Where to Turn When You Need AS400 Services and Support

The IBM AS400 through the current IBM iSeries has been prized for performance, stability, and dependability for more than three decades and continues to serve countless businesses today. According to the market intelligence company iDatalabs, 28,148 companies are using the IBM AS400, but other sources peg the number as well over triple that figure.

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Gap Between Legacy Network Infrastructure & Future-Focused Technology

When selecting a hybrid cloud solution, you may feel overwhelmed, even though your legacy network infrastructure is costing you too much per month and limiting business growth. You’re not sure about putting all of your sensitive data on the cloud just yet, or how to manage it.

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Kernel for Exchange

The Kernel for Exchange Server software is utilized for recovering mailboxes from offline Exchange EDB databases. This method is an easy and risk free solution to restore the users' mailboxes, as well as their content from Exchange Server databases.

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Performing an Exchange G.L.R. Restore

Microsoft Exchange restores can be a real nuisance at times. There are third party tools available to make life a little easier though. One of these is called Kernel for Exchange. This tool helps you to restore a specific mailbox, or items from a mailbox, if you have access to the entire database. In this article, I'll demonstrate how to perform a G.L.R. Restore.

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Cassandra, Spark, and Microsoft SQL Server part 2: Talend OpenStudio

There are many different parts involved in building a custom application that integrates with many different 3rd party and legacy systems. A big aspect is building out a centralized database, and figuring out how to move that data between all the applications. Senior Systems Engineer Judge Hiciano documents some of his experiences going through that process. 

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It’s Not Brain Science: Cassandra, Spark, and Microsoft SQL Server

There are many different parts involved in building a custom application that integrates with many different 3rd party and legacy systems. A big aspect is building out a centralized database, and figuring out how to move that data between all the applications. Senior Systems Engineer Judge Hiciano documents some of his experiences going through that process.

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Linux, Unix, LPARs, Oh my!

I remember it like it was yesterday, my first day at First National Technology Solutions (FNTS).  Coming from the credit card processing industry I was excited to learn about IT and managed services.  I attended the Monday morning staff meeting and about 10 minutes into it, I suddenly wondered to myself, "are they speaking English?"  What is this LPAR, OS, Unix, Linux verbiage and what does it mean? And words I thought I knew the meaning of, don't mean the same in the world of IT.  

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EMC World Update 2015 - VMAX 3

The VMAX3 is EMC’s latest Generation flagship Enterprise Storage Array. 

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VMware NSX Load Balancing 503 Error from VIP

Creation of the VMware NSX load balancer is pretty straight forward.  Ultimately you create an Application Profile, A Serverfarm Pool, a VIP, and you are off to the races.

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Xtrem Speed

There it is, a car you’ve never seen before, but with lines like that, it has to be fast. You see the light turn green, and you expect this thing to fly off the line, when to your astonishment you hear nothing. No turbo, no loud growling exhaust, nothing. Your Fiat just blew it off the line. It left me disappointed.  That’s when I thought looks could be deceiving, and disappointing.

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Isn’t Flash Storage more Expensive than Traditional Storage?

Recently I have received some raised eyebrows when our prospective clients and current clients learn that we plan on continuing to invest in All-Flash storage arrays, like EMC’s XTremIO, instead of the traditional storage arrays.  The question I typically receive is, “Why?  Isn’t the all-flash array a lot more expensive?”

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Beyond the hype:  Getting real with XtremIO

Since very early in the XtremIO lifecycle for EMC; FNTS has designed an offering for customers to enjoy the benefits in the cloud. The ability to see performance in sub millisecond response times, to being able to take advantage of a shared pricing structure with a right sized approach to storage usage; First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) customers have been able to take advantage of an all flash array to host their business applications. 

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Evolution of ASP to SaaS and Beyond

I have worked in the Software business for a lot of years; and it used to be simple in the past. You would find a hardware vendor, buy a server, put your software on it and ship out to a new customer. The customer would put it into a closet, which always got too hot, along with some tape cartridges. The customer had a maintenance contract with a hardware vendor to fix the hardware when it broke. Then there was the lucky sole who would get to wait after the business closed to run the backups of the data to tapes, so they could be taken off-site. This usually meant they took the tapes home with them for “secure” storage.

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DNS Doctoring: A work around for internal hosts resolving external IP DNS names

I ran into an interesting situation while helping a colleague build out a PaaS prototype a few weeks back. 

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Christmas Magic!

Ever heard of a 3-D printer? It is a lot like Christmas Magic. I purchased an entry level model about 6 months ago and have been learning how to use it to its full potential ever since.

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