wegot the resources and the time to implement those things," Dieboldsaid.Link: CRN:Demand Generator: Mitchell Kleinman, CCS Technology Solutions; The Client:Chick's Sporting Goods >

February 2, 2006 by

Virtual servers to generate $15 bln by 2009

Virtual servers translate to real dollars as spending around virtualization activities will balloon to nearly $15 bln worldwide by 2009. According to IDC, a disruptive change is at hand as customers rapidly adopt virtualized servers - partitioning of smaller 2-4 way x86 systems using software developed specifically for the volume server space - in an attempt to contain costs, leverage existing IT resources, and seamlessly handle growing workloads.

October 18, 2005 by

Back at the farm: Servers growing up

Over the past six months more IT professionals have sought information on hardware solutions than any other technology area (networking is a very close 2nd). Data from BT Trax reveals a curiosity; storage resources were accessed more frequently than information about servers—34% compared to 25%.

April 22, 2005 by

Creating a VPN connection

Virtual private network (VPN) connections enable a computer to create a secure, tunneled connection to a remote host. Often, VPN is used to create a connection across the Internet to a private LAN. Computers that establish a VPN connection to a remote LAN can function on the LAN as if they were connected locally to the network. Therefore, a VPN connection enables the computer to access shared resources such as folders and printers and access other servers on the remote network.

January 16, 2005 by

Big Blue lands supercomputing rental deal

IBM has signed up a second pharmaceutical company, Locus Pharmaceuticals, to a program that has customers pay for supercomputing resources to augment their in-house systems. Locus will tap into a cluster of IBM's Linux servers with Intel processors at an "on demand" supercomputing center, IBM plans to announce Monday.

November 30, 2003 by

Why HP might be your next utility company

Every big IT vendor is pushing a pay-as-you-go service plan. Although HP's version currently is limited to its SuperDome servers, the company sees a time when all computer resources -CPU, storage, networking --- are connected to a grid, with customers bil

April 23, 2003 by

Cisco joins HP utility computing plan

Networking gear maker Cisco Systems has joined a Hewlett-Packard program to automate the operation of data centers with many computer and storage systems, the companies announced Wednesday. Cisco's Catalyst 6400 switches, PIX 515 firewalls and 2950 routers all will be integrated with HP's Utility Data Center effort, which links servers and storage into pools of computing resources that operate more efficiently than isolated systems and can be more easily reconfigured.

February 20, 2003 by

Dell servers--long live the ROI

The big names in servers are IBM, Sun, and HP. But if you're running an enterprise with huge mainframes, Bill O'Brien thinks you may be surprised at how Dell's lower-end servers can still help improve your ROI.

November 10, 2002 by

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