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The State of Solid State Arrays

Now that the dust is starting to settle surrounding the hype, we see the power and promise flash arrays have to offer in today’s modern data centers.

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Mobile devices and best security practices

What can companies do about the security of private company information when it comes to employees using their own devices for work?

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What are your best tips to companies about security for their mobile devices?

The most important thing for a company is to have a plan. Without it, you will be playing catch up as employees bring their own mobile devices into work. Make sure you understand what data must be protected and the storage requirements necessary for it. There are many types of data ranging from intellectual property to protected customer information such as personal financial information, customer credit card data (PCI), or protected health information (HIPAA). Each of these may require different levels of control/protection. In addition to information protected by laws and regulations, your contractual relationships may determine how data is accessed and where it is stored. Control and protection of information may range from basic vendor management, encryption of data at rest, to prohibited devices. [Note: If you have PCI or HIPAA requirements it is best to discuss this with a PCI or HIPAA expert.]

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The Wizard of Oz

I loved the Wizard of Oz as a kid. I felt the story was interesting and always wanted Dorothy to find her way home. The help she got along the way was interesting and entertaining, however the end of the story made me a bit sad. I wanted to believe in magic. Why did the Wizard have to say “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain?” And then when he was found out, I had so many questions. They need a Wizard of Oz part 2. What made the Wizard so special? What was he hiding?

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Hyper-Converged Systems – Ready for Prime Time?

There has been a lot of a press surrounding the hyper-converged movement. New companies have been formed and existing companies are coming out with new hyper-converged products.

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Coding or Clicking

I type fast. I can ctrl+a / ctrl+c / ctrl+v with the best of them, my tab key is worn down from using it for command completion, and I utilize the vim editor even when I’m putting together grocery lists. I can use my speed with the keyboard to get through configuration changes on a router and firewall pretty quickly, and most of the day to day projects that a network engineer is tasked with do not require very much scripting for me. Lately however, I find myself wanting to write Code in order to automate some of the more complex and time consuming tasks that are involved with large projects.

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CIO vs. Capital Expenditures – and the winner is…

For years business leaders have been forced to get creative due to budget constraints.  Today’s IT leaders are in a very challenging position; the business cannot operate without the services provided by the technology team.  Everybody wants the best, fastest technology available but due to capital constraints it is very hard to get new hardware purchases funded.  How can an IT leader provide the latest, greatest, fastest technology with no money to buy what they need?  The answer is easy — work with a private, enterprise-class cloud services provider.

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Big Data – revolutionizing the customer experience

There has been much conversation about Big Data recently. What does it mean? What can you do with it? How do you deploy it? Big Data reminds me of Cloud Computing about 5 years ago. Everyone is talking about it, but nobody knows what it is. I will attempt to add a bit of clarity…

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Internet of Things

I need to lose weight. It’s important from a health perspective and I have a new-born daughter that deserves to have a father in her life long-term. To that end, I purchased a Fit-Bit Flex. During the day, it tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. At night, it tracks your sleep quality and wakes you silently in the morning. Pretty amazing stuff. It wirelessly transfers my information to my laptop and tracks my fitness goals.

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The 3rd Platform

One of the many perks of working for a company such as FNTS is the ability to evaluate, test and prototype new and emerging technologies.

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When Outsourcing Becomes Multisourcing

It starts slow with one vendor, outsourcing one service then we see how much it stress it relieves from internal resources and we start outsourcing more until the list grows and we are multisourcing. Here are a few tips to help you manage multiple vendors:

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Overcoming the Fear of Migration

Do you ever reach a point in your life where and unexpected opportunity arises and you can’t help but think it is the forces of nature that presented it so you might as well take advantage of it? That is exactly how I ended up on a plane thousands of feet in the air getting ready to tandem skydive.

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Blast from the Past: A Timeline of Historic Hard Drive Facts

1956 – IBM announced the IBM 350 Drive (5MB) on 50 x 24” disc platters  1,200 RPMs with an average seek time of 600ms (milliseconds), weighed over a ton and cost $3,200 per month (lease)

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Are you going to the Extreme? You should be…

As a follow-on to a previous post “The EXTREME IO Test”, we have since deployed EMC’s purpose-built, all-flash array, into production with phenomenal success.

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